Review: ‘Killing Yourself to Live” by Chuck Klosterman

bitter 20-something

killing yourself to live_klosterman_coverDeath is an interesting reason to take a road trip. Rockstar deaths, to be precise.

And that’s what Chuck Klosterman did with “Killing Yourself to Live.” He took a roadtrip across the United States visiting places where rockstars had died. His journey started at the Hotel Chelsea where Sid Vicious allegedly killed Nancy Spungen and ended in Aberdeen, Washington, Kurt Cobain’s hometown.

Of all the places Klosterman went, I’ve been to two of them: Clear Lake, Iowa, where Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died in a plane crash (there are pictures of me as a baby at the site), and Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

“Death is part of life. Generally, it’s the shortest part of life, usually occurring near the end. However, this is not necessarily true for rock stars; sometimes rock stars don’t start living until they die.” —p. 11

The book isn’t entirely about the…

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