304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.69 in
July 15, 1998
St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1580630235
ISBN - 13: 9781580630238
Read from the Book
Rock Stars Do Dumbest ThingsAC/ 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
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
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.
From Our Editors
Celebrating the misguided antics, bizarre statements, and baffling lifestyles of the world's most famous musical "talents", this fun, authoritative book presents a wealth of jaw-dropping facts and anecdotes about such icons of rock music as Madonna, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Spice Girls, Courtney Love, and others. 45 photos