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Killing Yourself to Live has ratings and reviews. Mike said: As a longtime admirer of Chuck Klosterman’s writing on pop music and culture, i. Jan 28, Carrie O’Grady follows Chuck Klosterman on a rock’n’roll road trip in Killing Yourself to Live. Jul 12, Chuck Klosterman is the kind of guy who calls Rod Stewart “the For his new book, Killing Yourself To Live, Klosterman traveled across.

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Quincy is making a valid point, if I do say so myself. When you learn that Klosterman or Chuck, as I’m sure he wouldn’t mind me calling him is proposing to take you with him on a 6,mile road trip across America, all you want to do is leap into the passenger seat, duffel bag in hand, and sing along to “Horse With No Name” on the car stereo.

Dec 05, Mike Lindgren rated it did not like it Shelves: Archived copy as title Pages to import images to Wikidata. View Full Version of PW.

It usually happens retrospectively, but it happens eventually. Feb 19, Morgue Anne rated it it was ok. But I can also see how other people might not like Klosterman.

Klosterman is used to skating by on the wit and originality of his own personal world-view; in his last collection, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, his observations on MTV, pornography, video games, and so on, emerged from a perspective that led him to some surprising conclusions. Books about rock music American non-fiction books books Works by Chuck Klosterman.

Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story – Wikipedia

He drove a rental car from New Yor Building on the national bestselling success of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffspreeminent pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman unleashes his best book yet—the story klosteramn his cross-country tour of sites where rock stars have died and his search for love, excitement, and the meaning of death.

Klosterman has a voice like no other.

If anything it made me want to learn more about these bands and their members so that I can have an even deeper appreciation for the book. What this book is is a big heap of facts and rumors associated with different rock bands and their dead members.

And that really is the crux of Klosterman- he hides behind these things. He snorted cocaine in a graveyard. Now, this book is ostensibly about rock star death klosteramn I really think its about the death of one’s self throughout life. May 08, Tung rated it liked it Shelves: Somewhere under all that ‘trying too hard’ and jaded wisdom is a decent, entertaining guy with an undeniable love for music just not the ‘sleepy’ Blues apparently.


Killing Yourself to Live Trade Paperback I prefer when Chuck sticks to writing about pop culture and NOT his female troubles since he clearly has serious, serious issues with women. He skirts the issue by thinking about his one great love, pop music, which makes for some good lines: It’s hard not to be instantly won over, especially if you liked John Cusack in High Fidelity.

Quotes from Killing Yourself And yet, all bitterness aside there were times when Chuck was so relatable it became frightening to read on. And chuc a trip it is. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jul 02, AJ Griffin rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: There was a lot of metaphor and a whole level of thought I did not see by just reading through casually. Because if not, I’m pretty sure that movie is yorself “about you.

And frankly, I think we all feel that way sometimes. I have loved some of Klosterman’s writing, but this book is really not for me. View all 5 comments. The first girl I ever loved was someone I knew in sixth grade. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Chuck Klosterman feels like the real life personification of Rob from High Fidelity. Print hardcover and paperback.

The chuxk of this book, and the material that it dealt with was very interesting and complex. I think Chuck Klosterman is totally likeable because I think, more than most people I read, he thinks like I think.

So here we are again listening to Klosterman, who it becomes more and more apparent isn’t Mark Spitz. A man in Dickinson, North Dakota, explained to him why we have fewer windmills than we used to. That seemed like that’s what this book was going to be.

Review: Killing Yourself to Live by Chuck Klosterman | Books | The Guardian

No trivia or quizzes yet. For a better description of what is to hate about this book that serves also as a cautionary tale for would-be writers about what an audience most definitely ain’t interested in reading about, read “Mike’s” review here he gives the book a star: He finds these “things” pointless, but music-to-suicide-to worth writing an entire chapter about. A perfect example was his reporting on the Rock Cruise, one of those only-in-America phenomena wherein year-old couples pay to hear REO Speedwagon and Styx perform on a boat.


The premise of is that Chuck is going to travel to famous sites across Killiing where rock ‘n roll related deaths occurred: This book should be on gourself White People Like”.

Klosterman is instructed by his editors at Spin to travel across the country by car visiting the places where tragedies related to musicians occurred beginning at the hotel where Sid Vicious killed Nancy Spungen, and moving to places like the venue where the Great White conflagration happened and ending in Seattle oyurself Kurt Cobain shot himself.

Klosterman’s takes on pop culture are unfailingly funny, usually right on the mark, and more often than not reflect things I wish I had said myself. It’s about Chuck spending 5 weeks driving around the country, mostly by himself, locating the places where famous rock musicians have died. I can’t understand someone who is fascinated and in awe of an author who wrote about what music she’d listen to if she ever was brave enough to slit her wrists and bleed to death to, and yet finds no majesty, beauty or history in seeing the Washington Monument or any monument in DC or the Grand Canyon.

I instantly wanted to tell everyone I knew to read this book so that we could have intellectual conversations about life, death, love. I I got a comment on an article once that said “Fuck Chuck Klostermand and his bullshit intellectualism, Cook is the new crown prince of music journalism” and who am I to disagree with SeductiveBarry’s astute assessment?

It is hard to imagine a riper opportunity for superiority and ridicule, yet Klosterman never condescends to these people klostermqn working-class Midwesterners who are paying money to see over-the-hill versions of the two of the most reviled bands in rock history — and in the end lends both the bands and fans an odd kind killin dignity. He snorted cocaine in a graveyard.

You fall in love with these woman that you feel you fail to know very well in the same way he fails to know them.