White Line Fever: Lemmy, the autobiography

Lemmy Kilmister, Janiss Garza

Written in a witty and colourful style, Lemmy's autobiography is a really entertaining read. It fully succeeds in showing (if needed!) how much Lemmy deserves his status of living legend: from the early days of rock, to the psychedelic sixties, the punk years, and the metal era, he experienced it all first hand, often taking an active part. Unsurprisingly, there's a generous amount of tales of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll; some of these anecdotes are really hilarious, and Lemmy's down-to-earth storytelling adds to the fun. But while the iconic Motörhead frontman never omits the regular bragging about Motörhead's particular idea of a "healthy" lifestyle, or about the amazing number of women he got to bed, you'll also catch a few touching glimpses of the ageing man behind his "rock legend" persona, for instance when he proudly mentions his son, or when he brings back the memories of his girlfriend of the late '60s, who prematurely died of a heroin overdose.  

The best parts of the book are undoubtedly those about Lemmy's beginnings, the Hawkwind era and the very early Motörhead days. The account is very successful, lively but informative, and it will delight the amateur of rock'n'roll trivia. The description of later years seems more superficial and mostly consists of recollections of Motörhead swapping record companies, management and band members. Don't expect much about the songwriting process, recording, gear and studio work, either. This is certainly not what the book is supposed to be about, but a little bit more on these issues would have been welcome nonetheless. 

Overall, you don't even need to be a Motörhead fan to enjoy this vivid and unpretentious autobiography: it's a catchy story and a fun read, where Lemmy comes across as a likeable and honest, if uncompromising, character. 

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