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Summary

This program includes introductions read by the authors.

"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)

Nöthin' 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 Nöthin' 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.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

"Nöthin’ But a Good Time is an unflinching, all-excess look at an era that many snooty critics have written off as stupid, and its pages present a strong case for how people have underestimated the music and the dedication of the musicians who lived it." (Kory Grow, Rolling Stone)

©2021 Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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  • Christine Miller
  • 19-03-21

need to be from L.A.

I enjoyed the stories from bands I grew up listening to. but the narrator's obviously are NOT from L.A. and If they are, then wow dude... just wow. I've never heard more mispronunciations of names and street names! I mean.... who doesn't know how to say La Canada or La Cienaga if you live in L.A. ?!?!?!?!!!!!!! would rather have heard this from the mouths of those rockers.

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  • Wendolyn Palmblad
  • 13-04-21

Meh

Narration isn’t great. I was surprised at how many times they got names wrong. As the writers are narrators, you would expect them to get the names correct. Too many quotes and not enough story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-21

Nothin but a Good Time/Yes it Was

Well, having been a teenager during this time period, it was fun to go back and hear the stories again, but to be honest, over 95% of the content was nothing new. We’ve already heard the stories countless times from the bands throughout the years. It was really hard to listen to the narrators mangle the artists names and the terms from the 80s. Was this publication just a money grab? I mean really, do your homework, especially if you weren’t there. It just makes me want to write my own book about the music scene. Thank goodness Eddie Trunk was interviewed, to impart some validity to the content.

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  • LAN
  • 29-03-21

A lot of Memories Resurfaced

If you lived in the 80's, and was a fan of hard rock, then this is the book for you. I couldn't put down.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-03-21

Good Times

Interesting read and well written.
Well worth the time.
It will bring you back in time...

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  • Norberto Herrera
  • 05-05-21

Engaging

Hearing the input from the actual people who were there was great. Hard rock and most of those bands are a big part of my life. Love Winger’s Pull album. The narration was a bit interesting because sometimes the mention of those who said it was longer than the quote itself. I’ll listen to it again and give it another shot.

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  • Christopher
  • 04-05-21

A little long, bad narration

The woman narrator was good but the man was terrible. He had a lot of mispronunciations.

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  • Kevin W.
  • 04-05-21

Great book! Sex, drugs & Rock n Roll !!!🤘🎸

LOVED THIS BOOK !! TOOK ME BACK TO THE 80s, AND ALL THE MUSIC I LOVE !!!

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  • Kimberly Parilese Adams
  • 24-04-21

I didn't want it to end!!!

I loved everything! Much more entertaining in Audio format. This is like a big gigantic open diary. You get details, inside info and juicy dirt from many different individuals! Absolutely awesome!!! I want more!

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  • Steven Prue
  • 18-04-21

cool book, wish the narrator was familiar with LA

really neat book - I worked in the metal music industry at the tail in of this era and been a fan all my life. Hell, my college radio station was the reason that Slaughter formed. This book brought back memories of people, times and shows. I worked with several people who contributed to this book.

but man, I wish the director/producer had double checked the male talent's pronounication on many places and people. How can you read a book about Heavy Metal that's set mostly in LA and constantly mispronounce "Sepulveda" and "La Cienega"? Also on the East Coast - "Bowery" and "Paramus"?

Other than that, great listen - warts and all.