The Rock And Roll Book Of The Dead

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“Once you're dead, you're made for life.” —Jimi Hendrix

Hendrix. Janis. Morrison. Elvis. Lennon. Cobain. Garcia.

Their reckless brilliance held the key to their self-destruction. Their deaths had much in common—and, surprisingly, so did their lives. From lonely childhoods marred by loss to groundbreaking music and turbulent careers that ended tragically and suspiciously, David Comfort explodes the myths as he ...

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“Once you're dead, you're made for life.” —Jimi Hendrix

Hendrix. Janis. Morrison. Elvis. Lennon. Cobain. Garcia.

Their reckless brilliance held the key to their self-destruction. Their deaths had much in common—and, surprisingly, so did their lives. From lonely childhoods marred by loss to groundbreaking music and turbulent careers that ended tragically and suspiciously, David Comfort explodes the myths as he probes:

  • The sinister roles of Hendrix's manager and girlfriend in his death and subsequent cover-up
  • The bizarre odyssey of Jim Morrison's corpse
  • Why Kurt Cobain was worth more dead than alive to Courtney Love
  • The twisted motives that caused John Lennon to sail through the Devil's Triangle to Bermuda—nearly going down in a storm—shortly before he was fatally shot
  • The crippling disease and “miracle” drug that drove Elvis to suicide

Charismatic and gifted, but also isolated and conflicted, these are not the rock icons you thought you knew. Here are their larger-than-life stories of turmoil and excess that led to their early deaths and ultimate immortality. It's a wild ride to the other side of fame.

“Fame is the soul eater.” —Jerry Garcia

“Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground.” —John Lennon

Includes Rare Photos

David Comfort is the author of three bestselling nonfiction books. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, including Eclectic Literary Forum, Pacific Review, Coe Review, and Belletrist Review. He has been the recipient of several literary prizes and a finalist for such prestigious awards as the Nelson Algren Award andAmerica's Best. A former rock musician, he has spent over 30 years studying rock music, particularly the revolutionary and fatalistic pioneers of the 1960s. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780806531212
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted November 2, 2010

    Off The Charts Fabulous Read

    Make time to get into each of the seven stories...you will not be able to put this book down.
    Mr. Comfort tells the inside story masterfully.
    I am ordering copies for my friends who love to read beautifully written prose.
    Reads perfectly on my ipad.
    Mr. Comfort, More Please!
    Scott

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2009

    Brilliant, Compelling Read!

    I'm a big fan of most of these artists, and have done a good deal of reading about them. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical when I picked up this book. I grew up during this era and I thought I knew everything about these icons. I didn't realize that I knew so little. Many books have been written about these artists and I have read MANY of them. I have never before read a book that so thoroughly examines all of the parallels between these artists, who, on the surface, appear so dissimilar. This book is truly a tour de force with powerful themes and brilliant insights.

    Comfort draws brilliant personal, creative, psychological, and spiritual parallels between these artists which I have seen nowhere else. The way the book is structured is very unique. It contains themes in the "Interlude" chapters that draw compelling connections between the gripping biographical sections.

    The first interlude, ORPHANS, details the traumatic childhoods of all these stars, scarred by divorce, abandonment, parental alcoholism and abuse, and the death of family and friends. Both Hendrix's and Elvis's mother drank themselves to death; Lennon and Garcia's mothers died in car crashes; Garcia's father died when he was 5 years old.

    The second Interlude, STONED, addresses drug abuse. Six died because of it. The author makes a persuasive case that Lennon, who nearly drugged and drank himself to death in 1974, may have suffered the same fate had he not been murdered.

    The third interlude, CRAZY, examines the psychological depths of the artists. Most were manically wired, depressive, fatalistic, bi-polar, megalomaniacal but afflicted with obsessive insecurities to the end. And the enormous creativity of each was equaled only by their self-destructiveness.

    The fourth interlude, MR. D., explores their fatal attraction epitomize by Janis's words, "Maybe my audiences can enjoy the music more if they think I'm destroying myself." This harrowing chapter tries to make sense of the dark reality: Four died at age 27; all threatened suicide, and Hendrix and Cobain tried it; Elvis, Lennon, Garcia, Hendrix all nearly died in horrific car accidents, and the three others were suicidal drivers too.

    In the fifth interlude, SOUL, we learn of the stars' spiritual longing and struggles with being treated like gods. "Part of me suspects I'm a loser and part of me thinks I'm God Almighty," said Lennon.

    The sixth interlude, LOVE, tackles one of the greatest mysteries in the lives of the stars: everybody worshipped them but none ever found true love in their own life.

    The final interlude, LIFE, compares these tragic, fatalistic stars with legendary rock survivors - Dylan, McCartney, Richards, others - climaxing with revelations about the secrets of survival in what the author calls "the world's most perilous profession."

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    AWESOME BOOK!

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