Born to Lose. Live to Win – A Review of Lemmy by Mick Wall

“We are Motorhead. And we play rock and roll.” – Lemmy Kilmister

A lot of people, when looking at Lemmy would say that he’s just a rough looking old rock star, and they may not be that far off the mark. For me though, out of all the rock and metal bands out there, Motörhead was and still is one of my favourites, and considered Lemmy one of my idols.

LemmybookLate last year I had a chance to read the book called Lemmy: The Definitive Biography written by Mick Wall. I read the paperback edition which was a trade book with a whopping 320 pages. Pretty short when it comes to somebody who lived for over 69 years in my honest opinion.

The book was a genuinely fantastic biography of Lemmy Kilmister and not about Motörhead that much, although the band was mentioned in it several times. It has a lot of excellent stories in it from his childhood all the way up to his death.

What I positively enjoyed about the book is that the stories were the accounts from Lemmy himself put together from a series of interviews over the years with Mick Wall.

It was surpassing to read stuff about his earlier bands like the Rockin’ Vicas where he wore a dog collar on stage to Hawkwind. There were loads of insights about the bands’ dynamics and history.

There were some mind blowing facts. For instance, when Lemmy died, by taking a look at him you wouldn’t know he was a millionaire, would you?

If you read the book and paid attention, you would get a pretty good understanding of the way Lemmy thought and what his values were. Let me share them.

Lemmy’s Beliefs From The Book

Being alone is ok. In the book, Lemmy explains how he was an only child and how it affected his outlook on life.

Be yourself. If you take a look at Lemmy’s living conditions, the way he talked, and the way he looked. He didn’t care. In the book, it pointed out many views of what he thought of things when it came to being himself.

Don’t be afraid to think out loud. Lemmy pretty much said what he wanted throughout the book. After all, it was his book.

F### those who would first f### you.

Be kind. In the book, the author and Lemmy showed that he was genuinely a kind person.

Follow your calling in life. That’s precisely what he did. No matter how rough it got, he kept on playing rock and roll.

Keep your word. The internet is the death of civilization. In the book, there is a big explanation of why he thought this. I found that is sounded like somebody who didn’t want to brace technology.


My recommendation

This book is definitely for Lemmy and Motorhead fans. He truly lived an exciting life, although it seemed pretty stressful and hard at the time. You will be impressed with the number of facts from every aspect of his life were in the book. A great read. If you are a fan, buy the book.

Quote “Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don’t worry about it. I’m ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn’t complain. It’s been good.” – Lemmy Kilmister

Interested in reading this amazing biography about the legendary Lemmy? Pick up your own copy here, Lemmy: The Definitive Biography. 

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