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18 and Life on Skid Row tells the story of a boy who spent his childhood moving from Freeport, Bahamas, to California and finally to Canada and who, at the age of eight, discovered the gift that would change his life.

Throughout his career Sebastian Bach has sold over 20 million records both as the lead singer of Skid Row and as a solo artist. He is particularly known for the hit singles "I Remember You", "Youth Gone Wild", and "18 & Life" and the albums Skid Row and Slave to the Grind, which became the first ever hard rock album to debut at number one on the Billboard Top 200 and landed him on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Bach then went on to become the first rock star to grace the Broadway stage, with starring roles in Jekyll & Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He also appeared for seven seasons on the hit television show Gilmore Girls.

In his memoir Bach recounts lurid tales of excess and debauchery as he toured the world with Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, Soundgarden, Pantera, Nine Inch Nails, and Guns N' Roses. 18 and Life on Skid Row is the story of hitting it big at a young age and of a band that broke up in its prime. It is the story of a man who achieved his wildest dreams, only to lose his family and then his home. It is a story of perseverance; of wine, women, and song; and of a man who has made his life on the road and always will. 18 and Life on Skid Row is not your ordinary rock memoir, because Sebastian Bach is not your ordinary rock star.

©2016 Sebastian Bach (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Like Sebastian Bach?? BUY THIS NOW!

What an AWESOME memoir!!! What makes this even better for a real Fan is HE READS THIS and it's freakin hilarious!!! It's like he is just reading the book and giving you tons of bonus content!!! He gives side comments... laughs.. sings.. it's fantastic!!! This is the real guy!! It's personal and funny! A must read for die hard fans!

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Everything I hoped it would be!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Sebastian narrate his own book. It always makes autobiographies much more interesting when the actual author reads his or her own book. Now I can't wait to buy his book!

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this book will not disappoint .

this book immediately grabs your attention , the way Sebastian narrates the book kept a smile on my face the entirety of the listen as he seems so happy recounting His Glory Days and even the days he enjoys now. there are many great stories here, some that will make you laugh out loud and some that will make you misty-eyed. Amazing Stories include encounters with Metallica, Pantera, Guns N Roses, Motley Crue and many others. he has indeed had an amazing career. I highly recommend this book I wish I could forget it so I can read it again.

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Amazing like being back in NJ

My ex brother in law was the original lead guitarist for skid row before Scotty
any my sisters hung out with the band back in the 80's The book is outstanding! I gave gift copies to my sisters for Christmas. SB is a good guy I always knew but now after listening to this book I know he has a good heart
Freehold Condo? Yea I sold my condo in Raintree (Freehold NJ) too and moved to Santa Cruz CA. Rock on SB
Skid Row, Boni Jovi and all the NJ club bands were great and we all had IROCS
Unbelievable Glad I lived it!
Buy this book!!!!

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Loved How Sebastian Told His Story

What did you love best about 18 and Life on Skid Row?

How Sebastian tells his story. I've listened to a lot of bios and this one is one of a kind. You hear everything when he is telling you his story. He laughs, makes comments and sound effects.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course Sebastian

Which scene was your favorite?

The start and middle. I grew up listening to Skid Row and all of the bands that he was talking about. He tells the stories, the real stories.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just wanted everyone else to hear him. Hear how he tells his story. I'm so happy I didn't read it and I listened to it.

Any additional comments?

This is a truly one of a kind book. I would recommend it to everyone. It's hard to describe the stories and storytelling but if you listen to this book you won't regret it!

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Interesting details missing

Unfortunately, anything you really wanted to know was left out of the book. No details about why he doesn’t own a piece of the name of Skid Row, how much money he made and lost over the years, what’s kept the band from getting back together, what lead to his divorce and why his son’s don’t talk to him, his struggles with alcoholism, etc - you get the idea. Definitely a big fan, but was disappointed that endless key details were left out of the book.

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  • 03-23-19

Made My Ride To Work Rock!!!

I have a pretty long commute to and from work, and I couldn't wait to get in the car and listen to more of this book! Sebastian Bach is a talented rock star who has lived a life that has been anything but ordinary compared to the lives of us average peeps...but he is extremely down-to-earth, relatable, and funny. When he laughs during his narration, YOU laugh right along with him. He is a fantastic narrator, and I enjoyed listening to him tell all his stories of life, the music business, and crazy behind-the-scenes moments that make rock star bios so awesome. I have listened to quite a few autobiographies lately (actors, comedians, musicians) and Sebastian's is definitely one of my favorites. Sebastian's love of music is clear in this book, and if you are a big music fan like I am, you will truly enjoy his story!

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So good!

What a great listen. Sebastian surprised me with how good of a story teller he is. Rock On!

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Metal For Life!

I always thought Sebastian Bach was a snooty jerk of a guy. Once I listen to the book I realized he's a down-to-earth cool guy. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves rock and roll.

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love baz

worst book.wish I could get a refund.love the guy but this book was awful.i was hoping it would be more like the dirt.it wasn't.

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  • Anna
  • 06-19-20

I was 18 again

I got bewitched by Sebastian’s singing when I was 18 years old and Skid Row first album was released. And I would lie if I say that it wasn’t for his looks too. Come on! He was GORGEOUS! I still love rock music and metal music, but I’m not 18 anymore. Reading biographies of a rockstars takes me back to the beautiful times when we were young and thought that world belongs to us, and being a rockstar is amazing and easy life. Now I know it’s not easy and rockstars have a demons for their shadows. I’m grateful for the music and for being my companions throughout my youth. And I want to thank you Sebastian Bach for sharing your stories with us. No matter what happened, no matter what media showed us about you, you were an inspiration. Because of you, my son’s name is Sebastian (and yes, my husband know that) Reading/listening in this case, to this book took me back again. Thank you for the soundtrack to my life. :)

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  • MattWar
  • 09-28-17

Great performance

Overall this a great audio book for anyone who witnessed these times and loves the music. It's a great performance by Mr Bach (nobody else could do this justice) but there are a few contradictions throughout that give the indication that perhaps not everything here is as it happened. Sometimes the tales we all want to hear are glossed over and at other times tales not that interesting are given great detail. But, still well worth a listen and interesting in many parts.

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  • Jason
  • 10-04-19

music died

my favourite part was the wooden kitchen implements taped to his head. after that o destroyed everything I own that's Skid Row related. Unsure if he's Spinal Tap or Monty Pyhton. cunt

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  • Marty
  • 11-29-18

Brilliant

Loved it & could listen to Sebastian tell stories all day, really enjoyable & fun.

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  • Steven
  • 03-27-22

Bach is a great story teller.

old school rockers lived the life. loved going back to the days where music started for me.

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  • Honeybear
  • 08-29-21

Frustrating

I’m giving this book 2 stars, but that’s being generous.
Sebastian Bach is annoying as a narrator- alternating between hyper and smugly irritating. The ego he’s infamous for shines through, unfortunately.
Turning to the story, it’s telling that this is an autobiography. Had a third party written it, they may have focussed on the aspects of the story fans actually want to know about. The real story why he left Skid Row from his POV- which I think is what most readers will want to hear- is skipped over in a couple of minutes (blink and you miss it), but then his (according to him, amazing) performances in a Broadway musical most of us have never heard of are the subject of what feels like hours.
I gave up with 3 hours to go- I couldn’t listen to any more.

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  • Woodstock
  • 08-17-21

a true wild entertainer

what an amazingly well crafted experience this book is, do you need to love skid row and sebastian to love this book, No it's a great journey and entertaining experience for anyone and afterwards you can go check out the music, what a rockstar...🤘

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  • Joel gibbons
  • 07-15-21

Life Changing. Mesmerising!

From chaotic to tear jerking, the informality of Baz in my ears for 12 hours was comforting yet hilarious!
A 10/10 book for the contents and the performance!

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  • GetToIt
  • 03-04-21

Good mood comin’ right up!

Really glad I listened to this! I love the fact Baz reads this himself as it totally gets across his enthusiasm, confidence and positivity. I’m not sure the book would’ve made it so well with a different narrator.

I will say tho that this is a VERY toned down version of events! I was a fan in the 80’s - a 15 year old wild child who was privy first hand to some of Baz’s antics. Some of the wildest party guys I knew would be scared when he was coming to London!

It’s refreshing to hear he never injected drugs or did anything other than coke - after reading The Heroin Diaries, Baz’s life feels so happy and blessed in comparison, and he really knows how to live it.

A very positive book guaranteed to get you in a good mood!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-21

Poo

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-21

It was a different time!

So so good. Sebastian has a voice I would listen to if he was reading shampoo ingredients. Like most 40+ people, I remember how flippin spoilt we were with music in our early years, and this will have you right back in memory lane.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-23-22

One of the better rockstar autobiographies

Pretty much what you'd expect from Sebastian Bach: rock anecdotes, life story, trials, trauma, hope, personal growth. Overall entertaining.

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  • J. Phelan
  • 04-07-22

this was a struggle to listen to

Seb does not have a voice for audiobooks 'maaaaan'.

Talking about how the fans are number 1 and it's all for them and seemingly in the same breath saying 'the guy wasn't rocking out hard enough so I jumped into the audience and beat his ass and he had the nerve to threaten to sue me....what the f#$@'.....great grip on reality.

the book has its moments - Seb has lead a gifted life and his singing voice is incredible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-22

slave to this book

absolutely loved it. love skid row and Sebastian Bach. highly recommended 👍👍👍 couldn't stop listening

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-22

Baz knows how to tell a story

What a story, I am loving books where the author reads them especially my rock icons! Sebastion has loads of expression and hunour in his stories i loved this book! Up there with Nikki Sixx’s biographies!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-21

cool book

liked the style but felt sad. he and the band had the world at their feet. wish he'd realised that instead of drinking it away. I miss Skid Row.

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  • jason wallace
  • 02-14-20

Awesome. Well worth the listen.

Great book. Loved the story and the emotion in which he read it. Five stars!!!

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  • Donjuan Murphy
  • 08-27-19

the BEST audiobook I've listened to.

This audiobook is simply the best one I've EVER heard, the narration was excellent, honest and very authentic, i loved the bonus sections too, i really hope Sebastian releases another one, i would definitely purchase it...job well done Sebastian!

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  • Vanessa
  • 06-24-19

Rock - laughter tears and music

Laughs tears and rock n roll. Great to hear Baz tell his story with his ‘bonus’ audio pieces - and the laughter, always the laughter

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-31-19

Mr Bach is back if he ever left

am so glad I listened to Sebastian read it himself. It was awesome. true rock royalty