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BURNED: Living Through the 80s and 90s as a Rock and Roll Guitarist

Book by Bobby DeVito

"As Hunter S. Thompson said, 'The music business is a hallway filled with snakes and whores…and there’s a negative side too'."

Many online oriented gear heads are familiar with Bobby D's colorful effects pedal & gear demos at youtube.com/roccotanto. Bobby and Gearmanndude are perhaps the web's most likable, laid back and colorful characters when it comes to making clips that aren't cold, dry & sterile.

My ongoing rapport with Bobby D brought me an invitation to review his newly released book about the life of a working, touring guitar player in the 80's & 90's.
And although it may be no surprise that the story includes the stereotypical lifestyle excesses ultimately leading to rehab, the level of humor and lust for life Bobby injects throughout makes it impossible put down... Even in the roughest parts.

Unlike similar books by rock superstar legends, this one wasn't written by or for one of those. But DeVito's bio is about being so close to legendary that you can taste it-- sometimes tasting too much.

Having read Clapton's bio, Aerosmith's "Walk this Way", "Up & Down With The Rolling Stones" and "Miles", I can honestly say this book was the fastest paced of all the above. And Bobby's life experiences from a nomadic childhood to touring Italy with Texas Bluesman Sherman Robertson, to studying Aleister Crowley, to living & playing on the Santa Monica Pier, to a mental hospital along with some intense spiritual epiphanies are as interesting and compelling as the best of 'em. And the humor throughout reveals an artist willing to experience a broad spectrum of living despite the costs.

And the good part is that Bobby D is a survivor, still creating and hopefully will continue to be. At least he was this morning when he emailed me...

SCRIBD.COM, a social network for authors has a free preview of Bobby's book, with an unabridged download option for $5-- a whole lotta bang for your Rock literary buck!

Bobby D! You're working too cheap!!!



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