Upon looking over Kelly Garni’s new book, Angels With Dirty Faces, it is apparent that there is a lot of information to take in; 502 pages of informative, adventurous, and nail-biting fun in total. It features never before seen photos and stands as a fascinating read for die-hard fans of Randy Rhoads, Quiet Riot or hard rock/heavy metal in general. Written in an informal, tough and conversational manner, the book is incredibly easy to read, taking us from one vignette and musical adventure to another.
Told from the perspective of a founding member and original bassist for one of the most legendary heavy metal bands to ever come out of L.A., QUIET RIOT, Kelly Garni shares insight and perspective that only a person in those positions can give. In Garni’s words, the book is about “my friendship with Randy (Rhoads) and what came along with it. The trials & tribulations, struggles & battles both personal & professional of growing up in the Hollywood Music Scene of the 70’s, trying to make a dream come true . . . to be rock stars . . . the laughter & tears, the trouble we got into & out of, the bands we formed together – before, during & after Quiet Riot. The climb from bottom to top & Beyond. This book holds back little . . . But I’ll tell you this, in your hands you hold my life, the way I remember it. I hope it teaches you something about life, and death.”
Raw, gritty, and very painfully honest, this book pulls no punches or sugarcoats any stories about Kelly, Randy or the late, great Kevin Dubrow. It was what it was, making it what it is today: a story by a friend, about his friends, for friends . . . and fans. Oh, and a very cool forward provided by the current keeper of the Quiet Riot flame, Frankie Banali which really kicks the book off with a huge bang of an endorsement.
Not wanting to give away too many spoilers, let’s just say this book places you smack dab in the decadent late 70s Southern California. It was the Rodney Bingenheimer, Starwood- era and a time where Kelly and Randy started following their dreams. Those dreams change in unforseen ways and you are there through the life and career twists of Kelly, Randy and Kevin in the 80s, ultimately documenting the gut-wrenching pain of losing two best friends who also happened to be bandmates. If you’re into heavy metal, Quiet Riot, Randy Rhoads or just love reading an honest- to- god, personally written autobio, you’ll definitely want to get your copy of this insider’s account of one of the most prolific guitarists – and bands – in the history of music.—–Randy Patterson
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