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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Cool Titles (6. Dezember 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 193527001X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935270010
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 26,5 x 18,1 x 2,9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.857.282 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Dr. Eberhard Lohmann am 1. Februar 2014
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Nachdem ich über Amazon auch die Rockpalast-Box von Mitch Ryder erwerben konnte (jetzt fehlt nur noch Nils Lofgren) - hat ja lange genug gedauert, bis man eine CD-Ausgabe veröffentlicht hat - war's sehr interessant, eine sogar von Mitch Ryder selbst geschriebene Autobiographie zu lesen. Auch wenn da kein Journalist aus der Rock 'n Roll-Welt mitgewirkt und den Text lesbar gemacht hat, kann man sicher sagen, Mitch Ryder kann nicht nur Songtexte schreiben, er bringt auch die eigene Lebensgeschichte in eine ansprechende, gut lesbare Form. Ich habe mir gleich die englische Version zugelegt, weil ich englische Bücher am liebsten in der Originalsprache lese. Wer da "mitkommt" ist sehr gut "bedient" und ich kann jedem das Buch sehr empfehlen. Er hat ja doch einiges erlebt in seiner Karriere. Und daß er jetzt in Deutschland und Europa ein Standbein hat - insbesondere mit der hervorragenden Band "Engerling", - macht alles noch besser.
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2 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Annaea am 1. Juni 2012
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Wenn ein Superstar, und sei es nur ein ehemaliger, plötzlich ein Buch herausbringt, läuten bei mir schon die Alarmglocken.
Doch hier liegt der Fall anders.
Der Mann hat das Buch nämlich selber geschrieben, ganz ohne Hilfschreiberling, wie es dieser Tage üblich ist.
Er hat einfach seine Geschichte erzählt, und das nicht einmal schlecht.
Ich würde sogar sagen (soweit ich einen englischen Text beurteilen kann), er ist ein durchaus talentierter Autor.
Ich habe schon einige Bestseller gelesen, die dem Buch nicht das Wasser reichen können.
Langweilig ist es keinesfalls, und es steht drin, was man eigentlich immer schon wissen wollte.
Wenn der Leser glaubt, dass er sich durch eine Aneinanderreihung von Ereignissen quälen muss, wird enttäuscht er sein.
Schon auf den ersten Seiten wird klar, dass sich da einer Gedanken gemacht hat, und nicht erst beim Schreiben.
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Mitch Ryder Provides A Glimpse Into His Soul W/Devils & Blue Dresses 12. Februar 2012
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I love reading about celebrities. I especially like reading autobiographies. As a general rule, most celebrities endeavoring to write their autobiography, they tend to have help in writing them. When I read Mitch Ryder's Devils & Blue Dresses, it was so well written - incredibly well written - I just automatically assumed that Mr. Ryder had some help with a ghost writer.

I was 100% wrong.

Devils & Blue Dresses is written totally and completely written by the R&B legend. For someone who wasn't formally educated in the finer art of book writing, Ryder shames many authors who have written multiple books.

Yeah, he's that good.

While the book is superbly written, the story it tells is a tough one to read as Ryder shares his warts and all stories of his indulgence into everything sex, drugs and rock and roll. As a rock and R&B legend, he's done it all.There's isn't one bit of sugarcoating of his story as Mitch takes his swipes at those he feels has ripped him off as well as taking full responsibility for the emotional debris he's caused and left on the landscape of his relationships.

Within the pages of Devils, you'll read about Ryder's tough, unhappy blue collar upbringing in a tough part of Michigan. He eloquently guides you through his development as a rhythm and blues singer during his early days while singing with the black group, The Peps. You'll read the back story of the creation of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels and Mitch's rise to fame under the guiding and allegedly sticky-fingered hand of Bob Crewe.

The reader is reminded of the fact that talent such as Eric Clapton, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and The Who had opened for Mitch. Despite reaching the pinnacle of success, Ryder writes, "In the public eye, I was at the top of my game . . . but when I sat backstage in the shadow and watched the other performers I began to realize that my time as a headliner was nearing an end.

One of the most poignant stories told by Ryder is his one meeting with John Lennon back in the sixties and the incredible kindness and encouragement the late Beatle showed him. One of the funniest stories in the book involves a chance glance of a nude Tina Turner and a misunderstanding that involved the name of Mick Jagger.

The saddest portions of the book are those involving Ryder's inability to maintain close relationships as he struggled with his own sexuality. Marriages and relationships with his children were the collateral damage in the war Ryder waged against - or with - his demons. The book ends with a pretty open look into his marriage with his third wife, Megan, and the hard work he is putting into keeping that marriage to together.

Devils & Blue Dresses is a must read for those who love reading great celebrity stories. It's a must own for those who are serious in their studies of musical icons. Oh, and if you buy the book, you'll be given a code to download Mitch's latest album, The Promise for no additional charge. How cool is that?
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This is an easy read but not easy "to" read. 4. März 2012
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I was 14 years old and growing up in Illinois when Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels hit the airwaves with "Jenny Take a Ride". Me and all of my friends were instantly addicted! We were glad to see a Midwest boy crack the Top 5 and knock the Beatles down a notch. Bought all his 45's and albums as soon as they came out. His music and energy was absolutely contagious. I was fortunate to meet and speak with him a few years ago at a small club in Columbus, Ohio. He was warm, friendly and open to talk about anything.I think Mitch approached this book like he did his music....No holds barred! He leaves "nothing" hidden. Even things that are "very" difficult to read about during his childhood upbringing and a few other incidents throughout his "rise to fame" that quite frankly could have been left out and would not have had a real big effect on the overall storyline. But that is not Mitch! What you see is what you get. Very ballsy. I read the book in one sitting. Could not put it down. I'd heard rumors over the years about Mitch and his struggles but had no idea the pain(s)he actually experienced. Greater men than him would have given up and quit "LONG" before. He sacrificed EVERYTHING and some things he's very, very sorry for to this day! But this is "HIS" story and I like and respect him more than I did before. Because now there are no rumors. Mitch has put it all out there for you to read.
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Everything needed to know before you decide to be a rockstar 11. Januar 2012
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First of all I became an avid fan of Mitch Ryder's music in the early 80's after sampling his critically acclaimed CD's , "How I spent my Vacation" and "Naked but not dead." They were both produced and released in Germany and if not searched out would have went un-noticed. However, to my satisfaction, Incredible songs like "Tough Kid" ,"Ain't Nobody white" and "Freeze'n in Hell" to this day, remain some of the greatest composed rock and roll music I've heard in decades.

The book is a written chronologically from his early days as a child to his first passage into the Detroit Black clubs hooking up with the underbelly of that world while he fine tunes his soulful vocal skills and artistry abilities to eventually lead one of the greatest Rock and Roll bands ever , "Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels" . His story is very well thought through and written for the reader to understand the crazy world of entertainment and all of the manipulative egos within and the pitfalls of fame and greed.

Mitch explains how he overcame the ride to fame and the love it took from his wife, Megan, to help him become the exceptional artist he is today. The final chapters are riveting as he tries to explain how his immaturity, lacking the ability to love that unfortunately intensified his emotional pain as well as everyone that surrounded him.
There are also plenty of great revealing stories in connection with the many great musicians and celebrity that his journey to stardom took him. It's an honest interpretation of a man's life that happened to be a rock star. He was a man with many flaws and contradictions like many of us that was extremely talented. This talent took him to the incredible world of fame that spit him back down as damaged goods from the fame machines of NYC.He climbed his way back, year by year, fan by fan, to ultimately regain what he thought he may have lost in his journey.The people who truely loved him. In return his artistic integrity still intact marches on still creating more fine fine music,and wonderful art, while realizing the answer was simple but the lesson was heart wrenching. Simply, "Love" and the ability to love and be loved was the missing piece in the puzzle all along. Great unexpected honest account from a Rock and Roll icon passing through this world refusing to rust in his twilight years. Rock on Mitch Ryder...Rock on!
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The Best Voice in all of Rock-N-Roll ! 12. Dezember 2012
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What can I say that hasn't already been said about William Levise Jr., better known as Mitch Ryder? I guess I could tell you about the time my family meet him in Laughlin, Nevada. My two little girls were so excited to meet Daddy's musical hero. I warned them that he may be drunk or on drugs but that it would still be an honor to speak with him for a minute. The truth is, Mitch was an absolute gentleman! He graciously shook our hands and even got down on one knee to meet my babies. Merrilee Rush was also in the dressing room and she was phenomenal. However, the highlight was meeting the man who still posesses the best voice in all of Rock-N-Roll history. This book is so personal and well written that you will be fascinated and won't want to put it down. I can't say enough about it. Long Live Mitch Ryder!!!!
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Mitch takes a ride 14. Februar 2013
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While Mitch Ryder wears his heart on his sleeve as he documents his troubled life, this book suffers from a touch too much angst.
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