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

The New York Times Bestseller

The Explosive National Bestseller


"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.

Title:Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion
ISBN:9781250195753
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    Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion Reviews

  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    Five StarsBack in the 80's I was a yuppie working in the Wall Street Area, and I have very fond memories of listening to so called metal "hair bands" on my Sony Walkman cassette player during my commu...

  • Beth

    I loved this book! As a big fan of rock and specifically 80s rock, this book took you back to those crazy days. I have read other books chronicling these times and this one is the best. The author had...

  •  Leah

    ❐ Overall Rating 3½⭐ | Narration 😐 = Okay❐ Narrated by Amy McFadden & Gary Furlong❐ Listening Length: 15H 58M❐ Non-Fiction❐ Pop Culture --The 80’s Hair Bands❐ Covering details of h...

  • Joni Owens

    First let me start out by saying I love 80s metal so I was really looking forward to this book when I saw it available for review on NetGalley. It’s a really interesting read and now I’m spouting ...

  • Roxanne

    I was thrilled to win this book. Even though I grew up in music in the late 1906,s, I also love these hard rock and hair metal bands. I just love Gun,s and Roses, Kiss, Motely Crue, and Aerosmith. I l...

  • Ashley  Osborn - Book Of Salem

    I may be a little biased because I absolutely love 80’s Hair Metal but I really enjoyed this book!One of the things this book has that a lot of other books don’t, are stories from other people in ...

  • Michael

    Phew. Where to start? I was fourteen when Mötley Crüe's Shout at the Devil was released, which was right around the time I finally started to move on from the Country music (and Elvis) that my paren...

  • Kirsti

    I love oral histories. A lot of the people interviewed in this book love oral something else.This is an affectionate, detailed look at 1980s-era bands who were part of the hair metal/cock rock/glam me...

  • Jeremiah Dollins

    I am a child of the 80s. I was raised on MTV and the hard rock bands that overcharged the cable lines with their excessive fashion, misogyny, and guitar solos. Bon Jovi, Poison, Mötley Crüe . . . lo...

  • Christopher Owens

    Subtitle: The Uncensored History of the ’80s Hard Rock ExplosionI received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.I was in my twen...