"We might as well have had sex now."
"If you were a girl, I'd f*ck you."
"God bless the demons--and Neil Strauss too."
"We could do fifteen minutes in Vegas."
"One of the longest and greatest interviews I've ever had."
"The best interview of my life."
"Well Neil, f*ck you."
"Gonzo interviewing at its best!"
"Rapport-building at its most extreme."
Join Neil Strauss, "The Mike Tyson of interviewers," (Dave Pirner, Soul Asylum), as he:
- Makes Lady Gaga cry, tries to keep Mötley Crüe out of jail & gets kidnapped by Courtney Love
- Shoots guns with Ludacris, takes a ride with Neil Young & goes to church with Tom Cruise and his mother
- Spends the night with Trent Reznor, reads the mind of Britney Spears & finds religion with Stephen Colbert
- Gets picked on by Led Zeppelin, threatened by the mafia & serenaded by Leonard Cohen
- Picks up psychic clues with the CIA, diapers with Snoop Dog & prison survival tips from Rick James
- Goes drinking with Bruce Springsteen, dining with Gwen Stefani & hot tubbing with Marilyn Manson
- Talks glam with David Bowie, drugs with Madonna, death with Johnny Cash & sex with Chuck Berry
- Gets molested by the Strokes, in trouble with Prince & in bed with… you’ll find out who inside
Everyone Loves You When You're Dead.
Journalist Strauss, who has coauthored books with the band members of Mötley Crüe (The Dirt) and porn superstar Jenna Jameson (How to Make Love Like a Porn Star) now offers a terrific look at the dysfunctional livelihoods of stardom, a theme based on his many interviews for various publications. Strauss went back to his original interview tapes and notes in search of moments--mostly unpublished--that reveal "the truth or essence of each person, story, or experience." He liberally and ingeniously cuts back and forth between scenes, such as pairing the youthful, arrogant claims of Oasis that the band could have been the Beatles in the 1960s with the tortured feeling of the Who's aging leader Pete Townshend ("All we can do in the future is look back"). In other instances, he shows the self-doubt shared by Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner and actor Orlando Bloom. But the best moments come when Strauss has earned such trust of his subjects that he becomes part of some very weird scenes, all of which are presented in all their often hilarious detail: shooting guns with Ludacris, getting kidnapped by Courtney Love, making Lady Gaga cry, and shopping for Pampers with Snoop Dogg.
New York Post
Lady Gaga says she suffered trauma while abusing cocaine and alcohol in her youth. She told writer Neil Strauss, "All of the trauma I caused to myself . . . There are some things that are so traumatic, I don't even fully remember them."
Strauss, author of pick-up manual "The Game," says he called on his persuasion techniques to get stars to open up for his book, "Everyone Loves You When You're Dead." He said, "When I interviewed Christina Aguilera, she talked for the first time about surviving domestic abuse . . . I think musicians see me as some sort of confessional." Or maybe it has something to do with the seduction techniques he learned during The Game.
Kirkus Book Reviews
Veteran pop-culture journalist Strauss ( Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life , 2009, etc.) offers an eclectic collection of interviews with the "artists, celebrities, and crazy people of the world."
By his own count, the author has conducted some 3,000 interviews with the famous, not-so-famous, used-to-be-famous and ought-to-be-famous denizens of popular culture. Here he brings together the best of these interviews in loosely and at times bizarrely connected chapters. All the well-knowns are here, including Madonna, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, The Who, Kenny G, Led Zeppelin, Puffy Combs and Bo Diddley. The author also includes many lesser-known artists, such as the master mandolin player Johnny Staats, who still drives a UPS truck, and the pioneering electronic-music artist Patrick Miller, who was taken early by drugs—as are too many of the subjects here. Known or unknown, they all have something to say.
Gonzo interviewing at its best.