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ROCKER WRITERS: Elizabeth Searle contemplates the phenom & consults screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy
Writers are not rock stars. Rock stars get the fame and big bucks. But what happens when they also start nabbing the big book prizes? As awards season kicks into gear with the Golden Globes, I wonder if the 2012 book prizes will honor more rocker writers.
When Nikki Sixx recently posted his Book Tour Photos on his website, one featured Caitlin McCarthy chatting with the genial Sixx. Caitlin’s vivid Guest Post on Sixx drew thousands of hits here in one night after Sixx kindly Tweeted his thanks.
Will Sixx be the next Keith Richards, winning a National Book Award?
I asked Caitlin to comment on rocker writers. Thanks to her for her ‘take’:
“The “rocker writer” phenom doesn’t surprise me. Consider Patti Smith. Her lyrics are poetry. It only makes sense that her first book of prose Just Kids would be beautifully written and much deserving of a National Book Award. Some of my fave “rocker writer” books over the years include I’m With The Band by Pamela Des Barres (aka Miss Pamela, the world’s most famous groupie); The Dirt by Motley Crue; and Nikki Sixx’sThis Is Gonna Hurt and The Heroin Diaries. It’s a blast hearing the stories behind the music. And who doesn’t want to live vicariously through these stars. Their adventures are poignant, comical, and (ultimately) life-affirming.
The book I can’t wait to read is by British rock star, actor, and Renaissance man Michael Des Barres. He’s a black sheep aristocrat who married Miss Pamela. MDB is a different breed of cat who’s lived several lives! If you friend him on Facebook, you’ll be blown away by his status updates – talk about poetry. He and Patti Smith should do a reading together. When his memoir hits the shelves, I’m all over it.
What’s truly amazing about these “rocker writers” is that they’re so approachable. I actually met Nikki Sixx and Michael Des Barres last year in person. They both have Byronic charisma; they’re naughty gentlemen you want to know. And Miss Pamela is a joy to chat with on Facebook – as sunny, witty, and open as you’d expect her to be from her books.
THANKS TO CAITLIN FOR HER WISE WORDS & CONGRATS TO NIKKI SIXX ON HIS ROCKING BOOKS!