18 and Life on Skid Row
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18 and Life on Skid Row

In this uncensored, unfiltered memoir, the musician and former front man for Skid Row tells the story of how a choir boy became a mega-successful hair metal god, rode the wave of fame in Heavy Metal’s heyday, and came out alive on the other side when glam rock went the way of the cassette tape and the Walkman.

Sebastian Bach is an iconic rock vocalist who has sold in excess of twenty million records worldwide. Best known for his powerful high vocal range and his flowing blonde locks, he’s been a stand out member of the metal music scene since he was fourteen. From first joining Kid Wikkid, Bach has rocked out with Skid Row, Madam X, The Last Hard Men, The Frogs, and Frameshift, and with famous friends such as Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Soundgarden, Pantera, and Guns ’N Roses.

But eventually the party bus stopped and the rock star grew up. Yet the fun didn’t end. Bach established a successful solo career as an actor, musician, and singer, appearing on numerous television shows and on Broadway. In this no-holds-barred memoir—raw, powerful, wild, funny, and reflective—he charts his unconventional childhood, first in the Bahamas and then in his rise from small-town Canada to the world’s greatest concert stages to the Great White Way and beyond.

There’s the usual sex, drugs, parties, women, hair products, and headbanging rock ‘n’ roll, but there is also a lot more. Here is a rock star who can write, tell a great story, and has kept his career moving forward despite the changing musical landscape. Through it all, this talented artist remained devoted to his craft, and to having a damn good time.

Title:18 and Life on Skid Row
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages

    18 and Life on Skid Row Reviews

  • Twerking To Beethoven
    Dec 26, 2016

    I guess it'd have been a much better book with the help of a ghostwriter. This is 100% Bazz's work anyway. Hence the three stars. It's genuine, alright....

  • Ricky
    Jan 06, 2017

    This book was okay, the details were vague. This could be because Bach was under some kind of substance during the events. His details of using drugs is prevalent all over this book. A perfect example...

  • Robin
    Jul 12, 2016

    Head-bangers and "party on doooood!" fans will love this memoir of heavy metal band, Skid Row. It's also interesting for readers who can't resist a good tell-all memoir that totally embraces the "sex,...

  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    Aug 31, 2016

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ 18 and Life On Skid Row is not a deep book - there are no Keith Richards musings on life or rich observations on the artist ...

  • Charles
    Jan 16, 2017

    I enjoyed it. Skid Row was not one of my favorite bands of the 80's but I liked songs like Monkey Business and Slave to the Grind. I did like Bach's voice and liked some of the music from his solo car...

  • Kristin
    Dec 29, 2016

    This was not a fun rock memoir. Bach is neither self aware nor articulate and much of his life is repulsive. His tales of sexual exploitation on the road veer into abuse territory and he shows no awar...

  • ColinJ
    Dec 11, 2016

    It's a fun read. Both the best and worst thing I can say about it is that it reads like someone telling you a bunch of really cool anecdotes. The downside is that as a result a lot of the fine detail ...

  • Kim
    Jan 06, 2017

    I was never a die hard heavy metal band fan. That being said, I was in love with Sebastian Bach, his voice and his looks, and when he was at the top, I was only something like 9-13 years old or so, ma...

  • Alberto Tristan Benavides
    Dec 30, 2016

    I have an inexplicable fondness for the 80's music scene. Bizarre, glitzy, in-your-face, sometimes vaudeville, and unabashedly unironic.As such, I am definitely a fan of Sebastian Bach. This book is e...

  • Lesley
    Jan 16, 2017

    I really enjoyed Bach's story through about page 250ish when he was writing about his childhood and musical beginnings and the recklessness of youth. But from there nothing seems to evolve until maybe...