Stick It!
Carmen Appice and Ian Gittins
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Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock 'n' Roll
Carmen Appice and Ian Gittins
Chicago Review Press
256 pages
Mary 2016
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Classic rock drummer and icon Carmine Appice is as famous for what he's done away from a drumkit as he is for what he's done on one. Amongst the highlights of his life, Carmine has

  • Hung out with Jimi Hendrix.
  • Shared an apartment with Prince.
  • Been involved in the mud shark incident (arguably the most notorious and oft-told groupie story of all time).
  • Jammed with John McEnroe and Steven Seagal.
  • Played with and got fired by Ozzy.
  • Played with and got fired by Rod Stewart.
  • Played with Jeff Beck.
  • Slept with 4,500 women.
  • Been married five times.
It sounds impossible (or at least highly exaggerated), but it's all true and all written down here in Appice's autobiography. It is a fun, inside look at the salacious and excessive world or rock 'n' roll. The drummer takes us all the way from his time running the mean streets of Brooklyn to forming Vanilla Fudge. He talks about playing with Ozzy Osbourne and Rod Stewart and what it was like to live his dreams as the drummer in Beck, Bogert & Appice.

There is too much to talk about in this short review. If you want to know what it was like rising from anonymity to being in one of the biggest bands in the world, then you have to read this. And even if you don't want to believe it, you will.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2016

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