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Category: Book Reviews

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Book review: STAGE FRIGHT by Marianne Delacourt

Book review: STAGE FRIGHT by Marianne Delacourt

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

STAGE FRIGHT Marianne Delacourt Allen & Unwin, September 2012, $19.99 6.5/10 By Shane Pinnegar I bet there’s not many out there who would have wagered on this reviewer getting through a chick lit novel about a rapper – much less actually enjoying it! Before you start thinking I have gone soft, the case for the […]

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Book review: SLIM – An Australian Biker’s Tale Of Sex, Drugs, Cops & Violence by Slim Spires

Book review: SLIM – An Australian Biker’s Tale Of Sex, Drugs, Cops & Violence by Slim Spires

| 3 September 2012 | 1 Reply

SLIM – An Australian Biker’s Tale Of Sex, Drugs, Cops & Violence Slim Spires Allen & Unwin, 26 March 2012, rrp $27.99 7/10 By Shane Pinnegar Slim Spires is a character – and a dangerous one at that. In this memoir he regales readers with takes of his life led less ordinary – as a […]

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Book review: RED by SAMMY HAGAR

Book review: RED by SAMMY HAGAR

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

RED SAMMY HAGAR It Books (Harper Collins), 2011 7/10 By Shane Pinnegar Sammy Hagar should need no introduction to most rock and metal fans. His first ever album, recorded with Montrose in 1973, through a slew of solo albums, a high profile stint with Van Halen, and on to more solo work, albums and tours […]

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Book review: METALLIC DREAMS by Mark Rice

Book review: METALLIC DREAMS by Mark Rice

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

METALLIC DREAMS Mark Rice Lulu Press, 2010 7.5/10 By Shane Pinnegar Heavy Metal novels are few and far between – and this may well be the only Heavy Metal novel ever to have the main character talk to “The Metal Gods”, be chased by The Devil (no, really!), edge down the road to insanity, and […]

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Book review: HERE COMES EVERYBODY – THE STORY OF THE POGUES by James Fearnley

Book review: HERE COMES EVERYBODY – THE STORY OF THE POGUES by James Fearnley

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

HERE COMES EVERYBODY – THE STORY OF THE POGUES James Fearnley Faber & Faber 7.5/10 By Shane Pinnegar James Fearnley met Shane McGowan in 1980, and soon thereafter started playing guitar in his punk band The Nips. Experiencing McGowan’s volatility from the very start, what followed was an 11 year ride through the formation of […]

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Book review: FREDDIE MERCURY – THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY by Lesley-Ann Jones

Book review: FREDDIE MERCURY – THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY by Lesley-Ann Jones

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

FREDDIE MERCURY – THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY Lesley-Ann Jones Hodder & Stoughton, 2011 RRP $32.99 6/10 By Shane Pinnegar Lesley-Ann Jones made her name as a Daily Mirror journalist, befriending Freddie Mercury along the way. She brings her tabloid journo skills to this intimate biography of Queen’s flamboyant larger-than-life frontman, and true to tabloid form, there […]

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Book review: IT’S SO EASY (And Other Lies) by DUFF McKAGAN

Book review: IT’S SO EASY (And Other Lies) by DUFF McKAGAN

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

IT’S SO EASY (And Other Lies) DUFF McKAGAN 8/10 By Shane Pinnegar McKagan is as changed a man as anyone could be after being an integral part of the excesses and madness of the Guns n’ F’n Roses circus of their heyday – why, in the introduction to this guts-spilling volume of memoirs, he agonises […]

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Book review: ANGRY, Scarred For Life by Karen Dewey

Book review: ANGRY, Scarred For Life by Karen Dewey

| 3 September 2012 | 1 Reply

ANGRY – SCARRED FOR LIFE Karen Dewey, 1994 7/10 By Shane Pinnegar Angry Anderson defied an abusive upbringing to rise to fame as frontman of seminal Aussie pub rock icons ROSE TATTOO. Along the way he did the drink and drugs, he did the ladies, and he lived it as hard, rough and raw as […]

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Book review: 40 Years Of Queen – by Harry Doherty

Book review: 40 Years Of Queen – by Harry Doherty

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

40 YEARS OF QUEEN Harry Doherty Allen & Unwin, 2011 Rrp $49.99 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 As lavish a pictorial memoir of the band as even the most ardent obsessive could hope for, 40 YEARS OF QUEEN is chock full of photographs of the band in action, in portrait, backstage and in the studio – […]

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