Killing Yourself to Live

85% of A True Story

Klosterman, Chuck

Book - 2005
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Killing Yourself to Live
For 6,557 miles, Chuck Klosterman thought about dying. He drove a rental car from New York to Rhode Island to Georgia to Mississippi to Iowa to Minneapolis to Fargo to Seattle, and he chased death and rock 'n' roll all the way. Within the span of twenty-one days, Chuck had three relationships end--one by choice, one by chance, and one by exhaustion. The road is hard. From the Chelsea Hotel to the swampland where Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane went down to the site where Kurt Cobain blew his head off, Chuck explored every brand of rock star demise. He wanted to know why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing...and what this means for the rest of us.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2005
ISBN: 9780743264457
Branch Call Number: 781.66 K66k 2005
Characteristics: v, 245 p. ;,23 cm


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Death calls and Chuck Klosterman answers. Join him on his journey to the locations of rock and roll tragedy and loss, while learning a few lessons along the way.

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Dec 08, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Mr. Klosterman’s essays come off as being alternately interesting and annoying. Interesting in that they read like the witty banter you might have from someone at a party who isn’t too wasted and annoying in that he has very set opinions about everything (his idea of a Man, e.g., involves the ability to shoot and kill live animals) that you don’t necessarily possess but which he insists on sharing with you.

However, his ability as a raconteur cannot be denied. Whether describing his girlfriends with song lyrics or comparing them to members of KISS or cringing in embarrassment over how Americans have idolized Elvis, Mr. Klosterman’s essays are thought provoking, amusing and occasionally rise to the poetic. While he doesn’t necessarily obtain any deep insight from travelling the country visiting the sites of dead rock musicians, his observations along the way make for a fascinating window on to a broad swath of the American public.

May 19, 2011
  • diesellibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very entertaining rock n roll travelogue. Klosterman wears his music/star wars nerd persona on his sleeve as he travels to various sites where a variety of rock stars met their untimely end.


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