Live Fast, Die Young

Misadventures in Rock And Roll America

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: £8.99
  • Publication date: 4 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781849530491

About the book

Disappointed to learn that Hotel California isn’t actually in the phone book, radio producers Chris and Joe resolve to seek out the true spirit of rock and roll America. Roof down and stereo up, they drive coast to coast on a mission to ‘live the music’. They will sell their souls to the devil on the same crossroads as Robert Johnson, taste the loneliness of the ‘Wichita Lineman’ (and the fried peanut butter sandwich that finished off The King), hang out with the spirit of Johnny Cash in his own front room and, sitting on a jetty by an alligator-infested lake, sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to country-rock musician Gram Parsons. But first they must learn the ukulele, grow preposterous facial hair and fail to get into the Chateau Marmont with a rising popstar – and that’s just day one.

It’s a tale of friendship tested to the limit, great melodies, perfect lyrics and noble myths.

About the author

Chris Price has been shaping the popular music landscape for his entire career, as director of music for MTV and prior to that as an award-winning producer at Radio 1.

Joe Harland is also an award-winning radio producer, having previously been a film critic and football commentator.

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Reviews

A thoroughly enjoyable ride through the American musical wilderness. It brings out the inner geek in every rock 'n' roll dreamer.

Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1

A book that shows how your obsessions can shape and change your life... Excellent.

James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers

A road trip like no other, inspired by rock 'n' roll and hugely entertaining.

Huw Stephens, Radio 1

'For fans of 'good' popular music and all things USA, the book will certainly entertain.'

Real Travel

'an endearing tale of two friends who… fly to the USA and drive across the country from coast to coast.'

St Christopher's Live Your Life e-zine

'humorous travel book.'

Daily Record

"fun and fascinating," "The true friendship of [the authors] and their humor and openness to an American adventure make this book a very worthwhile read."

Blogcritics.org

"Live Fast, Die Young (a true rock 'n' roll title if ever there was one) is a road trip well worth taking"

BlindedBySound.com

"For their chronicle, Live Fast, Die Young: Misadventures in Rock 'n' Roll America (Trafalgar Square, May), radio producers Chris Price and Joe Harland, wisely eschewing a southern route, drove cross-country in search of the roots of their favorite sounds."

Publishers Weekly

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