Published in: 2014
Edition read: E-book
Travis Barker’s soul-baring memoir chronicles the highlights and lowlights of the renowned drummer’s art and his life, including the harrowing plane crash that nearly killed him and his traumatic road to recovery—a fascinating never-before-told-in-full story of personal reinvention grounded in musical salvation and fatherhood.
After breaking out as the acclaimed drummer of the multiplatinum punk band Blink-182, everything changed for Travis Barker. But the dark side of rock stardom took its toll: his marriage, chronicled for an MTV reality show, fell apart. Constant touring concealed a serious drug addiction. A reckoning did not truly come until he was forced to face mortality: His life nearly ended in a horrifying plane crash, and then his close friend, collaborator, and fellow crash survivor DJ AM died of an overdose.
In this blunt, driving memoir, Barker ruminates on rock stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption, sharing stories shaped by decades’ worth of hard-earned insights. His pulsating memoir is as energetic as his acclaimed beats. It brings to a close the first chapters of a well-lived life, inspiring readers to follow the rhythms of their own hearts and find meaning in their lives.
I thought this memoir had been released yonkers ago, but it’s as recent as 2014 so that was a nice surprise. I’ve been a fan of Blink for nearly 18 years now, but not a super-fan, I didn’t really know much about the band members other than the basics. This memoir was really great in that Travis tells you so much about his life, from the awkward early years, his close relationship with his mother and her sad death at a young age, right up through his marriages to the present day. It’s not the most eloquent of books, but as far as memoirs go, this was easy to read, easy to follow, and showed a really great guy who worked hard to get where he is now, although he is unfortunately a womaniser and easily addicted to mind-altering drugs.
That aside, I found some parts of this book really interesting- like I didn’t know he was in the Aquabats, and I had to go find on of his early shows on youtube to watch (it was awesome and kinda hilarious, this young baby Travis dressed in an Aquabats costume and drumming away); I also didn’t realise how much work Travis puts into his music and his other enterprises, notably his branding. This guy should write a book on marketing, because he has this natural talent to market himself and his brand to fantastic levels.
The memoir also goes through how much Travis has lost in his young life, and the terrible things he has lived through, most notably his fight against drugs that he once relied heavily on, and the plane crash that took the lives of his friends. That was hard to read about, this crash that shouldn’t have happened and how insane the rehab was, not to mention how devastating it was that he and DJ Am survived, only for Am to later take his own life due to a number of issues including survivor’s guilt.
All in all, this was a really interesting book to read and I learned a lot about this drummer that I never knew, and have a newfound appreciation for the level of dedication he has to his work and his music.
Can I Say rating: 8/10
Would I re-read it? Yeah I would, this was really great and had a lot of music tibits for bands I listen to
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