Both of Jerichos books are well written and they both kept me interested
Originally Posted by Lucha_Libre
... Every bit as amazing as the cover makes it look.
Not sure what I'll read next. Something sci-fi-ish, I guess.
Riveting... :rolleyes: before that though...
LEG END!! I've always loved Foley, but this made me love him more.
Infact as I was reading, and as he was describing matches, I was looking them up on Youtube :D
One of the most interesting and good books I have read was Niccolo Machiavelli - The Prince!!!
Just read the best book I have ever come across - The Catcher in the Rye.
Has anyone noticed how WWE has tapered off releasing books? They seemed to be releasing one every 5 minutes a while ago...now nothing.
Just finished Eddie Guerrero's "Cheating Death:Stealing Life". Sadly ironic title it was a nice read but made me really miss him. 8/10
I just finished up M. Doughty's 'Book of Drugs'. It was a little hard at first listening to someone be so bitter about something that I love so much (Soul Coughing), but it was never not engaging or hilarious.
Recent books: I'm With The Band by Pamela Des Barres(7.5/10), A Man's Got To Have A Hobby by William McInnes (8/10), AC/DC:Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be by Mick Wall (9.5/10), Enter Night:Metallica The Biography by Mick Wall (8/10), The Man Behind The Nose by Larry "Bozo" Harmon (8.5/10).
Currently working on Whores: The Oral Biography of Perry Farrell & Janes Addiction, Trampled Underfoot: The Power & Excess of Led Zeppelin and My Wicked, Wicked Ways by Errol Flynn
Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mick Foley
If this well-written autobiography is not already on the top of everyoneâ€™s â€œmust readâ€ list it should be. While there were inevitably many previous forays into the literary universe by professional wrestlers before this book was published in 1999, it can be safely argued â€œMamma Foleyâ€™s little boyâ€ revived and even revolutionized the genre with his initial offering. Not only did he prove to the publishing industry that (some) professional wrestlers can write their own stories without the heavy babysitting of a ghost writerâ€”paving the way for those who would followâ€”he would top the 700-plus page best-selling tome with two more brilliant offerings.
For the sake of objectivity and awesomeness I will include Foley is Good: And the Real World is Faker Than Wrestling (2001) and The Hardcore Diaries (2007) here under the same commentary as one entry. Likewise, over the years Mick has put his mark in the world of kid and adult fiction to varying degrees of success but I maintain his best work with the penâ€”as he reportedly likes to write freehandâ€”was done when he inspired the world by simply sharing his story. Personally, I did not find the books a long read at all and found myself wanting moreâ€¦wanting to know more and experience more with this â€œhardcore legendâ€ who is all at once captivating, funny and true to his calling. Mick is just so likeable and annoyingly normal as a father, husband and all around hard working character it almostmakes you think you know him because he knows himself so well. He might not be a crazy man or a supersized love machine but he has played them both on TVâ€¦thank you Mick and keep up thegood work!
Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling by Bret Hart
Okâ€¦first of allâ€¦like many I did grow up watching the Hitman on television through his early days in the WWF (WWE) on to WCW but I must admit I never really became more than a passing fan. Sure I thought he was gifted, charismatic and great at his job I just could never get all the way there to call him one of my favorites. Indeed, I would cheer or jeer him with the antics of the Hart Foundation depending on how the prevailing winds blew but if I had to pick a favorite it would have been his brother Owen that would emerge my Hart of choice.
Times change of course and people change with them and when I finally got around to reading his biography published in 2009 the excellently executed memoir (pun intended) got me. Forget all the details of his many feuds and matchesâ€”he kept a thorough record of his careerâ€”and the insider perspective ofthe well-oiled machine that is the WWEâ€¦forget that he is a very talented artist and comes from wrestling royaltyâ€¦forget his unabashed side of the â€œMontreal screwjobâ€ and how he battled back after his 2002 strokeâ€¦forget his apparent success with the ladies around the world and his tumultuous family lifeâ€¦forget all of that and you still have a man who had a dream, worked hard to make it happen and paved the way in his chosen industry for others as an innovator and true master of the ring. He may have not made a full convert of me just yet to wear the pink and black with pride like he has for some many years, but this book is a damn fine read written by a damn fine wrestler.
A Lion's Tale: Around the World of Spandex by Chris Jericho
A talented musician, actor, wrestler and all around entertainer Y2J is no â€œbottom feederâ€ himself when it comes to telling his tale and sharing his journey. From his days as an up-and-comer training hard in Canada at the Hart Brothers School of Wrestling to his trial-and-error labors in Mexico and Japan, Jerichoâ€™s 2007 book is as astute mixture of humor and gusto with a strong dash of intelligence and willpower to show what it takes to make it to the WWE.
As with his fellow scribe and WWE alumnus Mick Foley he would follow up this offering in 2011 with another popular memoir called Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps which chronicles his voyage through the rough seas of the WWE to international stardom. In cementing his status as one of the best talkers in the world of professional wrestling (and as the first undisputed WWE champ) this shining duo of books emerges to enthrall and assure you this accolade is worthy of the man in the shiny jacket.
In the Pit With Piper by â€œRowdyâ€ Roddy Piper
The addition of this memoir may come as a surprise to some but I think it has a place (on my list at least) as a truly necessary read for any serious connoisseur of wrestling legend. Published in 2002 it clocked in at a mere 250-plus pages and certainly did not break any records but it was one ofthe few that I liked so much I ended up buying a copy to keep on my shelf. If the frolicking craziness that is one of the best wrestling journeys of all time does not grab you, the humor and sheer passion of arguably the greatest heel of all-time will. Maybe it is not the best written biography that you will ever readâ€”it never really finds it flowâ€”but it is certainly one of the most honest, gut-wrenching and representative accounts of one manâ€™s hard journey through a business he also helped to pioneer. Opinionsâ€¦yep Roddy has them in spades and shares them freely about the WWE, other wresters and the â€œsicknessâ€ that drives and stains the industry and exactly what he thinks about what he thinks. The book, like the man, is a study of perseverance and painâ€¦tragedy and triumphâ€¦but it is one that as equally funny and educational.
Bobby The Brain: Wrestling's Bad Boy Tells All by Bobby Heenan
With the help of Steve Anderson â€œThe Brainâ€ indeed tells all and pulls no punches in his 2002 memoir. In 2004 he would add Chair Shots and Other Obstacles: Winning Life's Wrestling Matches to his literary repertoire and together these books paint a vivid picture of a brilliant man with a brilliant mind for the business that is professional wrestling. His perspective is fascinating from the side of a lifelong fan of the industry that did well in it just by the sheer genius of his mind and audacity of his tongue. Indeed, through the often blunt, sometimes poignant words of â€œThe Weaselâ€ we are reminded that all successful forerunners to what we know as the erstwhile sport of professional wrestling were/are not always wrestlers (though he did wrestle bears in Canada and pay his dues) or promoters.
Married to his dear wife Cindy for over 45 years â€œThe Brainâ€ is an altogether surprising family man and quick to praise his fellow â€œhumanoidsâ€ as well as remain brutally honest and forthcoming. If you are after frank details concerning the ongoing effects of his battle with throat cancer you got them and never one to miss an opportunity Heenan has a rhythm and rhyme of speaking that is all his own and can never be duplicated. Some of the worldâ€™s best wrestlers have been part of his extended â€œHeenan Familyâ€ (donâ€™t call them a stable) but it is from his example we look at the state of the business and wonder â€œwhere have all the good managers gone?â€