Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach‘s autobiography, “18 And Life On Skid Row”, which was made available last December, will be released in paperback on November 14.
In “18 And Life On Skid Row”, Bach recounts lurid tales of excess and debauchery as he toured the world with BON JOVI, AEROSMITH, MÖTLEY CRÜE, SOUNDGARDEN, PANTERA, NINE INCH NAILS and GUNS N’ ROSES, and the details will make readers feel they were backstage. The book is filled with photos from Bach‘s own personal collection, and this new edition includes additional photos not previously published in the hardcover.
Bach took on the task of writing solo to make sure his own voice came off the page — taking the opportunity to show off his humorous side as well. And his distinct voice comes through just as well on the page as it does the speakers, as Rolling Stone notes, “written in a funny, everyman style, ’18 And Life’ finds Bach as one of rock’s most affable frontmen.”
Bach talked to Yahoo! last year about his decision to leave some of the juicier, more sordid details of his ’80s rock-star exploits out of his autobiography. “There is a section on my computer hard drive which is called ‘Cut Out of Book’… This isn’t really a tell-all book. It’s a tell-some book,” he laughed. “I did write down a lot of sex. In my brain, before I wrote it down, I thought, ‘This’ll be killer in my book! This’ll be great!’ And then I’m reading it back, and it’s like, ‘Then she unzipped my fly and reached in for my manhood…’ And I’m like, ‘What the fuck? This is like being trapped on a tour bus with Billy Bush and the president. You’re, like, a creep! Get this out of your book, dude. This is gross.'”
In a 2015 interview with 100 Percent Rock, Bach spoke about his reasons for skipping over a lot of the sex and the drugs in his book. He explained: “When you’re writing four hundred or five hundred pages, it’s an immense project. It’s a huge project. I don’t really know if I should tell the dirtiest things that I could, because I’m still wrestling with [the fact that] I have kids, and I don’t want my daughter reading something that I haven’t told her that I actually did. There’s kids to think about here.”
Sebastian confirmed that he plans to release a second book after spending the next few years focusing on his music career. “I know for a fact there’s a second book in me,” he told Vanyaland in a 2016 interview. “I could’ve kept going on this one, I could’ve made this one longer, but they cut me off because it’s already pretty fucking long. [Laughs] I like to write — I really like it, and I enjoy it. I enjoy making stuff, but the next thing I make will be a record, a vinyl record. That’s the next thing that I’m gonna make. But after that, yes, I’ll do a book, because they want me to and I enjoy it.”
“18 And Life On Skid Row” came out via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.