Relentless: The Memoir

Relentless The Memoir The rock and roll memoir of one of the world s greatest guitaristsYngwie Malmsteen s revolutionary guitar style combining elements of classical music with the speed and volume of heavy metal made him

  • Title: Relentless: The Memoir
  • Author: Yngwie J. Malmsteen
  • ISBN: 9781118517734
  • Page: 243
  • Format: ebook
  • The rock and roll memoir of one of the world s greatest guitaristsYngwie Malmsteen s revolutionary guitar style combining elements of classical music with the speed and volume of heavy metal made him a staple of the 80s rock scene Decades later, he s still a legend among guitarists, having sold 11 million albums and influenced generations of rockers since In RelentlesThe rock and roll memoir of one of the world s greatest guitaristsYngwie Malmsteen s revolutionary guitar style combining elements of classical music with the speed and volume of heavy metal made him a staple of the 80s rock scene Decades later, he s still a legend among guitarists, having sold 11 million albums and influenced generations of rockers since In Relentless, Malmsteen shares his personal story, from the moment he burst onto the scene seemingly out of nowhere in the early 80s to become a household name in the annals of heavy metal Along the way, he talks about his first bands, going solo, his songwriting and recording process, and the seedy side of the rock business.Malmsteen was named one of Time magazine s ten greatest electric guitar playersThe author s most recent album, Spellbound, was released in December 2012Ideal for guitar players, heavy metal fans, and those who enjoy rock memoirs

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    1. A long time fan of Yngwie, this book was always going to appeal and it didn't disappoint. Written in first person, it's very much true to the lore of Malmsteen - ie. a genius who knows he's a genius. Although covering his whole career, most of this book deals with Malmsteen himself with very little mention of his bandmates. The Johansson brothers get a little airtime and Yngwie's got a few words for Joe Lynn Turner, alright (although, I don't think Joe will much care for them), but from top to b [...]

    2. Another autobiography of a musical artist whom I have always respected for his ability, and discussed with others about his reported "self confidence".The first 70% of this book is terrifically interesting, talking of his childhood, and how he first started guitaring, and his first bands, and his first recordings. Then how he was "discovered" and moved to the U.S. to follow his dreams. Lie (it appears) many other artists, he also details his dalliances in alcohol abuse, his failed business deali [...]

    3. There I was, some ten years ago, still reeling from the overwhelming experience of my first Malmsteen gig. I had brought my signature Malmsteen Strat and I stood outside the venue for two hours in the freezing cold and drizzle waiting for him to show up and sign it. When he finally did, our encounter was very brief. In the end, someone - April, his wife, I think - had to take my guitar unto the tour bus and they almost took of with it! I did get the guitar back and it's been one of my most prize [...]

    4. Did you know?- That as a teenager, Yngwie recorded music every day in a converted bomb shelter?- That his father was a Swedish spy in the Cold War?- That he had a near-fatal drunken car crash that almost caused him the loss of function of his picking hand, but ultimately only made his hair go curly?- That he has an uncompromising musical vision, but that vision for some reason also includes baffling radio-friendly cock rock?- That the thing he does is not actually "sweep-picking," even though th [...]

    5. Yngwie turned the guitar world upside-down when I was in college, and his first three albums were favorite listening of mine while studying. I've always loved his playing, and wondered if the interviews I've read over the years were an accurate portrayal. I read this book in a day - just couldn't put it down. He doesn't pull punches, yet has many charitable things to say about familiar names in the music business. The book is written in a conversational style as though you're sitting across the [...]

    6. Un genere di libri che tanto mi piace leggere sono le autobiografie, soprattutto quelle di musicisti la cui carriera seguo da tempo.In questo libro il vichingo più famoso della sei corde racconta per filo e per segno la sua vita e la sua carriera.Il libro inizia con gli ormai classici "dicono di lui" di svariati personaggi più o meno rilevanti, e in una breve introduzione ci racconta che questa autobiografia vede la luce dopo ben sei anni di lavoro. Nella parte centrale della rilegatura trovia [...]

    7. Review Summary: Yngwie J. Malmsteen is arguably the paramount technical metal guitarist on this planet. And possibly several more planets as well. He has written a fascinating memoir that is presented from his unique perspective on life, music… and his undeniable confidence in his own ability that many find too abrasive.Rating: 80%Review in a bit more detail: Anyone who knows Yngwie Malmsteen’s work generally falls in to one of two extreme categories - you either love him or hate him. He rev [...]

    8. Yngwie's memoir is quite interesting from the start and does serve to illuminate his formative years. As a guitarist, Yngwie was undoubtedly a huge influence upon me and so many others as a player. He does share plenty of insights about his early career and rise to success.Yngwie also spends a lot of time praising himself for his contributions to music. Mr. Malmsteen doles out only the most sparing praise to his collaborators, most of whom he doesn't even bother to mention. As an author, he does [...]

    9. Recuerdo con lujo de detalles hace aproximadamente 24 años cuando conocí a Ingüi (jamás podré pronunciar su nombre como debería que es algo como Yngvei, no me parece correcto a estas alturas y nadie sabría de quién estoy hablando). El álbum fué Trilogy y recuerdo que un amigo lo estaba tocando en su camión al lado de casa y al pasar la vecina dijo que era música del diablo. La canción que sonaba era I'm a Viking. Yngwie ha sido uno de esos músicos, que aunque no lo escucho frecuent [...]

    10. 5 stars for Yngwie, but only 3 for his book. There's definitely some interesting material for rabid fans like me: Run-ins with various former bands and bandmates; years (and years) of excessive drinking and "rock star behavior;" crooked managers and the fortunes they stole; two failed marriages; one great marriage; the birth of his son (and his greatest pal) Antonio; and above all, Yngwie's love of music. He's "telling it like it is" (and not in his native language) but at times the cliches and [...]

    11. Truly amazing. I read this eBook very slowly. I didn't want to finish it. I can really connect with this book as I am a musician with obsessive tendencies and have always been an individual . It's like reading about myself in the way that I approach thinking about music and how to write music.Yngwie Malmsteen to me has always been misunderstood. This book hopefully will help explain how Yngwie does things. He is a modern day J S Bach rather than an electric guitar player in a band.The magic does [...]

    12. Newsflash: Yngwie J. Malsteen is the greatest technical rock player of all time. Don't believe me? Read his new memoir, he'll tell you he is. Seriously, he is an amazing guitarist. I have loved his signature style since I was a teenager. His book was very well written and really painted a different picture than what I had imagined his life to be. Also loved that he added some music-theory-geekdom into his writing of this book. It would have been impossible to tell his story without it, so I'm gl [...]

    13. Very awesome book. Never read an autobiography before. It was like Yngwie Malmsteen himself was talking in my head all the time i was reading the book. It didn't really sound like i am ready a book, it was like he was sitting in front of me and telling me stories of his life.I didn't like the fact that the book wasn't based on a timelinee other issue i didn't like was that it was not very detailed. I still have tons of questions and probably if he wanted to tell all it would be a 500 pages book. [...]

    14. Surprisingly enjoyable tell-all memoir from the original enfant terrible of shred guitar. Sure, his ego looms larger than a stack of vintage Marshalls over every page, and he does go on about his love of Ferraris and Rolexes a little more than I'd like, but for the most part it's refreshingly candid and heartfelt.The infamous "you've unleashed the #%$%ing fury" incident can be heard here (and it's hilarious): soundcloud/massivecoiler/

    15. At last the biography of one of the most accomplished composers, arrangers, and instrumental virtuosos ever. I was impressed by the author's intellect and insights as well as the profundity and breadth of his knowledge and understanding of music. Guitarists will find a few worthwhile tips, although not nearly as many as I'd hoped for. A unique glimpse into the founder of neo-classical heavy metal.

    16. J'ai toujours apprécié la musique de Malmsteen mais comme personne je l'ai par contre toujours detesté, si quelqu'un à la même vision que j'avais de lui je l'invite à lire ce livre, au pire des cas il remontera un chti peu dans votre estime.Livre très intéressant, AC/DC, KISS, Billy Sheehan et j'en passe sont mentionnés dans le livre.

    17. I was expecting to not like Yngwie before starting this book but I found myself respecting him greatly. This is a fantastic book! It is not your "typical" memoir. It's a focused and detailed autobiography that shows the real side to the Swedish guitar god.

    18. As the Kerrang! headline once read (when reviewing the Odyssey album)"Ready, Steady, Ego!!!". For committed YJM fans only, fills in some of his bio history and guitar kit gaps.If only he would just play a little bit faster!

    19. The story is interesting, but I would have liked to have heard the opinions of some of the people mentioned in the book. There are always two sides to a story. I felt there was a bit too much repetition in the commentary. Some things only need to be said once.

    20. a Very interesting Memoir of a Highly controversial Musician and Guitar Virtuoso. All I can say is that after reading this my opinion of Yngwie has changed, for the better. And I'm no Fanboy. a quick read.

    21. Great biography! I really enjoyed this. I've always loved his guitar playing but didn't know anything about his life. I highly recommend it!

    22. nice to hear him explain his life in his own words. however, the whole ends up reading like a very long advertisement. and, as much as he tries to deny it, the dude is arrogant.

    23. It explains why he is how he is. So I enjoyed it, could've done without all the technical guitar speak, but really, did I expect that to not be there?? No.

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