This book is not for everyone, but if you appreciate Howard Stern's honest, sometimes vulgar humor, this book is for you. I am a Stern fan, and I found this book hilarious in many parts, but also insightful. Gross and vulgar as he may sometimes be, I think Howard tells it like it is.
It has been said that you either love or loathe Howard Stern, but it's quite possible to love and loathe him after reading this autobiography. Stern sets out to offend as many people as possible (and he succeeds admirably), but two things prevent this book, and Stern, from becoming unbearable. First, he is as candid about himself as he is about the people he attacks. He describes his tortured adolescence, his physical inadequacies, and his sexual proclivities in such breathtaking detail that it's hard not to like the guy. Stern also avoids the bitterness that characterizes many of the "shock-radio" DJs who have attempted to follow in his footsteps. He can be cruel, but he generally reserves cruelty for people whose fame makes them open targets, and the way he dismantles the whole idea of "celebrity" is hilarious. Howard Stern is like the kid at school who could fart the national anthem--you can't help but laugh at what he does, even though you know you shouldn't.
I picked this up to read on a whim. I got the book from a friend months ago and wasn't planning on reading it right away- I thought it'd be years before I actually started it. Then I just grabbed it one morning when I stuck on about three or four other books I just couldn't get into.
I started flying through these pages. I think you have to already find Howard Stern funny to like this though. There are scores of people who would be highly offended by even the "mild" stuff he says here. By even the most mild pictures in the book too. But for people used to Stern's sense of humor and for people that enjoy his sense of humor, this is an awesome book.
I laughed numerous times, actually out loud. More than once I had someone look at me like I was nuts.
I will admit that he does come off as full of himself. I don't know, there are much worse things than being full of yourself in my opinion so that tends to not bother me so much. Just something I noticed- it's hard not to notice it actually.
I enjoyed the parts where he talked about the FCC the most I think. I knew about some of it but I had no idea they'd gone after him to that extent. I think it's insane. I can't believe certain stores banned his book and sold others that showed more nudity on the cover and/or had more explicit subjects. Makes no sense to me. That a store would blot out Stern's name and his book title from a LIST and actually alter another companys list is absolutely crazy to me. I don't think it's fair for anyone to tell me what I can and can't read.
The letters from fans and from non-fans were awesome too! I loved how he stuck some little stories in from Allison and Robin- it was cool to her their thoughts on things too.
I'll definitely read it if he writes another.
Howard Stern tells it like it is in this autobiography of his life prior to 1994. I found it quite refreshing, hilarious & informing regarding parts of his personal life as well as the professional strikes he encountered along the way. It may soften some attitudes about Howard once they can see behind the mask he wears when on air.
Any fan will be happy to read this, any non fan may be surprised after finding out some of the things Howard has had to go through to get where he is today.