White Line Fever by Lemmy Kilmister

White Line Fever

Medically speaking, Lemmy should be dead. After years of notorious excess, his blood would kill another human being. This is the story of the heaviest drinking, most oversexed speed freak in the music business.Ian Fraser Kilmister was born on Christmas Eve, 1945. Learning from an early age that chicks really do appreciate a guy with a guitar, and inspired by the music of Elvis and Buddy Holly, Lemmy quickly outgrew his local bands in Wales, choos...

Details White Line Fever

TitleWhite Line Fever
Release DateJan 1st, 2004
GenreMusic, Biography, Nonfiction, Autobiography

Reviews White Line Fever

  • James Specht
    I've read a whole bunch of trashy rock star autobiographies, and this one stands above the rest. While you do get liberal doses of drugs, fucking, and other rock antics, what separates this one from the pack is Lemmy genuinely seems like a good guy. Sure, he's a bad ass and he can out drink/snort anyone, but he doesn't act like he needs to prove it to you. Also, he forgoes a lot of the trash talk a lot of these books have. Lemmy doesn't need to p...
  • East Bay J
    Lemmy rules. This book is incredible. I devoured it. Read it in no time because it’s interesting as hell. It’s well told. I wish it were twice as long. Lemmy’s story in Lemmy’s words is brilliant. It’s true folklore, history being passed down by oral tradition.The man has a knack for story telling and he has some fine stories to tell. Of course there are tales of drugs, girls, clubs, promoters, constabulary officials, recording engineer...
  • Ryan Werner
    A fun, quick read for anyone interested in the music of Hawkwind or Motorhead, White Line Fever is Lemmy Kilmister being as honest and goofy as one would think.Lemmy hates the longbox packaging of CDs from the early 90s. He brings it up three times over the course of his 2002 autobiography White Line Fever (Citadel, 0806525908), and while he’s not as scatterbrained and God-sized as David Lee Roth (Crazy From the Heat) or as into faux-debauchery...
  • Lea
    This was very offensive (not sure what's worse, the anti-feminist & -vegetarianism sentiments or the astrology talk!), but hugely entertaining. One of the best autobiographies I've read. It's like he's sitting across from you and just talking and joking away. You don't have to be a big Motörhead fan to enjoy this one, just being interested in music and people would be enough.
  • Godzilla
    I was left slightly disappointed by this autobiography - I expected more tales of on the road experiences than lemmy recounts in this book.A recurring theme was the fact that no-one is able to maintain the pace for Motorhead, which I can believe, but gets a bit dull after several repetitions.There are some interesting insights, particularly in the way that Motorhead record, and the tribulations of record contracts and labels doing the dirty on th...
  • Mike
    Lemmy is smarter than you'd expect, and pretty funny at times. He doesn't exactly paint himself in the most positive light but he's also self-confident and unapologetic. He's also brutally honest about other musicians, and his own struggles with drugs and alcohol. I was surprised by how open he was about his use of speed. Lemmy pretty much did it all in his career and somehow lived to tell the tale.{updating this since his death was just announce...
  • Nosmo
    Summary: "So I meet this geezer, not a sissy like they are nowadays, and we do a bunch of speed together while I'm shagging his bird (but back to rock and roll eh?). The longbox CD trend was a bad idea. Here are my thoughts on 9/11."I love Lemmy, I love Motorhead and I love music autobiographies, but this reads like a compilation of Penthouse letters sent to Kerrang! magazine.
  • Jessica T.
    R.I.P. Lemmy.
  • Chris King
    This is the most half-assed autobiography I've ever read. You get as much out of it as you would sitting around drinking with the guy. And it's written just about that coherently. Avoid.
  • Dave
    I enjoyed Lemmy’s rock n roll story. I’m sad that he is no longer with us. But no surprises here. Some funny stories though.
  • Neil Kernohan
    I galloped through this cracking yarn in a couple of sittings. It's written in a fast paced conversational style, almost as if Lemmy is sitting right beside you telling his stories over a glass of Jack Daniels and coke. As rock biographies go it's fairly unbeatable for dry humour, razor sharp wit and astute observations about the music business. Lemmy begins his tale with an observation about the Christian faith of his parents, one of whom was a ...
  • Ben
    Very much an oral history, sort of like several nights in a pub listening to the rantings of one of the more entertaining characters you've ever met, who you're also not going to interrupt. Very, very funny, not surprising if you've ever read or heard an interview with Lemmy, and packed with interesting tidbits about life in the fast lane of the twilight zone.He's opinionated as hell but impressively even-handed in assessments of fellow musicians...
  • Cristina
    Of course, when you die, you become more brilliant by about fifty-eight per cent. You sell more records and you become absolutely wonderful – ‘Man, what a pity we didn’t buy any of his records while he was alive, but still . . .’ I’m sure that’s where I’m going – ‘How about Motörhead? What a brilliant band. If only we’d seen them . . .’ I am happy to say I did see them live and it was absolutely amazing. I have seen quite a...
  • Benjamin Kahn
    An amusing read. I later read that Lemmy thought the book wasn't very good, didn't have much to do with him, and was a bit of a whitewash. That's probably good because I've read other Motorhead books with extensive quotes from Lemmy and a little Lemmy goes a long way. Kudos to his ghost writer - he did a hell of a job.
  • Carlos Claure Soruco
    I think it’s the best rock star autobiography I’ve ever read, Lemy is truly a legend, and this book is a proof of that. You can feel pure honesty and it’s so fun to read from begging to end, you just don’t want it to finish.
  • Stella Ofarrell
    Really enjoyed this. Never been a Motorhead fan so was most enlightening to know there's more than Ace of Spades. Left me sad that I'll never experience the madness of one of the shows, because they sounded like something you'd never forget. Top geezer
  • Jonathan Dennis
    Starts well and is entertaining but gets quite wearing by the end.
  • Brian Carlin
    More PVC than PC. More leather than lather. Reassuringly sexist throughout in a blokey , cursey chummy way.
  • Elenath
    Don't really know much except 'Ace of Spades', but this book is an amazing portrayal of the music world back in the day. Stuff like taking someone into a band just because he has the gear - you won't really see it these days. :)) Loved every bit of it.
  • hattie
    There's a sentence in the epilogue of this book which perfectly captures why we love Lemmy and what he represented:"A man who was a lifestyle and made it OK for you to live yours without judgement."This is what made reading his own words such a joy.
  • Brian Lucko
    Amazing. Lemmy in his own words...a wonderful autobiography.Sad ending with the updated version, though.
  • Arzu
    One of the best memoirs I've ever read. Lemmy is a legend indeed. The book is different than the other memoirs I've read as it feels like Lemmy is right there, telling his stories and jumping from one memory to another. I laughed out loud a lot while reading it and will read it again for sure.
  • James
    I was about halfway through this when Lemmy died, which offered me a bit of an object lesson. Reading a book like this with a living Lemmy, I was frequently hit with the urge to strike up a fistfight with the man. Because, let's be honest, he had some seriously stupid opinions on a wide range of issues, and while he might have been more in-your-face and honest about what he was than your average civilian, that just made his blind spots and preten...
  • Ross Cumming
    I'm not really a fan of Lemmy or of his band Motörhead but I've always been intrigued by him and really wanted to find out more about him. I would have seen him play live with Hawkwind way back in the early seventies but couldn't have told you at the time who he was !This is not a work of great literature but feels more like being down the pub chatting to Lemmy while he tells you his life story with lots of anecdotes and asides thrown in for goo...
  • Leo Horovitz
    Lemmy presents an hilarious tale of drugs and parties, while always staying focused on the most important subject: the music. All the different bands he's been a part of, met, collaborated with, and been inspired with is what takes up the bulk of the book. Drugs, parties and women is also there all the time, but only ever as an aside, as something that comes along with the rock n' roll lifestyle. There is never any question that what drives Lemmy...
  • Justin Sylvia
    When i picked up this book somewhere on the cape, i didn't expect anything less and i wasn't disappointed. Lemmy was straight up with every little detail ranging from his drug & alcohol use during the various incarnations of Motorhead. He also didn't hold anything back when he gave his honest opinion about the various record labels, band members, tour managers, etc. If he didn't like someone, then he definitely let you know it in this book. Also ...
  • Andy
    Heavy metal has had it share of wild characters: Ozzy Osbourne, David Lee Roth, Tommy Lee, but none of them have written an autobiography as entertaining as Lemmy's. Why? Probably because he's enjoyed a more seasoned history than the others, playing prog rock with Hawkwind, cutting vicious sides for Stiff Records during the '77 punk era (Damned, Larry Wallis, etc.), and of course making his mark with the fabulous Motorhead. The wit and candor Lem...
  • Dan
    Certain people seem born truly destined to take on a particular role in life. If you are lucky, you have the foresight to follow the path that this fate has picked for you. And if you are VERY lucky, your specific lot in life is one that brings you bliss. That's Lemmy.This man has spent over 40 years in the rock and roll business. I am not talking about the lap of luxury rock and roll "lifers" such as the Rolling Stones, whose idea of being a roc...