In "Beat the Devil," addict, alcoholic and bestselling Kindle Singles author Mishka Shubaly returns to battle his ultimate demon: his obsession with rock 'n' roll. Over three decades, his affliction has spawned immeasurable chaos and destruction (and, yes, maybe some debauched good times). While his rivals have graced the covers of Spin and Rolling Stone, Shubaly's projects have always flamed out in the eleventh hour. At 36, sober and stable, Shubaly is poised to finally achieve the rock 'n' roll glory he has lusted after for years... or walk away from his lifelong dream forever. Shubaly spares no gory detail in this autopsy of his wasted years and Beat The Devil is rife with anonymous sex, casual drug abuse and behind-the-scenes desperation borne out of chasing an unattainable dream. Everything that has endeared Shubaly to his readers is here: his resistance to common sense, his inability to accept defeat, his probing intellect, and his heart.
Mishka Shubaly is Amazon's most frequently published Kindle Singles author with a string of four bestsellers to his name. His first-hand account of a disaster at sea, “Shipwrecked,” rescued him from anonymity. “The Long Run,” a mini-memoir detailing Shubaly's transition from drunk-and-drugged gutter dweller to sober ultra-marathoner was a flyaway smash. He continued his hot streak with “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” an incredible-but-true tale of online love gone awry, and “Bachelor Number One,” which chronicled Shubaly's induction into the dark world of reality TV.
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If you've ever spent a long cold night playing the same three songs over and over again in a fea bitten closet stuffed to the gills with amps surrounded by a group of people who are trying your patience while you question the sanity of what led you there in the first place... you know where this is coming from; If you've ever laughed hard at bassist jokes; if you've seen peers less deserving but more connected bloom wildly, unjustifiably; if you've questioned your self professed reasons for drawing breath, you will recognize this story. Like all hey-days it looks a lot worse for wear in the rearview. Few people have the courage to look back, Mishka however dissects his failures with masochistic relish. Mostly he wants to make you laugh, he made me sigh more. I suspect this is how Eddie Van Halen felt when asked about Spinal Tap- "not funny- its all happened to ME man..." Except it is funny and depressing and absurd and ill advised and heroic and pathetic. This is a ballad of...
"Acquaintance" might be too weak and "friend" too strong a word for how I've known the author the past 12 or 13 years.
I didn't see him all that often. Maybe years would pass between our 3-minute conversations at loud venues. And maybe that's the big reason I enjoyed this single so much. It revealed to me all the insanity that was going on in Mishka's life between the time I convinced him to book MY band at Luxx (for the record, not one of the many luminary names he mentions that played there under his tenure), bumping into him on a rooftop in Austin during one of his band Beat the Devil's SXSW shows, to him scaring the shit out of me biking by me in front of my apartment building a couple years back. I feel like so many of the spaces between our casual encounters and rumored madnesses and blurred years have been gloriously and hilariously illuminated.
But parts of it were also a sort of "Please Kill Me"-style anthology of the little...
I think every artist or musician can think back to the times in our lives when we came close to achieving success by "living the dream" and then had the rug pulled out from us. Maybe it's luck, maybe it's just being at the right place or time, either way it can be soul wrenching. A series of promises and let downs over time can wear on our souls.
Honestly, it is not necessary for you to have had the same rock and roll experience, in order to enjoy Beat the Devil by Mishka Shubaly. He gives us a real honest and beautifully written story of his experience living in the rock and roll scene in the early 90's, his struggles with drugs and alcohol, and relationships along the way. I finished Beat the Devil in a day or two and it ended with me thinking....well maybe I should read more of his other stories. I am sure he could write about any subject and it would be really fun and interesting to read.
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