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Publisher's Summary

This program includes introductions read by the authors.

"A backstage pass to the wildest and loudest party in rock history - you'll feel like you were right there with us!" (Bret Michaels of Poison)

Nöthin' But a Good Time is the definitive, no-holds-barred oral history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal, told by the musicians and industry insiders who lived it.

Hard rock in the 1980s was a hedonistic and often intensely creative wellspring of escapism that perfectly encapsulated - and maybe even helped to define - a spectacularly over-the-top decade. Indeed, fist-pumping hits like Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls”, and Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” are as inextricably linked to the era as Reaganomics, Pac-Man, and E.T

From the do-or-die early days of self-financed recordings and D.I.Y. concert productions that were as flashy as they were foolhardy, to the multi-Platinum, MTV-powered glory years of stadium-shaking anthems and chart-topping power ballads, to the ultimate crash when grunge bands like Nirvana forever altered the entire climate of the business, Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock's Nöthin' But a Good Time captures the energy and excess of the hair metal years in the words of the musicians, managers, producers, engineers, label executives, publicists, stylists, costume designers, photographers, journalists, magazine publishers, video directors, club bookers, roadies, groupies, and hangers-on who lived it.

Featuring an impassioned foreword by Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist and avowed glam metal fanatic Corey Taylor, and drawn from over 200 new interviews with members of Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Winger, Warrant, Cinderella, Quiet Riot, and others, as well as Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford, and many more, this is the ultimate, uncensored, and often unhinged chronicle of a time where excess and success walked hand in hand, told by the men and women who created a sound and style that came to define a musical era - one in which the bands and their fans went looking for nothin’ but a good time...and found it.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

"Nöthin’ But a Good Time is an unflinching, all-excess look at an era that many snooty critics have written off as stupid, and its pages present a strong case for how people have underestimated the music and the dedication of the musicians who lived it." (Kory Grow, Rolling Stone)

©2021 Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"From the streets to the Strip, the studio to the stage, this is an epic tale told by the people that lived it. It's a backstage pass to the wildest and loudest party in rock history - you'll feel like you were right there with us!" (Bret Michaels)

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Good story, but kinda fragmented

If you are a fan of the 80s hair metal scene, you will love this book. My only criticism was them quoting the artists everytime. I know they have to do it for context... I also listened to this book on Audible so had I physically read the book, this may not have bothered me.

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A fun ride despite some cringy narration

It's a really fun way to piece together the story of 80's Hard rock using quotes from those involved. There's a lot of deeper information amongst the more commonly known stories, and for the most part its sewn together in a way that pulls you along. It also includes a lot more obscure bands that didn't and don't get proper recognition.

The narration however pulled me out of it quite often as the various narrators try to act out the quotes in very inauthentic ways. Those that were immersed in the era, the music and the bands, will enjoy getting some extra details directly from those that lived them, but they might find themselves cringing at the narrators. To me, they come off sounding like they have no connection to the people or material they're reading.

Get past that and it's a lot of fun.

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Loved it.

loved to hear about the inside goings-on of an era of music I grew up on. 🤘🏼

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Home Sweet Home meets Alone Again

Great listen. The sort of thing I could relive again and again. Learned a few things and resurrected some great memories

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Tease that Hair and put your fist into the Air!!!

Really enjoyed this Book. Of course the audible would of been 5 1/2 Stars with the originals character's casted.
I personally couldn't put it down, there was so much more, I had never knew about of back then.

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Freaking Awesome

I loved this book. it is quite remarkable how deep it dives.
they put a lot of effort into this book there's no doubt. They interviewed everybody involved in that time/genre of music. I'm going to listen again very soon. I think I've got 60 ish titles in my library. This book sits on top of the pack!! so thankful this book was written. I'm a 48 year old music addict.

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one of the best (best of the top 10 rock docs)

one of the best... enjoyed this one. got comfortable and turned off the lughts, transported me to the 80s as I remembered it. something has to be said for mind time travel. 🤟😁👌

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-06

Nothin but a Good Time/Yes it Was

Well, having been a teenager during this time period, it was fun to go back and hear the stories again, but to be honest, over 95% of the content was nothing new. We’ve already heard the stories countless times from the bands throughout the years. It was really hard to listen to the narrators mangle the artists names and the terms from the 80s. Was this publication just a money grab? I mean really, do your homework, especially if you weren’t there. It just makes me want to write my own book about the music scene. Thank goodness Eddie Trunk was interviewed, to impart some validity to the content.

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  • Christine Miller
  • 2021-03-19

need to be from L.A.

I enjoyed the stories from bands I grew up listening to. but the narrator's obviously are NOT from L.A. and If they are, then wow dude... just wow. I've never heard more mispronunciations of names and street names! I mean.... who doesn't know how to say La Canada or La Cienaga if you live in L.A. ?!?!?!?!!!!!!! would rather have heard this from the mouths of those rockers.

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  • Wendolyn Palmblad
  • 2021-04-13

Meh

Narration isn’t great. I was surprised at how many times they got names wrong. As the writers are narrators, you would expect them to get the names correct. Too many quotes and not enough story.

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  • Chad
  • 2021-08-03

Voice overs ? Wow

Seriously how do they pick the people to read the books ? Draw out of a hat? This book should’ve been narrated by someone who at least listens to rock music. Besides mispronouncing words and even well known names of bands , they come across as a hound Disney theatre major trying to “recreate” the emotion. Really when I hear the phrase drop the house lights let’s rock !, it better be yelled by someone who rocks. Just because someone who can read out loud clearly should NOT qualify them to read every book for audible. Seriously guys do some quality control !!!! Put certain styles with certain styles.

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  • Jay
  • 2021-05-09

Excellent... Until the Female Narrator Speaks

Really unfortunate. The content, history, stories, rhythm and flow, it's all here... Then comes from out of left field, this vocal fry (Kardashian-Hilton) narration over acting her lines. Beyond cringe. Every woman she's narrating is over 50 yrs old, quite powerful and historic to the scene. It makes no sense to talk like this. Do better research or don't take the gig. The content comes off as incredibly condescending and exhausting to listen to. I've taken many breaks due to this. Honestly, I would pay for another copy if the dude narrating did all of the female lines.

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  • Nick Cavuoto
  • 2021-09-03

pretty good

Decent book about a strange time in musical history. The male narrator was better than I expected except for some bizarre name pronunciations. The female narrator was indistinguishable from a robot. The stories were well-trodden ground by this point and I think your enjoyment will be determined by your tolerance for non-stop debauchery and swearing.

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  • So Cal Bengals Fan
  • 2021-08-10

bad acting

hated actors nothing convincing about them the story line was decent but jumped around to much

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  • Mrs KKF
  • 2021-07-20

I TRIED...BUT THE NARRATION IS NOT GOOD...

It was fun reminiscing about the way it was back then. I was in the industry. I know a lot of these people for real and was a part of that scene. But the narration is so off that I found myself irritated often, knowing how to pronounce people's names correctly. Even the LA street names are pronounced wrong...come on! Really annoying.

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  • 2021-03-29

A lot of Memories Resurfaced

If you lived in the 80's, and was a fan of hard rock, then this is the book for you. I couldn't put down.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-24

Good Times

Interesting read and well written.
Well worth the time.
It will bring you back in time...

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