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Book Review - Sebastian Bach's 18 & Life On Skid Row

Posted by Sydney Taylor on


Craving a new read? If you’re a massive Sebastian Bach and Skid Row fan like me, Bach’s new book 18 And Life On Skid Row is a must read.

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As described by HarperCollins Publishing, the book, “tells the story of a boy who spent his childhood moving from Freeport, Bahamas to California and finally to Canada  at the age of eight discovered the gift that would change his life.” Bach’s first autobiography was released in early December of 2016, and within hours of it’s release shot to the #1 Best Seller spot in the Heavy Metal Musician Biographies category on Amazon; for good reason too.

Bach’s book spans the early years of his life, growing up as a young boy and discovering the genre we all know and love, rock and roll. He describes seeing his favorite band, the legendary KISS, for the first time at a young age, and how rock and roll had never failed him, even through trying times in his childhood, like his parents’ divorce. He goes on to tell the stories of his early bands and performances in private school, and how he moved out at the young age of sixteen to join his first touring bands, Kid Wikkid and Madame X.

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The book describes Bach’s over-the-top, drug induced antics during his time in well-known rock band Skid Row with some of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest names, along the likes of Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, and Pantera. He goes behind closed doors of events such as the Moscow Peace Festival, and even how he was once tazed fifteen minutes before Skid Row was set to open up for Bon Jovi.

I was thoroughly impressed with Bach’s book. Finishing it in about two to three days, I felt that it was near impossible to put down, and I found myself wanting to hear more and more about what went on behind the scenes with my favorite bands and one of my all-time favorite singers. Being a big Sebastian Bach fan, I learned a whole lot about his career, in not only his time with Skid Row, but a lot about his pre and post-Skid Row adventures, such as his job singing in Schooner Beer commercials, and what his life was like during his time on Broadway. Although I wasn’t even alive during the time that most of his stories from the 1980’s took place, I felt that I was right there with him during every story he told.

The only disappointment during my time reading this book was the fact that I finished it so quickly. I would highly recommend 18 And Life On Skid Row to any rock fan, especially those in love with the 1980’s rock scene. Just take my advice and don’t finish it too quickly--you’ll be sad when it’s over!

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