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Book: Everyone Loves You When You're Dead
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|By Neil Strauss. Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys Into Fame and Madness collects a bounty of Strauss's compelling celebrity interviews from 20 years as a writer for Rolling Stone, The New York Times and other publications, interviews which he revisited and "remastered" for this book. These days Strauss might be better known as a celebrity himself in the world of pickup artists, or as co-author of best-selling bios with Marilyn Manson, Jenna Jameson, and Motley Crue, but Dave Marsh has hailed him as "the best and most honest daily newspaper reporter rock has ever seen." Springsteen and Strauss have chatted on several occasions, and their conversation included here comes from a 1999 NYT interview.
Cartoonist Ward Sutton's take on the book is a good one (in full and illustrated here):
Interviewer extraordinaire Neil Strauss has sifted through his 20 years of work, examined the tapes, notes and transcripts of over 3,000 interviews, pinpointed standout moments of "truth and authenticity," and woven together a tour de force.
Softcover, 544 pages.
Strauss, whose recent bestsellers have focused on pickup artistry, porn, and survivalism, reexamined the decades of interviews he'd done for magazines and newspapers and came to a conclusion: the need of those publications to sell copies compromised his work. Our modern culture of celebrity worship focuses on the trivial and ephemeral. By contrast, Strauss has uncovered "228 minutes" with the famous, most never before published, that reveal fascinating insights into the human condition.
From Lady Gaga to Pink Floyd, Snoop Dogg to Zac Efron, whether you love 'em or hate 'em (or don't even know who they are), the subjects of this book offer personal views that are sure to intrigue, inspire, or enrage. Equally striking are moments with lesser-known subjects, such as a five-year-old French singer, a stuttering gay rapper, and David Koresh's girlfriend.... Juxtaposed segments with The Who, Bowie, Clapton, et. al. make this essential reading for rock aficionados.... But the book isn't about rock 'n' roll as much as it's about human nature and the philosophy of life. And the real genius of it is the way Strauss links different interview segments by theme, forming organically flowing conversations....
The book concludes with Strauss making sense of the chaos. In this era of Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan, these "Journeys Into Fame and Madness" hit you like a succession of links you've just been forwarded, and they're well worth the click.