Not Only Women Bleed: Vignettes from the Heart of a Rock Musician

Dick Wagner. Desert Dreams, $29.95 hardcover (281p) ISBN 978-0-9856843-0-3
Songwriter, guitarist, and producer Wagner throws together anecdotes both interesting and dull in this disorganized hodgepodge that offers little insight into his character, although all those wondering whether he ever had sex on an Amtrak train will have their curiosity sated. The intentional decision not to impose order on chaos (he states that the "vignette approach means you can either start at the beginning—or basically open the book and start reading from any page you choose") was misguided; even those choosing a page at random will find the arbitrary juxtaposition of material off-putting. And while fans of the music memoir will get their requisite dose of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, they will also likely be offended, e.g., when Wagner recalls how he was inspired by a gynecologist who sexually abused his patients to create a comedy routine.
Reviewed on: 10/01/2012
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