'Nothin' But a Good Time': '80s hard rock/hair metal experts create oral history of genre

The cover of “Nothin’ But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the ’80s Hard Rock Explosion.” Veteran music journalist Tom Beaujour said that in 1986, when he was 15, hard rock music “was being beamed straight into my adolescent brain.” As a guitarist, he connected with the virtuosity of the bands. But “as a child of two college professors busting his ass to get straight A’s in a New York City prep school,” he added, “I fantasized that I could be as free and badass as Slash from Guns N’ Roses or C.C. DeVille from Poison. I think that deep down, I knew that that was impossible, but there was …

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