Monday Mayhem; Bands and books.
With entertainment being limited, and a book case full of bio and autobiographies it made senes to crack open some books by people that we are used to entertaining us.
This weeks Monday Mayhem are choice cuts from some of our favorite musicians who have had their stories laid out in print.
Some classics in my collection are some you may not be familiar with and a lot of them interweave. For example.. ‘Neighborhood Threat’ is the story of Alvin Gibbs of the UK Subs when he was on tour playing bass with Iggy Pop for the ‘Instinct’ album. A large portion of that album was written by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols who has the awesome read, ‘Lonely Boy’. I picked a song by Neurotic Outsider because that featured Steve Jones but also Duff McKagan of Guns and Roses. He has a great book called ‘It’s so Easy; And other Lies’ and that brings us to Mark Lanegan a Seattle musician who, when he sobered up, became friends with Duff and Duff helped Mark get back on his feet again.
Some of the newer reads include Rob Halfords, ‘Confessions’ and Megadeths book on the ‘Rust in Peace’ album.
My friend Simon Price penned the Manic Street Preachers ‘Everything’ book which is a great read.
Marilyn Manson has a great new album out, but his long ago written 'The Long Hard Road out of Hell’ is a classic.
Keith Morris from the Circle Jerks and HR from the Bad Brains both represent the birth of Hard Core Punk on separate coasts. Easily the most decadent and maybe most entertaining is ‘Fucked by Rock’ by Zodiac Mindwarp.
But, I’d have to say the 3 that top the list for me are Patti Smiths ‘Just Kids’, Mark Lanegan's ‘Sing Backwards and Weep’ and Jeremy Dean and Tom Bejgrowicz did a fantastic job with ‘Scream with Me’- a great visual history of the Misfits. Patti reminds me of what it means to be a true artist, Mark reminds me what it’s like to be a true addict and ‘We Bite’ reminds me what it’s like to be a true fan.
Have a great week everyone and please check out our Monday Mayhem on Spotify.