The Rock Star Autobiography Podcast is a bi-weekly podcast for music lovers by music's two biggest fans, Christian and Martha. Join them as they review autobiographies by the greatest and most famous musicians in history, and hear them share their candid insights into the musicians behind them.
Mariah Carey: The Meaning of Mariah Carey | Season 4: Ep. 5
The meaning of life? Easy. But the Meaning of Mariah? That's heavy lifting. The Guinness Book of World records refers to Mariah Carey as the Songbird Supreme. She has a five-octave range and can sing into the seventh octave. Her "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is the 11th best-selling single in modern music, and only The Beatles have more number one hits. She's also performed for a Libyan dictator, been arrested in her own home, barely escaped the sinister walls of Tommy Mottola's labyrinth prison, and is probably Marilyn Monroe reincarnated. Become Lambily with Martha and Christian and follow the trail to Mariah--if you get lost, just keep your eyes on the glitter.
Slash by Slash | Season 4: Ep. 4
Ingredients for the Slash cocktail: gallons of vodka, heroin, STDs, one top hat, and lots and lots of snakes. Stir, pour over ice, and then plug in your defibrillator!
You know you've made it big in the world or rock and roll when you no longer need a last name: Sting, Prince, Madonna. Add to that list Slash, lead guitarist of Guns n Roses. The readers of Total Guitar voted the opening riff of "Sweet Child O'Mine" as the greatest opening riff of all time, and Guns n Roses' last tour netted 584 million in cash. But who is the man under that infamous hat? What keeps that mass of snake-like hair going? The answer is, literally, state-of-the art technology (turns out that heroin isn't actually a vitamin). Tag along with Martha and Christian as they step into Slash's sweaty leather pants, shoplift their way through L.A., sleep around town, and live in fear of Axl Rose.
Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir | Season 4: Ep. 3
Arriving like a splash of neon paint, Cyndi Lauper announced to the 80s that Girls, apparently, "Just Want to Have Fun." Sure there was the A-Team, Silver Spoons, and Knight Rider. But what's the 80s without She-Bop? Without Cyndi Lauper in a wrestling ring? Without The Goonies??? In this episode Martha and Christian learn the true colors of the woman behind that hiccup, why she partnered up with the WWF, and what kinds of herbs it takes to cook a squirrel.
Sinead O'Connor: Rememberings | Season 4: Ep. 2
Sinead O'Connor has often been reduced to that person who shaved her head, tore up the picture of the pope, and refused to play the Star Spangled Banner. It's no surprise, however, that there was more to the story, some of which she reveals in Rememberings. There's the dreary Irish upbringing, the terrible physical abuse, the job dressing up as a maid to deliver telegrams, the Rastafari gun-runners. But nothing compares to her story about Prince, and what it's like to be invited to his castle, and what it's like to really, really not want his soup. Martha and Christian learn all of this and more as they gaze into the most famous eyes in music, spellbound by her Irish tale.
Dave Grohl: The Storyteller | Season 4: Ep. 1
Dave Grohl, dude. Dave. GROHL. Dave Grohl has been in the White House several times. He is friends with Paul McCartney. His band the Foo Fighters is very, very, very popular. You almost forget--almost--that he was a drummer for Nirvana, with someone named Kurt Cobain. How did Dave Grohl ever escape the shadow of that band? How did Dave Grohl become America's favorite rock star musician? How did Dave Grohl write a book that is now on sale in Costco? Apparently by being just the nicest guy. Martha and Christian kick off season four by sitting at the feet of America's favorite dude named Dave and listen to this "Storyteller" spin the yarns of his greatest do-or-die moments; and for Dave, they're ALL do-or-die.
Curtis James Jackson III (Fifty Cent): Playground | Season 3: Ep. 10
Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever been picked on, for no reason? Has anyone ever hit you in the face with a sock filled with batteries? If you answer YES to any of these questions, then this episode is for YOU! Who knew that Curtis Jackson--FITTY CENT--is not only a successful rapper but a life coach of sorts? In this special end-of-the-season episode Martha and Christian get to know his conflicted teen creation Butterball, the main character of Curtis Jackson's Playground, a sweet tale of fiction about growing up, being bullied, and being that bully yourself. If nothing else, this episode will help you steal those sweet Nikes you've always wanted.
Phil Collins, who?
That guy Christian really knows his stuff. Love this podcast. I look forward to every episode. I learn so much from him and his perspectives. Before listening to this podcast, all I knew was that Phill Collins sang the Tarzan soundtrack. But this podcast has helped me mature my music taste. 10/10 recommend!
This Podcast is painful to listen. Removed from my library. Horrible!!
Rebel’s Do Yell
Man oh man, anyone talking about Billy Idol in depth has Immediately. Caught. My. Attention. Christian is captivating and knowledgeable. His humor feels like a phone call with a good friend. Great voice for a podcast host. Happy to hear people so invested in the culture of rock and roll. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️