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All These Things That I've Done : My Insane, Improbable Rock Life
by Matt Pinfield and Mitchell Cohen


Overview - "The most trusted opinion in rock music" (Billy Corgan, The Smashing Pumpkins), Matt Pinfield offers the ultimate music fan's memoir, a chronicle of the songs and artists that inspired his improbable career alongside some of the all-time greats, from The Beatles to KISS to U2 to The Killers.  Read more...

 
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Overview
"The most trusted opinion in rock music" (Billy Corgan, The Smashing Pumpkins), Matt Pinfield offers the ultimate music fan's memoir, a chronicle of the songs and artists that inspired his improbable career alongside some of the all-time greats, from The Beatles to KISS to U2 to The Killers.
Matt Pinfield is the ultimate music fan. He's the guy who knows every song, artist, and musical riff ever recorded, down to the most obscure band's B-side single on its vinyl-only EP import. As a child, music helped Pinfield make sense of the world. Later, as a teenager, Pinfield would approach his music idols after concerts and explain why he loved their music. As an adult, rock music inspired his career, fueled relationships, and, at times, became a life raft.
In this expansive, no-holds-barred memoir Pinfield traces his lifelong music obsession--from the heavy metal that infused his teenage years, to his first encounters with legends like Lou Reed and The Ramones and how, through his post-MTV years, he played a major role in bringing nineties alt rock mainstream. Over his long career Pinfield has interviewed everyone from Paul McCartney to Nirvana to Jay-Z, earning the trust and admiration of artists and fans alike. Now, for the first time, Pinfield shares his five decades of stories from the front lines of rock and roll, exploring how, with nothing more than passion and moxy, he became a sought-after reporter, unlikely celebrity, and the last word in popular music. Featuring a rousing collection of best-of lists, favorite tracks, and artist profiles, All These Things That I've Done explains how a born outsider wound up in the inner circle.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781476793894
  • ISBN-10: 1476793891
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 272


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Books > Music > History & Criticism - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-06-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

With Cohen, video deejay Pinfield deftly narrates his musical life, offering a fascinating history of rock music told from his passionate perspective. The British Invasion was the sound track of his childhood, initiating a lifelong love of music. Pinfield became a college radio deejay, eventually working at MTV as host of the alternative rock institution 120 Minutes. As the story moves from one decade to the next, Pinfield follows each chapter with a best-of list detailing significant recordings from that part of his life. Throughout, Pinfield meanders between memories, mentioning the records that struck him, and jumps ahead to his professional life, where he encountered the artists who created his favorite music. Pinfield’s intimate relationships with rock stars such as Joey Ramone and Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers contextualize his fondness for their music. His own recurring struggles with addiction flesh out the narrative, grounding his enthusiasm for music in an awareness of the somber side of the rock lifestyle. His encyclopedic knowledge of contemporary sounds makes the memoir as informative as it is personal. This is an excellent read for anyone interested in rock’s history. (Sept.)

 
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