Too young to remember the Sex Pistols, Chuck Klosterman has nevertheless spent much of his young life thinking about rock & roll and its meaning for him and other members of his generation. Here he writes with a kind of wide-eyed detachment about his pilgrimage to the death sites of famous--or in some cases notorious--rock figures. Beginning at Manhattan's Chelsea Hotel with Sid Vicious's murder of his shrill harpy girlfriend Nancy Spungen, Klosterman journeys westward across America, encountering the spot where Duane Allman perished in a motorbike accident, and beating a hasty retreat from Lynyrd Skynyrd's snake-ridden airplane crash site. Along the way we learn that he lost his virginity at the age of 20, that he possesses 2,233 CDs, and is a big KISS fan. He's also an unreconstructed romantic: perhaps appropriately, KILLING YOURSELF TO LIVE is really as much about its author's various amorous entanglements as it is about rock & roll. There are insightful meditations about Kurt Cobain's suicide, a remarkable conversation on the nature of dreams with a Cracker Barrel waitress in North Carolina, and much unconsummated sexual angst--in fact, in his study of the connections between rock and death, Klosterman may have unintentionally written the quintessential rock & roll road diary.
- History, Biography + Autobiography
- United States / 20th Century, Personal Memoirs, Composers + Musicians
- June 6, 2006
- June 6, 2006
- Chuck Klosterman