Shut Up and Give Me the Mic

Shut Up and Give Me the Mic

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by Dee Snider
     
 

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The wildly entertaining memoir from lead singer and songwriter of Twisted Sister—revealing the real stories behind the crazy makeup, the big hair, and badass hits like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.”

As lead singer and songwriter of Twisted Sister, Dee Snider worked as hard as he played, avoided the debauched

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The wildly entertaining memoir from lead singer and songwriter of Twisted Sister—revealing the real stories behind the crazy makeup, the big hair, and badass hits like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.”

As lead singer and songwriter of Twisted Sister, Dee Snider worked as hard as he played, avoided the debauched lifestyle that has destroyed lesser rockers, and survived the music industry’s fickle fortunes with his priorities and sense of humor intact. Now, he shares his journey from every parent’s worst nightmare to Renaissance man—with an impressive resume that, along with being rock royalty, includes Broadway performer, film actor, reality television star, radio host, and author of a teenage survival guide that is required reading in Russia!—in this “honest and entertaining memoir” (Publishers Weekly).

Dee tells the real stories behind the crazy makeup, the big hair, and badass hits like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.” He takes you through good times, personal struggles, and public battles—such as being slapped with a Parental Advisory warning label by Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center, a fight that led him to testify before Congress with Frank Zappa. Throughout his twisted career, Snider stayed strong and focused, and did it all for his wife, four kids, and millions of “SMF” (Sick Mother F******) fans.

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Publishers Weekly
Twisted Sister front man Snider tells the story of his band's rise to international superstardom, their fast crash to bankrupt obscurity, and beyond in this honest and entertaining memoir. He begins with his childhood decision to "be a Beatle," recounting a slew of high school bands that would lead to his joining the already established Twisted Sister in 1976. Though Snider and company regularly attracted crowds of over 1,000 fans on a nightly basis in Long Island clubs, a record deal materialized only after exposure in England. The release of their enormously popular 1984 album, Stay Hungry, featuring the classic hit "We're Not Gonna Take It," marked their apex, and while Twisted Sister was a huge success, life at home-where Snider's wife and kids awaited-continued apace, and Snider candidly details his struggle with megalomania. But just a year later, the band released Come Out and Play, and everything began to fall apart. Snider describes with great devotion and gratitude his wife's role in crafting the band's image, and he provides insight into his songwriting process, Twisted Sister's iconic music videos, and the many flaws of the music industry. Also included is the complete transcript of Snider's 1985 speech before a Senate hearing regarding profanity in music (spearheaded by Tipper Gore, wife of Al), wherein the heavy-metal rocker reveals his Christian upbringing and lifelong abstinence from drink and drugs.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451637403
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Pages:
426
Sales rank:
466,352
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Dee Snider is the lead singer and songwriter for the multiple-platinum-selling heavy metal band Twisted Sister. He is also a noted reality show star, radio personality, and voice-over talent, as well as a screenwriter and author of the book Dee Snider’s Teenage Survival Guide. He has been married to his wife, Suzette, since 1981. Visit Dee.Snider.com.

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Shut Up and Give Me the Mic 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Great writing even with all the swearing. Read it in two days, now if i could just find some of the music, videos, and other books he has written.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book and read it in 4 days, couldn't put it down. I have been a Twisted Sister fan since the 80's and so glad to have seen Dee Snider back in the spotlight. I recommend this book to all 80's metal kids like myself, bring back growing up twisted, loved that show, if not, I hope to see Dee on another show.
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JimO9485 More than 1 year ago
This book is by far one of the most tell all stories ever written. Mr. snider pulls no punches in naming names and actions, be his or someone else's. His memoir whether your a fan or not should be read. This is not just another made it, had it, lost it tale...this is a rags to riches to rags to getting what life is about tale. Thank you Dee for a great and inspirational book. Rock on!!!!
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I love the cover!
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This is bad ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Summer after highschool dosnt work to scare off tenage boys