NÖTHIN’ BUT A GOOD TIME: The Uncensored History of the ’80s Hard Rock Explosion by Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock and featuring a forward by Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor is a definitive, no-holds-barred oral history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal, told by the musicians and industry insiders who lived it.
Written as an oral history, Beaujour and Bienstock draw from over 200 author interviews with members of Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Winger, Warrant, Cinderella, Quiet Riot and others, as well as Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford and many more.
NÖTHIN’ BUT A GOOD TIME is the ultimate, uncensored, and often unhinged chronicle of a time where excess and success walked hand in hand. 1980s hard rock was a hedonistic and often intensely creative wellspring of escapism that perfectly encapsulated―and maybe even helped to define―a spectacularly over-the-top decade. Hits like Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” are as inextricably linked to the era as Reaganomics, Pac-Man, and E.T.
From the do-or-die early days of self-financed recordings and D.I.Y. concert productions that were as flashy as they were foolhardy, to the multi-Platinum, MTV-powered glory years of stadium-shaking anthems and chart-topping power ballads, to the ultimate crash when grunge bands like Nirvana forever altered the entire climate of the business, in NÖTHIN’ BUT A GOOD TIME Beaujour and Bienstock capture the energy and excess of the hair metal years in the words of the musicians, managers, producers, engineers, label executives, publicists, stylists, costume designers, photographers, journalists, magazine publishers, video directors, club bookers, roadies, groupies, and hangers-on who lived it.
“From the streets to the Strip, the studio to the stage, this is an epic tale told by the people that lived it. It’s a backstage pass to the wildest and loudest party in rock history―you’ll feel like you were right there with us!”
―Bret Michaels of Poison
“Beginning with the early days of Quiet Riot and Van Halen, the book takes the reader through glam’s ascent from L.A. clubs to arenas everywhere, spending equal time on Crüe-style debauchery and the behind-the-scenes business that made these bands superstars, through the arrival of Nirvana, which turned the hair metal craze into poison overnight.” ―Booklist STARRED review
“Revolver cofounder Beaujour and former Guitar World editor Bienstock give heavy metal a flamboyant retrospective in this raucous oral history…Metalheads and those with a fondness for the over-the-top antics that marked the genre and era are in for a treat.” ―Publishers Weekly
“lively, comprehensive… An engrossing deep dive into a lurid, free-wheeling monument in pop music” ―Kirkus
“Tom and Rich ― the two music journalists most likely to be called as expert witnesses in a court case about hair metal ― have compiled a fun, funny, and frightening chronicle of the so-called ‘Decade of Decadence’ with interviews from every major player in the scene.” ―Kory Grow, Rolling Stone
“If you want to relive the explosive decade, this is as close as you’re gonna get. All right here, right now”
―Stephen Pearcy of Ratt
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
TOM BEAUJOUR is a journalist and co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Revolver, America’s premier hard rock and heavy metal monthly. Beaujour has produced and mixed albums by Nada Surf, Guided by Voices, the Juliana Hatfield Three, and many others.
RICHARD BIENSTOCK is a journalist whose writing has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Spin, and other publications. He is a former senior editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored and co-authored several books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.