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Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion Hardcover – 11 May 2021

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the definitive account of the era --PopMatters

an intensive swim through what it felt like to be alive and flyering the Sunset Strip in the '80s --
Cryptic Rock

Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock have a remarkable knack for placing readers in the moment with every page turn, resulting in a perfectly crafted masterpiece that encapsulates one of the most iconic eras in music history. --
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a quick-moving and engrossing read... a compelling conversation among a couple hundred people who defined the metal era. --
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This is one heck of a book. --Metal Sludge

Rock music fans will be banging their heads to this book. --
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Beginning with the early days of Quiet Riot and Van Halen, the book takes the reader through glam's ascent from L.A. clubs to arenas everywhere, spending equal time on Crüe-style debauchery and the behind-the-scenes business that made these bands superstars, through the arrival of Nirvana, which turned the hair metal craze into poison overnight. --
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Lively, comprehensive... An engrossing deep dive into a lurid, free-wheeling monument in pop music. --
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Revolver cofounder Beaujour and former Guitar World editor Bienstock give heavy metal a flamboyant retrospective in this raucous oral history...Metalheads and those with a fondness for the over-the-top antics that marked the genre and era are in for a treat. --Publishers Weekly

From the streets to the Strip, the studio to the stage, this is an epic tale told by the people that lived it. It's a backstage pass to the wildest and loudest party in rock history--you'll feel like you were right there with us! --Bret Michaels of Poison

"If you want to relive the explosive decade, this is as close as you're gonna get. All right here, right now." --Stephen Pearcy of Ratt

Tom and Rich -- the two music journalists most likely to be called as expert witnesses in a court case about hair metal -- have compiled a fun, funny, and frightening chronicle of the so-called 'Decade of Decadence' with interviews from every major player in the scene. --Kory Grow, Rolling Stone

"Sure, there's plenty of sex, drugs and rock & roll but, like the best rock books, Nöthin' But a Good Time is really about people and their stories. Those stories attest to the power of hard work, ambition, friendship and community. And that's what makes this hilarious, sordid and deeply researched book so inspiring." --Michael Azerrad, author of Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 and Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana

No stone is left unturned in this deep dive into the bands you love, and the bands you love to hate. This book goes to 11. --Katherine Turman, co-author, Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal

"An extremely well-written, thoughtful, and indeed inspiring exposé on one of the most misunderstood musical genres in history. Come for Yngwie Malmsteen, stay for Gunnar Nelson." --Dave Hill, comedian, author, Parking the Moose

"Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock recreate the reckless and carefree era of hair metal--a fantastical, debauched world of car wrecks and casual sex, codpieces and Capezios, boys dressed like girls and girls dressed in almost nothing, cocaine and even more cocaine and no, seriously, So. Much. Cocaine. Nöthin' But a Good Time is the literary equivalent of a pyro explosion." --Rob Tannenbaum, author of I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

"I came for the debauched Guns 'N Roses, Mötley Crüe and Poison stories and was not disappointed. I did not expect equally delightful stories about Stryper, Warrant, Faster Pussycat, Nelson and Trixter. Brilliant book of familiar and forgotten rock history." --Steve Knopper, editor-at-large, Billboard, author, Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age

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The definitive, no-holds-barred oral history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal, told by the musicians and industry insiders who lived it.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St Martin's Press (11 May 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 560 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250195756
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250195753
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.76 x 4.32 x 24.28 cm
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Mr Fahrenheit
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read about the decade of excess
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its all rock n' roll... And I like it...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rock n Roll
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