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Like all rock star books that I've read in the past, it's your typical super-talented, super-successful, rockstar, drug addict, self-proclaimed rock god, book that I absolutely love to read/listen to. I don't think the book comes off as well as is could have with Jeremy Davidson narrating it. Especially after hearing the last 15 minutes, that was actually narrated by Steven Tyler. His narration puts a completely different perspective on the book. When he talks about his children and the band, you can hear the love and the self-disappointment in his voice. You can actually hear Steven think as he speaks. You can tell he lived it. The ups and downs. You can't be a drug addict for decades and not screw up everybody around you. Only the great Steven Tyler can Tylerize words like Steven Tyler. He makes his living with words, he invented laying the smack down like no other! He has his own unique vocabulary. Steven sounds his age in the narration and Jeremy sounds like the younger Steven Tyler who is completely full of himself. It just doesn't do the book justice. Keif' Richards had Johnny Depp do his narration and it sounded great! Hey Steven, go back and do the narration yourself. The book deserves it!
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This reads as unadulterated Steven Tyler, his language, his world view, coming through clear. What really makes the book worthwhile is Tyler's love of music and his focus on that. The narrator is fine, though sounds like more of a tough guy than Tyler himself.
Yes the endless litany of drugs, the sense of a whole life spent stoned, is a little disappointing, but that's part of the Tyler package...love of music and language and a mostly unexamined love of altered states...
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