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Lou Gramm was the lead singer and songwriter for the band Foreigner during the height of the band’s success in the 1970s and 1980s. He wrote or cowrote 20 songs that achieved Top 40 status. He lives in Webster, New York. Scott Pitoniak is an award-winning journalist and the author of 14 books, including Color Him Orange: The Jim Boeheim Story. He lives in Rochester, New York.

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Lou Gramm die grandiose Stimme von Foreigner erzählt seine Lebensgeschichte. Erst mal eine Aussage zum Erscheinungsbild! Das Buch ist ordentlich gebunden und in einem schwarzen mit Muster versehenden Hardcover eingefasst. Sieht und fest ich toll an! Die bedruckte Schutzeinfassung zeigt Lou Gramm bei einer 1995 Livedarbietung. Zum Inhalt: Das Buch ist in englisch verfasst! Wie bei einer Biographie gewohnt erzählt er über seine Eltern , seine Kindheit , Hobbys und seine erste musikalische Erfahrungen. Besonders seine erste große Bandunternehmung "Black Sheep" und die beiden Solo -Ausflüge werden ausführlich erwähnt. Die beiden Alben "Black Sheep" 1974 und "Encouraging Words" 1975 möchte ich hier als absolute Geheimtips für wahre Lou Gramm und Foreigner - Fans erwähnen! Bei seiner Foreigner - Zeit beleuchtet er besonders die Differenzen mit Mastermind Mick Jones. Auch das Thema Drogen reißt er dabei an. Besondere Erwähnung erfährt natürlich sein schwere Erkrankung und die Zeit danach. Hut ab vor Lou Gramm! Ich kann mich noch an einen Auftritt bei "Rock Meets Classic" erinnern bei der mir die Tränen in die Augen schossen. Schwer gezeichnet von seiner Krankheit! Er hat sich nie aufgegeben! Leider sind relativ wenig Fotos seiner Karriere enthalten! (Jugendbilder und bei Foreigner - Studioarbeiten 1977) Insgesamt 16 Stück! Ein wenig enttäuscht bin ich über seine Discography. Hier listet er nicht die vollständige Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Künstlern auf , wie zum Beispiel: Brian Adams , Ian Lloyd , Fast Forward , Nils Lofgren , Petra Praise 2 , Tribute Led Zeppelin , Tina Arena , Ian McDonald , Ann Wilson , Tribute Aerosmith oder Bruce Turgon etc.! Fazit: Ein muss für Lou Gramm und Foreigner -Fans. Tolle Einblicke in die "verlogene" Musikwelt... PS: Vielleicht erfüllt sich mein Wunsch , Lou Gramm ein letztes mal mit Foreigner im Studio!
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Von Babs am 19. Juni 2013
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Wohl die langweiligste Biographie, die ich je gelesen habe.
Wer, wo, wann getourt hat, das können wir auch anderswo nachlesen. Es wäre schön gewesen, mehr über Vorfälle 'hinter den Kulissen' während seiner Hoch-Zeit bei Foreigner zu lesen.
Wenn es dann um seine fatale Erkrankung geht, so hat man den Eindruck, er muss sich sein Selbstmitleid von der Seele schreiben.
Wen also eine Selbstbeweihräucherung interessiert, wer lesen möchte, wer Schuld an seinen Entscheidungen ist, der gebe das Geld für dieses Buch aus.
Ich bin jedenfalls sehr enttäuscht, da ich ein Foreigner-, und somit Lou-Fan der (fast) ersten Stunde bin.
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HASH(0x9c2c5048) von 5 Sternen Lou writes another hit! 19. April 2013
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I pre-ordered this book in February when I went looking for a copy of The Lou Gramm Band CD. As a longtime Rochester musician, and a Black Sheep fan from the '70's, I've been following Lou's career since around 1973. Lou and Black Sheep were my obvious favorite, and very influential in my decision to pursue music. Lou's tale of his rise to rock 'n' roll stardom, with the help of noted Rochester author Scott Pitoniak is a must read for rock music fans, Lou Gramm fans and for those who are in some way, shape or form associated with Rochester, NY. Lou's story is not only moving, but humorous in many parts.

Lou exhibits his passion for his music, love for family and his beloved city. "Juke Box Hero, My Five Decades in Rock 'n' Roll" is an in-depth look into the life of a legendary local hero who helped write the soundtrack of the lives of many, his sometime strained relationship with fellow Foreigner bandmate Mick Jones, life on the road, the music "business", his addiction recovery, his conversion to Christianity and brush with death. Thank you, Lou for your story, and for all you have given to your community, and the world! You are loved and we are proud of you- God bless.
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HASH(0x9c2c5870) von 5 Sternen Good but too short 20. Juni 2013
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When I found out that Lou Gramm had released an autobiography - two months after its release (grrrr) - I immediately placed an order. Foreigner is my favorite band of all-time and I've been dying for SOMEONE to release a book on the group. I guess their lead singer for nearly 25 years will do :)

I tore through the book in no time flat. Could scarcely put it down. Lou writes in an easy, conversational style that is a pleasure to read. He recaps his childhood, the various stages of his career (the Poor Heart years, the Black Sheep years, Foreigner, solo, and post-Foreigner), his medical scares, and a bit of his (non-medical) personal life. There are no major gaps yet...

The book is too short. Amazon lists it as 210 pages but it's not. The last 4 pages are a discography for Lou. And even "206" would be misleading. There are a lot of empty pages and the print/spacing are a bit bigger than normal. The reality is that this book is more like 180-190 pages, tops. The result is that the reader is left wanting a lot more detail on...well, just about everything. It is obvious that Lou's re-dedication to Christianity has resulted in him watering down stories a bit or simply not discussing things. I'm not looking for Lou to dish up dirt or to write a tabloid but more stories of the road or some of the wild & crazy antics would have been nice. More details on his arguments with Mick would have been good as well. We get nice detail on the financial wedge that drove Lou away after "Inside Information" but not enough additional material. Lou's first two wives are barely mentioned with no detail on meeting them, their courtship, nothing.

Also, there aren't very many photos included. We get a few pages covering Lou's life but only a single shot that includes Mick Jones and that one is a group shot of the original lineup. Not a single "here they are writing a song" or "here they are performing together" or "here's Lou & Mick in happier times" photo? Where are the photos of Lou's current band? Or his family? And so on.

Lou goes into good detail on his medical scares, which is probably the best, most complete area of the book. He recounts the pain, the surgery, and the difficulty in recovering.

On a positive note: the book ends with Lou mentioning his induction (w/Mick) in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the ceremony for which took place after the book was finished. He writes of talking to Mick and being hopeful that they could reconcile a bit. The ceremony is now in the past and they performed together and the experience was apparently a positive one. So that's a good thing.

Bottom Line: The book is good, it's easy to read, but the reader is definitely left wanting more. Definitely still waiting for the definitive Foreigner book.
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HASH(0x9bd5faa4) von 5 Sternen Not A Self Absorbed Pity Party...This Book Rocks! 14. September 2013
Von Alphonsel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As a teenager in the days of Foreigner hitting it big, I always wanted to know more. What with no internet, and with limited resources to buy or read anything to learn about them, all I had was crappy Rolling Stone articles and reviews that slammed them when not ignoring them. I just knew as a teenager that most of their music sunk deep with me. Sure they were a bit "Radio-ish", but I loved Lou Gramm's vocals, and the killer guitar hooks from their first 4 albums. Myself and a friend actually hitch hiked a 250 mile round trip to see them after Foreigner 4 came out in 1981.

This book is so well written, I read half of it in one sitting. And it confirms what I thought was going on, and why I almost cried, and not in a good way, when I first heard "I Want To Know What Love Is." I did, and still do think that song started to stink after a couple of listens. I could go the rest of my life without hearing it again. But it made millions of dollars. It also sealed their fate.

The de facto leader, Mick Jones, grew greedy, selfish, and soft around the gills. I never bought Agent Provocateur (Tho I did record the few songs that did stand out on my tape deck, kind of all you could really do in those days.) After that, all interest was lost. Foreigner became a joke and this book makes a great story as to why.

This is a nicely told story of a band by a first person insider (Lou Gramm) that is not overly bitter, not overly feeling sorry for himself, or bragging about mountains of dope/gallons of alcohol he consumed. Of course, some of that is in here, but it is mostly in perspective.

My few gripes: There could and should have been more details. This book could have easily covered another 200 pages just expanding a bit more on the recording of the first three albums, as well as more detail on the exits of some of the original members. I actually liked the Head Games album, but here it is portrayed as an album they were ashamed of. I remember buying it the day it was released, and I really liked it, because it showed a rare instance that Foreigner was willing to shake things up and get a little dirty. Back then I thought Rock was supposed to offend at times. Here it becomes a fact that Foreigner were mostly offended because it sold less than their last albums. So maybe despite Gramm's denial they were "corporate rock", at this point they obviously were. While they certainly never made that "mistake" again, overall, I think Head Games was one of their best albums.

Also, this book does get muddled towards the end, and he sounds like Glenn Beck, somewhat preachy overcoming his addictions. He seems to delight a little over Mick's current health situations. But after what Gramm has been thru, it probably feels like justice to him. I can't blame him. I remember seeing an interview of Mick Jones probably about 10 years ago, where he even admits he was on a bit of an ego trip, then smiles smugly at the camera and says "I am sorry."

I am happy enough that Lou wrote this and it is good as it is. Nicely done!
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HASH(0x9bcceb28) von 5 Sternen Great Book! 3. Mai 2013
Von Gary Cooper - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I loved learning the inspirations of some of the songs such as Rev on the Red Line and Juke Box Hero. Thanks for the insight into your life and will continue to follow you and the LGB as long as you want to continue performing, we'll be there for you. Thanks. GC in Canonsburg.
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HASH(0x9bd5fb28) von 5 Sternen Enjoyable read but would have liked more depth 13. Mai 2013
Von Angela D. Bryant - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I love that Lou's story is one of personal development and persistence in spite of many obstacles. His ability to rise above is what attracted me to this book. I was somewhat of a fan in Foreigner's heyday but really became of fan of Lou's story and voice much later. I admire his honesty about his faith in a world that isn't always so kind to those who profess belief. I did enjoy this book. However, I had hoped there would been little more depth especially in relation to the challenges he had with his family life and touring. Also, I would have liked to have had more detail into how he came to faith and what repercussions he experienced. These subjects were covered but I yearned for more depth. However, it's an easy, interesting read with engaging stories from a man who has experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. His integrity and ability to reflect on his life are to be admired.
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