All These Things That I’ve Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life (Music, Mayhem, & MTV) by Matt Pinfield (4 out of 5)
I would start a memo to this mofo with the following: “Dude, did you have to make the title so long?”. Yes, it IS the Killers song, and he has a very good reason for naming it this. One of many entertaining stories. If you lived in any part of the 90’s, you will recognize Pinfield from his long run as host of MTV’s 120 Minutes. There is, as oft is the case, more there than meets the eye. He was a music director and DJ of the official Rutgers University radio station, followed by a stint at a Jersey Shore alternative station, one of the first. The man has paid his dues and then some. Unlimited access to rock stars of all caliber and party quotient brings a wealth of new problems; in the forms of sex, drugs, and spirits. Pinfield doesn’t shy away from his fondness for all, further endearing him to the curious reader. And curious I was. There are some really great stories in here, but Oasis would have to be my favorite of the stories that is shared here (Uncle Lou Reed is a close second).I wish this were a bigger book and Pinfield gave us some more stories… I feel like there is more and he held back from us a bit. He certainly does NOT hold back from his love and knowledge of music. I enjoyed reading his thoughts on the music scene in the past few decades to where it stands today. As well as his adventures as a DJ early on, when the NY/NJ radio markets sound as if they were as easy to penetrate as a horny chicken to a skunk. So, all in all, no complaints except that it was so short. I expected more from a man with his depth of knowledge and musical Rolodex. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in any area of music or anyone who loves music. It would be a great stocking stuffer for the music fan in your life.