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    From the creator of the popular rock 'n' roll true crime podcast Disgraceland comes an off-kilter, hysterical, at times macabre book of stories from the highly entertaining underbelly of music history.

    You may know Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13-year-old cousin, but did you know he shot his bass player in the chest with a shotgun or that a couple of his wives died under extremely mysterious circumstances? Or that Sam Cooke was shot dead in a seedy motel after barging into the manager's office naked to attack her? Maybe not. Would it change your view of him if you knew that, or would your love for his music triumph?

    Real rock stars do truly insane thing and invite truly insane things to happen to them: murder, drug trafficking, rape, cannibalism and the occult. We allow this behavior. We are complicit because a rock star behaving badly is what's expected. It's baked into the cake. Deep down, way down, past all of our self-righteous notions of justice and right and wrong, when it comes down to it, we want our rock stars to be bad. We know the music industry is full of demons, ones that drove Elvis Presley, Phil Spector, and Sid Vicious and that consumed the Norwegian black metal scene. We want to believe in the myths because they're so damn entertaining.

    Disgraceland is a collection of the best of these stories about some of the music world's most beloved stars and their crimes. It will mix all-new, untold stories with expanded stories from the first two seasons of the Disgraceland podcast. Using figures we already recognize, Disgraceland shines a light into the dark corners of their fame, revealing the fine line that separates heroes and villains as well as the danger Americans seek out in their news cycles, tabloids, reality shows, and soap operas. At the center of this collection of stories is the ever-fascinating music industry - a glittery stage populated by gangsters, drug dealers, pimps, and groupies, with violence, scandal, and pure unadulterated rock 'n' roll entertainment.

    ©2019 Jake Brennan (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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    • leilababy2
    • 07/10/2019

    Jake, I think you can do better

    First, the narration was terrible. Distracting to have someone read like robot and then put the wrong emphasis on syllables.
    Second, I am a fan (from the very first show) of the podcast and even went to the live show when he was on town. This book was too short, the stories were too stripped down. I thought that if we were going to get a whole book, we would be getting more detail than if he just prepared a podcast for each story. Each story would not have made a full podcast.
    Third, the choice of stories was really good and I liked how most of them segued into the next. It did make it a little hard to tell where the end of one was and the beginning of another was. Most of the stories didn’t really have a climax, so hard to tell when one was over.
    Disappointed, but pleased to get a few extra stories.

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    • R. Dack
    • 03/10/2019

    Nothing new here

    He tried to weave stories connecting chapters. it doesn't work. Needs lesser known stories and new info. Frankie Lymon? Paul Williams of the Temptations?

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    • nikki mastromarino
    • 04/10/2019

    This book is good if you don’t listen to the podcast but if you do, don’t bother

    I was excited about this book coming out but since I was a fan of the podcast and had listens to it for about a year now I pretty much had heard all the stories in the book there is a few in here that are not in the podcast but it is not really worth the credit just for those few stories so I will be returning this book and getting something else

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    • 1Bieg
    • 13/09/2021

    Rock N RollA

    Disgraceland is my favorite podcast! Jake does an amazing favor to his listeners! Great stories and a great story teller! Highly recommended

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    • K. Keech
    • 17/02/2021

    Love Jake Brennan

    The book is like the podcast. Even if you heard some of these artist in the podcast still get the book. The content is not identical. Jake's has such a talent for telling a story and being creative. Wish there were more artists like him.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 22/12/2020

    Amazing and feels so real

    Brennan’s writing style is one that gives life and realism to the subject. Each conversation and situation seems so real that its hard to think they didn’t happen. Any liberties taken with actual situations are swept away as the listener has been given the permission to make the one Brennan conjures as “gospel.”
    To summarize: it’s a great book. Brennan is indeed “a bad bad man” (bad meaning good)

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    • MountainMermaid
    • 05/12/2020

    would have been a great book

    This would have been a great book but 3/4 of it was on the podcast. Very disappointing to know that I had already heard almost the whole book.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 30/11/2020

    UNREAL!!

    Unreal stories from the artist we all know! this is what makes them true rock stars!

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    • Roseann
    • 28/10/2020

    Not Anything I couldn’t Find on the internet

    I thought this would be a more in-depth telling of these artist but it’s just a retelling of what a basic internet search come up with. The only parts that are extra was what he added for dramatic affect.

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    • Beth M. Honeycutt
    • 24/10/2020

    Fascinating stories, but constant profanity

    This was a fascinating book and one that was hard to put down. The historical information and the crimes themselves were captivating, although it was sometimes disappointing that the chapters just ended after relating the crimes, without any sort of resolution or information on what became of those involved. It often left me feeling dissatisfied, as if the story hadn't been fully told.

    I learned a great deal about the history of rock and the somewhat sordid stories behind many of its icons and legends. I listened to the whole book in just a couple of days and it was really well written. I liked how the author tied the stories together so they led into each other very naturally. Many of the perpetrators weren't people I knew much about going in, so it was a nice mix of those whose names I recognized and those I didn't. None of the crimes were ones I'd heard of before, which was cool.

    However, I quickly grew tired of the near constant stream of profanity. It seemed like the "f word" was every other word and it made it very difficult for me to enjoy the writer's great prose. It's a shame, because he's clearly talented. I would love to listen to his podcast, but it seems to have the same characteristic. I prefer a more journalistic approach, like most true crime books adopt. If that doesn't bother you, you'll probably like this.