Shut Up And Give Me The Mic by Dee Snider (2012)
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Shut Up And Give Me The Mic
by Dee Snider
Gallery Books, 2012
Dee Snider, lead singer for Twisted Sister, is a true renaissance man. He is a vocalist, a songwriter, a screenwriter, a radio host, and an actor of both screen and stage. Oh, and an author. Shut Up And Give Me The Mic is not Snider’s first foray into the literary world, but it is his most recent. A collection of memoirs that focuses on his youth and his time in Twisted Sister, this book is a wonderful insight into what makes Snider tick, what drives him to succeed, what motivates him to never give up.
Snider takes the reader up on the stage with him, behind the scenes of the record industry, and through the highs and lows of being one of the biggest stars in the world, even if it was only for a short time. A good portion of the book focuses on 1984, the year Twisted Sister took MTV and radio by storm, but he also discusses the band’s fall from grace following the massive success of Stay Hungry, and particularly “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Snider takes a few jabs at his bandmates and other musicians, but places most of the blame of Twisted Sister’s failures on himself and his egomaniacal attitude in the 1980s. After the recording of Love Is For Suckers—which was initially intended to be a solo album—and the failed tour for that record in 1987, Snider quit the band.
The years following Snider’s departure from Twisted Sister are of great interest to his fans, but this is where Shut Up And Give Me The Mic falls short. Snider is very brief about his time with Desperado and Widowmaker, and does not talk about his radio or film career at all. Will there be a sequel to the book? He teases one, so there is hope that more will be revealed about his other projects and his reunion with Jay Jay French and the band.
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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