Through The Eye Of The Tiger: The Rock N’ Roll Life of Survivor’s Founding Member by Jim Peterik (5 out of 5)

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Jim Peterik is a member of The Ides of March and Survivor, among others. This is his story. Jim has a very easy, laidback vibe to his story. Moments of great excitement, great musical achievements, downward spirals, family happiness and heartbreak, and the ups and downs of success known as rock and roll, tempered with a number of funny vignettes about other well known musicians, make it a quick, easy read. You can feel the positive vibes emanating off of every single page. Even when the sunny skies darken somewhat and mercurial other parties start trouble within the musical fort that is Survivor, you can feel that it’s not Jim’s scene. He admits multiple times in the book that there were moments in his career and life where he backed down and internalized his anger, to not create disharmony. The music business would be a hell of a lot nicer if there were more Jim Peterik’s in it. More than that, I learned a lot about some well known bands that I grew up with- Survivor mainly. But I also grew up loving and listening to REO Speedwagon, Styx, and 38 Special. Not only has Jim written some very recognizable chart hits for 38 Special, but he’s close friends with REO Speedwagon and Tommy Shaw of Styx (Kevin Cronin, lead singer of REO, writes the foreword to the book), and they, among others, get the royal treatment in the book. The man has a lot of friends, and there’s a reason, kids. He’s not a pompous jackass. He’s human, he’s made some mistakes (who hasn’t?), and he owns up to them honestly and with a positive spin on learning from them. Not many rock biographies have I read where this was the case! Perhaps more importantly than the human factor that is such a large part of the book, is the love. The love for the music. He speaks about falling apart at several times in his life, and if the music hadn’t been present, well, this story may not have had a happy ending. Thankfully for all of his fans and the music industry in general (which can use all the help it can at present moment!), he continues to rock on. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book and give it a shot. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to read about someone who isn’t a douchebag and whose love of music is so encompassing that no matter how bad things get, he never loses sight of his vision. And that, my friends, is more than some musicians can claim.

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~ by generationgbooks on October 24, 2014.

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