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Whores: An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction Jane S Addiction S 1988 Breakthrough Album, Nothing S Shocking, Had A Seismic Impact With A Bracing Combination Of Metal, Punk, And Psychedelia, Coupled With Lead Singer Perry Farrell S Banshee Ina Wind Tunnel Vocals, Jane S Addiction Helped Put Alternative Music On The Map The Band Helped Pave The Way For The Mainstream Success Of Bands Like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, And Nirvana Along The Way, Jane S Addiction Released Another Classic Album, Ritual De Lo Habitual With The Hit Been Caught Stealing , Founded The Lollapalooza Festival, And Openly Celebrated A Bacchanalian Lifestyle That Blurred All Lines Of Gender And Sexuality Drawn From Original Interviews With The Band, Their Friends, And Their Musical Colleagues, Whores Takes Readers Through Farrell S Early Sonic Experiments With Psi Com And The Formative Days Of Jane S Addiction To Their Drug Addled Break Up And Controversial Reunion With 2003 S Strays Along The Way It Provides A Candid, Often Disturbing Glimpse Into The Dynamic Alternative Rock Scene Of Los Angeles In The 80s And 90s.


10 thoughts on “Whores: An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction

  1. says:

    A real good behind the scenes look at formation and history during their playing years Also touches on Porno for Pyros, as some members overlap Doesn t hold any punches and shows the darkside of drug addiction, depression and alcoholism for many of the bands members If you re a fan, this is a must read.


  2. says:

    Obviously I read this book because I m a huge Jane s Addiction fan, and that s also the only reason I gave it four stars It wasn t the greatest rock book If you re not a Jane s Perry fan, you probably won t find this interesting, whereas I m not a big Crue fan, but I loved The Dirt The way it was written as a compilation of quotes made it a fun interesting read, but it sorta dropped off at the end there Also it needs to be updated because the story wraps up with Carmen and Dave living happil Obviously I read this book because I m a huge Jane s Addiction fan, and that s also the only reason I gave it four stars It wasn t the greatest rock book If you re not a Jane s Perry fan, you probably won t find this interesting, whereas I m not a big Crue fan, but I loved The Dirt The way it was written as a compilation of quotes made it a fun interesting read, but it sorta dropped off at the end there Also it needs to be updated because the story wraps up with Carmen and Dave living happily ever after and that is clearly no longer the case


  3. says:

    I am having a hard time getting through this one And I love Jane s Addiction I agree with the others that it sort of falls off Rock n Roll books are always an easy read, but I followed up Just Kids Patti Smith with this one Big mistake Either way, it is the history of one of my top five faves and I have learned of a fewinteresting historical locations around Hollywood Now when I drive friends around, I can point out where Jane used to score drugs and where the drug I am having a hard time getting through this one And I love Jane s Addiction I agree with the others that it sort of falls off Rock n Roll books are always an easy read, but I followed up Just Kids Patti Smith with this one Big mistake Either way, it is the history of one of my top five faves and I have learned of a fewinteresting historical locations around Hollywood Now when I drive friends around, I can point out where Jane used to score drugs and where the drug house was Useless information that makes the L.A tourists happy


  4. says:

    well, if you were are really into janes addiction and the whole alt goth rock thing in the 80 s early 90 s, you ll dig this book but you really have to care about the subject matter.otherwise its not really that interesting in itself personally i liked it, but that s because nothing s shocking kinda changed my life in a small way in 1988 so.


  5. says:

    Want to read it but bought for Essi s birthday


  6. says:

    I am not even a fan of Jane s Addiction, but couldn t put this one down The format is different from any biography I ve read before the story is told from pieced together articles and interview.


  7. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The book is an expansion on a great set of interviews he compiled together for a 2003 piece that ran in SPIN magazine Mullen is not so much the author of the piece, but serves as its directortaking various quotes and organizing them together into sections covering a specific topicsuch as an album, a tour, a time period, a person, etcWhat s great about the book is that all of the stories come directly from the original sourcewith no middle man nor woman to reinterpret anything, or ma The book is an expansion on a great set of interviews he compiled together for a 2003 piece that ran in SPIN magazine Mullen is not so much the author of the piece, but serves as its directortaking various quotes and organizing them together into sections covering a specific topicsuch as an album, a tour, a time period, a person, etcWhat s great about the book is that all of the stories come directly from the original sourcewith no middle man nor woman to reinterpret anything, or make comment upon You get to read direct quotes from all four original band members of Jane s Addiction, plus everyone involved in and around their livesincluding family members, agents, managers, producers, fellow musicians., club owners, girlfriends, wives, and other associates of the band It s a brutal, honest talefilled with various peaks and valleys What I got from the book was a deeper understanding what made Jane s Addiction tick..and how incredibly fragile that was It also made me better understand why they imploded after only five years of existence, and three albums Similar to The Beatles, the question is not so much why they broke upyetso how was it that they managed to stay together Born out of the aftermath of the 80 s L.A punk rock and heavy metal scene, as well as British new wavethe members of Jane s Addiction seem to come together as a matter of destiny It was a woman by the name of Carla Bozulich who in 1985 introduced a rebellious, drug addicted L.A bassist named Eric Avery to the drugged out and sexually sinister New York born singer, songwriter Perry Farrell Before Avery and Farrell even met, they already had someone in commonan Ivy League educated woman who suffered from severe drug addictionher name was Jane Bainter Avery lived in a house with her in Westwood, and later on Farrell shared a house with her near Hollywood When Farrell and Avery came together to form a bandthey thought of their old friend Janeand to her horrornamed their band Jane s Addiction They also immortalized her real life plight in the classic Jane s Addiction song Jane Says After struggling with a drug impaired guitarist and drummer, Eric Avery s sister Rebecca suggested her boyfriendStephen Perkins, to come out and play drums Rebecca Avery met Stephen Perkins through her first boyfrienda talented, drug addicted guitarist named Dave Navarro Not long after Perkins joined Jane s Addiction, he suggested having his good pal Navarro join them as welland history was made It was a strange matchtwo artsy, British new wave, L.A punk influenced guys Farrell and Avery mixed with two hard rock heavy metal influenced guys Perkins and Navarro but it worked, it really worked.The early Jane s Addiction shows were held in the punk, DIY do it yourself manner of renting out empty spaces and staging their own shows Some of these shows were financed by a prostitute named Biancawhom Eric Avery was having a horrid affair with A major player through the early days, and through the length of Jane s Addiction s initial lifespan was Perry Farrell s girlfriend, stylist, artistic partner, and all around museCasey Niccoli Songs were written quickly, and it didn t take long before they developed a strong followingresulting in a fierce, record label bidding war in 1987 The winner was Warner Bros records, yet before jumping into a big record with a major label, the band first decided to first put out a live record called Jane s Addiction on a small independent label called Triple X The following year 1988 saw the release of their incredible studio debutNothing s Shocking This was followed two years later by their 1990 masterpiece Ritual De Lo Habitual The world tour that followed took them to even greater heights, and bigger audiencesheadlining big venues like the Universal Amphitheater in L.A, and Madison Square Garden in NY, and starting up and headlining the very first Lollapalooza tour in 1991 Yet before the tour even startedthe band was over.From the get go, Jane s Addiction was a band riddled with problems Problem 1 Drugs, lots and lots of drugs Drummer Stephen Perkins was cleannever dabbling in anything beyond pot, yet Eric Avery, Dave Navarro and Perry Farrell were all addicts Avery was a heroin junkie that went clean during the band s later yearsmaking him a bit of an outcast Farrell was able to dabble with all sorts of drugs, yet still be able to function for the most part He never let the drugs get the better of him This was not the case of Dave Navarrowho was the worst drug offender of allstruggling with severe substance abuse from the mid 80 s up through 2002 Due to drugs, Navarro got into a fistfight with Farrel at the first Lollapalooza concert Problem 2 bad management It s not easy to manage one junkie, let alone threeand sadly Jane s Addiction burned through a number of managers in five years time as a result I guess that goes back to Problem 1 Then there was the Problem 3, the cold war between Perry Farrell and Eric Averyone that still exists to this very day The Jane s Addiction founding members have been at odds from the very beginning Avery made a drunken pass at Casey Niccoli early on, confessing his love for herand Farrell never forgave him Worse, Farrell is a freak megalomaniacwhose controlling, domineering ways clashed with Avery s rebellious nature Perry Farrell s my way or the highway approach broke up the band on a few occasionsespecially when it came down to money Farrell s insistence on dominating the publishing royalties put in a rift in the band that they never recovered fromespecially Avery Sadly, by the time the band officially broke up, it actually made sense.Whores An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane s Addiction goes beyond the initial lifespan of Jane s Addiction and discusses post Jane s projects like Avery and Navarro s 1994 Deconstruction album, and Farrell and Perkins 90 s band, Porno For Pyros If the drugs in Jane s Addiction was horrible, the situation with Porno For Pyros was actually worse Once again, with a smile on his face, drummer Stephen Perkins found himself playing in a band of heroin and crack addicts Worst offender was Porno For Pyros bassist Martyn Le Noblewho d go on binges and disappear for weeks at a timeeven attempting suicide out of drug fueled embarrassment.Whores An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane s Addiction also covers the various Jane s Addiction reunions over the yearsfrom the dangerous and disastrous 1997 Relapse tour, with Flea replacing Eric Avery on bass after Avery refused to join the tour, infuriating Perry Farrell , to the 2001 2002 shows with Martyn Le Noble on bass who was unceremoniously fired by Perry Farrell , and the 2003 shows with Chris Chaney on bass The 2003 Jane s Addiction record Strays is also discussedhow it was recorded independently, how Farrell fired Martyn Le Noble, and erased all of his bass tracks from the record.and how legendary Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Pink Floyd producer Bob Ezrin set out to make a great, classic rock and roll recordyet not necessarily a great Jane s Addiction record.It s interesting to note that the book ends with the group broken up once again at the end of 2003all moving on to other projects Yet the story is far from overSince it s 2005 publication, a new chapter of Jane s Addiction began with the full reunion of the band in 2008, this time with Eric Averya grand 2009 tour, and once again falling apart in 2010 Former Guns N Roses Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagen joined the band for a few months, then left Now, Jane s Addiction have two shows coming up in Aspen, CO at the end of this monthare supposedly working on a new albumI have no idea who s playing bass with them these daysyet it sure ain t Eric Avery.Needless to say, I got a kick out reading Whores An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane s Addiction The book does a good job presenting a three dimensional portrait of a great band I got a really good sense of who the band wasand what their personalities are really likefor better or worse The only one you perhaps don t hear enough about is Stephen Perkinsas his life was not as colorful and controversial as his fellow band mates I would have liked to have known how he dealt with working so close with junkies all those years.and how was it that he himself was able to resist getting into the hard drugs his peers used so heavily Also missing from the book, a detailed discussion of the musicthe great songs of Jane s Addiction Songs are mentioned, sureyet not enough is spoken about the content of the musicand the making of the great albums I would loved to have heardabout how certain songs came togetherhow they were developed, etc That said, I appreciated the fact that Brendan Mullen took the time to put the book togetherand tell the story of one of my favorite bands It s quite a story indeedand I am very curious what s going to happen next


  8. says:

    Well, I m giving up on this book before finishing it It s not that it s bad, really, but it could have been better I ve read many music band bios that were really superior while just as many that weren t as good And I was looking forward to this because I ve been a Jane s Addiction fan since the mid 80s, BEFORE their first album Nothing s Shocking was released and when in fact they actually already HAD one album out, which always made me wonder how the hell the record label could clai Well, I m giving up on this book before finishing it It s not that it s bad, really, but it could have been better I ve read many music band bios that were really superior while just as many that weren t as good And I was looking forward to this because I ve been a Jane s Addiction fan since the mid 80s, BEFORE their first album Nothing s Shocking was released and when in fact they actually already HAD one album out, which always made me wonder how the hell the record label could claim NS was a debut and why music journalists allowed them to get away with that I actually still have my copy of their first album, which has Jane Says on it, a song that made it to NS.Anyway, I ve known for decades that Perry s crazy as hell, just loony tunes, and that s not terribly unusual for many entertainers, but while it was cool to read about clubs I used to go to when I lived in LA, and some of the things that went on, honestly, the gang getting together in one large house and camping out as one fluid musical, drugged out crazed unit simply made me think of the Dead s house in Height Ashbury I ve been to it or Jefferson Airplane s, and honestly, I ve been reading so many engaging, interesting books lately that I simply became bored with this one and have given up Which is shocking It s just so ho hum, been there, done that, seen that, Perry s NOT that shocking cause he s just following in a long line of freaks trying to be freaky and I d rather read about quantum field theory or limited nuclear warfare strategies or burgeoning regional hegemonic in the South China Sea area, or honestly, if we re going to go into current band bios I m reading, some include Duran Duran , Debbie Harry, Cosey Tutti from Throbbing Gristle fame , Kin Gordon from Sonic Youth, Ministry s Al Jourgenson andAnd honestly, all but the one on Kim areinteresting So it s unfortunate, but I guess no big loss to ditch this one Maybe an alternate will come along one day that will beengaging and I can always hope for that So, sadly, not recommended at all


  9. says:

    Like other reviews have said, this book is really only good if you re a fan of Jane s or that era of music While half the book was pretty interesting and an eye opener to how the album s, tracks and videos came about, there was a lot of what felt like were fillers to pad it out Sadly by the final quarter I was ready to finish it, and the material also seemed to just fade away until the end However, I still think it s worth reading if you are a fan of Perry or Jane s


  10. says:

    Everyone except for the drummer was on all the drugs through most of the book Perry Farrell comes off as a bit of a jerk How can he say in the book that it s not about the money after demanding the large majority of the royalties for the songs Still, it has me listening to Nothing s Shocking a lot And also reassessing Ritual de lo Habitual A bit of psychedelic metal can work A tiny bit of Eastern influence can work but too much and you get Porno for Pyros.


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