All These Things That I've Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life

Matt Pinfield has lived the rock-and-roll dream. He's been a club DJ, a radio broadcaster, an MTV personality and a talent scout for record companies. He's met a fair number of his heroes along the way, including David Bowie and Kurt Cobain, but he hasn't lost his sense of wonder.

Pinfield tells his music story in All These Things That I've Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life. Tales of his rise through the ranks of the business ring true; there's humility under the bluster of Pinfield's conversational delivery. His obvious joy for getting to work with the very people who have inspired him since his early days in New Jersey, as a boy listening to records at his parents' home, fills each page with warm humor and insider's knowledge of the rock-and-roll business, from the 1980s through the present.

His memoir includes vignettes of meeting special performers: Bowie, the Ramones, Oasis, U2, Kiss and Coheed and Cambria. Each of these lay bare the sex, drugs and rock-and-roll lifestyle without glamorizing or demonizing anyone. This is just Pinfield's life, and he's enjoying every minute of it.

Pinfield is a skillful storyteller; while the timeline can get confusing at points due to a more rambling style than is common in traditional autobiography, All These Things That I've Done is a true fan's recollection of the lucky, charmed life he's led. --Rob LeFebvre, freelance writer and editor

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