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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Blotzer Brothers Publishing (April 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615364012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615364018
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Not the best writing, or back stage pass kiss and tell, but an entertaining read. A quite personal insight into the author's life and relationships within his family and band. Sharing RATT stories and observations of the individual member dynamics as the years continue apart. If I could give this book a 3&1/2 stars I would! It's a good, entertaining read.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The Tale of Bobby Blotzer Sept. 24 2013
By Pam Fleming - Published on Amazon.com
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Unless you are as interested in Bobby Blotzer as he is, and I don't think that is possible, do not waste your money on this book. I thought there would be more stories about his experience in Ratt, his view on things that happened, his memories of being in the band, sadly I was WRONG. It's all about The Blotz.

And it doesn't really even go in a chronological order, it's like a 5 year old hopped up on sugar on Halloween night wrote it. It's all over the place! Most of the pictures are of him and random family members, some of whom he doesn't even know the names of.

The only good things I can say about this book are that it's short (then again some of the chapters were just so stupid I literally skipped them). At the time of the writing he did at least give Stephen Pearcy credit for keeping up with some of the "clerical duties" of the corporation of the band while they fought him tooth and nail over the years for the rights to the name of the band. He devoted one short chapter to the loss of Robbin Crosby, but a lot of that was calling his ex-wife (Crosby's) out as a gold-digger.

If you want to read about the band Ratt, get Stephen Pearcy's book instead, it's actually all about the band. Before you think that I'm a huge Pearcy fan just hating on "The Blotz", let me say I think Pearcy has an enormous ego and is super arrogant, but at least his book was funny and about Ratt.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Decent stories, but very poorly written Nov. 18 2010
By squeezy g - Published on Amazon.com
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This book starts off in chronological order dating back to Bobby Blotzer's childhood, but then the stories are all over the place. It is kind of like a drunk guy telling you random stories over several hours and many cocktails.
Apparently Bobby had help writing this self published book, I would hate to have read his original version, because with the help of two friends there are many typo's, grammatical errors and the layout of the book just does not have any order nor make any sense. It is also laden with half finished stories, which is frustrating since it is just when he is getting to the climax of the story, the sentence ends and he is on to another tale of his life. Bobby also repeats himself continually which is also frustrating.
The good points are, there are some funny stories about various rock stars, so if you are a fan of the 80's hair bands, it has some pretty good points. However, while reading Bobby's perspective, you start to question his integrity, since he often refers to himself as a rock god, but then seems to question himself and then resort to the fact that Ratt were and still are popular, but were no icons. He also has some not so nice things to say about many of the bands and their members of the 80's hair band era. I especially thought his rant about Kevin Dubrow was in poor taste, since Kevin is no longer with us.
This book is also very pricey considering he published it on his own.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Masterpiece in the genre June 9 2010
By Da Peace Dogg - Published on Amazon.com
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What amazed me about Bobby Blotzer's unique tale was how well edited the whole concoction was. I challenge anyone to find one grammatical or punctual error throughout the 400-plus pages of this fine piece of reading. Additionally, Blotzer's story spans out in an easy-to-read, nicely flowing way -- it's obvious Blotzer and pal Jim Clayton have taken more than a few English classes in their time! If this book is self-published, then I've got some land in Ireland I'd like to invite everyone to!

Never once does Blotzer's story become cliched or old. The relations he's had over the years as a PI-RATT with fellow RATT band members and crazy metal heads are described in vivid detail and will make you wish you were a part of the Sunset Strip in 1983. His descriptions of a boat outing gone bad with Def Leppard members Phil Collen and the deceased Steve Clark will keep you on the edge of your seat. The highs and lows with RATT are also laid bare for the world to see. If you like Motley Crue, then stories of throwing food out of the window with a young and brash Tommy Lee are only a slice of the mayhem you'll enjoy! Cocaine, booze, classy women and a churlish Stephen Pearcy -- it's all here for pure PI-RATT debauchery for the world to eat up.

So enjoy this immature mess.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Tales of a Ratt: Things You Are not Supposed To Know Oct. 21 2010
By Julianne - Published on Amazon.com
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Regardless of what the stereotypical thoughts on a drummer are, they would be incorrect in this assumption of Bobby Blotzer. This book was a great read. It's written as if you are having a conversation with the guy. He is entertaining, knowledgeable and willing to share the behind the scenes portions of his life. The band stories and information he shares are honest and shared with a reader as if you are enjoying a beer with the guy. Told in a respectful manner.
So many musicians don't give you any financial details in an understandable way. Reading of the business of Ratt was quite insightful. I couldn't put it down and there were even some laugh out loud chapters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book by one of the best drummers to survive the 80's metal scene. Sept. 22 2010
By R. J. Crosby, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bobby tells a wonderful story of the rise and fall of the 80's metal scene. His detail and memory of certain dates and events with Ratt and other huge bands of the 80's is captivating. The struggles within the band and his own personal life all while being one of the best bands of the 80's. I'm a huge Ratt fan so this book was exactly what I wanted to read. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down, it was like being on Bobby's shoulder throughout the 80's and into the 90's. After reading you'd be amazed such a great cd like "Infestation" was created but on the other hand maybe that's why/how it was created.

I highly recomend this book for any 80's metal fan.

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