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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must read for all Aerosmith fans.
"We believed anything worth doing was worth overdoing." Those words are spoken from the famous mouth of the ever talkative, ever charismatic Steven Tyler, frontman of the East Coast rock band, Aerosmith. Indeed, that seems to be the underlying current of thought running through the pages of the recently released autobiography, Walk This Way. Overindulgence is an...
Am 30. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Walk This way Not Accurate
This book does not mention the 2 year stay at the studio shown in the video,where the video "The Making Of Pump"was created every hit song on "PUMP" was created in that studio, also it was responsible for giving Aerosmith their first Grammy Award, so, how could so much history be left out? This book is not accurate, and thousands of fans Know...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Walk This way Not Accurate, 10. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith (Taschenbuch)
This book does not mention the 2 year stay at the studio shown in the video,where the video "The Making Of Pump"was created every hit song on "PUMP" was created in that studio, also it was responsible for giving Aerosmith their first Grammy Award, so, how could so much history be left out? This book is not accurate, and thousands of fans Know that, and the band knows that. When you are talking about a huge band like Aerosmith something is wrong when the history of the band which is so important to Fans is not complete. Steven Davis obviously did not do his research, or was controlled by the band. Mr Davis should be reminded that the fans are not stupid he can make his money and keep writing but i hope he learns a lesson that books are history,and that every word is scrutinized. When MTV aired that video "The Making of Pump" worldwide it became an intergal part of the band In other words the book is incomplete, a rip off, not accurate, just a cool editing job, and it is obvious it was edited by the band. There is another book in the works and it will be very honest nothing will be left out. Lets see if you will publish this review? Also please view the video before you dump this review and you will see that leaving years out of "WAlk This Way" is very sad. A slap in the face to all that worked so hard for Aerosmith. The band should be ashamed.But guess what? There not.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must read for all Aerosmith fans., 30. Juni 1999
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"We believed anything worth doing was worth overdoing." Those words are spoken from the famous mouth of the ever talkative, ever charismatic Steven Tyler, frontman of the East Coast rock band, Aerosmith. Indeed, that seems to be the underlying current of thought running through the pages of the recently released autobiography, Walk This Way. Overindulgence is an understatement for these Boston Bad Boys. Why then, should their ever faithful "Blue Army" of fans be any different? Aerosmith is a potent drug themselves. They keep you wheedling for more, whether it be a dying thirst for their exciting, blues-influenced brand of rock, to the ache of withdrawal you feel when they're not breezing into your nearest town with one of their awesome live shows. Once you get hooked, you can't even pick up their massive autobiography and be able to put it down, even when going back for seconds.
Walk This Way is a surprising expose from five guys who knew the story best -- Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, and Joey Kramer -- the guys who lived through it. To fill in the gaps of consciousness are wives, ex-wives, managers, roadies, friends, and peers from the entertainment field.
The journey of Walk This Way takes you back to Tallahassee, sort to speak. It starts where it should: from the beginning, from the childhood years of all five guys in the band, their family background, and their influences that helped pave the way for their musical direction. It portrays their struggles, their frustrations, their hopes and ambitions, and even their starry-eyed dreams. Even Steven Tyler, as a young lad, had his idols as he sat for hours in front of hotels to meet the members of The Rolling Stones -- much like his fans do today. The journey called Aerosmith is one full of clouds, full of bumps, full of fights, full of brotherhood, full of triumph, and full of ideals and goals. The book takes you through the pages of history when Aerosmith got their first record deal with their self titled album, and through their second, Get Your Wings, as a band trying to make their mark in the rock and roll universe. It takes you through their countless determination in building a following by playing club after club, and being persistent. It takes you through their first big taste of success when their next two albums, Toys In The Attic and Rocks hit the public smack in the head. Suddenly they were somebody and success, money and fame walked right into their door.
Along with that fame and success came a slow destruction that was caused by the excesses of life: drugs, drinking, women, and endless touring and being on the road. The devil of drugs started to play puppet master with the band, causing what appeared to be a slow and imminent death of a band that had the chance to be destined for greatness. This cancer took hold when Draw The Line was made, and escalated during the making of Night In The Ruts. A wedge was finally driven between the two soul brothers of the band, Steven Tyler, and guitarist Joe Perry. Joe left in the middle of recording NITR. The fighting, the drugs, and the band members significant others, pried the band apart, leaving their fans wondering if rock and roll would ever be the same.
Joe Perry branched out on his own, forming the Joe Perry Project, and releasing two cult hit records, Let The Music Do The Talking and I've Got The Rock 'N' Rolls Again. Aerosmith plunged on and started recording Rock In A Hard Place when Brad Whitford decided to leave the fold. The band continued to crash and burn, losing money, cars, their homes, and their relationships.
Aerosmith hit bottom and seemed to be continuing on their path of destruction when the members of the band seemed to get brought together again. Joe Perry and Brad Whitford returned, along with a new manager, Tim Collins. Trying to clean up their act, they recorded their next album, Done With Mirrors, which didn't make as much noise as it should have.
It wasn't until the release of Permanent Vacation and a commitment to a sober lifestyle by all parties involved that caused Aerosmith to rise from the ashes. They were back with a vengeance with the biggest album of their career, and continued thereafter to hit the concert trails and reach even higher numbers on the charts with the release of their next two albums, Pump and Get A Grip. There was a new Aerosmith on the rise, and they were going to steamroll anyone who got in their way. The born-again Boston Bad Boys were newly sober and loving life, and the world embraced them. The last chapter winds up at the present, with their current tour and release of Nine Lives, as they continue their successful jaunt.
This book is more than a book about the drugs and the women. It is more than a book about the fame, the money, and losing it all. It digs deeper than the tantrums, the in-fighting, the "business" part of the entertainment field, and the distrust. This book covers all of that, but it has a deeper message. The pain, the struggle, the love for music that brought these five very different personalities together like brothers, and the inspirations that drove them first to the top of the world, and then to the bottom of hell, then back up to an even higher plateau . . . all of that is here in black and white. It's a frank, honest, sometimes amusing, and sometimes painful story about how each member thinks and what makes each of them tick. It is written in such a way that their personalities burn through each page. It lets you peek in on their hopes and dreams. Most of all, it is a book about survival. Aerosmith survived when others didn't. While they indeed fell as many of their peers had, it wasn't a final fall for them, and they got back up. Today, they are still standing, while others didn't get a second chance once they fell. That, I believe, is the crux of what makes Aerosmith tick. Not many lived through what they have and still be around to tell their story. With a nod of thanks in having nine lives, these five men are still on their journey, meeting their destinations a little at a time, but never stopping too long to miss the train. May they continue down that road of magic called music for a long time to come, continuing to win the smiles of millions along the way who have felt some happiness because of them.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Immensly enjoyable even if one is not an Aerosmith fan., 1. Juli 1998
I had pretty much given up on rock bios after reading David Lee Roth's "Crazy From the Heat". My wife said it was a great book and that I would like it. She was right. I read it in three nights and I'm a pretty slow reader! From the start we get an entertaining and revealing insight of the boys, especially Steven. They truly are the Bad Boys from Boston ( their adopted home town). It's amazing to learn of the shady management that ran their lives up until just recently. Of course, the drug and sexual addictions that are all to common of occurences with bands of this stature will leave you whipped and hung-over from reading about it. And just when you think Steven couldn't suprise us any more, he does. It's simple incredible that he and Joe are still walking the earth. The book could have revealed more about Tom, Brad and Joey but I'm sure their stories would have paled in comparison to the Toxic Twins. Thankfully, Stephen Davis barely touches on the Rick Dufay and Jimmy Crespo years (NO ONE could replace Joe). One also believes Leber and Krebs (Aerosmith's first managers) are the antichrist by the end of this book. Criteria for a great (auto)biography: Even if this book had been about a fictional band it would have been extremely entertaining. Davis has also authored "Hammer of the Gods" the well-known Zeppelin bio, so you can imagine he knows how to write about the biggest names in rock. I can promise the reader this: you will not look at or listen to these guys the same way! One Steven Tyler quote sums up the lives of this group: "We believed that anything worth doing was worth overdoing." Bro, you sure did!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Spannende Biographie der Band, 16. Juli 2001
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Walk This Way ist für Fans ein absolutes Muß und ein einfach wundervolles Buch, das auch für Nicht-Fans interessant und überaus unterhaltsam sein kann. Allein die erzählte Geschichte der Band ist spannend und aufregend genug und gibt Einblicke (wenn auch teils nur kleine) in einige Bereiche des Musicbusiness, die ansonsten nur selten zugängig sind. Skurrile, lustige und ernste Episoden aus dem Werdegang der Band werden aus der Sicht der Bandmitglieder oder beteiligten Personen dargestellt, was den Tatbestand einer Beweihräucherung der Band auszuschließen versucht. Exzesse verschiedenster Art werden genauso dargestellt wie die kommende Läuterung und Abstinenz der Band. Leider scheint mir der Fokus der Auswahl von Zeitepisoden nicht immer wirklich gelungen, es hätte sich wirklich mehr allein um die Musik drehen können. Wer sich an Drogenbeschreibungen o.ä. stört, sollte dieses Buch warscheinlich besser nicht lesen, aber dies gehört eben zur Band. Alles in allem ein einfach wundervolles Buch mit sehr hohen Unterhaltungswert, das zum Mehrmallesen zwingt.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Suffers from not enough editing., 4. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith (Taschenbuch)
As a big fan of Aerosmith since 1976, I found this book to be VERY informative, although a bit long. To get to the first 150 pages was a chore, simply because: Do I really want to read about the life of management ? OR the disk jockey that first played MAMA KIN in 1973 when Aerosmith was not known ? Not especially.....After that, we start to learn about all the record releases, life on the road, and the troubles with drugs and personalities within the band. VERY good reading. But it takes to long to get to that point. Also, I was so sick of reading WE DID SOME BLOW, WE GOT SOME BLOW, BLOW, BLOW, BLOW...OK ! I know the focal point of the story is the battle with drugs and how they conquered them, but ENOUGH ALREADY !
Ok...With that said....YES - It is an informative book and interesting, it just needed to be edited by about 100 pages.
I would recommend this to any DIE-HARD Aerosmith fan who enjoyed (and knows) their releases of the 70s..BUT, for the fans who only liked them from 1987s PERMANENT VACATION and on, BEWARE...Running at 524 pages long, it discusses THOSE releases starting at page 425 (or so).
A very good book, but not excellent. 3 1/2 stars, to be exact.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent, not only for the Aerosmith fan, 31. Dezember 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith (Taschenbuch)
Having been a fan of Aerosmith for many years, I eagerly awaited the release of this book and was not disappointed. I have read it twice, once over a year ago and again less than a month ago. When it comes out in February in paperback, I will certainly add it to my collection (am hoping it will be updated to include '97 & '98). It is incredibly engaging and engrossing and at times, embarrassing. While I adore this band and Steven Tyler in particular, I found myself at times cringing for him as he relives some of the more sordid details of his remarkable 50 years. This book is not for the squeamish because the consequences of the drug use and sexual obsession are pretty graphic but in the end it is so uplifting because these five guys basically crawled out of the ashes and rebuilt their lives and their careers when many would have ended up dead or subject of a VH1 Where Are They Now. There are no saints portrayed here, just five extremely talented yet flawed human beings who fight, love, and live to the very fullest (and make better music than bands half their age). Having "grown up" with Aerosmith and the music that influenced their sound, I found myself with an almost "deja vu" feeling about much of their recollections of their individual early years. I would recommend this book for all Aerosmith fans (but probably don't need to) and to anyone interested in a warts-and-all account of drugs, sex, and rock-and-roll!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen IF YOU ARE AN AEROSMITH FAN YOU MUST READ THIS!!, 30. Mai 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith (Taschenbuch)
I have always been a major Aerosmith fan! I have always enjoyed their music. It was great to be able to read about their career through the decades. They have been through so much together. I give a lot of credit to all of their wives for sticking with them through it all. This is a must read book if you are a real Aerosmith fan. I have to tell you that some friends of ours and my husband and I had some tickets to go see Aerosmith at the Gorge in Washington (state) and after we were there the concert was cancelled. I had just ordered my "Walk this Way" book so instead of going to the concert we played Aerosmith cds and I read parts of the book to them for most of the day. When we got back our local radio station had a contest to win lunch for two at local casino. The question was "What movie inspired the song Walk this Way?", our friends won this contest because I had just read this part of the book to them that weekend. We thought that was pretty cool. I hope they continue to make new music. They are the best band ever and just keep getting better!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The rise to fame of America's greatest rock band, 4. April 1999
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This book is a must-read for any Aerosmith fan. I couldn't put the book down!!! Rather than just tell the story of the band, the author used the actual band members and their entourage to tell what actually went on during their rise to fame. After reading the book I have a new appreciation for the hard work and dedication the band members put into Aerosmith. It was a long, hard struggle to the top. I also gained a new appreciation for the band members themselves as I learned of their struggles with drug and alcohol addiction and their subsequent sobriety. The book was truely inspiring, not what you would expect from an autobiography of one of the world's most notorious rock and roll bands. After reading "Walk This Way" one can't help but think that any thing is possible if you want it bad enough! Please note that the language may be objectional to some readers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Greatest Book * Aerosmith Is Awesome, 6. März 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith (Taschenbuch)
I loved this book. I love Steven Tyler and have been an Aerosmith fan forever. I pity all of the readers who can't see how amazing they are. While reading this book, I got so wrapped up in it that I completely forgot about the outside world. It's unbelievable how they were able to make it back up to the top after everything they went through. I have more respect for them and appreciate their music so much more than what I did before I read the book, and I honor them for being so open about their problems. I can't tell you how inspiring it is to learn about how they fought their drug addictions and stayed focused on their one major goal, music. The book tells you so much about them that you feel like you know them on a personal level. It's a great book for anyone to read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hangman's waitin' in the early morning light, 17. Februar 1999
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The boys from Boston have slipped past the hangman's noose once again as they are poised amongst the premiere rock acts of the 90's and into the twentieth century. This book shows the fun times as well as the low down dirty, can't seem to drag yourself out of bed times that this band has gone through. Listen to the music while you read the book. The music tells the story right along with the pages and you will find yourself smiling and laughing at times. Other times you will find yourself in open mouthed amazement that these rock and rollers survived their excesses intact. You feel like you are along for the ride as you read and learn about this great American band. Highly recommend this book to anyone remotely interrested in Aerosmith.
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