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[Book Review] My Crazy Beautiful Life by Kesha

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Title: My Crazy Beautiful Life
Author: Kesha
Publisher: Touchstone
Web Link: here
Date of Release: November 20, 2012
No. of Pages: 192
ISBN: 1476704163
Format: Coffee Table
Category: Non Fiction
Genre: Biography, Memoir, Autobiography, Music

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In less than three years, I’ve gone from being the worst waitress in LA to living out my childhood dreams of singing my songs to people all over the world. Sometimes, it feels as if the last few years have encompassed a few decades. . . . You might have heard my voice on the radio, seen me onstage and on the red carpet, or in a music video, but that’s only a part of the story. In these pages, I’m revealing a more complete picture of what my life is really like. It’s not all glamorous and it’s not all pretty, but it’s all real. . . . I want you to come on a whirlwind journey with an all-access pass to My Crazy Beautiful Life.

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I bought this book on Periplus website (bargain bin FTW! Thank you, Ren). Not a huge fan of Ke$ha but I was quite intrigued by her antics.

I read the introduction and I liked it. I postponed my reading as I lost interest in reading (reader’s block?). Seriously, I’ve been trapped in this zone for quite some time. Then I got sick, had bedrest, and I picked it up again. I finished this book in an hour.

This book tells a bit about Kesha’s childhood, how her brother got her into music (they formed a garage band called “Dynamite Cop”), and she tells about her tough school years as she moves a lot. She starts writing music when she was 4 years old.

Kesha was born at a party, getting accepted into Ivy Leagues, but soon dropping out of high school to pursue music career. Moving to Los Angeles from Nashville, she works as a waitress, a telemarketer, a TV extra, etc, just to pay gas.

After 4 years, all her hardwork is paid. She hears “Tik Tok” on the radio and the rest is history.

This book is jam-packed with beautiful quotes, family and stage pictures, journals, and lyric sheets. I got a big picture of Kesha’s life as an artist. If you’re looking for an in-depth memoir, this is not the book for you. But if you want to read a fun and fast-paced book, you can give it a try.

Kesha is suing Dr. Luke (her producer) for alleged sexual assault and emotional abuse (link)

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I know how it feels to be bullied; I know that it can stay with you for a long time.

I wanted to write a massive party anthem that would get the whole world moving.

I never have expectations, because as soon as you expect something, you can be disappointed.

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[Book Review] The Last Living Slut by Roxana Shirazi

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Title: The Last Living Slut: Born in Iran, Bred Backstage
Author: Roxana Shirazi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: June 1st, 2010
Number of pages: 336
Format: Ebook
Genre: Non-fiction/Autobiography/Memoir

Book Blurb

The outrageous, yet surprisingly moving, memoir of a girl who fled the Iranian Revolution–and found her salvation in the deliriously sexy life of a rock-‘n’-roll groupie.

Honest, provocative, and vividly written, “The Last Living Slut” is the memoir of Roxana Shirazi, who was raised traditionally in Tehran. After her family spirits her to the West in flight from the Iranian Revolution, Shirazi is led far astray by the sound–and the sex appeal–of rock and roll. Caught between her sexual appetites, passion for music (and musicians), and fear of being a bad seed, Shirazi bares her soul to offer a raw account of her life as an eager-to-please rock groupie. With appearances by members of Guns N’ Roses, MOtley CrUe, Velvet Revolver, and many more, The Last Living Slut is a moving memoir of growing up in the political turbulence of Tehran; an unflinching portrayal of teenage cultural dislocation in London; a backstage romp that makes Pamela Des Barres’s I’m with the Band read like a nun’s diary; and a white-knuckled tale of jilted love and brutal revenge.

Thoughts:

First of all, I agree with the book blurb The Last Living Slut is a moving memoir of growing up in the political turbulence of Tehran; an unflinching portrayal of teenage cultural dislocation in London; a backstage romp that makes Pamela Des Barres’s I’m with the Band read like a nun’s diary. This book is much better than “I’m With The Band. I was struggling to read that book even though it got praises from millions of its readers.

Secondly, groupies are always linked with sluttery and fuckery. A die hard fan would be obsessed with her/his idol but rarely spending time together in a hotel room. Groupies are not always fond of the band’s music, but most likely to sleep with one or all members of a particular band to fulfill their wildest dreams.

Roxana was born in Tehran, Iran. Her family is a traditional. When she was a child, she wore hijab religiously.
But her wildest fantasy began when she saw Axl Rose on TV (probably screaming “Welcome to the Jungle”).
Her sexual adventure just began from that moment.
Poverty and political forced the Shirazis to move to England.
Roxana was adopted by a hippie family and soon adapted the locals’ lifestyle.
She’s living a double life: as an A grader at school and a stripper at the middle eastern club at night.
Her rock star encounters began when she met Stuart Cable, ex drummer of Stereophonics, through a mutual friend.

Roxana was notoriously f*cking members of Avenged Sevenfold, Towers of London, Brides of Destructions, Motley Crue, Guns N’Roses, and so on.

I can’t fathom how a smart girl like her spending time with rockers, living like a porn star (most parts of the book is hardcore, I think, even put 50 Shades of Grey to shame). With her achievements, she could teach at a university and living graciously.

I also couldn’t stand the abortion part. I’m a mother and against abortion. She described the process in details, which put me to tears and disgust.

Overall, it’s a good reading if you want to dig up rock stars and groupies’ life.

If you’ee curious about the author, just google her name and her pics will pop up. Guaranteed to make your eyes popped XD

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