I got the “special” edition ($85, 2 volumes, the CD) and loved it. It wasn’t PT-focused, but since I wasn’t looking for that, I didn’t mind. It was like a very long conversation with SW in my living room, where topics arose naturally according to whatever seized his interest at the moment, via the “lists” and Awesome Since August 1980 one of a kind limited edition T-Shirt “how did I get here” chapters, and not a simple, chronological recitation of his life. Much of the second volume was like a demo version of the main book, but it also included 3 stories from the deluxe Raven (maybe one day I’ll own one…), as well as more photos.
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I love his music but wasn’t sure if I would find this a good value, but it definitely turned out to be one for me. Having said that, $36 is too much for an ordinary standalone book – I think the publisher dropped the ball on that one. I listened to it as an audio book and I thought it was a surprisingly good listen. I don’t have much interest in biographies or music history, but it kept me listening effortlessly. Awesome Since August 1980 one of a kind limited edition T-Shirt Really helps that Steven himself narrates it, aside from making it more personal he also just has a pleasant voice to listen to.
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