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Rock Stars Do The Dumbest Things Paperback – July 15, 1998
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Margaret Moser is the senior editor of the Austin Chronicle and director if the Austin Music Awards. Bill Crawford, a pop-culture journalist, is the co-author of Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire. Both reside in Austin, Texas.
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In this book, the various "dumbest things" of various rock stars and groups are included, ranging from the "aging rock geezers" like Mick Jagger (who disappointed a pair of very imaginative groupies), the weird but lovable Ozzy Osbourne before his hit TV show (he is sick of being asked about the bat thing) and Aerosmith (Steven Tyler used to shoot nuns' livestock). There are guys who never were old enough to be aging rock geezers like Jim Morrison (who got attacked by a furious old lady who thought he had yelled "look at those t*ts" at her) and Keith Moon (who once danced naked on the Jaggers' table). There are the weirdos of yesterday who are still around (like Michael Jackson -- nuff zed). There are three out of the four Beatles. And there are bands and singers of today, such as Courtney Love (who punched her husband on first acquaintance), Oasis (they like to hit each other too), and Bjork (once destroyed a nightclub).
For each band or singer, there's not merely a listing of their idiotic stunts. Oh no. Their listings of greatest hits and/or movie roles are included, as well as stupid quotes ("If God wants me to become a woman, then a woman I will become" -- very deep, Mick; "I like Beethoven, especially the poems"). The tone is wry and witty.
There are some problems with this book. For one thing, some of the material is definitely of the urban legend variety.Read more ›
Whether or not the stuff in it is 100 % true, it is definitely good for a few laughs. While most of the stuff, such as The Who trashing the Holiday Inn, Rod Stewart's stomach pumping, Jim Morrison's indecent exposure act and Ozzy Osbourne's bat biting are all pretty well known incidents, this book is filled with interesting and hilarious tidbits about rock stars and their stupid antics. Legends like AC/DC, Elton John, Aerosmith, The Who and others are featured in this book, and some of the things they do are enough to make you fall on the floor laughing.
Granted, it's not without its flaws. I was disappointed with the Rod Stewart and Kiss stuff, and The Carpenters and John Denver really shouldn't be in here. But, other than these complaints, this book is outright hilarious. The funniest is the five page chapter on Michael Jackson. The doo doo language, the confetti throwing, his ttying to fly - everything about him is one laugh after the other.
This is definitely a book I'd recommend. Purchase it as soon as you can and prepare to laugh yourself silly.
Some of the low-rated remarks state that it is poorly researched. Even if some of the stories have been exagerated over the years, who cares? Some things become legendary for the better. They make for better tales. Would you rather the authors go on a mission to debunk any possibilities of embellishment? What a great book that would make.
In closing, if you like the wildness of Rock & Roll, you will love this book. Otherwise, I banish you to the land of John Tesh!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is so interesting! Alot , or most of this stuff are not in the biography books.Published 14 months ago by Cam Styer
Not only are many of the stories in this book complete myths or greatly exaggerated, but some of the information is downright wrong! Eddie Van Halen on drums and Alex on guitar? Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by Lisa M. Hughes
I paid .01 plus shipping for a used copy and feel ripped off. Worst book I ever read. I hope no one takes it seriously, it is full of exagerated tall tales about various bands. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by Cbryce
I expected a book that just gave a bunch of examples of dumb stuff that rock stars have done. Which is what the title suggested. Read morePublished on January 12, 2011 by Crystal
I had this book and lost it when I moved. I had to replace it because I love reading it over and over! Read morePublished on July 27, 2008 by B. Ellis
There is an expression we've all heard: "Sex, drugs and rock n' roll". Whether you're the CEO of a major corporation, a housewife, a McDonald's employee or a rock star, people... Read morePublished on November 18, 2005 by MortensOrchid
I loved this book! It's so silly and funny. It's hilarious to read what some of these famous rock stars have actually said out loud in interviews..... Read morePublished on September 17, 2005 by Filly-Mena
This book is a book to pick up and skim once and a while. I like the oasis quotes, like "Who are you callin a d*ck? Read morePublished on June 29, 2005 by crazy metal head