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18 and Life on Skid Row

18 and Life on Skid Row

In this uncensored, unfiltered memoir, the musician and former front man for Skid Row tells the story of how a choir boy became a mega-successful hair metal god, rode the wave of fame in Heavy Metal’s heyday, and came out alive on the other side when glam rock went the way of the cassette tape and the Walkman.Sebastian Bach is an iconic rock vocalist who has sold in excess…

Title : 18 and Life on Skid Row
Author : Sebastian Bach
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ISBN : 0062265393
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 448 pages

18 and Life on Skid Row Reviews

  • Caryn Denny
    Mar 11, 2017

    Can’t believe I read this book in one sitting! It is 3 a.m. now and I can hardly keep my eyes open but not because I was bored. Far from it in fact. This story was an eyeopener into the highs (no pun intended) and lows of being a rockstar. I loved it.

    Sebastian wrote a book about his life as a rockstar. Sometimes sad, sometimes funny as hell, his accounting was well done. He writes a raw and emotionally honest story. Being a lifetime lover of rock and a

    Can’t believe I read this book in one sitting! It is 3 a.m. now and I can hardly keep my eyes open but not because I was bored. Far from it in fact. This story was an eyeopener into the highs (no pun intended) and lows of being a rockstar. I loved it.

    Sebastian wrote a book about his life as a rockstar. Sometimes sad, sometimes funny as hell, his accounting was well done. He writes a raw and emotionally honest story. Being a lifetime lover of rock and a fellow Canadian, I can relate to this rockstar’s love of rock and life. I recommend this book if you feel the same.

    LONG LIVE ROCK N ROLL!!

  • Leanne
    Nov 28, 2016

    Ah, the 80s. If you weren’t there, well, you missed out. And if you there and remember it clearly, then you didn’t do it right.

  • Robin
    May 18, 2016

    Head-bangers and “party on doooood!” fans will love this memoir of heavy metal band, Skid Row. It’s also interesting for readers who can’t resist a good tell-all memoir that totally embraces the “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” lifestyle.

    This was told in a conversational and candid style, occasionally breaking the fourth wall by prefacing a sentence with “Dear reader” and sometimes apologizing for his behavior and justifying why he acted a certain way, which was a little jarring. He did seem to p

    Head-bangers and “party on doooood!” fans will love this memoir of heavy metal band, Skid Row. It’s also interesting for readers who can’t resist a good tell-all memoir that totally embraces the “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” lifestyle.

    This was told in a conversational and candid style, occasionally breaking the fourth wall by prefacing a sentence with “Dear reader” and sometimes apologizing for his behavior and justifying why he acted a certain way, which was a little jarring. He did seem to piss off a lot of people, and quite frankly, his abominable actions would piss me off, too. What I found most interesting were his friendships and working relationships with bands of the 80s such as Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Guns ‘n Roses, Motley Crue, and more, but unfortunately his drug use and occasional violent episodes caused a few riffs with various band members. Eventually he makes his way to the Broadway stage starring in Jekyll and Hyde and Jesus Christ, Superstar and included a little of the behind-the-scenes information. I’ll be looking for old videos and Broadway performances on YouTube.

    Recommended for those who are interested in the music of the 80s and especially for fans of the band.

  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    Jun 13, 2016

    18 and Life On Skid Row is not a deep book – there are no Keith Richards musings on life or rich observations on the artist as a rock star. Rather, what we have is a series of vignette remembrances told from the simple perspective of a man-child. He got drunk or stoned, he did bad things, pretty much everyone began to hate him (or, in his thoughts, were jealous of him). but really he was just a nice guy on an interesting

    18 and Life On Skid Row is not a deep book – there are no Keith Richards musings on life or rich observations on the artist as a rock star. Rather, what we have is a series of vignette remembrances told from the simple perspective of a man-child. He got drunk or stoned, he did bad things, pretty much everyone began to hate him (or, in his thoughts, were jealous of him). but really he was just a nice guy on an interesting trip. There aren’t any super highs or super lows; no moments of clarity since he never hit rock bottom/nearly died from an overdose as so many did in that era; nor dizzying heights of super stardom and the limelight. Rather, we have a story told in a very straightforward and simple way: a reflection of Bach and his fairly basic story to tell.

    The biography unfolds chronologically and moves quickly and cleanly. This is a world centered fully on Bach; every other person, including bandmates or rock star friends, are ciphers and very undeveloped. It felt like that was the superficial way in which Bach operates/operated in the world; never taking anything too seriously and going along with the flow of what everyone else was doing. Crazy sex acts with groupies and cheating on his girlfriend/wife? Expected – it’s what every rock star does, right? Doing lots of coke (“blow”) until hitting utter stupidity? Again, it’s what all the rock guys are doing. And so we never get analysis, observations, or interesting thoughts on the people with whom Bach interacted. He’s a little whirlwind of pure egocentricity (though not narcissistic, fortunately). We really are swimming in fairly shallow waters.

    So where does this get interesting? Bach interacts with 1970s acts like Kiss and Aerosmith – and they had survived 1970s partying to come out on the other side with strict sobriety edicts. Bach blissfully walks in with drugs or alcohol and is summarily told to take off. Especially poignant was a scene in which Gene Simmons of Kiss (Bach’s idol) expresses his disgust at Bach’s drug fueled antics. Similarly, behind the scenes of life with Bon Jovi, with whom his band was intimately bound, are also worth the read. Vignettes of other bands including Guns N Roses, Pantera, etc. are interspersed throughout.

    Because Bach is, admittedly, fairly oblivious, one can read between the lines that he managed to tick off nearly everyone with whom he worked/interacted. What he believed were jealousies begin to look more and more like people wanting to get away from the wrecking ball that was a drunk/stoned Bach. Either punching out relatives of band mates or doing crazy things – I don’t think he remembers most of it but I bet all the people he ticked off remember well. He is abandoned constantly yet doesn’t seem able to understand why when he’s such a nice guy (when sober).

    I was, admittedly, not a fan of Skid Row and didn’t choose this book to read specifically about Bach or the band. Rather, I was curious about the late 1980s because I lived in LA and would often go to the Rainbow/Roxy on weekends to hang out with/watch the metal bands as they tried to make it big in the years just before Skid Row made it big. There is some of that in here but we don’t get the sense of hunger or the ups and downs. It’s a pretty linear path of partying, hanging out with other rock stars, and then more partying. Like I mentioned earlier, he’s a pretty simple guy lacking depth or guile. And the book is very much in that vein as well. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  • Ricky
    Jan 06, 2017

    This book was okay, the details were vague. This could be because Bach was under some kind of substance during the events. His details of using drugs is prevalent all over this book. A perfect example of how this book is written, it has words that creates sentences and eventually make a paragraph. This book has some information about his life but it lacks the depth as I feel that Bach does not remember. Overall a okay book there are better rock autobiography that focus on the music and life as a

    This book was okay, the details were vague. This could be because Bach was under some kind of substance during the events. His details of using drugs is prevalent all over this book. A perfect example of how this book is written, it has words that creates sentences and eventually make a paragraph. This book has some information about his life but it lacks the depth as I feel that Bach does not remember. Overall a okay book there are better rock autobiography that focus on the music and life as a rock start.

  • Samantha
    Dec 21, 2016

    As a fan of Skid Row and Sebastian Bach I would strongly suggest that Bach get a ghost writer or an editor next time. Or just skip it all together and continue his life as a rock star. It was painful reading 424 pages of babbled stories that surprisingly lacked a lot of detail. It’s frustrating because I know that he lived a wild and crazy life, but this book did nothing to paint the picture for the audience. Just flat boring sentences. And cringeworthy song references. Oh boy…

    Skip the book an

    As a fan of Skid Row and Sebastian Bach I would strongly suggest that Bach get a ghost writer or an editor next time. Or just skip it all together and continue his life as a rock star. It was painful reading 424 pages of babbled stories that surprisingly lacked a lot of detail. It’s frustrating because I know that he lived a wild and crazy life, but this book did nothing to paint the picture for the audience. Just flat boring sentences. And cringeworthy song references. Oh boy…

    Skip the book and watch the live performances and interviews.

  • Twerking To Beethoven
    Dec 26, 2016

    I guess it’d have been a much better book with the help of a ghostwriter. This is 100% Bazz’s work anyway. Hence the three stars. It’s genuine, alright.

  • Kristin
    Dec 29, 2016

    This was not a fun rock memoir. Bach is neither self aware nor articulate and much of his life is repulsive. His tales of sexual exploitation on the road veer into abuse territory and he shows no awareness of this.

    He is also a terrible audio book narrator.

    I was fond of him on Gilmore Girls and that influenced me to purchase this book. I should have checked it out from the library.

  •  ⇝LEAH⇜
    Jan 25, 2017

    Book Title: 18 And Life On Skid Row

    Author: Sebastian Bach

    Narration: Sebastian Bach

    Series: Stand Alone

    Genre: Autobiography, Nonfiction

    Source: Audiobook (Library)

    Find my full review with video included for book song at

    ♫I Remember You by Skid Row –This is my favorite Skid Row song… ♫

    The Feels: 4/5

    Addictiveness: 4/5

    Flow: 2.5/5

    Book Cover: 5/5

    Narration: 5/5

    Ending: 5/5

    Sebastian Bach is quit

    Book Title: 18 And Life On Skid Row

    Author: Sebastian Bach

    Narration: Sebastian Bach

    Series: Stand Alone

    Genre: Autobiography, Nonfiction

    Source: Audiobook (Library)

    Find my full review with video included for book song at

    ♫I Remember You by Skid Row –This is my favorite Skid Row song… ♫

    The Feels: 4/5

    Addictiveness: 4/5

    Flow: 2.5/5

    Book Cover: 5/5

    Narration: 5/5

    Ending: 5/5

    Sebastian Bach is quite bizarre and super hilarious at times…

    The very first line of this book made me think…wow Sebastian Bach can write…and that thought soon ended as I kept listening to his story…If you’re looking for a super well written autobiography than…this isn’t the one for you. What you will get with this audiobook is Sebastian Bach getting up close and personal about his life. Sometimes his thoughts seem a bit jumbled and it even seems like he contradicts himself, maybe that’s the drugs confusing him…I don’t know??? I feel this truly benefitted from Sebastian’s narration, because I don’t think anybody else could have told it better than him. They just couldn’t have gotten the crazy right. His accent for Lars Ulrich is super hilarious. Overall, this book is highly entertaining, despite the confusion.

    Disclaimer: If you didn’t grow up with this kind of music and life, you probably won’t like this. But, if you loved the 80’s hair bands, even into the 90’s, than you’ll probably love this. Especially, if you liked the book The Dirt by Motley Crue. This book is filled with a lot of drinking, drugs, and very profane language, in general; the rock and roll lifestyle. Plus…a really bizarre story about a rat chewing his hand off. I do feel, though, that he could have left a few of his stories out of this book.

  • Lupine
    Mar 15, 2017

    Fun fact: Sebastian Bach got me through my divorce with one clip that made me laugh and laugh on Celebrity Fit Club. I can’t imagine the book being as good as the audio version. He made me laugh and laugh, just with his inflection and laughing what he was reading. It also includes some great extras i.e. his poem about The Incredible Hulk that he wrote when he was 8. There are some things that were off putting to me (some gross stories regarding women) and there were times when he comes across as

    Fun fact: Sebastian Bach got me through my divorce with one clip that made me laugh and laugh on Celebrity Fit Club. I can’t imagine the book being as good as the audio version. He made me laugh and laugh, just with his inflection and laughing what he was reading. It also includes some great extras i.e. his poem about The Incredible Hulk that he wrote when he was 8. There are some things that were off putting to me (some gross stories regarding women) and there were times when he comes across as a bit like that bf you had in HS that was always getting into trouble because he just can’t stop messing around with stuff, but I also got the sense that he’s a very intelligent and talented guy. It was a fun and interesting book to listen to. I’m just sorry he didn’t talk about the incident from Celebrity Fit Club that I found so bloody entertaining.