Books

This page is strictly for my friends who are looking for a new book to read during the pandemic.

The Chain

Ok let’s start this off with a great one. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Just a heads up, it’s very stressful and deals with kidnapping. But WOW this thing grabs you and never lets you go. Such a wild concept. And you keep wondering to yourself, what would I do if this happened to me??

Heaven and Hell

Don Felder
Don was a guitarist in The Eagles. He and Joe Walsh gave us some of the best guitar tracks and solos in history during Don’s years with the Eagles, including Hotel California. It’s no surprise to any Eagles fan that the members did not get along very well.  I loved this book. It’s brutally honest and goes deep behind the scenes of all the drama that goes along with a successful band like this, especially between Don Henley and Glenn Frey (RIP).

Runnin' with the Devil

Noel Monk
I’ll read anything about Van Halen. This one is from their manager back in the late 70s and 80s, when David Lee Roth was the king of the world. This is another brutally honest book that has some brilliant moments. Noel Monk’s communication style is a little awkward at times, but if you’ve ever heard him talk, you’d understand. He tells a great story and really takes you on the road with these crazy bastards. Great read.

Crash and Burn

Artie Lange
I miss the days when Artie was on the Howard Stern show. This is a tough book to read because basically Artie makes damn sure you really understand what a total screwup he was. After a while it’s like “enough already.” He had the world by the balls and self-destructed. The end. But there is a story in the middle about him snorting heroin and using the bathroom on a private jet that is so good, it makes it worth the agony of reading the rest of this book.

How I Met My Mother

Charlie Cornacchio
This is an incredible story written by a very close friend. Charlie and I played in the band Circus together for almost 20 years. Charlie was adopted as a child and raised by a wonderful family. In his 30s, a random and bizarre set of circumstances led to him meeting his birth mother and her children. Turns out Charlie is an amazing author. You think you know a guy. Lol.

Acid for the Children

Flea
Really disappointed in this book. Could have been so great. Just tell some stories about life on the road with the Chili Peppers and all would have been fine. I love this guy. I think he’s a brilliant player and an incredibly entertaining performer. But like Artie Lange, Flea decides to tell every ugly and sad story about his life, and fills the entire book with this. There is no band gossip. No throwing Anthony Kiedis or other members under the bus. No stories from a rock star’s life on the road. Nothing. If you want to hear about every drug that Flea ever put into his system, this is the book for you.

My Story

Elizabeth Smart
One of the most gripping stories I’ve ever read. True story too. By some miracle this poor girl made it out of this nightmare alive and was able to tell her story. A story so many other missing children may never get the chance to tell. She told it so well. Every little detail. There’s never a dull moment. And I wanted to cheer at the end. GREAT book. Very inspiring person.

Red

Sammy Hagar
I am a die-hard Van Halen fan. I should say the original Van Halen. When Sammy came into the band and replaced Diamond Dave, I thought it was an April Fools joke. But I had high hopes that Sammy would indeed throw Eddie and Alex under the bus, and wow did he ever! I found it hard to listen to Sammy because he comes off very egotistical in this book. And very immature. I found myself saying many times, “what a total dick.” But he gave me what I was looking for. A glimpse into the wild world of the Van Halen brothers.

Howard Stern Comes Again

I’m a huge Howard fan. His show entertains me SO much. And I was so excited to get this book. Then I opened it up and realized…… it’s just interviews. Omg. The whole thing is interviews. That I have heard already. Many times. Because I pay for my subscription to Sirius XM. And now I’ve paid for a book that has put on paper, everything I’ve paid for and heard already. Get the picture? I was disappointed big time. I was hoping at this stage of his career, that he’d open up about some personal stuff, his marriage, or the staff, or the whack packers. Nope.

Trafficked

Sophie Hayes
This one is very tough to read. Obviously from the title. But wow, what a great book and a true story. It takes a little bit to get going, but once the big moment comes, you won’t be able to put this thing down. The nightmare Sophie endured is hard to imagine.  One side effect of this book is, you worry about your daughters a little more than usual.

The Two Family House

Lynda Loigman
I know the author on this one. The lovely Lynda Loigman. But I wouldn’t be talking about it unless I really loved it. Linda is such an amazing storyteller, and brings you way back to a time that was so much simpler than today, yet more complex in some ways.  She really transports you into that house with those fascinating families, and what an ending.