Rock Confidential

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Plume, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 339 pages
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Whether it's Acid, Grunge, New Wave, Hip-hop, Metal, or Mariah -- it's still rock 'n' roll to the stars making the music and the mayhem -- from the high lives to the downward spirals, from the drugs and the divas, the drinking and the depression to the sex, money, fame, fast cars, and out-of-control egos.

Packed full of photographs, anecdotes, and sidebars listing everything from rock's wildest couples to worst album covers to amazing moments in concert interruptus, here's the dish on rock's biggest stars and the groupies who love them, from brand names like Mick, Madonna, and Marilyn Manson to living legends like Eric Clapton, Steven Tyler, and Ozzy Osbourne.

"Young Turks": what they did while waiting for their big breaks

"Stage Names": the truth behind those wacky monikers and the ones that (thank God) were changed

"Performing Rites": whose heartbreak inspired which songs

"Hair Raising": the lion manes, mohawks, poodle perms, dreadlocks, and bleached-to-a-pulp, pineapple-shaped haystacks of heavy metaldom

"Money Honey": the richest stars, the biggest houses, the fastest cars, and the really weird stuff they buy

"Stairway to Heaven": a pharmaceutical cornucopia of drug addictions, rehabs, and relapses

"Wild Thing": trashing backstage dressing rooms, groping the groupies, threatening flight attendants, chain-sawing motel room walls


Where the "has beens" are now

Groupie true confessionals -- The greatest hits of catty remarks

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About the author (2000)

Coral Amende is a veteran puzzle constructor whose crosswords and original word games have been featured in The New York Times (yes, the Sunday Edition), The Washington Post, and Los Angeles Magazine, where she has been a puzzle creator and editor since 1993. She is the author of the Random House Famous Name Finder, Hollywood Confidential, Country Confidential, and Rock Confidential, If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say....Come Sit Next to Me, and the RPG Game Collection.

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