I am both blessed and cursed (at the same time) by the barrage of concerned friends, family, and coworkers, all willing to text/email/call/Facebook message me every day with requests for updates and news… um, guys, do you really think I WOULDN’T tell you if I knew anything?
I truly appreciate the support, but I really don’t need to be reminded that he’s not here yet. I know.
While browsing around online, I found this list of “101 Things to do When You’re Overdue (or Close)” ...But a lot of the items are things I've already done, or things that I’m physically unable to do, being on bed rest and all…
One of the things I can do (besides watch a TON of crap TV) is to read. It only hurts mildly to hold the book up and open (bet you didn’t think of that, but it’s true – stupid hands!), and I do like to read. So far I’ve burned through two whole books, and I’m about 1/3 of the way through a third.
The first book I read was Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good by Corey Taylor of Slipknot. I bought this book last summer and never really got around to it until now. I’m a fan of Corey Taylor and Slipknot, but I gotta tell you, I really wasn’t into this book… I prefer narrative-style stories in somewhat chronological order, and I expected this book to be more biographical in that way. Corey Taylor interjects small life stories into his rants (organized by a chapter for each “deadly sin”), but they’re out of order, not very frequent, and buried by ramblings and clichés and stream-of-consciousness meant to be sarcastic humor. Boo Corey Taylor. I really wanted to like your book.
The second book I read was My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N' Roses by Steven Adler. This book was WAY more my style. A straightforward biographical narrative of Adler’s journey from childhood to present, documenting his struggle with drugs and alcohol during his rise to fame as drummer for Guns N’ Roses from 1985 – 1990. Having already read the Slash book several years ago, I found this book to be a nice companion piece that reveals another side of the story of the band.
Currently, I’m reading Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis. It’s from 2005, but I never got around to reading it until now. In fact, I don’t even own it – I traded with my next door neighbor (he took The Dirt by Motley Crue). As I stated earlier, I’m only 1/3 of the way through right now, but so far it’s telling the story in the same structure as the Steven Adler book – something I really enjoy. I’m surprised at how long this book is! But it’s going down easy. One of the things I also enjoy noticing is how many of these bands and musicians cross paths along each of their respective journeys. In his book, Adler mentions crossing paths with a young Flea (of Red Hot Chili Peppers)… and, of course, Flea is also featured (albeit in a more prominent role) in Kiedis’ book. But they’re all from the same times and places, so it’s only natural they would have crossed somewhere. It’s amazing to realize how many of these messed-up kids ended up hitting it big in music when you hear their stories behind everything…
So, if you’re looking for something to read, and enjoy depressing drug-addled tales of rock musicians as much as I do, you may want to try one of these books out.
It’s So Easy – Guns N’ Roses
Appetite for Destruction