There is no better kind of book, than one you are looking forward to reading.
Something well advertised, interesting, full of drama, Voodoo, Anal Sex, Crystal Meth and given to a little hype.
Dirty Rocker Boys; Love and Lust on the Sunset Strip, is just such a book!
The timing on the release of this Autobiographical piece is everything and after two years on the hit reality show Ex-Wives of Rock, Bobbie Jean Brown and her publishers Simon Schuster, have made the date for release with absolute precision. It is eagerly awaited by many and pre-order numbers are excitingly high; it is already in the Top 100 on at least three literary lists.
Inconsistency is not rife throughout the book, but it seems to make sense to point out that the use of the word fortnight, to describe a period of two weeks and the incorrect description of 80’s hair band Femme Fatale, who were not originally an all girl band, but were fronted by vocalist Lorraine Lewis, were probably not additions by Brown.
That aside, no-one but Brown could have possibly provided such descriptive content of her life. A tumultuous and torrid affair.
Bobbie Jean Brown is a southern belle, who initially made a name for herself as an American beauty queen. She travelled from small town USA, to Hollywood to pursue her dreams.
An instant hit in LA, she quickly became a pin up and a post pubescent boys wet dream, after being chosen to appear in many 80’s music videos.
Once Bitten Twice Shy; Great White
It was the age of MTV and everyone wanted to be or be with, Brown.
Linked with many attractive, rich and powerful men, Browns description of her lifes events, places and people of the day reveal shocking realities, bizarre and often selfish behaviours and sordid scenarios.
She is forthright to a fault and in sharing her story she has left herself wide open to criticism and commentary of a poisonous nature.
However, to criticize Brown for sharing this roller coaster ride, should be the last thing to happen at this point. Time, money and lives are precious and plenty have already been spent, wasted and ruined. It really is time to move on.
To become willing to air your dirty laundry in public, cannot an easy decision for anyone to make.
Brown has proven herself to be ballsy and in making the decision to share her story, she appears to have used the process of putting the story together and into print to help her find a good, healthy amount of inner peace.
Of course the book will make her money, but it is not money for old rope.
This is an honest, open and very descriptive life story. The many lives involved were, to a large degree considered public property. Here Brown is filling in the blanks and righting the wrongs and misconceptions, probably with less content than could have been included or desired.
Realizations and admissions of bad behaviors and insecurities not only by Brown, but of those involved with her, doubtless brought on many a lightbulb moment during the creative process. The school of life is often a harsh reality. Lessons are learned and we move onward and hopefully upward.
Brown was a fairly young celebrity. She was, still is, headstrong. She was also fairly naive and is still gifted with an extremely endearing childlike quality. Afforded her and those around her were things the less fortunate and less attractive could not even begin to believe existed.
She wasn’t the first casualty at the hands of the fame Monster; consider if you will Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Brittany Murphy and more recently Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.
Victims, not only of their own success, but at the hands of the greedy, jealous, insecure, or just downright insane.
Everyone loves a story of success. But it is well known that few who made it and lost it all, manage to claw back what they once had and lost. Horror stories ensue.
Dirty Rocker Boys didn’t start out as a Fairy Tale, it has many chapters from it’s very own House of Horror and the ending, really a matter of fate and conscious, fruitful and adult decisions on the part of Brown, will hopefully be a happy one.
Bobbie Brown is back on the ladder of success, a little older, a lot wiser and still hotter than hell. She is still climbing. Read her book, but don’t look up her skirt!
Karen Graham. November 9 2013
Photos courtesy of Bobbie Jean Brown