I predicted the rise of Twisted Sister long before any of my head banging friends in high school got on the bandwagon. I had You Can’t Stop Rock and Roll and Under the Blade before Stay Hungry hit big and made them famous.
So nobody should be surprised that I bought Dee Snider’s autobiograpy Shut Up and Give Me the Mic. I’ve read a lot of rock and roll autobiographies, and this is ranks up there with the best. Dee takes a shot at Nikki Sixx in the first couple of pages, and never lets up. But mostly he takes shots at himself. He went from depserately hungry wanna be rock star to on top of the world for about a year in 1984, and then lost it all again, and he mostly blames himself. He was reduced to working a minimum wage office job before he reinvented himself as a disc jockey, movie producer, and Broadway star. Most interestingly, he did it all without alcohol and drugs while staying married to his wife and raising a relatively normal family. His insights into how the music industry really works are interesting, and his memories of the PMRC hearings are awesome.