Sebastian Bach
18 and Life on Skid Row
(Harper Collins)

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; I’ve read A LOT of rock bios over the years (I’d say the majority that have come out in the past decade or so, at the very least), so it takes a lot for one to really leave a lasting impression on me. Sebastian Bach’s life story did just that. Sure, the sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll are all there as to be expected; but the difference between Bach’s book and so many others, is he doesn’t just dwell on that stuff. Bach’s journey in rock n’ roll is told through the perspective of a fan who just happened to get to live the ultimate experience of a lifetime. This approach gives his story a much more personal feel to it.

Many of the things Bach shares, from the steps leading up to his joining Skid Row (and the important role Bon Jovi actually played in the beginning), to the friendships he’s forged with the likes of some of rock’s biggest royalty (stories involving Axl Rose and Ace Frehley are some of the most interesting) are truly compelling, and at times even downright hilarious. But it’s the moments you don’t usually think about, such as his own experience with his family on 9/11, or talking to his father on his death bed (in which he brings a smile to his dad’s face by reminding him, “We got a number one record!”) that really brings out the emotions (and tears), reminding us all that even the biggest of “rock stars” are just as human as the rest of us in the end.

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  1. Geraldine Garmendia Reply

    TYPO, the title should say : 18 and LIFE, not “like”. Other than that, this is an amazing book, makes you laugh, made me cry. Very entertaining and original. Props to Sebastian who shows us even more of his talent everyday :)

  2. Cried like a baby reading the story of his father’s speech loss. What a horrible thing to have to experience. Laughed out loud and gasped a few times too. He’s a great storyteller.

  3. White crows Reply

    Sebastian Bachs autobiography never mentioned his legal first wife Kymille Lavina whom Bierk legally married on Niagra Falls Ontario the night he returned from his Skid Row audition in 1986.This hidden very beautiful girl was a former ballerina who was the daughter of a deposed Princess who had to live without her blood birthright due to family feuds.The known Maria whose real name is Sandra was never actually married to Bach nor was their relationship real but arranged.Sebastians real land legal wife apparently left him and also saved him from a violent stabbing by another named Rockstar,yet they never divorced despite the fact that Eric Brittingham of Cinderella and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue claim to of also had nuptials with one of the Rock Worlds most desired Goddesses ever.

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