- Gebundene Ausgabe: 226 Seiten
- Verlag: Triumph Books (Mai 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1600787592
- ISBN-13: 978-1600787591
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 15,9 x 23,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 354.326 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'n' Roll (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Mai 2013
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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.
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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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.
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.
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!