The book I have chosen to review is "The True Lives Of My Chemical Romance - The Definitive Biography". It was written by music journalist, Tom Bryant. Written in 2014, it was published by Sidgwick and Jackson.
Tom Bryant lives in Sussex and has written for various music magazines such as Kerrang!, Q and MOJO. He has not lived a quiet life; having a sleepover at Marilyn Manson's house, getting attacked by Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist and being accused of starting a riot with The Prodigy.
Though the biography is not an authorized one, Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance allowed himself to be the centre of two extremely long and extensive interviews carried out by Bryan himself. The members of My Chem also gave Tom full permission to write the book and Gerard Way even wrote him an email telling Tom Bryant to "go for it" and said that he "was one of the few that could pull it off."
In this book, Tom Bryant tells of My Chemical Romance's insane and wild history. He tells of how they cane to be one of the most significant alternative rock bands of the last decade. Bryant not only tells of the band's history but of the member's histories too; how Gerard Way (lead singer) and Mikey Way (bassist) grew up together, how Ray Toro (lead guitarist) didn't originally plan on being a musician and how Frank Iero (rhythm guitarist) was basically born into music.
If you are a fan of My Chemical Romance, or even just a fan of music, this book is a must read. Being both informative and humorous, it's hard to put down. Tom Bryant makes you feel like you're part of the history of My Chemical Romance, that you're living it with them.
(Written by Rhiannon Kelly)