Every Rose Has Its Thorn: The Rock 'n' Roll Field Guide to Guys

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Penguin Publishing Group, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 298 pages
A hilarious and invaluable handbook to using rock-star archetypes, from Axl to Zappa, to decode and take charge of your own dating life.

Through close readings of the life stories of rock gods of every stripe, Nerve.com dating advice columnist Erin Bradley has created ten "types"-from the fun-loving (and frequently intoxicated) Dr. Feelgood to Mom-approved Johnny B. Goode-based on these rockers and the cardinal traits that they most exemplify as boyfriends and dating partners. Each chapter focuses on one primary rock 'n' roller who embodies the archetype, using his history and romantic foibles as a jumping-off point for understanding guys and their dating habits-including the best ways to find, date, or end a relationship with each. Types include:

*Sweet Child O' Mine
Prime Suspect: The Jonas Brother
It's fun to hang around this guy who's barely legal (or maybe just acts that way) in the apartment that his mom still pays for . . . but is he going to dump you with a ten-second call on his cell like Joe Jonas? Know what you're getting into when dating the young (and the terminally immature).

*Sexy Motherf*cker
Prime Suspect: Anthony Kiedis of the Red hot Chili Peppers
The famously hypersexual Kiedis, well known for mistaking a single tube sock for a pair of pants, is the patron saint of this type-this kind of guy might be into threesomes, foursomes, and stuff that might be illegal in a few states. Is there a place in your life for a sexy guy who isn't really interested in a real relationship?

*Dr. Feelgood
Prime Suspect: Tommy Lee
Tommy Lee married Pam Anderson after knowing her for just five days. Why? We suspect his reputed love of a good party may have played a role. How to navigate (and extricate yourself from) life with a man who drinks, parties, and gets into nonstop trouble, yet still charms the pants off you.

Each chapter features rundowns of the major characteristics of each type; real-world stories and advice from women who have dated them; a "who's who" of the other rock stars who fall into the same category; and a notated black-and-white original illustration of each guy, as he is found in his natural habitat.

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About the author (2010)

ERIN BRADLEY is a writer and journalist living and working in New York City. For the past 5 years, she's been the author of "Miss Information", a sex and dating advice column for Nerve.com.

A native of East Detroit, Erin attended Michigan State University, where she earned a degree in Human Resources (don't worry, she doesn't know what that is, either). Early success as a dating blogger (code name: girlgonemad) led to a weekly advice column, as well as alienation from past boyfriends and pleas from her parents to tone it down.

A lifelong fan of rock n' roll, Erin brought a Beatles album to Show-N-Tell in the first grade and was a card-carrying member of the Aerosmith fan club at the tender age of 10 years old. After a string of rock star crushes, she went on to date a series of pale imitations from high school on through college, with notable achievements including a make out session with a Wilco roadie and a friend-with-benefits relationship with a former tour manager for Franz Ferdinand.

Throughout it all, Erin has become versed in both rock n' roll and the men involved in the lifestyle. EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN is the culmination of her experiences as both a dater and an advice-giver. With illustrations and input from noted artist and creative director Heather Bradley, it's an inside look at what goes on after the stage lights go down and the real personalities come out.

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