Aerosmith. Elvis Presley. Michael Jackson. Nine Inch Nails. Ozzy Osbourne. U2. What do all of these artists have in common? They're rich and rowdy rock 'n' roll renegades whose wild stunts, dumb quotes, and out-of-control lifestyles are featured in Rock Stars Do the Dumbest Things.
--Where else will you find an explanation (goodness knows, we need one) of the Spice Girls' fourteen and one-half minutes of fame straight from the mouths of babes--Baby Spice, that is? "We're like a religious cult."
--Or where will you learn Izzy Stradlin's (of Guns N' Roses) deep thoughts on the virtues of vomiting out of a bus going sixty-five miles an hour?
--And how live octopuses end up in a bathtub with Led Zepplin's female playmates?
Whether you're a Metallica or Madonna fan, you'll get plenty of jaw-dropping facts and anecdotes, along with biographical and career highlights of over eighty-eight raunchy rock 'n' rollers.
From current starts like Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love, to classic rockers like the Rolling Stones and the Eagles, Rock Stars Do the Dumbest Things is proof that rock music is still crazy after all these years.
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Margaret Moser is the senior editor of the Austin Chronicle and director if the Austin Music Awards. Bill Crawford, a pop-culture journalist, is the co-author of Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire. Both reside in Austin, Texas.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Rock Stars Do Dumbest Things
AC/ DCDUMBEST QUOTE"My fantasy [guitar] would be a cannon that shot sperm at the, audience." (Angus Young)FACTS OF LIFE (and Death)RINGLEADERS: Angus Young (guitar)--born March 31,1955, Glasgow, Scotland; Malcolm Young (guitar)--born January 6, 1963, Glasgow, Scotland; Bon Scott (vocals)--born Ronald Belford Scott, July 9, 1946, Angus, Scotland, died February 20, 1980; the coroner's report declared that Scott had "drunk himself to death"; Brian Johnson (vocals)--born October 5, 1947, Newcastle, England.SELECTED HITS (and Misses)SONGS: "Big Balls" (1976), "Whole Lotta Rosie" (1977), "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" (1981), "Mistress for Christmas" (1990), "Got You By the Balls" (1990), "Moneytalks" (1981).QUICKIE BIOWhen the Australian brothers Malcolm and Angus Young saw their brother George playing in his own rock band, they decided that they could do a lot better. So in 1973, the two teamed up to create AC/DC. Original vocalist David Evans was soon replaced by wildman Bon Scott, who drank himself to death in 1980 and was replaced by Brian Johnson. Though the band changed singers, AC/DC never changed its look or its music.AC/DC DOES THE DUMBEST THINGS Before putting together AC/DC, Malcolm Young played with the Velvet Underground. No, not the Velvet Underground. Young's bandmates were Australians who simply stole the name. When he first started performing, Angus Young wasn't sure what to wear onstage. First he tried a gorilla suit. Then he tried a Zorro outfit. His sister suggested that he wear an Australian schoolboy's outfit. It suited Angus perfectly. The Young brothers claimed that when they named their band AC/DC, they didn't realize that the electrical term was also slang for bisexual. The ambiguous name worked in their favor, as the band was hired to play many gay-themed gigs when they were just starting out.Despite its ambiguous name, AC/DC developed into a hard-core heterosexual act. Boob-loving fans were excited to learn that Malcolm worked as a sewing-machine maintenance mechanic in a bra factory. After AC/DC hit the big time, a voluptuous (42-39-56) strong-armed singer brought Scott back to her place and mated with him. Allegedly,Scott was her twenty-ninth sexual conquest that month. The band dedicated a song to the well-endowed temptress--"Whole Lotta Rosie." After a show in San Antonio, Texas, an intoxicated Scott proved what kind of a man he was by drinking a whole bottle of "liquor" in one gulp. Unfortunately, the bottle he downed was a bottle of aftershave. Angus Young liked to get physical onstage. "I've jumped off amps and fallen ass over tit," confessed Young. "Made a complete fool of myself." When he broke his fingers, he put splints on them and used them to play slide guitar. American soldiers found a use for AC/DC music. During the 1989 invasion of Panama, U.S. troops blasted out "Highway to Hell" at top volume in order to drive strongman Manuel Noriega out of the Vatican Embassy. When Johnson heard that AC/DC music was being used for psychological torture, the singer shrugged, "I guess now we won't get to play for the Pope." When one journalist complained that AC/DC had made ten records that all sounded the same, Angus was insulted. "He's a liar," fumed Young. "We've made eleven albums that all sound the same."ROCK STARS DO THE DUMBEST THINGS. Copyright © 1998 by Margaret Moser and Bill Crawford. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. For information, address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y 10010.
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