Along the way, Boone takes a look at how bands decided on their names, established acts that foolishly decided to give disco a try, one-hit wonders, concept albums, how most '90s alt rock bands were only one degree of separation from the Pixies, song sequels, videos that were banned from MTV, why people shout "Free Bird" at concerts, and more. It's all done through the lens of someone the reader can tell not only cares a great deal about music, but who is also extremely funny.
Want to get an idea of the humor you'll encounter in I Love Rock 'N' Roll (Except When I Hate It)? In his section on "The Filthy Fifteen," which takes a look at the fifteen songs the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) deemed offensive in their public hearing, Boone writes the following about "In My House" by Mary Jane Girls:
The plot: The Mary Jane Girls are going to have sex with you. And their mentor Rick James will probably want to watch or chain you to an air conditioner for three days. The PMRC missed an opportunity for real music-related public service in that it should have just straight up banned Rick James. Not his songsthe actual person.I Love Rock 'N' Roll (Except When I Hate It) is a lighthearted look at rock 'n' roll. If you're looking for a fun book about music, here it is. I Love Rock 'N' Roll (Except When I Hate It) rocks!
Brian Boone's I Love Rock 'N' Roll (Except When I Hate It): Extremely Important Stuff About The Songs And Bands You Love, Hate, Love To Hate, And Hate To Love will be released on Tuesday, August 2nd. For more information about Brian, check out Love Hate Society, Twitter, and Facebook.