Nothin’ But A Good Time(2021)

“Nothin’ But A Good Time” is a great nostalgic read in which over the 500 or so pages of the book you get a great feel for what really went on during the 80’s along the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.

Authors Tom Beaujour and Richard Beinstock did their homework as all the bases are covered in this fascinating spin of what went down on those street corners and bars like the Whiskey, Gazarri’s and many others.

The authors did a bang up job at interviewing tons of bands, artists who give a firsthand account of what all the acts were doing to get noticed to land that sacred recording contract.

Tons of info in this book as its all new interviews with so many bands even Nelson are featured!

Nothin’ But A Good Time goes from the beginning of the 80’s when Motley Crue made a name for themselves playing the LA circuit along with Quiet Riot and others.

Ladano’s homeboy Sweet from Stryper is waving at him.

As the 80s get going than of course comes RATT, WASP and a ton of others. The great thing is this book uncovers a ton of info and backstage stuff I had no idea about.

Case in point…

The business side of things though always seems to interfere with the artists whether it’s a bad deal or management issues. Here’s a snippet from the book quoting those fun loving dudes known as Winger talking about the biz involving there association with producer Beau Hill.

I could tell you about a hundred stories from this book like the time back in late 82 when both George Lynch and Jake E Lee where up for the guitar spot in Ozzy Osbourne band.

Lynch thought he had the gig all sewn up so when it came down to the decision both George and Jake were present at the rehearsal hall when Ozzy walked up to George to tell him he was out and Jake was in. Jake and George were both standing they’re side by side when Ozzy broke the news and then walked away.


Highly recommended read!

41 thoughts on “Nothin’ But A Good Time(2021)”

  1. This looks like fun. The authors names appeared in the Guitar mags i used to buy. Looks like a cool read.

    So why is Mick Brown driving a Corvette. He was apparently on a shittier deal because Don Dokken had the record contract.

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    1. Well maybe that Dokken deal wasn’t as bad since they had Q-Prime managing them at the time or maybe that was the day Don lent Mick his corvette to go get Dokken his groceries! lol

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    1. The reason I got through it quickly was last Sunday our internet went out for over 13 hours so what better time than to dig into a 500 page book.
      You will love this book John. Just reading stuff where Sabo says that back in 1988 before they got Bach Skid Row auditioned OnI Logan and asked John Corabi (who said no) to front the band.
      Just that kind of stuff is cool to read about.

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    1. I did Kev. I was telling John that I got the book last Saturday and on Sunday our internet went down for about 13 hours.
      What a better time than to dig into this book…


  2. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover…but I’m already convinced after just the first 1/2 of the cover. An umlaut? A dropped ‘g’? A Flying V guitar? And Deke’s seal of approval, sold!

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      1. Yup, but with Aerosmith and Starz (STARZ!! STARZ!!! my favourites!) in too. It’s £20 in hardback, so I’ll wait it out – price of an LP that.

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      2. Ok, I have seen that one. Thats the thing I find with Amazon here Joe is I preorder everything as it’s cheaper because once its released they spike the price.

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      3. Man, there were so many artists interviewed I will have to go and check it out…not sure on that one as if they were It was nothing to exciting like reading about Reb Beach’s wife wondering why Mick Brown had a corvette and they didn’t! lol

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  3. Oh! This sounds interesting. As you know, I’m not overly familiar with much of the music this covers, so sounds like a good text book of sorts!

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  4. Oh those manager contracts…in this case producer. Man that is just wrong. That is how Badfinger ended up broke and two members hanging themselves.
    Everyone needs to make some money but geez…there was enough for everyone .

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    1. Screwed is the word lol. Amazing though how man bad deals there were floating around back then and all these guys took it and made others rich.


    1. Lot’s of backstory in it which makes it a great read as told by the people who were there.
      I mean Vito Bratta from White Lion who has been a recluse since like 91 even was interviewed in this book.


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