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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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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.

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good storyline. the good bad and simply ugly.

growing up with this band made me very excited to listen. I was very happy I bought. Puts the entire glam rock in perspective!

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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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  • barry parker
  • 2020-05-21

Great story not so great narration.

Great story but I feel like Wally Cleaver is reading to me a bed time story

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  • Patty B.
  • 2020-05-20

Raw and Real

The only thing that would have made it better is if Stephen, himself, had told the stories around a fire pit! Well done everybody.👍

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  • Nance Caldwell
  • 2020-04-29

80s Rocker

Ratt was my favorite of that genre. Yes there were a lot of great bands( glad you gave props to Black N Blue) Even got to meet Steven n Robin when they rolled thru my home town in 85. My second concert(VH was my first!) I’ve also seen him with a lot of bands besides Ratt! Every guy wanted to be Pearcy (including myself) and every girl wanted to be with him. I say this a a prelude to my thoughts on the book... I WAS ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST FANS.

I found the book interesting enough. Learned some things about Stephan and how his life was as a kid. Kinda felt sorry for ya as a kid. Must have sucked at 15. The stories about some of the legions of rockstars were cool. The tours and the road. Hogs and lows. One thing really stood out though. I get it you had a shit ton of pussy!!! You really overemphasize that in your book. Way overboard. We get it you are a sex addict as well. And you can say “it was the 80s” and it was the drugs or booze. But like most of that era Selfish, megalomaniac, fucking rockstar, God complex and all. You were the party, world in you hands, didn’t even have to ask as it was given to you of mostly free will! You were one of the biggest. I’ll just say that a lot of bands have had the same stories for ages. So for you to over express that is kinda boring! Actually kinda pathetic as I hear no remorse for how you treated people. Even people close to you. That’s just what I see from the reader aspect. I heard you talk about the image of the band, the girls, the clothes, the logo, the direction this that but what I found interesting is you didn’t y’all much about the music. How y’all write a song. How it made you feel about being one of the most popular (I didn’t say the most musically talented) in the world. I heard surface stuff like it was great or time of my life.. Idk I guess all and all we have a perception of what a person such as yourself would be like... I just found the way the story was told made you look....well I guess who you are! I mean that in a non judgmental way... cause who am I but a fan and reader.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-02-29

To much truth

This book was very descriptive. If you have a week stomach don't read it. I liked the book but sometimes it was disgusting I never give up on a book it was worth the read

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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.