Book Review – Nöthin’ But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the ’80s Hard Rock Explosion

Nöthin’ But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the ’80s Hard Rock Explosion

By Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock

On Sale March 16th

“The definitive Bible of 80’s hard rock”


Five Metal horns out of Five! From The Hellion

I feel fortunate to have been a teenager during the mid to late 1980’s.  Hard Rock and metal music was in it’s golden age.  The LA/west coast and NY/east coast scenes were like a mystical place to us hard rock and metal fans in the Midwest.  We all thought all the bands came from LA and NY.  Of course, we later learned this was not true.

MTV actually played hard rock and metal music videos.  Heavy Metal Mania (hosted by Dee Snider), The Heavy Metal Music Half Hour and later Headbanger’s ball were specialty show’s dedicated to hard rock and metal videos.  These were the shows that you watched to find out about the new and upcoming hard rock bands.  The music videos captured the look, sounds and attitude of the times!  We all watched Headbanger’s ball on Saturday night and went out the next day to buy the new releases from bands like Dokken, LA Guns, Warrant, Cinderella, Skid Row, Faster Pussycat.  The excitement of getting the cassette or cd of these bands is the same feeling I had while reading this book.  Every chapter is like discovering a new band.

Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock have put together the “definitive bible” that captures the stories directly from the mouths of musicians, managers, publicists and other players from the golden era of hard rock and metal in this book.   It is 500 plus pages of pure bliss for hard rock/metal fans and music fans in general. The book is a collection of interviews from the bands who lived it!  It’s a who’s who of hard rock and metal.  It’s packed with great stories about the early days and hey-day of all the heavyweights like Van Halen, Motley Crue, Ratt, Dokken, Poison, Cinderella, Skid Row, White Lion, Guns N Roses amongst others.

My favorite part are the details and stories from many of the great bands that for one reason or another did not achieve the Arena Headliner status like Jetboy, Faster Pussycat, Nelson, LA Guns, London, Bang Tango,  Tuff, Vixen, Winger, Trixter, Kix and many others.  These are some of my favorite bands that I still listen till this day.

This book has something for everyone from the casual to the hard-core fans.  I consider myself a hard -core fan, and I learned new things about many of my favorites.

It’s a MUST HAVE for fans of the hard rock and metal genre.

I was familiar with Richard’s work from articles he wrote for Guitar World magazine.  Whenever an issue arrived at my door that had an article from Richard, I knew it was going to be a great one.  I also was familiar with Tom Beaujour from his work and involvement with Revolver magazine.  Thanks to them for taking on the mission of interviewing the musicians and documenting one of the best era’s and music genre.

Special thanks to Kathryn Hough Boutross and St. Martin’s Publishing for giving us an opportunity to review this book.

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“A backstage pass to the wildest and loudest party in rock history―you’ll feel like you were right there with us!” ―Bret Michaels of Poison

Nothin’ But a Good Time is the definitive, no-holds-barred oral history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal, told by the musicians and industry insiders who lived it.

Hard rock in the 1980s was a hedonistic and often intensely creative wellspring of escapism that perfectly encapsulated―and maybe even helped to define―a spectacularly over-the-top decade. Indeed, fist-pumping hits like Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” are as inextricably linked to the era as Reaganomics, Pac-Man, and E.T.

From the do-or-die early days of self-financed recordings and D.I.Y. concert productions that were as flashy as they were foolhardy, to the multi-Platinum, MTV-powered glory years of stadium-shaking anthems and chart-topping power ballads, to the ultimate crash when grunge bands like Nirvana forever altered the entire climate of the business, Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock’s Nothin’ But a Good Time captures the energy and excess of the hair metal years in the words of the musicians, managers, producers, engineers, label executives, publicists, stylists, costume designers, photographers, journalists, magazine publishers, video directors, club bookers, roadies, groupies, and hangers-on who lived it.

Featuring an impassioned foreword by Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist and avowed glam metal fanatic Corey Taylor, and drawn from over 200 new interviews with members of Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Winger, Warrant, Cinderella, Quiet Riot and others, as well as Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford and many more, this is the ultimate, uncensored, and often unhinged chronicle of a time where excess and success walked hand in hand, told by the men and women who created a sound and style that came to define a musical era―one in which the bands and their fans went looking for nothin’ but a good time…and found it.

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