Whores: An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction

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Da Capo Press, Incorporated, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 324 pages
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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.

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Review: Whores: An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction

User Review  - James Adamiak - Goodreads

A must read for any fan of Janes Addiction. Interviews with the band, old friends and roommates. Read full review

Review: Whores: An Oral Biography of Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction

User Review  - Rita - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Brendan Mullen is the co-author of We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of LA Punk and Lexicon Devil, a biography of the Germs' Darby Crash. He lives in Los Angeles.

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