Life on Planet Rock: From Guns N' Roses to NIRVana, a by Lonn Friend

By Lonn Friend

For the iteration coming of age within the years from 1987 to 1994, "RIP" journal was once every piece as the most important as "Rolling Stone." "Life on""Planet Rock" describes how Lonn good friend, the editor of "RIP," turned the Zelig-like chronicler of the largest musical moments of that time--from introducing weapons N' Roses (in not anything yet a most sensible hat, undies, and cowboy boots) to sitting in in the course of the making of Metallica's "Black Album." "Life on""Planet Rock" offers revealing images of artists as different as Kurt Cobain, Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper, Axl Rose, James Hetfield, Steven Tyler, and plenty of extra. half oral background, half candid and funny memoir, it's a wormhole again to a fast-moving time in song that observed tastes flash from new wave to hair steel to grunge, informed as purely anyone who used to be there via all of it may well inform it.

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And, as long as I’m on an honesty streak, I might as well tell you: I very rarely, if ever, did all the sit-ups, Hindu squats or other exercises I claimed when talking to the press. )" As for the readers who thought he was unkind in his assessments of several people … well, Lou just shrugged them off. Some readers who were wrestling fans simply didn’t like his depiction of their heroes, many of them deceased by then, and he understood that. " That he was, nevertheless, proud of the final product is a certainty.

The book was groundbreaking, in that it was the first by a prominent pro wrestler to break "kayfabe," the code of silence practiced for decades by those in the industry when discussing their profession with outsiders. Certainly, other wrestlers had written their autobiographies by then, but almost all of them presented pro wrestling as a legitimate sport. Lou was determined to present an honest, warts-and-all, depiction of his career, the first major star to do so, and he was especially pleased when he became aware of praise from an unexpected direction: from some university academics who discovered the book and pronounced it a valuable and revealing document about an interesting segment of American pop culture.

It was admittedly an inefficient system, so Lou and Charlie soon took over the reproduction, binding, and mailing operation entirely at their end. (The only "big" money we ever made with the book came when Koji Miyamoto, who was very close to Lou and Charlie, and served very ably over the years as Lou’s representative in Japan, sold it to a Japanese publishing house. The manuscript was translated into kanji, and the result was exactly the sort of product we’d originally hoped to see in the United States: a hard-back with lots of photos.

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