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18 and Life on Skid Row tells the story of a boy who spent his childhood moving from Freeport, Bahamas, to California and finally to Canada and who, at the age of eight, discovered the gift that would change his life.

Throughout his career Sebastian Bach has sold over 20 million records both as the lead singer of Skid Row and as a solo artist. He is particularly known for the hit singles "I Remember You", "Youth Gone Wild", and "18 & Life" and the albums Skid Row and Slave to the Grind, which became the first ever hard rock album to debut at number one on the Billboard Top 200 and landed him on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Bach then went on to become the first rock star to grace the Broadway stage, with starring roles in Jekyll & Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He also appeared for seven seasons on the hit television show Gilmore Girls.

In his memoir Bach recounts lurid tales of excess and debauchery as he toured the world with Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, Soundgarden, Pantera, Nine Inch Nails, and Guns N' Roses. 18 and Life on Skid Row is the story of hitting it big at a young age and of a band that broke up in its prime. It is the story of a man who achieved his wildest dreams, only to lose his family and then his home. It is a story of perseverance; of wine, women, and song; and of a man who has made his life on the road and always will. 18 and Life on Skid Row is not your ordinary rock memoir, because Sebastian Bach is not your ordinary rock star.

©2016 Sebastian Bach (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Sooo Awesome!!

Absolutely loved the book and so awesome to spend so much time listening to one of my Rock Heroes!!

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Loved this Autobiography!

If you love 80's Hair Metal you will also love this book. I mean, come on it's Baz. You already know the shenanigans he was getting up to! The best part about this audiobook is that Bach narrates it himself and for that reason he adds several bonuses only available in this format. "BONUS!!" Hilarious.This book was super fun, especially since I just saw him in concert over the summer. Do me a favor... get this book, shut your brain off, and let Baz take you back to a time when sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll was a lifestyle. Very few lived it like Sebastian Bach. #Audible1

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Great job! Keep Rockin'

Great Book. Sebastian really narrates this book in a way that doesnt let you fall asleep. He has character and energy which brings the book to life. Not just another text to speech reading. great job. A+ Dude!

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Absolutely great

Couldn’t of asked for a better book. Sebastian is the man and the fact he reads it makes it 100 times better

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Exceptional read!

I was extremely drawn into this book. I loved how Sabastian was truely being himself. I would find myself laughing quite often at this man's awesome sense of humor. I did not want this book to end and was very disappointed when I reached the last chapter. I was tempted to hit replay as soon as it was finished. This book put a smile on my face every time I listened to it. I loved hearing how much Sabastian had grown and now was in love with his life. I believe this is a man who really does live his life to the fullest.

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Fantastic

Oh boy - this is a great book, and Bach is a fantastic narrator. I listen to audiobooks while walking my dog, but I don’t think I ever had to laugh as much as I did while listening to Bach reading his story.

This is pure Gold - this is Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Entertaining from start to finish.

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Excellent

It was awesome Sebastian read this book. Added so much to it. Very entertaining. Recommended.

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Different

Bach writing is a little muddled and repetitive. And he spends much of the book trying to prove that he is as important as other musicians and had as much drugs and sex as them.

His reading is entertaining as hell and I love his extras and asides.

He is truly a born entertainer.

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An animated performance

It’s getting to hear Baz deliver the stories in this book that make it really entertaining. He has a unique candor, and this book is 12 hours of listening to that candor as he walks you through his journey to stardom.

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Such a Fun listen

Having Sebastian narrate his own book is beyond great!
He’s such a great story teller ,
Unfortunately, because he did this so well, I would be hard pressed to listen to any other bio books without the author as the narrator.

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  • Josh
  • 2016-12-13

Everything I hoped it would be!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Sebastian narrate his own book. It always makes autobiographies much more interesting when the actual author reads his or her own book. Now I can't wait to buy his book!

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  • Lord Von Hugendong
  • 2016-12-11

this book will not disappoint .

this book immediately grabs your attention , the way Sebastian narrates the book kept a smile on my face the entirety of the listen as he seems so happy recounting His Glory Days and even the days he enjoys now. there are many great stories here, some that will make you laugh out loud and some that will make you misty-eyed. Amazing Stories include encounters with Metallica, Pantera, Guns N Roses, Motley Crue and many others. he has indeed had an amazing career. I highly recommend this book I wish I could forget it so I can read it again.

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  • DBick
  • 2016-12-17

Like Sebastian Bach?? BUY THIS NOW!

What an AWESOME memoir!!! What makes this even better for a real Fan is HE READS THIS and it's freakin hilarious!!! It's like he is just reading the book and giving you tons of bonus content!!! He gives side comments... laughs.. sings.. it's fantastic!!! This is the real guy!! It's personal and funny! A must read for die hard fans!

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  • Icandigit
  • 2017-01-12

So good!

What a great listen. Sebastian surprised me with how good of a story teller he is. Rock On!

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  • Dave
  • 2021-03-22

Interesting details missing

Unfortunately, anything you really wanted to know was left out of the book. No details about why he doesn’t own a piece of the name of Skid Row, how much money he made and lost over the years, what’s kept the band from getting back together, what lead to his divorce and why his son’s don’t talk to him, his struggles with alcoholism, etc - you get the idea. Definitely a big fan, but was disappointed that endless key details were left out of the book.

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  • Aric Bandy
  • 2019-05-14

Bach is kind of a dick

Struggled to finish. Bach has an amazing voice and cares about his craft. But Bach doesn't seem like a good human.

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  • HH
  • 2019-03-23

Made My Ride To Work Rock!!!

I have a pretty long commute to and from work, and I couldn't wait to get in the car and listen to more of this book! Sebastian Bach is a talented rock star who has lived a life that has been anything but ordinary compared to the lives of us average peeps...but he is extremely down-to-earth, relatable, and funny. When he laughs during his narration, YOU laugh right along with him. He is a fantastic narrator, and I enjoyed listening to him tell all his stories of life, the music business, and crazy behind-the-scenes moments that make rock star bios so awesome. I have listened to quite a few autobiographies lately (actors, comedians, musicians) and Sebastian's is definitely one of my favorites. Sebastian's love of music is clear in this book, and if you are a big music fan like I am, you will truly enjoy his story!

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  • Jill
  • 2017-01-09

Loved How Sebastian Told His Story

What did you love best about 18 and Life on Skid Row?

How Sebastian tells his story. I've listened to a lot of bios and this one is one of a kind. You hear everything when he is telling you his story. He laughs, makes comments and sound effects.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course Sebastian

Which scene was your favorite?

The start and middle. I grew up listening to Skid Row and all of the bands that he was talking about. He tells the stories, the real stories.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just wanted everyone else to hear him. Hear how he tells his story. I'm so happy I didn't read it and I listened to it.

Any additional comments?

This is a truly one of a kind book. I would recommend it to everyone. It's hard to describe the stories and storytelling but if you listen to this book you won't regret it!

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  • John S
  • 2016-12-20

Amazing like being back in NJ

My ex brother in law was the original lead guitarist for skid row before Scotty
any my sisters hung out with the band back in the 80's The book is outstanding! I gave gift copies to my sisters for Christmas. SB is a good guy I always knew but now after listening to this book I know he has a good heart
Freehold Condo? Yea I sold my condo in Raintree (Freehold NJ) too and moved to Santa Cruz CA. Rock on SB
Skid Row, Boni Jovi and all the NJ club bands were great and we all had IROCS
Unbelievable Glad I lived it!
Buy this book!!!!

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  • Bobbi
  • 2020-12-06

love baz

worst book.wish I could get a refund.love the guy but this book was awful.i was hoping it would be more like the dirt.it wasn't.

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