Life on Planet Rock: From Guns N' Roses to NIRVana, a Backstage Journey Through Rock's Most Debauched Decade

Life on Planet Rock From Guns N Roses to NIRVana a Backstage Journey Through Rock s Most Debauched Decade For the generation coming of age in the years from to RIP magazine was every bit as crucial as Rolling Stone Life on Planet Rock describes how Lonn Friend the editor of RIP became the Zel

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  • Title: Life on Planet Rock: From Guns N' Roses to NIRVana, a Backstage Journey Through Rock's Most Debauched Decade
  • Author: Lonn Friend
  • ISBN: 9780767922081
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • For the generation coming of age in the years from 1987 to 1994, RIP magazine was every bit as crucial as Rolling Stone Life on Planet Rock describes how Lonn Friend, the editor of RIP, became the Zelig like chronicler of the biggest musical moments of that time from introducing Guns N Roses in nothing but a top hat, underwear, and cowboy boots to sitting in during theFor the generation coming of age in the years from 1987 to 1994, RIP magazine was every bit as crucial as Rolling Stone Life on Planet Rock describes how Lonn Friend, the editor of RIP, became the Zelig like chronicler of the biggest musical moments of that time from introducing Guns N Roses in nothing but a top hat, underwear, and cowboy boots to sitting in during the making of Metallica s Black Album Life on Planet Rock provides revealing portraits of artists as varied as Kurt Cobain, Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper, Axl Rose, James Hetfield, Steven Tyler, and many Part oral history, part candid and humorous memoir, it is a wormhole back to a fast moving time in music that saw tastes flash from new wave to hair metal to grunge, told as only someone who was there through it all could tell it.

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    1. This review and more can be found at A Reader's Diary!Have you ever wondered what it would be like to party with Axl and Slash? What about Motley Crue? Can't forget about Skid Row!Hangout with Motorhead for Lemmy's birthday?Tour the world with Metallica?Play golf with Alice Cooper?Meet the remaining members of the Beatles?Actually experience the Doors and all their mystical glory?Get to know everything there is to know about Gene Simmons?Be personally insulted by Kurt Cobain?Discover bands like [...]

    2. Written by the former editor of RIP magazine - a hard rock magazine published by Hustler - this book is at times a bit dull but offers up a good number of neat stories including Aerosmith, Guns n Roses, Metallica, KISS, and Bon Jovi.Warning: when he starts talking about Chuck Berry, skip ahead a couple pages as the story is quite disgusting.

    3. An OK book, and some good stories on various bands from the late '80s/early '90s (and a Chuck Berry story that you won't believe), but what cracked me up (when it wasn't incredibly annoying) was how in love this guy is with hisme. His own name. Try to find two pages in a row where some rock star isn't saying, "Lonn, you're great" or some play on "Friend". Lonnlonnlonnlonnlonn. Weird, and actually a little disconcerting after awhile (because by about chapter 3 I started to play the 'every two pag [...]

    4. I quite liked *some* things about Life on Planet Rock, but as one of a glut of rock-doc publications of the mid-noughties, (pretty sure every 70's/80's rock band ever put out books between 2000 and 2010d I read them) it ultimately felt like more of the same shock/impress/titillate fare piled higher and deeper. As much as I enjoy the occasional voyeuristic foray into the sordid details of the lives of others, I'm more interested in their growth and evolution as human beings. "OK, that's who you w [...]

    5. At first I didn't know who this book was about. The notation on the cover above the book title got my full attention to want to read it "A Backstage Journey through Rock's Most Debauches Decade". It noted bands from Guns n' Roses to Nirvana. I'm a big reader when it comes to Rock stars and their lives/Bio's so I had to check it out. Well I read this book and it wasn't too bad of a read. Many respects to the man this book is about. His name is Lonn Friend. He seemed to had the coolest job ever. H [...]

    6. Considering the era of his prime and the circles Mr. Friend has run in, I had high expectations for this book. From his start in the porn end of Larry Flynt's publishing empire, to his rise as the metal scene's media face of note, through his countless behind the scenes encounters with nearly every musician of record; there is fertile grounds for a fascinating read here. Unfortunately, that boundless potential remains untapped in this book. What we are provided with is a hand full of mildly ente [...]

    7. Former MTV "Friend At Large" host Lonn Friend recounts his experiences in the L.A. metal scene. He is a likable fellow, but strangely reoccupied with male buttocks and the Tori Amos album "Under the Pink." One interesting sidenote: Friend was the longtime editor of RIP magazine, but he was never really a journalist; he was mainly obsessed with hanging out and getting drunk with Guns N' Roses and Metallica. He employed no objectivity or detachment. Yet -- now that his career is essentially over - [...]

    8. Lonn Friend tells his story of how he has been related to some of the best rock bands on the planet. For being a biography, this is actually my favourite book. From being a teenage rocker to a staff member at Hustler magazine and then editor of the rock magazine 'Rip', he tells of how he met, hung out, and sometimes became a lifeline to bands like Metallica, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Alice in Chains, and how he was practically insulted by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during a reprter interview on how " [...]

    9. Lonn Friend was the editor for the heavy metal mag called "RIP". So this is a book about how he got the gig, and where he went with it. There are lots of fun insights, both good and bad into some of the biggest bands of the 80's into the 90's. Including: Bon Jovi, Guns n Roses, Nirvana, and Metallica. One of the stories that amazed me was how Jon Bon Jovi basically short changed Lonn when we was no longer working. A good, easy and fun read, especially if you enjoyed that type of music and grew u [...]

    10. I picked this up on a whim and didn't really have any expectations for it -- thought I was as into hair metal as the next guy in the late '80s, I never read RIP -- but I still managed to be let down. Lonn Friend may have been a fine editor, but he isn't much of a writer; "Life on Planet Rock" wavers between New Age-tinged autobiography and dirt-filled tell-all, but either way, it isn't really a compelling read.

    11. This was a semi-interesting book about the various types of rock & metal music beginning in the 1980s. Lonn Friend was not only an editor of RIP magazine, he truly loved music.His dealings included GnR, Metallica, Skid Row, Nirvana, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith. There were some good stories about them plus one disturbing story about Chuck Berry's personal life.I liked his stories about the rockers but became bored when he wrote about "finding himself".

    12. Lonn Friend takes his reader through his exciting career in the music industry. What is the most enlightening aspect about this book is how human the rock stars Lonn meets are. I would recommend this read for anyone who wonders what it is like back stage.

    13. I don't think this book focused as much on the bands as it did on the journalist. I was disappointed that it only briefly discussed the bands mentioned in the title of the book, but focused a lot on old rockers. This book was NOT what I thought it was going to be.

    14. While I bought this only for the Beatles and Alice Cooper chapters, I read the whole thing. It was fun and interesting. I even enjoyed the chapters on groups I don't care much for! Good book!!

    15. this guy was the editor of RIPe best metal mag ever!!!,,,,,a great and fun read ended abruptly BUT i enjoyed itkudos 2 lonnrr

    16. I couldn't get through this. The guy is just way too into himselfa lot of potential, but not worth the time.

    17. Very good and is really inspirational. Learn the past about different band members and how they had come out to be rockstars today.

    18. As a huge fan and former subscriber of RIP magazine, I was hoping for more dirt I suppose. The Chuck Berry story did make me literally laugh out loud.

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