It’s been a long time since I did a book review but after recently reading Dee Snider’s Shut Up and Give Me The Mic, I just felt compelled to share with you all just what a great book this was. I’m not much of a reader but when I do read, it’s always autobiographies. I’ve been a fan of Dee Snider and everything he’s ever done since 1984 so it seemed like a no brainer to take some time to read up on this man’s life.
In Shut Up and Give Me the Mic, Dee Snider comes across as arrogant, pretentious, full of himself, and has an ego that just may give Gene Simmons a run for his money. Dee never denies any of these things and will be the first to describe him as all of those things. This made me love him even more than I ever thought I could but as I read on, some other words I came up with to describe Dee Snider are driven, humbled, dedicated, loyal, and honorable. The man started with nothing, had it all, ended up with nothing, and then had it all again with a new found smartness for the business and appreciation for the life that he’s been given.
Shut Up and Give Me the Mic takes the reader deep into the very beginnings of Twisted Sister which to me was a real treat. It’s hard to believe that these guys were around for nearly 7 years before they experienced any kind of worldwide success. Through sheer determination, hard work, dedication, and numerous lineup changes, Twisted Sister eventually became a force to be reckoned with. Dee also touches on the fact that it was really hard on the band to be viewed as “cute” and “cartoonish” when they were really a powerful heavy metal band. He also goes on to talk about how his appearing before Congress for the PMRC vs. Rock N’ Roll trial actually backfired on him and the band. This was something I never really thought about in that light so to hear him discuss this was really cool.
The book also goes on to touch base on the nose dive of Twisted Sister starting with the failed Come Out and Play album/tour, the Love Is For Suckers album/tour and Dee’s post-Twisted Sister bands Desperado and Widowmaker. I personally would’ve liked to have heard a bit more about these things but I could tell that Dee was trying his best to not leave any stones unturned. I just had a feeling that if it were up to Dee, this book would’ve been as thick as the fucking bible.
Shut Up and Give Me The Mic is a must read for any fan of Twisted Sister whether diehard or just a casual fan. It’s a great story and much like with David Lee Roth’s autobiography Crazy From The Heat, I could hear Dee’s voice with every word I read. This was a really fun, well written, and even inspiring story of a man who followed his dreams and never gave up no matter how hard things got. Pick this one up and give it a read. I’m sure it would make you a fan and if you’re already a fan, it will make you an even bigger one.