Sunday, April 18, 2021

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Myke Hideous: King of an Empire to the Shoes of a Misfit

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Author: Myke Hideous
Title: King of an Empire to the Shoes of a Misfit
Format: Paperback
Publisher: 1stBooks Library
Rated: * * * * *

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Scandals abound with this current offering from Myke Hideous who has penned a memoir that pulls no punches. He takes on the pretentious scene phonies, hypocritical vegetarians who wear leather, and the show business con artists with equal fervor. Hideous is known for his front man position of bands such as The Empire Hideous, SpySociety99, The Bronx Casket Co. as well as his brief tenure with The Misfits, Hideous recounts upon his youthful dreams of rock stardom, his battles with cancer, incompetent band members, unscrupulous promoters, infidelity, depression, poverty, missed opportunities and a lengthy dialogue of the lies, deceit and abuse he endured while being a part of The Misfits. These memoirs are an insiders view that demonstrates how sometimes a dream can end up a nightmare and reads as though one is sitting and having a long conversation with the author. Each chapter gets more in depth and the guilty are sometimes named while other chapters force the reader to read between the descriptive lines, clearly making this a page turner from beginning to end. King of an Empire is not a mere finger pointing book as Hideous penned this to look at his own limitations and errors as well as those around him. It is delivered objectively with personal comments added in, which round out the perspective he has had thus far. For anyone considering making the music business their career, this book is highly recommended. It takes the rose colored glasses off the dreams of glitz and glamor, confronting the ugly underbelly of the music industry that few ever get to know about. Review by Mike Ventarola