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Authors: Dee Snider
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I’m the guy that gave it all to beat the odds, left everything he had on the stage each night, didn’t screw around on his woman, took care of his kids, and was sober enough to remember it all and write about it . . . myself.
The one thing that has surprised and confused me, though, is my unlikely transformation into a “beloved public figure.” How did the unpopular kid, who grew up to be the angry young man, who became the ’80s poster boy for the evils of rock ’n’ roll, arrested for profanity and assault, and boycotted by parents and religious groups, become the likeable mensch he is today?
As lead singer and songwriter of Twisted Sister, Dee Snider became the poster boy for heavy metal, hair bands, and the wild side of rock. Now, in his twisted new memoir, he reveals the real stories behind the crazy makeup, the big hair, and badass hits like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.”
A classically trained countertenor who sang with his high school choir, Dee remembers the day he decided he was “not gonna take it” and stopped caring what people thought about him. Following in the footsteps of his idols Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath, Dee jumped from band to band before meeting Jay Jay French and Twisted Sister. But it wasn’t until he met his costume-designing soul-mate Suzette that they developed his unique style. Dee’s hard work finally paid off with an impressive resume that includes: a monster hit record; smash MTV videos; a long-running radio show, “The House of Hair”; appearances in film (
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Howard Stern’s Private Parts, StrangeLand
) and television (
Growing Up Twisted, Celebrity Apprentice
); and a starring role in Broadway’s
Rock of Ages
. He even authored a teenage survival guide that was required reading in Russia!
In his journey from every parent’s worst teenage nightmare to Renaissance man, Dee avoided the usual pitfalls associated with rock stars. But that didn’t stop Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center from targeting him—a fight that led him to testify before Congress with Frank Zappa. He may have been slapped with a Parental Advisory warning label, but, through it all, Dee stayed positive and focused on being the best he could be.
Filled with entertaining anecdotes and candid confessions,
Shut Up and Give Me the Mic
takes you through the good times and bad with a heavy metal star who worked as hard as he played, and who did it all for his wife, four kids, and millions of “SMF” (Sick Mother F******) fans.
is the lead singer and songwriter for the multiple-platinum-selling heavy metal band Twisted Sister. He is also a noted reality show star, radio personality, and voice-over talent, as well as a screenwriter and author of the book
Dee Snider’s Teenage Survival Guide
. He has been married to his wife, Suzette, since 1981. Visit
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Copyright © 2012 by Daniel Dee Snider
Note to Readers: This work is a memoir. It reflects the author’s present recollections of his experiences over a period of years. Some dialogue and events have been re-created from memory and, in some cases, have been compressed to convey the substance of what was said and what occurred.
“Burn in Hell”: Words and Music by Daniel Dee Snider. Copyright © 1984 by Snidest Music. All Rights in the United States Administered by Universal Music—Z Melodies. International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by Permission of Hal Leonard Corporation.
“We’re Not Gonna Take It”: Words and Music by Daniel Dee Snider. Copyright © 1984 by Universal Music—Z Melodies and Snidest Music. All Rights in the United States Administered by Universal Music—Z Melodies. International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by Permission of Hal Leonard Corporation.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Shut up and give me the mic : a twisted memoir / Dee Snider.—1st hardcover ed.
1. Snider, Dee. 2. Rock musicians—United States—Biography. I. Title.
ISBN 978-1-4516-3741-0 (ebook)
Your undying and selfless love, support, and devotion helped all my dreams come true. I could never have done it without you . . . and I wouldn’t have wanted to.
I love you, forever. . . .
Chapter 1: I’m Gonna Be a Beatle
Chapter 2: ”This Boy Can Sing!“
Chapter 3: No, No, a Hundred Times No
Chapter 6: This is Twisted Sister?
Chapter 9: The Demolition Squad
Chapter 10: So This Is Christmas
Chapter 11: The Gauntlet Is Thrown