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I Killed Pink Floyd’s Pig

Inside Stories of Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll
Narrated by: Beau Phillips
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I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig is an all-access behind-the-scenes VIP tour of when rock was great, courtesy of Beau Phillips, a respected radio programmer and former head of marketing at MTV.

Phillips was an insider and occasional accomplice who witnessed the legends of classic rock in their heyday and takes listeners inside the dressing rooms, hotel suites, and private planes of Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, and dozens more to enjoy funny, decadent, and never-been-told stories of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

The book's foreword was written by Sammy Hagar, former lead singer for Van Halen. He and Phillips met in the late 1970s, early in Hagar's career. Sammy wrote, "Beau has seen all of the rock and roll craziness - and his book is loaded with amazing stories."

©2016 Beau Phillips (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-12-2017

Questionable Credibility

Artimus Pyle is not dead. He is alive and well, and has a band! Poor fact checking on Mr. Phillips part.

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  • Mike
  • 16-11-2017

Disappointing

Beau Phillips celebrates the dubious heroism of self entitled rock stars with drug-fuzzy brains throwing TVs out of hotel rooms and insulting disabled fans, all admiringly described by the author in the words of a pubertal boy. If you are 15 years old and aspire to these kind of stunts, then this book may hold some inspirations for you. Everybody else will probably not get past the first chapter.

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  • brian m bishop
  • 07-08-2020

enjoyed this

interesting behind the scenes look at rock bands promoters DJs and how they all work together.

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  • Sara Cannon
  • 26-06-2020

Clever, eclectic, beautifully written memoirs.

This book was a great find. Clever writing and story telling. Encapsulates a lot succinctly so one can really capture the spirit of each vignette. The memories selected were very well crafted. The vignette of Paul McCartney was especially touching and certainly shared a lot of Beau Phillips kindness. I loved the Rolling Stones vignette, I laughed so hard, my eyes teared up.
Thanks for a lovely memoir and helping fans live vicariously, which is what entertainment is all about.

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  • Elliott enriquez
  • 15-05-2020

Hilarious

This book is perfect for you if you want to listen to random stories about your favorite rock bands.

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  • Admiralu
  • 03-05-2020

Fun Romp through Rock and Roll


This was a fun filled romp of tales during the height of the rock and roll era. While the author worked at a rock station and later VH1, the 80a and 90s also had many great pop and R & B artists and songs as well. Several artists I enjoyed are mentioned here: including Pat Benatar, Bon Jovi, Sting and Paul McCartney. There are some great stories of fun, sadness, rival station revenge and artist excess, that period of time was known for. The author narrates his work and it was very entertaining. A great book to take your mind off troubles and make you smile. I hope he shares some more stories.

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  • Anonymice
  • 17-04-2020

Nothing New Here

Amazing that Phillips takes mostly well known rock stories, adds his involvement, and acts like they are all such groundbreaking bits of rock lore info. If you have watched even a few Behind the Musics or other rock bios, you know all these stories. If Phillips' personal involvement had any depth or insight whatsoever, this might be a decent book, but he doesn't. Kind of "I was there, I sat next to Keith Richards, he was nice." kind of thing. Granted, I only made it about an hour, as it was boring and I already knew the story behind Tears of Heaven, as Phillips recited almost verbatim from news articles, interviews, and Clapton's biography. I have better rock stories than this guy and I wasn't even in the business as long. But I actually worked on creating something with artists instead of being radio station management. But everyone wants in on the bandwagon of rock bios now.

The author narrates his own book, and although he is not as bad as some, he mostly sounds like a failed DJ, overhyping these old, well-known stories. Excitedly monotone, he wears on the ears.

If you are a well rounded rock fan, then there will be little here for you and nothing under the surface. I've read groupie memoirs that were more insightful and revealing. There's no dirt (not that there should be, but...), no inside revelations, and a huge lack of descriptive powers. There are a thousand better rock and music bios out there. The best that can be said is that he gets right to the meat of things. Easy to read or comprehend, it's probably on a 3rd grade reading level.

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  • Forte
  • 08-01-2020

Good stories

Good stories and some insightful look at the Rock radio stations lives.

Only real negative. Chapter 34. Lynard Skynard. Artemis Pyle is NOT dead as told by Beau. Come on.

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  • Dan D.
  • 18-09-2019

Very Cool

Great behind the scenes I grew up in the Seattle area and am Still listening to KISW this book was a great ride down memory lane what a awesome time to be growing up KISW SEATTLE’S BEST ROCK!!!!

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  • Dubi
  • 11-05-2018

Fun Listen for Classic Rock Fans

Beau Phillips recounts his many anecdotes of dealing with classic rock's biggest stars during his years as an FM radio DJ and VH1 executive. In the title story, for example, he tells how he borrowed Pink Floyd's giant pig prop for a radio promotion, lost it, and then damaged it in recovering it. He embarrassed himself in front of Robert Plant and Dicky Betts, embarrassed Ann Wilson of Heart, and won over Pete Townsend, among many other tales.

Whether you'll like this begins with whether you like classic rock. You don't have to like all the artists he talks about -- I don't care for AC/DC, but his AC/DC story is a good one (if true). But if you don't at least know who he's talking about, this won't work for you. Even if you do, you may not find his stories to be serious enough -- you'll hear about how Led Zep liked to throw TVs out of hotel windows, but you won't get any deeper than that. And in his zeal to tell you how much he hates disco, Phillips has unfortunately missed the racial element of the disco record burning fiasco.

On the other hand, when you hear what Paul McCartney did for a Make a Wish teen that Phillips brought to him, you may feel differently about him than you ever did before.

Overall, I believe Phillips had an opportunity to write an important book about rock music, but chose instead to write a fun book. As an FM DJ and program director, he has inside information about how rock radio helped make or break artists, and how that changed with the advent of the internet. He discusses that in his epilogue. I would have loved the entire book to be about that. Led Zep's TV fetish means nothing and has been told elsewhere -- I much prefer hearing the story of how rock radio broke out Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Pat Benatar and the like. I want more of that.

Still, for a fan, good stuff.