CAN I SAY
Living Large, Cheating Death and Drums, Drums, Drums
TRAVIS BARKER with Gavin Edwards
UK Publication: 5 November 2015 (US publication 20 October 2015)
£20 Hardback and Ebook, William Morrow
Travis Barker’s soul-baring memoir chronicles the highlights and lowlights of the renowned drummer’s art and his life, including the harrowing plane crash that nearly killed him and his traumatic road to recovery—a fascinating never-before-told-in-full story of personal reinvention grounded in musical salvation and fatherhood.
After breaking out as the acclaimed drummer of the multiplatinum punk band Blink-182, everything changed for Travis Barker. But the dark side of rock stardom took its toll: his marriage, chronicled for an MTV reality show, fell apart. Constant touring concealed a serious drug addiction. A reckoning did not truly come until he was forced to face mortality: His life nearly ended in a horrifying plane crash, and then his close friend, collaborator, and fellow crash survivor DJ AM died of an overdose.
In this blunt, driving memoir, Barker ruminates on rock stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption, sharing stories shaped by decades’ worth of hard-earned insights. His pulsating memoir is as energetic as his acclaimed beats. It brings to a close the first chapters of a well-lived life, inspiring readers to follow the rhythms of their own hearts and find meaning in their lives.
TRAVIS BARKER Described by Rolling Stone as “punk’s first superstar drummer,” Travis Barker is a musician, producer, and entrepreneur who rose to fame as the drummer for the influential punk rock band Blink-182. With Blink-182, he has sold over 30 million albums; when the group reunited in 2009 after a six-year hiatus, over a million fans bought tickets. Barker has also performed as a frequent collaborator with hip-hop artists and alternative rock bands including LL Cool J, Li’l Wayne, Slash, Mary J. Blige, Tom Morello, and Cypress Hill, establishing himself as one of the most prolific rock drummers in the world. Also an entrepreneur, Barker founded clothing company Famous Stars and Straps in 1999 and LaSalle Records in 2004. He lives in California and is currently touring with his band the Transplants.
GAVIN EDWARDS is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and has written for Details, Spin, and the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of eight books, including the New York Times bestseller VJ, which he co-wrote with the original MTV VJs. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two sons.
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