Shut Up and Give Me the Mic by Dee Snider

85%

17 Critic Reviews

Snider has lived an interesting life . . . and his book is nearly impossible to put down as a result.
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Synopsis

DEE’S NOT GONNA TAKE IT

As lead singer and songwriter of Twisted Sister, Dee Snider became the poster boy for heavy metal, hair bands, and the wild side of rock. Now, in his twisted new memoir, he reveals the real stories behind the crazy makeup, the big hair, and badass hits like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.”

A classically trained countertenor who sang with his high school choir, Dee remembers the day he decided he was “not gonna take it” and stopped caring what people thought about him. Following in the footsteps of his idols Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath, Dee jumped from band to band before meeting Jay Jay French and Twisted Sister. But it wasn’t until he met his costume-designing soul-mate Suzette that they developed his unique style. Dee’s hard work finally paid off with an impressive resume that includes: a monster hit record; smash MTV videos; a long-running radio show, “The House of Hair”; appearances in film (Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Howard Stern’s Private Parts, StrangeLand) and television (Growing Up Twisted, Celebrity Apprentice); and a starring role in Broadway’s Rock of Ages. He even authored a teenage survival guide that was required reading in Russia!

In his journey from every parent’s worst teenage nightmare to Renaissance man, Dee avoided the usual pitfalls associated with rock stars. But that didn’t stop Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center from targeting him—a fight that led him to testify before Congress with Frank Zappa. He may have been slapped with a Parental Advisory warning label, but, through it all, Dee stayed positive and focused on being the best he could be.

Filled with entertaining anecdotes and candid confessions, Shut Up and Give Me the Mic takes you through the good times and bad with a heavy metal star who worked as hard as he played, and who did it all for his wife, four kids, and millions of “SMF” (Sick Mother F******) fans

This story is mine.

I’m the guy that gave it all to beat the odds, left everything he had on the stage each night, didn’t screw around on his woman, took care of his kids, and was sober enough to remember it all and write about it . . . myself.

The one thing that has surprised and confused me, though, is my unlikely transformation into a “beloved public figure.” How did the unpopular kid, who grew up to be the angry young man, who became the ’80s poster boy for the evils of rock ’n’ roll, arrested for profanity and assault, and boycotted by parents and religious groups, become the likeable mensch he is today?
 

About Dee Snider

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Dee Snider is the lead singer and songwriter for the multiple-platinum-selling heavy metal band Twisted Sister. He is also a noted reality show star, radio personality, and voice-over talent, as well as a screenwriter and author of the book Dee Snider’s Teenage Survival Guide. He has been married to his wife, Suzette, since 1981. Visit Dee.Snider.com.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Gallery Books. 434 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Shut Up and Give Me the Mic
All: 17 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 1

Jeremy Lynch

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeremy on Jun 06 2012

Anyone’s telling of their life is going to tainted by time and self-perception, but Dee Snider offers up a book that is as honest as one can be.

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Blabbermouth

Excellent
Reviewed by Blabbermouth on May 26 2012

Filled with entertaining anecdotes and candid confessions.

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Culture Brats

Good
Reviewed by Chris on May 10 2012

Snider takes the reader along the way as he battles the PMRC, his bandmates, his demons, and obscurity for one hell of an entertaining ride!

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Flocked Media

Above average
Reviewed by Aaron Harraman on Aug 20 2012

I would have liked to know more about the Widowmaker and Van Helsing’s Curse projects. On the other hand, Dee did mention a follow-up book. Is he teasing us or is this something he is seriously considering? Only time will tell. Until then, enjoy a great read.

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Lords of Metal

Excellent
Reviewed by Pim B on Jun 01 2012

I can assure it’s a worthy read.

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Rock Pages

Excellent
Reviewed by Sakis Nikas on Jun 01 2012

All in all, Snider succeeds in showing his inner self and character through the lines of a book.

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Metal Rules

Below average
Reviewed by JP on Jun 01 2012

As it stands I’m still profoundly disappointed that he skipped massive amounts of his life story.

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Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Gromen on Jun 01 2012

Snider is more than loquacious, his gift of gab has the Midas touch, spinning hilarious yarns from all aspects of life, with a brutal honesty.

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Backstage Axxess

Excellent
Reviewed by Kris Engelhart on May 24 2012

A crazy ride through rock and roll, a journey of success and defeat, a tale of perseverance, and most importantly a story of life and love.

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We Heart Music

Excellent
Reviewed by VU on May 04 2012

This book is part life lessons, part love story, and the love of rock 'n roll.

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Curled Up

Good
Reviewed by Steven Rosen on May 01 2012

He is a funny man and brutally observant. You'll want to read this one.

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K'Brocking

Good
Reviewed by Kev Brock on Jun 23 2012

I’ve read a lot of rock memoirs, but I think this is one of the best ones I’ve ever read.

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Decibel Geek

Good
Reviewed by Wallygator on Sep 01 2012

The book is worth the cover price just for the chapter on the PMRC hearings.

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Glitter2Gutter

Good
Reviewed by arttieTHE1manparty on Jun 03 2012

Easily one of the best hard rock/heavy metal memoirs I have ever read...and I've read a lot.

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The Writer's Journey

Good
Reviewed by JT on May 18 2012

Shut up And Give Me The Mic is a very good read, conversational in style, highly recommended for fans of the genre.

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The Ripple Effect

Good
Reviewed by Woody on Sep 01 2012

You don't have to be a Twisted Sister fan to enjoy it. It's well written and very entertaining. Read it loud, mutha!

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Neufutur

Good
Reviewed by J Moore on Jun 06 2012

Snider has lived an interesting life . . . and his book is nearly impossible to put down as a result.

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