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Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion

Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion

Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion

Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion


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"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

Nothin' But a Good Time is the definitive, no-holds-barred oral history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal, told by the musicians and industry insiders who lived it.

Hard rock in the 1980s was a hedonistic and often intensely creative wellspring of escapism that perfectly encapsulated—and maybe even helped to define—a spectacularly over-the-top decade. Indeed, fist-pumping hits like Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” are as inextricably linked to the era as Reaganomics, PAC-MAN, and E.T.

From the do-or-die early days of self-financed recordings and D.I.Y. concert productions that were as flashy as they were foolhardy, to the multi-Platinum, MTV-powered glory years of stadium-shaking anthems and chart-topping power ballads, to the ultimate crash when grunge bands like Nirvana forever altered the entire climate of the business, Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock's Nothin' But a Good Time captures the energy and excess of the hair metal years in the words of the musicians, managers, producers, engineers, label executives, publicists, stylists, costume designers, photographers, journalists, magazine publishers, video directors, club bookers, roadies, groupies, and hangers-on who lived it.

Featuring an impassioned foreword by Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist and avowed glam metal fanatic Corey Taylor, and drawn from over two hundred author interviews with members of Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Winger, Warrant, Cinderella, Quiet Riot and others, as well as Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford, and many more, this is the ultimate, uncensored, and often unhinged, chronicle of a time where excess and success walked hand in hand, told by the men and women who created a sound and style that came to define a musical era—one in which the bands and their fans went looking for nothin’ but a good time…and found it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250195753
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/16/2021
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 179,625
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

TOM BEAUJOUR is a journalist and co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Revolver, America’s premier hard rock and heavy metal monthly. Beaujour has produced and mixed albums by Nada Surf, Guided by Voices, the Juliana Hatfield Three, and many others.

RICHARD BIENSTOCK is a journalist whose writing has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Spin, and other publications. He is a former senior editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored and co-authored several books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: “The Pussy-Plucking-Posse Pocket of Hollywood”
CHAPTER 2: “Dinosaur Music”
CHAPTER 3: Interview: Michael Anthony of Van Halen
CHAPTER 4: “Just Because Someone Says You Suck Doesn't Mean You Don't Suck”
CHAPTER 5: “Rhymes with Rockin’ ”
CHAPTER 6: “Blue-Black Hair and High Heels”
CHAPTER 7: “Ratt ‘N’ Roll”
CHAPTER 8: “Don’t Just Tackle the Quarterback—Break His Arms and Legs, Too”
CHAPTER 9: “The Yellow and Black Attack”
CHAPTER 10: “It’s Male Dominating. Macho-ism or Whatever”
CHAPTER 11: “We Prayed in the Limo, Sure”
CHAPTER 12: "We Know What We're Doing, Fuck You!"
CHAPTER 13: “Okay, Where's the Knives?"

CHAPTER 14: “Anthem Participatory Rock”
CHAPTER 15: “This Is Gonna Go”
CHAPTER 16: “Then I Got the Ozzy Gig...”
CHAPTER 17: “When You’ve Got Nothin’, You’ve Got Nothin’ to Lose”
CHAPTER 18: “I'm Not Running Any Fucking Circus!”
CHAPTER 19: “You’ve Gotta Meet My Friend Axl”
CHAPTER 20: “We Just Made It a Friggin’ Party”
CHAPTER 21: “It's Hard to Believe, But at that Time Jani Was Really Kind of Shy”
CHAPTER 22: “Everybody Would Be Throwing Up, Passing Out, Hallucinating or Banging Outside”
CHAPTER 23: “Pop Songs with Heavy Guitars”
CHAPTER 24: “I Broke Nikki’s Nose. I Broke Tommy’s Nose. I Punched Poor Mick Just for the Heck of It”
CHAPTER 25: “I Believe Our Bus Got Crabbed Out”
CHAPTER 26: “George and Don Hated Each Other…Really Hated Each Other”
CHAPTER 27: “Guns and Rose”
CHAPTER 28: “What's Going in These Grooves is for All Time”
CHAPTER 29: “The Poison Thing[TB1]

CHAPTER 30: “They’re Guys That Became Women”
CHAPTER 31: “The Girls Were Just, Like, Melting”
CHAPTER 32: “People Didn’t Know Whether to Fuck Us or Fight Us”
CHAPTER 33: “How Do I Get a Record Deal?”
CHAPTER 34: “Our Hero is Gonna Fucking Split His Brains Open in Front of Us Right Now!”
CHAPTER 35: Interview: Alan Niven
CHAPTER 36: “And We’ve Got the Pictures to Prove It”
CHAPTER 37: “Who is that Guy that Climbed Up that Tree?”
CHAPTER 38: “Flyer Wars”
CHAPTER 39: “If They Had Cameras Back Then That Whole Scene Would Be in Jail”
CHAPTER 40: “It Felt Like Beatlemania”
CHAPTER 41: “Garden State Music”
CHAPTER 42: Interview – Dave “Snake” Sabo of Skid Row
CHAPTER 43: “You Mean Slash Coulda Played the Chris Holmes Part?”
CHAPTER 44: “We Never Even Knew We Had Money in Our Bank Accounts”

CHAPTER 45: “You Just Signed Kip Winger!”
CHAPTER 46: “Michael Jackson Saw the Value in Poison”
CHAPTER 47: “If You Put Tits on Him, He Could Run for Miss Texas”
CHAPTER 48: “If You Look at the Clothing It’s All Pretty Outrageous, Innit?”
CHAPTER 49: “Saving Whales Doesn’t Sell Albums; Leather Pants Do”
CHAPTER 50: “Send the Check for the Nelsons—They're Ready”
CHAPTER 51: Interview: Rick Krim
CHAPTER 52: “We Call Them, Uh, ‘Panty Wetters’ ”
CHAPTER 53: "Fucked If I'm Gonna Do This Every Night."
CHAPTER 54: “Tommy Lee Came to Our Room With a Plate. And He Had Shit on It.”
CHAPTER 55: “Bon Jovi, Jr.”
CHAPTER 56: “It Was Like Being on a Plane with 200 Gremlins”

CHAPTER 57: “Is It a Gun Problem or a Bat Problem?"
CHAPTER 58: Interview: Steve Brown of Trixter
CHAPTER 59: “The Scorpions Wanted Us Off the Tour After the First Night”
CHAPTER 60: “Cherry Pie Guy”
CHAPTER 61: Interview: Brian Baker of Junkyard
CHAPTER 62: “What Comes Around Goes Around”
CHAPTER 63: “It Was a Total Scene Out of Gunslinger or Something”
CHAPTER 64: “The Girlfriends and Wives Didn't Want Us There”
CHAPTER 65: “The Party Cost a Quarter of a Million Dollars”
CHAPTER 66: “It Was Like, ‘Fa-an-nu-no-nu-sh-abba-abba’
CHAPTER 67: “You’re Gonna Lose Half Your Audience”

CHAPTER 68: “38 Guns N’ Roses, 20 Ratts, 14 Warrants…”
CHAPTER 69: “We Said, ‘Fuck It’ and Hung It Up”
CHAPTER 70: “I Don't Think Nirvana Ever Wanted to Kill Anyone's Career”
CHAPTER 71: “All of a Sudden You Were Radioactive”

CHAPTER 72: “This Is What We Do”

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