Let’s Go To Hell: Scattered Memories of the Butthole Surfers by James Burns (Book)

As far as I can tell, this is the only one book out there on the genre-defying traveling carnival known as The Butthole Surfers. But given the amount of research that went into Let’s Go To Hell, there is no need for anyone to ever attempt another tome on the band. The author, James Burns, who also runs the Texas band’s archive (christened “Anal Obsession,” naturally), has pulled off a thesis-worthy encyclopedia on the band, covering their early days – months before they accidentally settled on the oft-censored name – up to their break up in 2011 (if any band was destined for a loud messy implosion it would be these guys, but uncharacteristically they just petered out). Continue reading “Let’s Go To Hell: Scattered Memories of the Butthole Surfers by James Burns (Book)”

Complicated Game: Inside the Songs of XTC

If you don’t know XTC from NOFX or INXS, this is the wrong book for you. But anyone who has heard the sweet thinking man’s pop music created by Andy Partridge and the boys, knows that there are few contemporaries who were able to turn a phrase as deftly as XTC.Complicated Game: Inside the Songs of XTC by Andy Partridge and Todd Bernhardt (Book) Continue reading “Complicated Game: Inside the Songs of XTC”

Guinness World Records 2016

The Guinness World Records book has long been required reading for anybody that wishes to familiarize themselves with the extremes in a wide variety of events, environments and life generally. I remember when I was a kid where I would just flip through the book finding exactly the limits of human and animal alike. At some point in the recent past the Guinness Book of World Records had changed formats to make for a more eye-catching style. This seems to be the best decision that the company could take as it provides visual information for some of the records in a fashion that a simple listing of record holders could not.Guinness World Records 2016 Continue reading “Guinness World Records 2016”

Official Truth, 101 Proof

Being a Pantera fan, Official Truth, 101 Proof was a book I was certain many of us metalheads were eager to read. To me, their songs are filled with so much power and energy with such precise raw aggression they are easily one of my all-time favorite heavy metal bands. Having been fortunate enough to have seen them live back in 1992 (more on that a little later), this was a book I certainly could not wait to get my hands on.Official Truth, 101 Proof

 

Official Truth, 101 Proof is the chronicle of Rex Brown’s life Continue reading “Official Truth, 101 Proof”

Dark Days: A Memoir (Randy Blythe)

David Randall “Randy” Blythe is the vocalist and lyricist of the metal band Lamb of God – from my previous readings of his blog and attending 3 Lamb of God concerts it’s hard to believe that this wild growling madman on stage is such an eloquent writer in his stories beyond just song lyrics. Randy writes this book telling of his arrest, incarceration, trial and ultimate acquittal when he was indicted on manslaughter charges related to the 2010 death of a fan who had attended a Lamb of God concert in the Czech Republic. Daniel Nosek, a 19-year-old fan, was pushed off of the stage and ultimately died from hitting his head on the venue’s floor. The authorities in the Czech Republic charged that Blythe had pushed him off the stage and was “morally responsible” for the Daniel’s death.Days Days: A Memoir Continue reading “Dark Days: A Memoir (Randy Blythe)”

A Life… Well, Lived by Ray Wylie Hubbard with Thom Jurek

Outlaw Country mainstay Ray Wylie Hubbard has managed to make a career out swimming against the current and not really giving a fuck about what’s best for his career. So while he may not be selling out stadiums like the backwards ball cap sportin’ dudes in the world Bro Country he has managed to live a life that makes for one hell of a memoir. Continue reading “A Life… Well, Lived by Ray Wylie Hubbard with Thom Jurek”

Reckless: My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde

In her much-anticipated bio, The Pretenders front woman Chrissie Hynde gives a remarkably frank look into her life growing up as a teen and early 20-something in her native Dayton, Ohio before uprooting and relocating to London and finding herself at the center of the punk rock movement. Continue reading “Reckless: My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde”

Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates Review

Incredibly imaginative, Black Chalk, the debut for Christopher Yates, is one of the most compelling works of fiction put out this year. Continue reading “Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates Review”

Successful Coaching Fourth Edition

Coaching is a profession that has been seen as ancillary to a job; gym teachers are provided with the opportunity while individuals around the neighborhood can volunteer to coach a Little League team. Where Successful Coaching by Rainer Martens comes into play is when a professional or amateur wishes to take the next step. The title is vital in providing readers with the tools that they need to create a coaching philosophy, identify the objectives of coaching, and providing value to athletes at all ages and skill levels. Martens’ framework urges coaches to first understand the skills that athletes need and expand from there – who are the athletes being coached and what methods of teaching are the best for the team, what sort of situational factors exist for the team, what objectives need to be achieved and how should each goal be prioritized, and how should the limited time that a team spends together be utilized? Continue reading “Successful Coaching Fourth Edition”

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures in The Alice Cooper Group by Dennis Dunaway and Chris Hodenfield

One of the most surprising revelations to come out of the memoir from Alice Cooper’s former bassist is not the fact that Cooper was an alcoholic (Cooper has admitted that himself), it’s not how callously he ditched his childhood friends for interchangeable band mates once he started to make it big and go solo; rather it’s the fact that Cooper, long since sober, ended up not only reading the memoir, but handing over a blurb for the author to put on the book’s jacket. Continue reading “Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures in The Alice Cooper Group by Dennis Dunaway and Chris Hodenfield”