KILLING YOURSELF TO LIVE by Chuck Klosterman [Review]

Killing Yourself to Live Book

I first became a fan of Chuck Klosterman back in the 1990s when he was a writer for Spin magazine. His articles were always my favorite of each issue. I remember one time he wrote about how he stayed up for 48 hours and watched nothing but VH1…amazing. This book was actually written during his time at Spin. He got an assignment to road trip the country and visit spots where famous rock stars died. So the book is essentially a collection of stories from his time on the road, and like it says on the cover, it’s “85% of a true story.” For example, he goes to the site where Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane went down, and the venue that caught fire during the White Snake show. He talks to, and sometimes hangs out with, the people he meets along the way which makes for a pretty entertaining read. What’s funny, though, is that the places he visits are the least interesting stuff of the whole book. What’s great is what’s going on in his head as he’s making the journey. If anything, I’d say the book is 85% about relationships and 15% about a road trip. I mean that as a compliment.

Also, here’s an important thing to know about the author. Either you get him or you don’t. This guy makes heavy pop-culture references, as well as references to some lesser known bands and TV shows. If you get it, you will laugh until you cry, but if you don’t, you will probably hate the book and me for recommending it. I recommend this book to anyone who is a music buff, likes to laugh, and will get a large number of pop culture references.

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