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Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N' Roses
Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N' Roses
by Stephen Davis
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great history of the band, Sept. 4 2013
I know this book has been criticized by some readers for minor mistakes, but these aren't the types of mistakes that make a book unreliable. For example, the author refers to Jimi Hendrix famously burning his Les Paul at Monterey (in reality, Hendrix burned his Stratocaster) and refers to Paul Stanley as the bassist in KISS (Gene Simmons was/is the band's bassist) but these errors are quite minor and irrelevant to the story.

Another complaint I've heard is that Davis isn't offering anything new to the GNR story, and that everything found here can be found from other sources. SO WHAT? This book is a great telling of a very interesting story. Very detailed and not much is held back. The author does a terrific job of describing the 1980's glam metal scene in general for context. If you have any interest at all in Guns N' Roses, you'll find this book very difficult to put down, as you follow them from pre-stardom to the streets of Hollywood, to their eventual implosion. For those of us who don't already know everything there is to know about Guns N' Roses, this is a fantastic book.

Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope Is Here
Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope Is Here
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There is something to this, March 14 2013
One thing "Zefenchy" conveniently neglected to point out in his review, a rather important point, is that the authors of this book successfully predicted back in early 2012 that Benedict XVI would soon abdicate for health reasons, paving the way for the final Pope. After successfully predicting something that most believed would never happen, how can any reviewer say that "these authors got it wrong all along"?

When this reviewer states "the 266th pope is not Peter the Roman but Francis the 1st from Argentina", he clearly shows a lack of understanding of the St. Malachy prophecies. Malachy used a short phrase in Latin to describe each Pope, beginning with Celestine II and “From a castle on the Tiber.” That Pope’s birth name was Guido di Castello. More recently, he described Pope John Paul I with the phrase: “From the midst of the moon.” His reign, which began in 1978, began with the moon half full and lasted only one month — or one moon. He was followed by Pope John Paul II by the Latin expression “Laboris Solis” — or translated “From the labor of the sun” — an expression meaning a solar eclipse. As it turned out, John Paul II was the only known pope to be born on the day of a solar eclipse — and he was buried on the day of a solar eclipse. For the next Pope, Benedict XVI, St. Malachy wrote: “Glory of the olive.” Before the Pope was selected, some suggested a Benedictine would be elected because the order is sometimes referred to as the Olivetans, whose name ultimately derives from the Mount of Olives in the New Testament. A Benedictine was not selected. However, upon his election as pontiff, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger chose the name Benedict after St. Benedict of Nursia, founder of the Benedictine Order.

So the fact that the new Pope is named Francis the 1st from Argentina means nothing.

Read the book and decide for yourself.

Bite My Lip
Bite My Lip

3.0 out of 5 stars mid-90s alternative rock, Jan. 15 2013
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This is your standard mid-90s co-ed alternative rock. The songs are pretty good and Liane de Lotbinière's vocals are strong. The production is a bit weak.

Mario Sports Mix - Wii Standard Edition
Mario Sports Mix - Wii Standard Edition
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun game, May 22 2012
Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
My seven year old son loves this game. I play it with him and it is a lot of fun. All the classic Nintendo characters are here.

The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR
The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR
by Brian Tuohy
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, June 29 2010
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As a longtime sports fan who had slowly been beginning to suspect that something fishy is going on, I was very eager to read this book when I heard about it. It does not disappoint. It' A terrific book loaded with evidence that is difficult to deny. You'll NEVER look at pro sports the same way again after reading this. This book not only provides compelling evidence which proves that game-fixing happens, but how bloody EASY it is to do it! Once you see how it happens you'll wonder why you hadn't figured it out before. I am now convinced... basketball, baseball, etc. are absolutely as fake as wrestling. At least wrestling has the guts to be honest with you that it's all predetermined.

A Wanderer's Handbook
A Wanderer's Handbook
by Carla L. Rueckert
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars you are not alone, June 29 2010
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This book is required reading for all Wanderers, all several million of us. If you feel alone in this world, the testimony here will definitely resonate with you and remind you that there are many who feel like you do and walk with you.

The Covert War Against Rock: What You Don't Know About the Deaths of Jim Morrison, Tupac Shakur, Michael Hutchence, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Phil Ochs, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, John Lennon, and The Notorious B.I.G.
The Covert War Against Rock: What You Don't Know About the Deaths of Jim Morrison, Tupac Shakur, Michael Hutchence, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Phil Ochs, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, John Lennon, and The Notorious B.I.G.
by Alex Constantine
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, Feb. 26 2009
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This is a fascinating book. Be warned though, the stories contained in this book may shatter your uninformed "weltanschauung". It's kind of sad really, to discover that the events that the media portray as naturally occurring are in reality fomented and manufactured by the intelligence community. This book is convincing. You'll never look at the music industry the same again.

Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix
Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix
by Charles R. Cross
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful look at a wonderful musician, Nov. 21 2007
This is a wonderful book. Cross paints a very moving portrait of Jimi's sad, lonely, poverty stricken early life in Seattle. Many probably think of Hendrix as an "overnight sensation" who came to fame in England and later took the US by storm at the Monterey Pop Festival, but this book shows just how hard he struggled throughout the early 60's before finally getting his big break. It also shows how unhappy Hendrix was after achieving his dreams of success. There are some details which this book misses, which can be found in other bios and documentaries about Hendrix, but all in all this book is very well researched and provides a very vivid look at the life of one of the greatest musicians in rock history.

Also, Hendrix fans would be well advised to check out a couple of documentaries - one called "Hendrix" which was released in 1973 and another called "Band of Gypsys" from 1999, which are great companion pieces to this biography, as they feature very revealing interviews with many from Jimi's inner circle who are featured in this book.

Band Of Gypsys Live
Band Of Gypsys Live
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5.0 out of 5 stars FREAKIN' AMAZING!!!, Nov. 8 2007
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Having been born around the time this album was recorded and growing up in the 80's, I'm almost ashamed to admit that I did not discover this album until a couple of years ago. I have appreciated Hendrix's music since my teens but Band Of Gypsys is the album that completely blew me away and convinced me that Jimi Hendrix was a true genius. Every song on this album is a classic, with standouts being Machine Gun, Power To Love, and Message To Love. The finest moments in rock guitar history can be heard in the guitar solo featured in Machine Gun. This is truly the guitar solo that sent an entire generation of kids to their bedrooms, trying to duplicate what they were hearing on their guitars. Every "guitar hero" to come after, from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Eddie Van Halen to Randy Rhoads must have been inspired by this song. The argument can easily be made that Band Of Gypsys influenced everything that came after... from funk, to blues, to rock, to heavy metal.

Band Of Gypsys is definitely NOT the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Both Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell are gone, replaced here by Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums and vocals. Miles, in particular, contributes to a very different sound for Hendrix. His simple but powerful drumming and fantastic vocal contributions really add soul to the recordings.

All in all, there is nothing on this album that could be classified as disappointing. Great songs, and fantastic musicianship all around. This is certainly an album which, if you don't already, will make you truly appreciate what the world lost when Hendrix passed away in 1970.

Powerage
Powerage
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an overlooked masterpiece, Nov. 6 2007
This review is from: Powerage (Audio CD)
Although this album is seldom mentioned among AC/DC's best, it just may be their finest hour. The production is fantastic, the songs are great, and Angus Young has never sounded better. There is an energy flowing through the songs that can't help but make you want to go to the fridge, get a cold beer, and have fun. This album absolutely rocks from start to finish (although the last couple of songs are slightly sub-par) and deserves to be mentioned in the same breath with classics Back In Black and Highway To Hell. If you like AC/DC, you are guaranteed to like Powerage.

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