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Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll

My Life in Rock
Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Stephen Pearcy was a scrawny, horny, thrill-seeking teenager with an electric guitar who had graduated from backyard parties in San Diego to half-empty dives in Los Angeles before he and his band broke through at Whiskey a Go Go. Cranking out metal just as metal got hot, Ratt was the perfect band at the perfect time, and their hit single "Round and Round" became a top-selling anthem. 

The bigger Ratt got, the more excessive Pearcy and his "pussy pirates" became. There was nothing these guys wouldn't snort, drink, bed, or break. And the fans were just as bad, as husbands and mothers offered up nubile wives and daughters as tribute to their rock 'n' roll idols. On a journey that could happen only in America, Pearcy met everyone from Michael Jackson to Drew Barrymore (at age 12, at a New York nightclub, at two a.m.) to Rodney Dangerfield. His infamous partner in crime, Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby, a blond Viking with an unsurpassed appetite for drugs and women, cuts a towering and tragic figure throughout. 

As Ratt scrambled up a wall of fame and wealth, so they experienced the gut-wrenching free fall after too many hours in buses, planes, and limos; too many women; too many drugs; and all the personality clashes and ego trips that marked the beginning of the end.

©2013 Stephen Pearcy (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Max Roble
  • 2019-06-02

I enjoy it more when the author narrates.

I would have enjoyed this audiobook more,
if Stephen Pearcy had narrated the book himself.

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  • Lorie Christian
  • 2018-11-18

Empty

I've been a fan of Ratt for years. I enjoyed hearing about the drive of perseverance it took to make it like they did. And the way all these bands I loved would be hanging out together in LA and how they admired each other.

However, I am disturbed by the way people humiliated themselves. Both women and men in seem to not respect themselves or each other. I was a teenager in the 80's and I know how "powerful" sex could be and how I used it, but also I respected myself enough that I wouldn't screw just anybody anytime.

The drugs. I never got into them, but I remember how my boyfriend's roommate -- really good looking guy that all the chicks at the bar would drool over -- lost all my respect one night when he dropped his packet of coke in the bar and was crawling around on the floor of the bar trying to find it. This wasn't a classy place either -- it was one of those places where I think they washed the floors once a year. It was sad and I just couldn't look at him the same way again.

This book was enjoyable in some ways. In other ways it was empty. I am not sure exactly what it is missing, but it is missing something big that makes it memorable. Maybe like one of the power ballads that now sound so sappy.

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  • Johnny
  • 2018-09-14

expecting but accepting

I expected to hear the stories behind some of the songs he had written. only one song was talked about, but over all a good memoir of Stephen Pearcy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-06-05

Lots of Sex, tons of Drugs and Very Little Ratt & Roll

I expected so much more from This book. It mostly talks about Pearcy getting laid and doing Drugs as much as possible. It barely touches any of the inner workings of RATT.

If you are hoping for a tell all rock n roll book about the band Ratt you can skip this book.

What I did get from this book is that Pearcy is a self absorbed sex and drug addict.

Every chapter was more of the same. Get high, get laid.

Worst rock star bio I’ve read so far. I Wouldn’t waste a credit on this bore-fest.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-25

Awesome!!!

This is one of the best rock autobiographies ever written! It is very well written and very entertaining. At times I just burst out laughing. It also has some real low points caused by the problems of addiction. Definitely get this one.