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

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Crown Publishing Group, Nov 26, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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 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 more. 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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Strict music journalists are going to hate Friend's memoir because it reads like a fan's guide to hanging with the rock stars the writer grew up worshipping. This wouldn't be a bad thing, except that ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

LONN FRIEND was born in 1956, the year Elvis brought rock 'n' roll to the mainstream. He has been around music--as a DJ, writer, reviewer, developer of talent, and editor--ever since. He has had a regular spot on MTV's "Headbanger's Ball," and he lives in Los Angeles.

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