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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: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #301,290 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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15 of 15 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 16 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Holds back very little.Great read. Sept. 20 2010
By PhilthyL2805 - Published on Amazon.com
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As a Ratt fan for many years I've been waiting for a tell all type book about the band for years. I thought Pearcy was gonna be the 1st, from reading various interviews with him, but.... To summarise, this is a great walk through Bobby's career, prior to joining Ratt, through their rise to success and through their recent decade of basically being on the nostalic circuit. I know Ratt fans may not like that last comment but lets be serious. Ratt is a band for fans of 80's hard, which does definitely find new & young audience members, but their audience is still gonna be 95% old rock fans. Like me. Whilst I did really enjoy this book, I wish Bobby would have taken a bit more time to give all the eras of his life and career a more equal sort of commentary. He didn't really tell enough, in my opinion, of the good times whilst Ratt was riding high, and I wish he'd gone into a bit more detail about their decline and eventual split. I kind of have a fair idea, from the magazines that I've read, but it would've been nice to learn more. I respect him greatly for not going into Crosby's unfortunate, extremely sad demise. I suppose this is where he considered that he'd held back a bit. The book has already p i s s e d off current band members so you know, it does sling some dirt around. It was also cool to learn more about Bobby and his obvious tenacity and versatile capabilities outside the world of Ratt and Rock n roll. Now I just hope that at least one of the other band members decides to tell their share & side of the story. This is a must for any 80z hard rock fan.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The REAL story of mayhem and debauchery June 3 2010
By Highway Boots - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As I sit and read the final chapters of this amazing book I come to realize that the life I dreamed of as a kid was even more wild and rebellious than I had envisioned. I now question how these guys survived let alone make the great music they did. I always knew Dokken, Motley Crue and Ratt ran in the same circles in the early days but this book take you even further inside than any other book or documentary ever did. Some of the subjects were shallowly covered in Motley Crue's "The Dirt" but this book live up to that books name on many levels.

This book is worth every penny if you care to read about the behind the scenes stuff, but if you are looking for a sugar coated story of life on the strip in the 80's then this book will not please you, as Bobby Blotzer slaps you up the side of the head and forces you to see the "truth" from his eyes.

The only drawback to this book is that there isn't another book out there that can substantiate the claims he makes in this book which isn't bad but it's always nice to have a good cross reference mainly because of the copious amounts of mind altering substances consumed by said parties in the 80's I have been sober for 17 years and I still can't remember everything in detail that happened to me during my "dark days" so I'm sure there are a few stories that are slightly embellished to make a good read but the heart of the book remains the same. Kudos to Bobby for giving us the inside track to life as a rock star in the 80's, no one else has the balls to do so at this depth.
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.

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