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I rarely give an unqualified 5 star rating...wait, I NEVER give a 5 star rating, but this audiobook rocks! Baby boomers know the Turtles as an iconic MOR pop band that ruled the pop charts in the late '60s (They knocked the Beatles out of the #1 position at one point) and then had a stereotypical breakup due to the usual: musical differences, drugs, changing public preferences, management, etc. It's all told here by Howard Kaylan (with a "Y"!) in an honest and very funny autobiography that grabs you from the first sentence and never lets up.
With a refreshing lack of ego, Mr. Kaylan dishes the whole storyline of the Turtles to the Mothers of Invention to Flo & Eddie and beyond. Be forewarned: YOU WILL LAUGH OUT LOUD so pick your listening times carefully. I often listen in bed before going to sleep but I couldn't do that with this book - I kept waking up my slumbering spouse with my chuckles and laughter. I also had to avoid many concerned looks in the Doctor's office, on public transportation, in the grocery store...you get the idea.
This production shines throughout. Mr. Kaylan provides a perfect wedding of writing and narration. Even my pet peeve about mispronunciation is absent here - a first in 13 years.
If you have the slightest interest in The Turtles, the '60s and '70s or pop music in general you will love this book.
You CAN'T MISS this one!
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I loved The Turtles music growing up in the late 60’s, so I jumped on this audiobook as soon as I saw it and wasn’t disappointed. Howard’s narration is like hanging out with an old friend and swapping rock and roll war stories. The stories of his interactions with rock and roll royalty are worth the price of admission alone. The stories of his personal misbehavior and of the show biz sharks that bit them are riveting. Then there are the Mothers of Invention stories, most notably his firsthand account of the concert in Montreux that was the inspiration for Deep Purple’s immortal Smoke On The Water. All in all a pleasant listen…, that I’ll probably do again in the near future. So if you’re a former child of the sixties, or just love that music, this book is for you.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Had me captivated the whole time. so mamy great stories. will certainly listen too again.
Would you consider the audio edition of Shell Shocked to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the print version, but I'm guessing the audio version, read by the author, is better
What was one of the most memorable moments of Shell Shocked?
The no-holds barred, explosive intro read by Penn Jillette will live with me forever.
What does Howard Kaylan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Once you tune in to Kaylan's high energy narration style, this is a gripping roller coaster ride through the world of rock & roll like no other
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes absolutely, but at 9 hours, this was not possible.
Any additional comments?
Worth the price of admission for the Turtles and Frank Zappa sections alone, but Howard has done so much more, which by necessity was compressed to fit in the last third of the book. Kaylan has lived enough for three lifetimes and a book three times longer than this.