- ASIN: B09RTHKTPQ
- Publisher: Mega Multi-Media, LLC; 2nd edition (March 1, 2022)
- Publication date: March 1, 2022
- Language: English
- Print length: 266 pages
- Genre: Rock Memoir
The BookViral Review:
An enthralling memoir and superbly written. Rock stars come ago and so do their stories but Taylor’s memoir is a winner from every possible angle.
A far cry from those tell-all memoirs about the cocaine-fueled, vanity-charged horror of the music industry by ego-addled narcissists we’ve become immune to, Taylor gives us something far more grounded.
His meandering thoughts on the music industry might not be revelationary but he gives them to us in three enticing acts. The grind of living on a shoestring as wannabee headliners; the elation that comes with their contract with Atlantic and their subsequent success with What God Said; and then the chilly cold shoulder and final fall as the spotlight turns away.
Taylor’s writing style is simple and cuttingly insightful whilst his descriptive prose creates vivid vignettes. These gleaned from 500 gigs, thrilling audiences with their unique mix of power-pop guitars, rousing harmonies and cutting lyrics to the arduous road trips in between. Succeeding equally in his evocation of The Uninvited’s glory days and his love for Mia whilst delivering a message about what’s really important.
Yes, there are parts of Taylor’s memoir that are glamorous, louche, exciting, amusing, name-dropping and outrageously sexual but it’s seasoned with real tenderness and piquancy as Taylor describes The United’s path to success and the years beyond. But this is tempered on the other hand by Taylor’s easy charm, his anxious modesty, the never-distant hint of frustration, and the other virtues of a deserving winner.
Another artist might have tempered their memoir with more than a little acrimony but it’s a credit to Taylor that he always manages to find the humour in his experiences. From a casual meeting with Tori Amos when his attention was elsewhere, confusing Cheap Tricks Rick Neilsen with Robin Zander, to a casual conversation with Michael Stipe of R.E.M, Taylor remains refreshingly grounded throughout.
An exceptional, rounded and powerful portrait of an original rock band, the pitfalls of the music industry and the choices they made, The Uninvited – On the Road with the Greatest Rock Band You Never Heard, makes for a superb read and is unreservedly recommended!