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

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18 And Life on Skid Row tells the story of a boy who spent his childhood moving from Freeport, Bahamas to California and finally to Canada and who at the age of eight discovered the gift that would change his life. Throughout his career, Sebastian Bach has sold over twenty million records both as the lead singer of Skid Row and as a solo artist. He is particularly known for the hit singles I Remember You, Youth Gone Wild, & 18 & Life, and the albums Skid Row and Slave To The Grind, which became the first ever hard rock album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and landed him on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Bach then went on to become the first rock star to grace the Broadway stage, with starring roles in Jekyll & Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He also appeared for seven seasons on the hit television show The Gilmore Girls.

In his memoir, Bach recounts lurid tales of excess and debauchery as he toured the world with Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Soundgarden, Pantera, Nine Inch Nails and Guns N' Roses. Filled with backstage photos from his own personal collection, 18 And Life on Skid Row is the story of hitting it big at a young age, and of a band that broke up in its prime. It is the story of a man who achieved his wildest dreams, only to lose his family, and then his home. It is a story of perseverance, of wine, women and song and a man who has made his life on the road and always will. 18 And Life On Skid Row is not your ordinary rock memoir, because Sebastian Bach is not your ordinary rock star.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 28mm | 489g
  • Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins US
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 100 b/w ill. and 8-page color insert
  • 0062265407
  • 9780062265401
  • 93,376

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FROM SKID ROW TO BROADWAY,

FROM THE GUTTERS OF NEW JERSEY TO SAVILE ROW,

HEREIN LIES THE TALE OF THE FIRST THIRTY YEARS OF BACH 'N' ROLL, MOTHERTRUCKERS!!!!!!

Sebastian Bach is the epitome of a rock 'n' roll front man. Loud, boisterous, sometimes self-destructive, and constantly creative, he was the electrifying, iconic lead singer of Skid Row--the band whose platinum-selling songs "18 and Life," "Youth Gone Wild," and "I Remember You," took the world by storm, and were MTV mainstays. But Bach is no ordinary rock star.

In his whip-smart, exhilarating, and brutally honest memoir, Bach tells his story of Skid Row: the parties, drugs, and international tours with Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Metallica, Slayer, and Guns N' Roses, as well as the one-of-a-kind voice that carried him through Skid Row's heyday and their eventual breakup. With typical Sebastian-esque scream and bravado, he reflects on the cost of fame, the price of creativity, and what it means to go from rock hopeful to rock star.

From his birth in the Bahamas to his teenage years in Canada to the music that rocks his life today, 18 and Life on Skid Row is the ultimate story of Sebastian Bach and his devotion to the music he loves.
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Review Text

"In the hedonistic new memoir 18 and Life on Skid Row, Sebastian Bach is brutally frank in his description of life on the road and exploits...Written in a funny, everyman style, 18 and Life finds Bach as one of rock's most affable frontmen." Rolling Stone
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"In the hedonistic new memoir 18 and Life on Skid Row, Sebastian Bach is brutally frank in his description of life on the road and exploits...Written in a funny, everyman style, 18 and Life finds Bach as one of rock's most affable frontmen." -- Rolling Stone "The soulfulness of Sebastian Bach's new memoir caught me off-guard....The book's personal stories are compelling...they're what make 18 and Life on Skid Row a captivating read." -- LA Weekly "[a] ribald and freewheeling memoir...often a delightfully trashy and salacious read. The overall impression one gets of Bach is of an outgoing and genial person...it works because of Bach's puppyish enthusiasm-for music, yes, but also for booze, for drugs, and for sex in unusual places. Rock it up!" -- AV Club "a wild ride of a memoir" -- The Houston Press "the rock book that's going to be hard to beat" -- Las Vegas Weekly "give the gift of Baz this holiday season and get the Skid Row scoop via one of rock's greatest frontmen." -- Vanyaland
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About Sebastian Bach

Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of twenty million records worldwide as lead singer of his former band, Skid Row, and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, he has expanded his career over the past decade to include a five-season recurring role on the hit series Gilmore Girls, ABC's Sing Your Face Off, the comedy series Trailer Park Boys, voice-over work on SpongeBob SquarePants, and Robot Chicken, starring roles on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde, The Rocky Horror Show, and Jesus Christ Superstar, and has appeared regularly on MTV and Vstrong.
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974 ratings
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