The book is a sort of personalized history of heavy metal. He takes important events in ’80s metal history and relates it to his own life at the time. He is about 1.5 years older than me, so I was right there with him on a lot of his experiences.
Then I started to notice a bunch of mistakes. The first time, I thought maybe it was me. I thought surely this guy would have done his homework and know what he’s talking about. Then, he said Tawny Kitaen rolled around on the hood of a Porsche in that Whitesnake video. Every metalhead worth her salt knows that those cars were Jaguars. And then, the guy made the most glaring mistake. He was talking about the video for “Home Sweet Home” and how it was just a really over-dramatized power ballad. Then he said, they did the same thing sexier and better for “Same Ol Situation.” Oh. My. Gosh. You did not just say that. “Same ol Situation” is a song about lesbians. Definitely not a power ballad. I’m pretty sure he meant “Without You” which is a ballad.
Toward the end, I realized why he might have made such heinous mistakes. Apparently, he is a raging alcoholic. The discussion of this required an entire chapter of the book.
In general, it’s a pretty good book. I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who is new to heavy metal. Who knows what deluded notions they might get.
Ella, if you’re out there: You would be apalled!