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  • By Keith E Parry on March 14, 2014

    This is the best "Worst Gig" stories they could come up with? Seriously, this is barely acceptable as a toilet read. So the author asked all of these diverse acts for their worst gig. Most of the responses were not worthy of print. Dull stuff. About 10% of the stories here were great. Book needs editing. Just because you have a lame story from a name act doesn't mean it deserves the paper. To the author's credit, Jon Niccum's own story at the end is a true show stopper. Too bad he couldn't draw more out of his subjects.

  • By Prof. Klickberg on August 15, 2014

    What I enjoyed most about Jon Niccum's "The Worst Gig" is what I learned about bands I thought I already knew fairly well. Through candid interviews with some of the greats from various eras and plenty of genres of music (jazz, rock, classic rock, punk, pop, hip-hop, electronic, country, etc.), I gained a real insight not only into everything that can (and, sometimes, can't) go wrong at a show, but also the psyche of musicians from some of the truly great bands of the last few decades.What's most impressive about "The Worst Gig" is how Niccum was able to get the interviewees to open up so thoroughly about their emotional struggles as well as their practical/physical ones, granting the reader a real sense of intimacy with those "speaking" through the pages of his book. The conversational style of the interviews makes it seem as though one is simply sitting at a dank bar after hours, listening to the musician recounting some (often hilarious) misadventure while on tour.Perfect as both bathroom reading material and as an apt resource for musicologists or those who may be interested in getting involved in the music industry themselves, "The Worst Gig" is the kind of book that leaves you wanting more. We can only hope that there is indeed plenty to come!

  • By Jim Ulwelling on January 18, 2014

    While there were some great stories shared by many musicians, I found that some of artist stories just didn't add up to "worst gig," but rather, became a format to show off their "coolness," or "toughness." Although there were some great stories by some well-known artists, there were a few artists in the book I'd never heard of. All in all, I found the book to have some great articles, but it was not a book that I couldn't put down. The inconsistency of some great tales, sandwiched in between lackluster stories (and a few recollections that seemed more like self-hype, rather than actual bad gigs), leads me to conclude this is a decent book, but not quite what I expected.

  • By Matt Ceule on December 12, 2013

    I thought this was a great read - it's quick and easy to digest. I think one of the reasons that I liked it so much is that it doesn't glamorize the situations. Sometimes a crappy sound guy or a busted string is enough to turn a gig sour. This books covers the full spectrum of those personal situations. And I love the fact that it's the artists telling the stories. If you've ever been in a band, you'll find yourself nodding in agreement with many of the stories contained in this little gem of a book.

  • By For Truth In Advertising on January 8, 2015

    Very disappointing - I found funnier and wilder stories online just by browsing.... then in the book. It's just not very funny - and let's face it, this is a hilarious subject where so many, many people have great stories to tell. I think the author just used whatever he came upon until he filled up the necessary amount of pages to send to the publisher. Sorry, this is not what I hoped for.

  • By Guest on December 2, 2013

    If you love music, you'll love this behind-the-scenes look at some of the world's most important recording artists. Jon's writing is quick and succinct, but paints an detailed image of each moment experienced by these musicians. I especially liked reading, in their own words, some of the craziest experiences they've had. It brings you to the gig, to the concert, to the insanity and the fun. I couldn't put this down! This book rocks!

  • By Sticky sam on October 14, 2014

    Worst Gig should be called Worst Book. Most of the "Bands" I have never heard of. Some of the statements are just a couple of sentences long, Some are a general answer, not a specific gig. "oh probably when an amp blows" I bought this as a birthday present for a guitar playing brother in law, very disappointed.

  • By Keith B. on December 8, 2013

    These are the 'worst' gigs the musicians highlighted in this book have experienced? Really? The majority of these stories are boring anecdotes. The few interesting tales have no depth to them. Why did the Malaysian army order Joe Satriani off the stage and threaten him with jail if he continued playing? We never find out. The bones of many of these stories remain hidden. The worst of these, notably Ted Nugent and a couple others, were giant ego trips... our worst nights are as good as other band's best. Blah, blah... blah. At least the book was short.Even as just a roadie for a few local bands I've had worse nights than most of these folks.


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