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It would be easy to dismiss this collection of hazy, drug fueled tales from the glory days of Industrial music if it weren't for the wonderfully likable, and self deprecating, tone of Chris Connelly. <br/><br/>Now, I don't even know the works of Ministry, Pigface or the Cocks, but none of that matters in my appreciation of this book. <br/><br/>What makes this read so enjoyable is Connelly's unrepentant celebration of the abstract Rock reality, where he dreamily lived ( in a bus bunk, from tour to tour, indiscriminately pounding narcotics (of all levels) and mounting everything that moved) until "something" snapped..<br/><br/>Connelly also is also refreshing in his willingness to dish the dirt and happily reveal the failings of ego driven, drug addeled "rock stars" as they celebrated the chase of The Big Dumb. <br/><br/>Call it good old Scottish self deprecation, but It also should be noted that Connelly never let's himself off the hook. Sure, this book is a unfettered hit piece on Ministry's Al Jourgensen, but who cares! Hit pieces are fun! And, let's face it, Al Jourgensen really needs a literary kick to the bait and tackle. <br/><br/>Connelly delivers!<br/><br/>And he NAILS the reading. Also, the production of this book is very interesting, as the tight comical edits help convey the manic pace of the times. This one made me laugh out loud many times.<br/><br/>Super fun!
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What made the experience of listening to Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible and Fried the most enjoyable?
Connelly's wit and sincerity: <br/> That is right. Connelly narrates his own book. (In case you missed that part.) It is as if you (the listener) are sitting in a room with Connelly as he invites you to unravel the dingy infested era of industrial music.The listener is immediately charmed by Chris Connelly's Scottish accent and honesty.
What did you like best about this story?
The fact that I am such a fan of industrial music: <br/> Connelly shares many great (and sometimes tragic) stories of the various key names that made up the rusted mud pit that was 90's industrial/Alternative. Examples are (but not limited to): Pigface, KMFDM, Nine Inch Nails, Lydia Lunch, PTP, Skinny Puppy and of course Ministry, Revolting Cocks, and the Finitribe.
Which character – as performed by Chris Connelly – was your favorite?
Connelly as Al Jorgensen: <br/> Connelly's impression of Al Jorgensen is more sincere then perhaps a conversation with Al Jorgensen. I will just leave it at that.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
An extreme reaction? Not really:<br/> This book was highly entertaining. I would look forward to moments of downtime so I could pop in my earbuds and laugh along with the narrator. I like the fact that if Connelly found a memory funny he did not hold back his own laughter. (Though, Sometimes it seemed forced for the sake of story telling.)
Any additional comments?
Al Jorgensen credits himself as saying "If you remember the 90's, you were not really there." Or some such thing. The fact is Al credits himself over and over and over and over and over again for things. So, If you want another side of the tale of industrial music (Aka the entertaining bastard child that the music industry has tried so hard to forget.) and you want the story to not be told by the loudest voice in the room; give this book a go.
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Chris Connelly may not be a well-known name in rock circles but he certainly experienced a lot of the thrills, spills and bellyaches.
His disdain for Al Jourgensen is obvious and he deals with it really in a humorous way. I especially liked his piss-taking of bands like Sepultura and obscure European noiseniks.
Connelly's Edinburgh accent is easy on the ears and I'm glad I bought this over the book version.
5 stars easily awarded.