The Sound of the Beast

No, not really. That’s just the title of the book I’m currently reading. See, it all started when, out of curiosity, I borrowed Marilyn Manson’s “Long Hard Road Out of Hell” from my local library. His explanations of the imagery behind his music moved me, and I found myself downloading a few of his songs.

Back story: I’ve secretly liked some rock and metal for most of my life. Van Halen, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Aerosmith, to name just a few. Only recently have I been brave enough to admit that I like it to other people. This revelation is seen as being completely out of character for me. Growing up in Detroit in the 80’s and 90’s, music that I was expected to listen to was limited. Back then, I was concerned about “fitting in”, even if it was only on the fringes of the popular crowd. By 7th grade, I’d mostly given up pretending. Even if I did not advertise my “eccentricities”, I rarely showed interest in the popular songs and activities and usually had my face hidden behind some tome I deemed “interesting.” (My reading habits are a whole ‘nother story.) High school presented new challenges. On the surface, not much had changed. I openly refused to listen to rock, but found myself fascinated by the flashy videos on MTV. The hair bands were fading away, grunge was all the rage, and reggae crept into urban radio. My sister introduced me to groups such as Ace of Base. Almost against my will, I found myself dancing to the music – behind closed doors. And then I grew up.

Fast forward to last month. The next book I grabbed was Nikki Sixx’s “Heroin Diaries.” (Heroin addiction seems to be extremely painful. I’d advise staying away from the white horse, if I were you.) It intrigued me, seeing in print all these names of rock and metal artists that I’ve heard for a great deal of my life, but never connecting them together. So I dug up a copy of Slash’s (from Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver fame) autobiography and I guess now you can say that I am hooked.

What does this have to do with my writing? Absolutely nothing. I just thought it was, ahem, interesting.

Bring on the rock biographies! (I am taking recommendations, by the way. If you know one that may interest me, please leave a comment or message. Thanks!)

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