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Book Review – “Stick It!” by Carmine Appice

Published May 15, 2016 by Maryanne

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NOTE: Contains spoilers!

Last week I went to Carmine Appice’s book reading/signing at Barnes & Noble, Springfield, New Jersey. One week later, I am a better person for it. Seriously. This was more than a rock ‘n’ roll memoir, it was a religious experience.

Carmine Appice is refreshingly honest, down-to-earth and funny as hell. With assistance from Ian Gittins, the book is beautifully written … as if you are right there talking with a friend.

From the get-go, your adrenaline starts pumping because Carmine knew right away he wanted to be a drummer and he never missed a beat getting to where he was supposed to be in his career — effortlessly. He was in so many different bands with so many prominent musicians during a 50-year work span: Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Ted Nugent, Ozzy Osbourne … to name a few.

With life’s ups and downs, whether it was a band not working out, or a romantic interest going sour, or health issues, Carmine never stayed “down” too long. He was a survivor, a “roll with the punches” kinda guy. There was always an opportunity for him; and he always worked hard. Most impressive, he lived a rock ‘n’ roll life, but never really got into drugs.

Not that Carmine was a saint. Oh, no, there are plenty of groupie stories … weird, wild, and disturbing. Sex seems to have been his biggest vice. And love. Or what he thought was love; he married five times!

When reviewing a book, one is not supposed to reveal the ending, but #1, at the beginning of this blog I did write a disclaimer that this review contains spoilers. And #2, I can not contain my enthusiasm about how happy this book ended! Always a sucker for true romance, I cried tears of joy, at the end when Carmine fell madly in love with Leslie Gold (http://www.theradiochick.com/). Leslie herself even wrote a few pages about how they met and the challenges of their relationship. She is just as down-to-earth and honest as Carmine was throughout the book.

As anyone in a healthy relationship knows, love is not about having a “yes” man, but having someone who challenges you intellectually and emotionally, to get to a higher level. This is what Carmine found in Leslie. This is exactly what Carmine needed. In the final pages it’s where Carmine changed the most — for the best.

Carmine admitted to sleeping with 4500 women in his lifetime, but his Leslie was the lady that mattered most — his 4501. ❤

With all Carmine’s fame and riches, it’s the last pages that are truly the most prosperous — the last pages are like the pot of gold at the end of his life’s beautiful rainbow. During his final reflections, he looks back on the ups and downs of his career; he speaks of his remorse and shame for mistreating some groupies; he talks of his deep love for his children; and of course his love for Leslie.

If there’s ever a “feel good” rock ‘n’ roll story, this is it!

For more information on Carmine Appice and/or to purchase “Stick It!” please visit: http://www.carmineappice.net/

SAM_0028Maryanne Mistretta meeting Carmine Appice, Springfield, NJ

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award winning journalist and two-time author. Her book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” can be purchased on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Carmine Appice Book Reading/Signing at Barnes & Noble, Springfield, NJ

Published May 7, 2016 by Maryanne

SAM_0028Meeting Carmine Appice

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than meeting a rock legend and hanging out with other music fans?!

Carmine Appice was at Barnes & Noble, Springfield, New Jersey,  today, promoting his memoir “Stick It!”

Over 50 people were in attendance, listening attentively as Carmine shared great stories about his adventures working with Ted Nugent, Rod Stewart, and Ozzy Osbourne. Carmine is also known for drumming with Vanilla Fudge and Cactus.

I first heard of Carmine from one of Rod Stewart’s records when I was a teenager. Back then, you’d listen to an album and study the album cover, front and back, and learn who all the musicians are. That’s how I learned the name Carmine Appice. Kids today don’t do that; they download music and take it all for granted. This is what I spoke to Carmine about during our brief chat. He was awesome! And afterwards I had a similar chat with his beautiful wife Leslie who was hanging out in the back with other fans. That’s the coolest part about going to any intimate music event — meeting so many people on the same wavelength!

Rod Stewart wrote the foreword to the book, which is endorsed by Max Weinberg, Brian May, Paul Stanley, Marky Ramone, and Ted Nugent.

I can’t wait to start reading it!

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For more information on Carmine Appice, visit: http://www.carmineappice.net/

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” available on Amazon in paperback only: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X