Lemmy Kilmister – Lemmy: White Line Fever

Lemmy Kilmister (with Janiss Garza) – Lemmy: White Line Fever (The Autobiography)

This book is several things to me:

1) it was a beautiful gift to me from Mike during our 2015 trip to Taranna (thanks heaps, Mike!)

2) it’s the first book I finished reading in 2016.* I began reading in late 2015, and was somewhere around Orgasmatron when we got the sad news that Lemmy died. It was a disorienting experience to get that news while in the middle of reading his story!

3) it’s the book equivalent of sitting in a pub, talking to Lemmy, listening to him regale you with tales from his life and career. It’s so well done – off the cuff, colloquial, relaxed and loose. He tells the good and the bad, and pulls no punches.

Lemmy had a very clear-eyed view of the world, no doubt about it. And yes, you could argue that of course he does, he’s the one writing the book so he made it that way! But somehow I doubt he was putting us on – he didn’t seem the sort to put on airs, or put up with bullshit, or try to foist bullshit on his fans. It was a really refreshing, honest read about one of rock’s most enduring legends.

R.I.P., Lemmy. Your music will live on. And this book tells your story well.


* Check out my TBR-A page at the top of the main page. I’m still listing every book I read, and this year (2016) I’m also adding a blurb for each one. This particular book gets a blurb on that TBR-A page AND a review here on the KMA main page because it’s music-related!

12 thoughts on “Lemmy Kilmister – Lemmy: White Line Fever

  1. 1537 says:

    I thought the story is great and I loved the man, but he did come over as a bit of a self-righteous arse in a few places for me here. I guess you need a bit of bite to stick at it in the industry for so long.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      You’ve nailed it, he had to be like that. But I got the sense that he only pulled out that bs when it was really needed in order to get the job done. The rest of the time, he came across as having a pretty damn long fuse.

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  2. J. says:

    This has been on my ‘to read’ list a while, but I’ve struggled to get through a book since dropping Neil Young’s Waging Heavy Peace. That was a good while ago (early 2014!). Bored me to tears and really have struggled to read a book since! I hope to do better this year!


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Oh man, don’t let that shitey Neil book bring you down. That’s probably the worst one! haha Just about every other book is better than it!

      This one is waaaaay easier going. Just like the music, Lemmy sure doesn’t waste any time! It’s recommended!


      1. J. says:

        It really is dreadful. In December there I picked up a book about that I’d bought a few years ago. I intend to finish it.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      It sure was interesting – Lemmy was one of a kind, for sure! It’s actually a very quick read. It just pulls you along and he doesn’t waste any time. I liked it alot.

      I’m glad you dig the reviews, thanks! I’ve always posted reviews of music books, as I read them, but the TBR-A page will also have short blurbs about all the other stuff I read too (the majority of my reading is not music-related), so that’s new for me. And I have missions for 2016! It’s all on the TBR page, at the top. Let’s give ‘er!

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