Double Talkin' Jive

Double Talkin' Jive
Double Talkin' Jive

Double Talkin' Jive

True Rock 'n' Roll Stories from the Drummer of Guns N' Roses, the Cult, and Velvet Revolver
By Matt Sorum, By Leif Eriksson, By Martin Svensson, Foreword by Billy F. Gibbons


304 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $28.99 (US $28.99) (CA $38.99)

ISBN 9781641601542

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jul 2020)


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Matt Sorum's brutally honest biography that dares to be reckless
In DoubleTalkin' Jive legendary drummer Matt Sorum takes music lovers behind the scenes of a remarkable life in rock. Sorum, whose albums have sold tens of millions of copies around the world, provides an honest, engaging account of the highs and lows of superstardom. Sorum recounts his childhood years idolizing Ringo Starr and surviving an abusive stepfather. After leaving high school, Sorum sold pot to get by. Over time, his drug dealing escalated to smuggling large quantities of cocaine, a career that came to a halt following a dramatic shoot-out. Sorum fled his old life and settled in Hollywood, where he'd enjoy a rapid ascension to rock 'n' roll immortality. He caught his big break drumming for the Cult, and only a year later was invited to join Guns N' Roses, with whom he'd record two of rock's most iconic albums: Use Your Illusion 1 and 2. Sorum opens up with forthright honesty, sharing anecdotes from his time touring the globe, battling drug and alcohol addiction, and navigating volatile relationships with Axl Rose, Slash, and the rest of the GNR team. His career with the Cult, Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Motörhead, the Hollywood Vampires, and Kings of Chaos costars an ensemble of rock royalty, from Gene Simmons and Billy Idol to Steven Tyler and Alice Cooper.Double Talkin' Jive goes beyond the clichés of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, telling the very human story of what it takes to make it in music, and the toll stardom exacts from those who achieve success. Sorum invites fans to revel in the debauchery of the good times, but also paints a stark portrait of life after the party. Music fans of any generation will find value in the pages of this evocative, thoughtful, and candid autobiography.


"A colorfully dark look into the f * * * ed-up psyche of a legendary and badass drummer. I want to read it over and over." —Jonas Åkerland, Film Director

"Still alive and playing like hell . . . This is the stuff from which rock documentaries are made." —Robin Zander, Cheap Trick

"A fun read. . . . all the essentials about Matt's rock 'n' roll success story are here. I found it particularly illuminating about his time in and relationships with Guns N' Roses and negotiating all the personalities involved!" —Billy Idol

"Matt is a true journeyman drummer who's got the chops and the showmanship to have a great career with all the ups, downs, and sideways that you would expect from a cat like him, though with his share of surprises he really needed to get his story told. Double Talkin' Jive is his version of what it's like to have 'the best seat in the house' with some of the wildest, hardest rockin' bands to come down the pike." —Joe Perry, Aerosmith

"I have witnessed the sheer power, drive, and determination of Matt from the outside for a long time now, as the drummer for the likes of the Cult, Guns N' Roses, and Velvet Revolver, but I have also seen him from the inside when we have shared the stage as the Kings of Chaos. Always smiling, always ready, and as solid as Mt. Rushmore, you could say he's one of the last of a dying breed, a big hitter who can also show restraint, the real deal." —Joe Elliott, Def Leppard

"Matt lights up rooms, corridors, clubs, theaters, arenas, and stadiums with the kind of infectious rock 'n' roll energy that is increasingly becoming obsolete. His dedication to his craft remains virtually peerless, and when the sticks are resting, you'll have to go a long way to find someone cooler in rock 'n' roll. Dive into these shenanigan-saturated pages immediately and find out for yourself!" —Lars Ulrich, Metallica  

"Devotees of the rock groups in which Sorum participated will take to this like catnip."–Library Journal

Author Biography

 Matt Sorum is a former drummer for Guns N' Roses, with whom he recorded three albums. He was also a member of the supergroups Velvet Revolver and Hollywood Vampires and is currently in Kings of Chaos and Billy F Gibbons' "Big Bad Blues" tour. He also used to be in the Cult, Slash's Snakepit, and Neurotic Outsiders. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, released two solo albums, and won several awards, including a Grammy.Leif Erickson and Martin Svensson cowrote Samantha Fox's Forever.Billy F Gibbons is the guitarist for ZZ Top.