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Where does Aerosmith rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This book was a look into Aerosmith shortly after becoming sober but before their meteoric rise back to the top. It also was the break from the old hard-rocking Aerosmith and the new pop sound that became their new hallmark. They still had everything to prove and much of what Tom Hamilton states proves to be prophetic. It is worth the buy for amateur Aerosmith historians interested in such things.
What other book might you compare Aerosmith to and why?
This was unique because it is an interview primarily with bassist Tom Hamilton, who most people do not know. It likely takes place in the Summer of 1987, shortly before the release of Permanent Vacation but after Aerosmith had their hit collaboration with Run DMC with "Walk This Way." Aerosmith had a taste of newfound success but still needed to prove they could make original music that sold well.It also was unique because it shows an determined and somewhat irritated Tom Hamilton who wanted to become an outspoken member and more active songwriter of the group (neither of which materialized). It is far from the whimsical and laid-back Hamilton who fans got to know during Aerosmith's rise back to prominence in the late 80s and 90s.
Which scene was your favorite?
During a discussion of contemporary hard rock music in 1987, Hamilton names several bands who were disciples of Aerosmith and starting to gain popularity. Ironically absent from the conversation was Guns and Roses, who would become the most successful of those bands and who Aerosmith would tour with a year later.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Aerosmith-From the bottom looking up.
Any additional comments?
The last few minutes of the recording is a completely different interview with Steven Tyler likely from around 1989 talking about the song "Monkey on My Back" from Pump.
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