The rock-and-roll memoir of one of the world's greatest guitarists.
Yngwie Malmsteen's revolutionary guitar style - combining elements of classical music with the speed and volume of heavy metal - made him a staple of the 80s rock scene. Decades later, he's still a legend among guitarists, having sold 11 million albums and influenced generations of rockers since.
In Relentless, Malmsteen shares his personal story, from the moment he burst onto the scene, seemingly out of nowhere, in the early 80s to become a household name in the annals of heavy metal. Along the way, he talks about his first bands, going solo, his songwriting and recording process, and the seedy side of the rock business.
Malmsteen was named one of Time magazine's ten greatest electric guitar players.
The author's most recent album, Spellbound, was released in December 2012.
would have loved to hear some more sections read by the man himself but other than that it was fantastic
Would you listen to Relentless again? Why?
Absolutely, because it is an absolutely amazing book!
What did you like best about this story?
I like reading an autobiography, then you know it`s the truth. Books written by others can come up with falsehoods. This book is the truth about Yngwies life.
What about Yngwie J. Malmsteen and Fred Berman ’s performance did you like?
Vivid descriptions! Excellent!
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
That you get to listen to Yngwies amazing guitar playing. He is world class. I think he is by far the greatest of them all.
Any additional comments?
I recommend everyone to read it!
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I listened to the whole book in just 2 days (neglecting a lot of school work to pull it off). I just couldn't put it down. The book gives an insight into the mind of Yngwie and his life in Sweden that ultimately shaped him into the guitar maestro that he is.
One Day I will be so close to his talent and skill and maybe even reach.
I thought he was a god, now I KNOW he is a god. really well written and good narrator. His story is thrilling and an icon of self improvement and relentlessness. (the title is PERFECT)
I loved every chapter of Yngwie's story. thank you for sharing it and your beautiful music with the world. as long as I have hearing I will appreciate your music
What disappointed you about Relentless?
I like Yngwie's music and had heard good things about this book. However, even though it has some interesting stories and insight into his life and career, most of it is just boasting. He pretends like he is being modest but really wants to let everyone know how awesome he thinks he is. He also repeats himself often. I'm kind of disappointed.
Would you ever listen to anything by Yngwie J. Malmsteen again?
I'm not sure...
What three words best describe Yngwie J. Malmsteen and Fred Berman ’s performance?
Yngwie: Brief. He only narrates the first few minutes. The other person dose a good job.
Yngwie is one of my guitar heroes. I had no idea about his life story until now. He does repeat things along the way but his passion is without question.
This is a must read for any Yngwie fan however I'm totally disappointed he only read the first couple minutes.
Very motivating and fun. Get it if you want to do more with what you got. Great knowlegde about songwriting too.
I was a fan of Malmsteen many years ago, but it kind of faded as I grew older and saw how cartoonish and sometimes ridiculous the 80s heavy metal scene was. I often wish I could go back to the time I didn't speak English and couldn't understand what Manowar sung about.
Malmsteen's biography gives a unique insight into the mindset of those crazy days when heavy metal ruled the scene in Los Angeles. It's about all the clichés, before they turned clichés by a guy who invented many of them.
I also enjoy the fact that after hearing the book I took out many of Malmsteen's old albums (and checked out some of his new ones) and I can testify to that they have aged less than many of his contemporaries. Rising Force is still a killer, and the tale told in this book is a good explanation of why.
Firstly it's somewhat misleading to advertise this book as being narrated by Yngwie himself. Yngwie reads an introduction and is then never heard again. The main narrator does a great job however.
Fans of Yngwie will know what to expect from this book. Yngwie is as full of himself as ever here and is characteristically unapologetic for it. The book begins with Yngwie ranting about Socialism of all things and ends with Yngwie, for the millionth time, stating how he must have total creative control over everything he does... yeah we get it.
Learning about Yngwies early, and surprisingly somewhat privileged, life was quite interesting. There's also some good gossip about Bonnet, Turner and some sleazy managers.
Overall I'd say only listen to this if you're an Yngwie fan, otherwise this will be a struggle.