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There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll by Lisa Robinson to come out in April


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This book is certain to be essential reading. Having said that, whose bright idea was it to use an Eminem lyric for the title a rock book? There are plenty of 70's & 80's era rock songs to choose from...perhaps they'll change it now. Yo!

"Lose Yourself"

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted. one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop bombs,
But he keeps on forgetting what he wrote down,
The whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out
He's choking how, everybody's joking now
The clock's run out, time's up, over, bloah!
Snap back to reality, Oh there goes gravity
Oh, there goes Rabbit, he choked
He's so mad, but he won't give up that
Easy, no
He won't have it, he knows his whole back's to these ropes
It don't matter, he's dope
He knows that but he's broke
He's so stagnant, he knows
When he goes back to his mobile home, that's when it's
Back to the lab again, yo
This whole rhapsody
He better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
(You better)

The soul's escaping, through this hole that is gaping
This world is mine for the taking
Make me king, as we move toward a new world order
A normal life is boring, but superstardom's close to post mortem
It only grows harder, homie grows hotter
He blows. It's all over. These hoes is all on him
Coast to coast shows, he's known as the globetrotter
Lonely roads, God only knows
He's grown farther from home, he's no father
He goes home and barely knows his own daughter
But hold your nose 'cause here goes the cold water
His hoes don't want him no more, he's cold product
They moved on to the next schmoe who flows
He nose dove and sold nada
So the soap opera is told and unfolds
I suppose it's old partner but the beat goes on
Da da dum da dum da da


No more games, I'ma change what you call rage
Tear this motherfucking roof off like two dogs caged
I was playing in the beginning, the mood all changed
I've been chewed up and spat out and booed off stage
But I kept rhyming and stepped right into the next cypher
Best believe somebody's paying the pied piper
All the pain inside amplified by the fact
That I can't get by with my 9 to 5
And I can't provide the right type of life for my family
Cause man, these goddamn food stamps don't buy diapers
And it's no movie, there's no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life
And these times are so hard, and it's getting even harder
Trying to feed and water my seed, plus
Teeter totter caught up between being a father and a prima donna
Baby mama drama's screaming on and
Too much for me to wanna
Stay in one spot, another day of monotony
Has gotten me to the point, I'm like a snail
I've got to formulate a plot or I end up in jail or shot
Success is my only motherfucking option, failure's not
Mom, I love you, but this trailer's got to go
I cannot grow old in Salem's lot
So here I go it's my shot.
Feet, fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got


You can do anything you set your mind to, man

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She could tell a lot. I wonder how much she will tell. In the write up, it says she was there when Peter pulled out his gun. She also rode the Starship. I am fasincated what she will say -- and what the band will think of some else who has written a book. I am really looking forward to this.

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Its been a long time since I've read any of her stuff - but I seem to remember or at least the impression was that she along with Cameron Crowe & maybe a couple of other journalists (but not many beyond that) were really trusted & liked by the band. I had Strange Tales & remember a Plantation where Plant name checks Mrs. Robinson in-between songs. Looking forward to the book for sure!

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I was off work yesterday and spent the day reading the book. There was not a lot of new information about Led Zeppelin in it. She does mention that she had a feeling when traveling with them that most of the drugs and maybe some wild behavior were kept from her. There's still not much considering how often she traveled with them.

She doesn't mention Jonesy much at all except to knock him for wearing his shirt open in the famous Starship photo. (I think he looks great there.)

She liked Bonzo and seemed to find Robert fun but didn't seem to like Jimmy much, probably due to drugs making him a bit difficult to be around. She refers to him as "shrewd, tough, and manipulative."

She liked Keith Richards a lot however and her memories of the Stones seem more colored with warmth.

There's a lot of interesting tales in the book about other musicians, like U2, Patti Smith, Bowie, Michael Jackson, Lou Reed, and others but I don't know enough about any of them to have a sense of whether any of it was relevatory.

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