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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!

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