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18 and Life on Skid Row

Narrated by: Sebastian Bach
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
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18 and Life on Skid Row tells the story of a boy who spent his childhood moving from Freeport, Bahamas, to California and finally to Canada and who, at the age of eight, discovered the gift that would change his life.

Throughout his career Sebastian Bach has sold over 20 million records both as the lead singer of Skid Row and as a solo artist. He is particularly known for the hit singles "I Remember You", "Youth Gone Wild", and "18 & Life" and the albums Skid Row and Slave to the Grind, which became the first ever hard rock album to debut at number one on the Billboard Top 200 and landed him on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Bach then went on to become the first rock star to grace the Broadway stage, with starring roles in Jekyll & Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He also appeared for seven seasons on the hit television show Gilmore Girls.

In his memoir 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. 18 and Life on Skid Row is the story of hitting it big at a young age and of a band that broke up in its prime. It is the story of a man who achieved his wildest dreams, only to lose his family and then his home. It is a story of perseverance; of wine, women, and song; and of a man who has made his life on the road and always will. 18 and Life on Skid Row is not your ordinary rock memoir, because Sebastian Bach is not your ordinary rock star.

©2016 Sebastian Bach (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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the BEST audiobook I've listened to.

This audiobook is simply the best one I've EVER heard, the narration was excellent, honest and very authentic, i loved the bonus sections too, i really hope Sebastian releases another one, i would definitely purchase it...job well done Sebastian!

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Rock - laughter tears and music

Laughs tears and rock n roll. Great to hear Baz tell his story with his ‘bonus’ audio pieces - and the laughter, always the laughter

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Mr Bach is back if he ever left

am so glad I listened to Sebastian read it himself. It was awesome. true rock royalty

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A must read listen for any music lover <br />

You'll laugh and you'll cry at the tales of light and dark as told by a true rock star Sebastian Bach

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Bach reading his own autobiography... the best!

The story of this rock legend in itself is a fantastic read but to have it read by Sebastian himself was just brilliant. Sebastian's narration is as spellbinding as his singing. Loved it.

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Loved it!

Thanks Baz - great read/listen! Thanks for share the stories & your life, loved it!

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  • Joshua
  • 13-12-2016

Everything I hoped it would be!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Sebastian narrate his own book. It always makes autobiographies much more interesting when the actual author reads his or her own book. Now I can't wait to buy his book!

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  • DBick
  • 17-12-2016

Like Sebastian Bach?? BUY THIS NOW!

What an AWESOME memoir!!! What makes this even better for a real Fan is HE READS THIS and it's freakin hilarious!!! It's like he is just reading the book and giving you tons of bonus content!!! He gives side comments... laughs.. sings.. it's fantastic!!! This is the real guy!! It's personal and funny! A must read for die hard fans!

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  • Jason McAteer
  • 11-12-2016

this book will not disappoint .

this book immediately grabs your attention , the way Sebastian narrates the book kept a smile on my face the entirety of the listen as he seems so happy recounting His Glory Days and even the days he enjoys now. there are many great stories here, some that will make you laugh out loud and some that will make you misty-eyed. Amazing Stories include encounters with Metallica, Pantera, Guns N Roses, Motley Crue and many others. he has indeed had an amazing career. I highly recommend this book I wish I could forget it so I can read it again.

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  • Icandigit
  • 12-01-2017

So good!

What a great listen. Sebastian surprised me with how good of a story teller he is. Rock On!

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  • Jill
  • 09-01-2017

Loved How Sebastian Told His Story

What did you love best about 18 and Life on Skid Row?

How Sebastian tells his story. I've listened to a lot of bios and this one is one of a kind. You hear everything when he is telling you his story. He laughs, makes comments and sound effects.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course Sebastian

Which scene was your favorite?

The start and middle. I grew up listening to Skid Row and all of the bands that he was talking about. He tells the stories, the real stories.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just wanted everyone else to hear him. Hear how he tells his story. I'm so happy I didn't read it and I listened to it.

Any additional comments?

This is a truly one of a kind book. I would recommend it to everyone. It's hard to describe the stories and storytelling but if you listen to this book you won't regret it!

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  • HH
  • 23-03-2019

Made My Ride To Work Rock!!!

I have a pretty long commute to and from work, and I couldn't wait to get in the car and listen to more of this book! Sebastian Bach is a talented rock star who has lived a life that has been anything but ordinary compared to the lives of us average peeps...but he is extremely down-to-earth, relatable, and funny. When he laughs during his narration, YOU laugh right along with him. He is a fantastic narrator, and I enjoyed listening to him tell all his stories of life, the music business, and crazy behind-the-scenes moments that make rock star bios so awesome. I have listened to quite a few autobiographies lately (actors, comedians, musicians) and Sebastian's is definitely one of my favorites. Sebastian's love of music is clear in this book, and if you are a big music fan like I am, you will truly enjoy his story!

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  • vandyloff
  • 01-08-2018

Really good in spots

A couple of very raw, genuine moments. I enjoyed the story of his youth and younger years. I also enjoyed the partying with other musicians stories while in Skid Row. A weird random sex story that’s out of the blue was odd. Almost just to brag. Never spoke about the nature of his relationship with his wife as to why/ how he hooked up with so many women with no issues. Holes in the break up of Skid Row. Why did he have his own bus? He had to know something was up. Why do the other band members hate him so much? His divorce, which if he didn’t want to talk about just don’t mention it. But he did with no details as to why things broke down or why he felt he lost his kids. The book was really good and honest in spots. But there were obvious questions that would come to mind as I read/listened and they never got resolved.

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  • jds
  • 26-12-2016

Consistently Entertaining

This was a real treat coming from a genuine fan. Lots of wild stories, glad I got to hear it, lots of audio only bonuses. Read with great character and energy by Sebastian which is why I wanted the audio not the hardcopy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-12-2016

Great book by one of my favorite rock singers!

This was a fun book filled with great stories from a great time in the music industry. I highly recommend this book!

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  • John S
  • 20-12-2016

Amazing like being back in NJ

My ex brother in law was the original lead guitarist for skid row before Scotty
any my sisters hung out with the band back in the 80's The book is outstanding! I gave gift copies to my sisters for Christmas. SB is a good guy I always knew but now after listening to this book I know he has a good heart
Freehold Condo? Yea I sold my condo in Raintree (Freehold NJ) too and moved to Santa Cruz CA. Rock on SB
Skid Row, Boni Jovi and all the NJ club bands were great and we all had IROCS
Unbelievable Glad I lived it!
Buy this book!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-11-2018

Brilliant

Loved it & could listen to Sebastian tell stories all day, really enjoyable & fun.

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  • MattWar
  • 28-09-2017

Great performance

Overall this a great audio book for anyone who witnessed these times and loves the music. It's a great performance by Mr Bach (nobody else could do this justice) but there are a few contradictions throughout that give the indication that perhaps not everything here is as it happened. Sometimes the tales we all want to hear are glossed over and at other times tales not that interesting are given great detail. But, still well worth a listen and interesting in many parts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-2019

Good listen for any skid row and bach fan

good listen for any skid row and sebastian bach fan, a little over the top at times and I think he is being nice about certain people when he doesnt want to be but overall some good stories and incite into the life of Bach

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  • M. W. Burns
  • 17-10-2019

The filth AND the fun!

Excellent book, read with humour and honesty by Sebastian Bach.Much better than I anticipated.
Recommended

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  • Hunty74
  • 15-10-2019

A must for any fans of Skid Row.

From start to finish Sebastian puts his heart and soul into the stories of his life just like he does in his music. Entertaining, sad in parts and hilarious in others.
Unbelievable how relateable his stories are.
This is not one to leave on the virtual shelf.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-10-2019

Amazing, you neeeeeed to listen too it

one of the only books read by the author. it's funny and interesting, it's funny and is definitely worth a listen!!!!

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  • Jason
  • 04-10-2019

music died

my favourite part was the wooden kitchen implements taped to his head. after that o destroyed everything I own that's Skid Row related. Unsure if he's Spinal Tap or Monty Pyhton. cunt

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  • Sam
  • 02-11-2018

Without a doubt the best audiobook I’ve listened to!

This book is without a doubt the best audiobook I’ve listened to, the story of his life is fascinating and the narration is just pure gold. The man is hilarious! Download it, you won’t regret it!

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  • Paul Tarbuck
  • 20-09-2018

Definitely not wasted time

Superb all round, so great to hear about Sebastian's life before, during and after Skid Row and narrated by the author too which adds so much more to the book (look out for the audio bonus!). Some awesome tales from the road and beyond, but also delving into Seb's personal life too which sometimes tugs at the heartstrings. Highly recommended not only for fans of his music, but rock music fans in general.

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  • Morgoth
  • 20-08-2018

Great story (non-fan)

‘Bazz’ narrates his story brilliantly, he’s funny and the way he delivers it is as though he’s chatting to you, and not reading from a Book. I saw Skid Row many years ago, but was never a fan, however you don’t have to be a fan to enjoy the book.