What does Raising Hell mean to you? I thought it would be stories of raucous life on the road in a rock band. Kind of a modern Almost Famous.
What I got? Braggy “true” stories from artists and bands most people will not recognize. I’ve hung out with punk and rock bands. Some stories of drinking/drugging too much, breaking everything, and generally making bad decisions seem highly likely to have happened. But many sound like hazily remembered, and suspiciously favorable, dreams from the past. Worse, both begin to bore with repetition.
If you are a pre-teen or teenage boy, Raising Hell will have you repeating passages to friends and practicing your dusty old drum kit hoping to live the metal life yourself someday. For females or mature adults, it’s probably not going to be a great read. So overall, 3 stars.
Thanks to Diversion Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.