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Available as an audiobook for the first time, read by band members "Fat Mike" Burkett, Eric Melvin, Erik "Smelly" Sandin, and Aaron "El Hefe" Abeyta along with special guest narrator musician and comedian Tommy Chong. In addition, the audiobook features exclusive, previously unreleased tracks, "Bouncy" (a NOFX instrumental), "La Pieta" (Fat Mike piano & vocal song about his mother), and "Young Drunk & Stupid" (live NOFX song from an Idaho basement gig in 1986)

NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories is the first tell-all autobiography from one of the world's most influential and controversial punk bands. Fans and non-fans alike will be shocked by the stories of murder, suicide, addiction, counterfeiting, riots, bondage, terminal illness, the Yakuza, and drinking pee. Told from the perspective of each of the band's members, this audiobook looks back at more than 30 years of comedy, tragedy, and completely inexplicable success.

©2016 NOFX & Jeff Alulis (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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A rock n roll story of epic proportions

this book is quite simply epic. not only do you get a great insight into NOFX the band, but you get a history lesson on the LA punk scene, the grittiness of a dangerous time on the am West Coast that have birth to some great music.

you also get a pretty eye opening look into drug use, it's devestation and consequences.

This book is naratted by the band themselves which is a lovely added touch.

you don't need to be a nofx fan, or even a punk fan to enjoy this book - if you have a general interest in music, or just love music biographies, you'll love it

recommend.

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So rad

I have never been a huge nofx fan, but this book is great for anyone who loves the gritty, messed up, and drug and booze fuelled hijinks. It even made me cry a couple times. Amazing

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good job fellas, amazeing read, wild stories !

looooooved it and to hear it from your guys mouth is even better and more embracing! powerful stuff

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Awesome

love it all was a great listen.
could not stop listening to it 3 days did it in

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read me

I loved it. must listen to this. worth the time . nothing surprised me though..

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Punk Rock Story Time!

the best book I've read and listened too. reading this knowing the band as a fan I could hear their voices. listening to it is exactly the same. the stories are amazing and eye opening, and the way they tell them is like you're there. just pure talent.

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Punk as fuck

I loved the band now, I understand, so much more of there songs 10/10 will read again

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Epic Book!

Such a great book!
Like NOFX the band on face value its fun and entertaining but as you dive deeper it just gets better and better!
I can't recommend this enough.

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Best ever and thanks for the shoes...

Such a rad audiobook. I think I could listen to Melvin’s voice all day... please read other audiobooks lol
Crazy stories of a crazy time in punk rock!

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amazing

I used to like Nofx now I Love them
finished in a day and a half I couldnt stop listening
laughed and cryed

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  • Jonas
  • 10-10-2016

*%#!

Deep, sad, funny, inspirational, scary, educational, insightful, disgusting, and one of the most addictive books I've listened to yet. If you are a fan of NOFX it is deeply satisfying to hear where they came from and what they've been through. Extremely well written and well spoken. Thanks for sharing guys! Love you! Glad you are all still alive and doing well.

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  • Riffy86
  • 21-12-2016

Loved these stories

Since the band (and a couple of friends) read the their own book, it was really engaging when they would tell the stories of the small happenings a events, that lead to NOFX as we know them. Being a fan of the band, this was a treat for me. But, if anything, the tales are fun, scary and put things into perspective with early punk culture. The guys putting out this book had to take courage and some long lost emotional stress. Several parts of this book I feel will stick with me for some time. Just because a few topics hit pretty close to home. A great book for anyone. ...maybe anyone.

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  • Daniel
  • 25-08-2020

One Hell of a History Lesson!

I've been a fan of NOFX since 1992. They, along with The Dead Milkmen, remain the two most influential punk bands in my life. In this book, I can see exactly why they resonated so strongly with me. This book is essentially my remembering of the early days in the punk rock scene. Go hard, go fast and f**k you if you don't like it, it's not for you anyways.

I was initially unsure how much of the narration I could handle. The first few chapters, as read by the band members, seemed disjointed and it was painfully obvious they were not practiced in reading for others. However, by the end of the book, it was apparent their stories could have been told no other way. Had anyone other than the band themselves tried to read their stories, it would have come off as unbelievable and the book would have suffered.

The stories they share made me laugh and also feel deeply ashamed for what I witnessed, engaged in, or turned a blind eye to. With the current atmosphere in society, I imagine this book would have never been distributed had they released it today, and we would have been less for it. The band takes a look at its history and with few apologies, owns up to the truth of what it all meant, or didn't mean, depending on the story.

Mike's ability to be honest and upfront about his sexuality was both surprising and pretty f**king brave. The moments they opened up about their families were particularly moving. However, the standout story in the book to me, was Smelly's story of decline, infinite rock bottoms, and ultimate survival. The openness with which he discusses the impact and environment surrounding heroin was honest and unsettling. The only other author I have heard speak so bluntly on what heroin can do is Donald Goines. At so many moments, Erik's story brought me to tears.

I learned that some of my favorite songs were not about what I had imagined in my own head. Getting to hear the actual inspiration behind stories like Bob offered a fresh perspective on the band.

Ultimately, I think that anyone who wasn't part of the punk rock scene in the 90's will struggle to understand or connect with everything in this book. But for those of us who were there, it will ring true and bring back many memories of our own exploits, both good and bad. The book, like the scene, will be different for each person, but no matter who reads it, the window it offers into the lives of NOFX will be a welcome telling of their history, their struggles, and their improbable success going against the trends and doing s**t their own way. Don't we all wish we could be so free?

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  • Jasn
  • 17-07-2017

Says heading optional, but then says required. !!

Disturbing, funny with some sad moments. I couldn't stop listening. And because you are requiring 15 words, here you go.

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  • Patrick M Fitzgibbons
  • 16-10-2016

This book is down for the cause homes!!

Absolutely loved it!! It's like Eric Melvin touched my souls, Smelly Almost brought me to tears, El Jefe made think about my own Mexican family growing up and fat Mike mad me laugh and think about my own vices. Jello and Tommy were great and sincere in there readings. I Fucking love this book and it makes me appreciate NOFX even more. Thank you for both guys, you all did great reading your parts!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-2019

I Laughed, I Cried, I Learned.

This is an amazing book. I heard of NOFX, but never knew their story. This book hooks you from the first chapter. Makes you wonder why and builds from that curiosity.

If you ever wondered what it's like being in a band. I can say from first hand experience. This book is it.

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  • Fox
  • 14-10-2016

beautiful.

beautiful book. I never did understand that there were people, much less famous people I looked up to who felt similar to me.

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  • CHRISTOPHER W WATTS
  • 11-11-2016

Liked it up to family death and butt plugs.

Lost me at butt plugs. Like I can hang for a bit, but it felt like the last 10% of the book was less about NOFX, and more about Mike's sexual lifestyle. Great book up until that point.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-07-2021

Amazing!

What can I say? This book was great! At points I laughed, cried, and felt VERY uncomfortable. Quite a few WTF moments.
My only complaint was the two guest narrators. I love tommy Chong but I dont think he was right to read for this book. Jello Biafra… well I hate jello Biafra. His chapters were hard to listen to and he sounded like he was mocking the story the whole time. And I just don’t like his stupid voice!
But it was an amazing book defiantly recommended!!!! 1000000000%

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-2021

simply one of the best and absolutely insane

What's there to say? LA punk and absolute debauchery put into a story of personal struggles and music history.

A book you have to hear

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  • Kenneth R.
  • 03-03-2019

From the horses' mouths

This book is full of words, arranged into sentences which themselves are arranged in such a way as to convey events and ideas related to the subject matter. That can't just be a coincidence.

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  • Jack Green
  • 14-04-2021

nofx review

A very very good listen, probably my favourite nofx audiobook of all time, in fact, it's way better than the one that I had made, on a dictaphone, no one heard it, I never ever listened back. Sometimes I wonder if people read these, maybe I'm just drunk, either way, its probably one or the other.

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  • St1kman
  • 16-05-2017

Excellent

With only limited knowledge of the band, I was unsure about how interesting this book would be to me, its awesome and couldn't stop listening. It's funny it's sad it's sick it's horrible it's f^~king wicked.

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  • Seymour Delaley
  • 23-11-2016

Incredible

Having been a huge fan of NOFX for many years, I was extremely excited to hear they were releasing an autobiographical style book.
It does not disappoint. it's so BRUTALLY honest and real, an unflinching account to all the ups and downs of this group of misfits. Listened to it in its entirety in 2 days and I am going for round 2!
Will shock you, move you and make you laugh. Highly recommended wether you're a fan or not!

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  • Phil
  • 14-09-2016

NOFX souls bared

Brutally honest, thought provoking, bitter sweet and funny. Laughed out loud and shed a tear.
A must listen for fans and non fans alike.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-2021

laugh out loud / brutally sad

I laughed and then cried on repeat, I didn't expect what the book had to offer and my view on the band has completly changed, I had no idea. if you're wondering whether to go for it don't hesitate !

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  • Christopher Scott
  • 23-05-2021

Highly recommend

Highly recommend the audiobook, fantastic stories. All the band members are honest and their lives fascinating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-04-2021

captivating, hilarious , eye opening...

loved every chapter.Not a single dull moment, Amizing preformence from writers. the concept of every band member reading their chapter makes it a very unique experience.

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  • Mr Owen J Rapley
  • 26-03-2021

Sex, Drugs and Punk Rock is all my body needs.

F**king classic story from the band who truly did it their way and still are.
if you understand punk, done drugs in large amounts and your a kinky pegging lover bdsm guy like myself. you will love this book. Wish I meet and party with them. Oi Mike next time you in U.K let's party.

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  • Eggman
  • 27-12-2020

Dark yet uplifting

I expected tales of rock n roll excess, but got so much more. Each band member really bares their soul here. Amazing stuff.

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