Killing Yourself to Live

Killing Yourself to Live

85% of A True Story

Book - 2005
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Building on the national bestselling success of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs , preeminent pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman unleashes his best book yet--the story of his cross-country tour of sites where rock stars have died and his search for love, excitement, and the meaning of death.

For 6,557 miles, Chuck Klosterman thought about dying. He drove a rental car from New York to Rhode Island to Georgia to Mississippi to Iowa to Minneapolis to Fargo to Seattle, and he chased death and rock 'n' roll all the way. Within the span of twenty-one days, Chuck had three relationships end--one by choice, one by chance, and one by exhaustion. He snorted cocaine in a graveyard. He walked a half-mile through a bean field. A man in Dickinson, North Dakota, explained to him why we have fewer windmills than we used to. He listened to the KISS solo albums and the Rod Stewart box set. At one point, poisonous snakes became involved. The road is hard. From the Chelsea Hotel to the swampland where Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane went down to the site where Kurt Cobain blew his head off, Chuck explored every brand of rock star demise. He wanted to know why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing...and what this means for the rest of us.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780743264464
Branch Call Number: 306.0973 KLO
Characteristics: v, 245 pages


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FindingJane Dec 08, 2014

Mr. Klosterman’s essays come off as being alternately interesting and annoying. Interesting in that they read like the witty banter you might have from someone at a party who isn’t too wasted and annoying in that he has very set opinions about everything (his idea of a Man, e.g., involves the ability to shoot and kill live animals) that you don’t necessarily possess but which he insists on sharing with you.

However, his ability as a raconteur cannot be denied. Whether describing his girlfriends with song lyrics or comparing them to members of KISS or cringing in embarrassment over how Americans have idolized Elvis, Mr. Klosterman’s essays are thought provoking, amusing and occasionally rise to the poetic. While he doesn’t necessarily obtain any deep insight from travelling the country visiting the sites of dead rock musicians, his observations along the way make for a fascinating window on to a broad swath of the American public.

diesellibrarian Nov 22, 2010

A very entertaining rock n roll travelogue. Klosterman wears his music/star wars nerd persona on his sleeve as he travels to various sites where a variety of rock stars met their untimely end.

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