Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hell Bent For Leather by Seb Hunter

I finished reading this book last night. It didn't take me all that long, the book was amusing in parts. It's the autobiographical story of a boy growing up and getting in to heavy metal and latterly hair metal. He wants to be in a band, eventually gets to be in a band but then also wants to have success and respect attributed to the top rock acts. Unfortunately, after several promising opportunities it seems that Seb and his bandmates don't quite have the drive, conviction and maturity to really push it. Instead, they seem to squander opportunity and would rather abuse various substances and just try to look cool while being totally vapid and uncool. I didn't have much sympathy, as you can probably tell. I didn't agree with everything in the book, there are a fair number of opinions about various things. It was entertaining and amusing in parts, especially if you have had friends in bands who were always "on the verge" of making it. It brought back a few memories of similar moments. My lasting impression comes from several episodes in the book where his ex-girlfriends are mentioned. Hunter doesn't always come across as a nice person, probably the intent because it is written in hindsight, but it does hamper my desire to recommend this to others. If you like heavy metal music and grew up in the seventies you might like this, otherwise probably best avoided.

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