- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: It Books; First Edition edition (March 15 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061543675
- ISBN-13: 978-0061543678
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.5 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 726 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness Paperback – Mar 15 2011
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“We might as well have had sex now.” (Lady Gaga)
“If you were a girl, I’d f*ck you.” (Bo Diddley)
“We could do fifteen minutes in Vegas.” (Chuck Berry)
“One of the longest and greatest interviews I’ve ever had.” (Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys)
“The best interview of my life.” (Britney Spears)
“Well Neil, f*ck you.” (Phil Collins, Angry Letter to Neil Strauss)
“The best and most honest daily newspaper reporter rock has ever seen.” (Dave Marsh, Author)
“This excellent bathroom read is boiled down like little rocks of crack.” (Library Journal)
“Gonzo interviewing at its best.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“A terrific look at the dysfunctional livelihoods of stardom.” (Publishers Weekly)
From the Back Cover
You can tell a lot about somebody in a minute. If you choose the right minute. Here are 228 of them.
Join Neil Strauss, "The Mike Tyson of interviewers," (Dave Pirner, Soul Asylum), as he
- Makes Lady Gaga cry, tries to keep Mötley Crüe out of jail & gets kidnapped by Courtney Love
- Shoots guns with Ludacris, takes a ride with Neil Young & goes to church with Tom Cruise and his mother
- Spends the night with Trent Reznor, reads the mind of Britney Spears & finds religion with Stephen Colbert
- Gets picked on by Led Zeppelin, threatened by the mafia & serenaded by Leonard Cohen
- Picks up psychic clues with the CIA, diapers with Snoop Dog & prison survival tips from Rick James
- Goes drinking with Bruce Springsteen, dining with Gwen Stefani & hot tubbing with Marilyn Manson
- Talks glam with David Bowie, drugs with Madonna, death with Johnny Cash & sex with Chuck Berry
- Gets molested by the Strokes, in trouble with Prince & in bed with… you’ll find out who inside
And many, many more awkward moments and accidental adventures with the world’s number one stars in Everyone Love You When You’re Dead.See all Product description
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And, if you're a writer for the Rolling Stone, that's a tremendous entree into the rarefied world we all know perhaps not intimately, and would like to enter. Imagine being able to meet your idol.
Even a short encounter encounter can turn into an adventure, if you're hanging out with Motley Crue, and two band members get marched away in handcuffs, or the wife of a bluesman who cannot distinguish between perception and reality makes a ridiculous accusation, and the police get called. Maybe Tom Cruise will take you under his wing and explain Scientology, or perhaps Courtney Love uses you as her personal pin cushion.
Beatling o'er the bass, a Starr drummer, those guys who gather no moss, Pinball Wizards, Crocodile Rockers, climbing Plant's Stairway. Ozzy to Orlando. Bloom's flowering self doubt. Cruise control or lack thereof. Life after Love, how Ali Khan fawns fan mania, and puts his fans in trance, how dangerous it can be to perform music in certain parts of the world. Cher and cockroaches. Eight years to make a famous song, and many songwriters to make it number one. Mindreading with Britney. Success, excess, demon wrestling. Checking outrageous facts. Cockblocking copy editors. Some still haven't found what they're looking for. Sometimes you just want a girl who will sit on a bottle. All of life is here. Even aliens. Don't ask. Not everyone successfully wrestles their demons.
The one thing that I felt lacking was the Index. I wanted to look up Ali Khan again, p331. Almost no one mentioned in the book is mentioned in the Index. I suggest you highlight or bookmark what you may wish to refer to again.
Sometime ago, I looked up the most sampled artists. Rick James was one of the top 3, along with Parliament eg.Mothership Connection, and was famously sampled by MC Hammer. I found the Rick James vignettes fascinating, how drugs influence every decision he makes,an excellent and somewhat poignant peek into the murky mind of an addict.
This would make a great coffee table book. I read the epilogue several times. Derive your self esteem from within not from other people's opinions. If you are like me you may have some attention deficient friends, and this book with its short vignettes provides great talking points. You may also find yourself googling some of the more memorable yet less familiar names. As far as other Strauss books go, certainly get The The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, if you don't already have it, with its faux black leather binding, and a red string bookmark, it's the bible of seduction. The closer you look the more you can see its principles at work here.
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