18 and Life on Skid Row by Sebastian BachIn this uncensored, unfiltered memoir, the musician and former front man for Skid Row tells the story of how a choir boy became a mega-successful hair metal god, rode the wave of fame in Heavy Metal’s heyday, and came out alive on the other side when glam rock went the way of the cassette tape and the Walkman.
Sebastian Bach is an iconic rock vocalist who has sold in excess of twenty million records worldwide. Best known for his powerful high vocal range and his flowing blonde locks, he’s been a stand out member of the metal music scene since he was fourteen. From first joining Kid Wikkid, Bach has rocked out with Skid Row, Madam X, The Last Hard Men, The Frogs, and Frameshift, and with famous friends such as Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Soundgarden, Pantera, and Guns ’N Roses.
But eventually the party bus stopped and the rock star grew up. Yet the fun didn’t end. Bach established a successful solo career as an actor, musician, and singer, appearing on numerous television shows and on Broadway. In this no-holds-barred memoir—raw, powerful, wild, funny, and reflective—he charts his unconventional childhood, first in the Bahamas and then in his rise from small-town Canada to the world’s greatest concert stages to the Great White Way and beyond.
There’s the usual sex, drugs, parties, women, hair products, and headbanging rock ‘n’ roll, but there is also a lot more. Here is a rock star who can write, tell a great story, and has kept his career moving forward despite the changing musical landscape. Through it all, this talented artist remained devoted to his craft, and to having a damn good time.
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Written during the chaos of the English Civil War, Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan asks how, in a world of violence and horror, can we stop ourselves from descending into anarchy? Hobbes' case for a 'common-wealth' under a powerful sovereign - or 'Leviathan' - to enforce security and the rule of law, shocked his contemporaries, and his book was publicly burnt for sedition the moment it was published.
The 100 best nonfiction books: No 94 – Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes (1651)
A cornerstone of modern western philosophy, addressing the role of man in government, society and religion In , Hobbes published his work about the relationship between the government and the individual. More than four centuries old, this brilliant yet ruthless book analyzes not only the bases of government but also physical nature and the roles of man. Comparable to Plato's Republic in depth and insight, Leviathan includes two society-changing phenomena that Plato didn't dare to dream of -- the rise of great nation-states with their claims to absolute sovereignty, and modern science, with its unprecedented analytic power. To Hobbes, the leviathan -- a mythical sea creature described in the Old Testament -- represented his central thesis: that the state must be strong in order to control and protect its citizens. Even today, Hobbes's thesis in Leviathan is debated among scholars and philosophy aficionados around the globe. One of the earliest attempts at a genuinely scientific understanding of politics and society in their modern form, this book also remains one of the most stimulating.
To protect us from inevitable anarchy, Thomas Hobbes argued, we need a leader and protector, whose position is governed by a contract with the people. Thomas Hobbes — was a philosopher and royalist, educated at Oxford. He spent periods living near Paris, and also travelled round Europe, picking up a wide education in the artistic, scientific and philosophical thinking of the day. He worked as a tutor to the noble and wealthy, but not until his 40s did he start working in earnest on his own philosophical theories. Hobbes proposed that the natural basic state of humankind is one of anarchy, with the strong dominating the weak. Life for most people, he said, was 'solitary, poore, nasty, brutish and short'.
What, asked Hobbes, was the form of politics that would provide the security that he and his contemporaries longed for, but were always denied? Subtitled The Matter, Forme and Power of a Commonwealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil , Leviathan first appeared in , during the Cromwell years, with perhaps the most famous title page in the English canon, an engraving of an omnipotent giant, composed of myriad tiny human figures, looming above a pastoral landscape with sword and crosier erect. Having witnessed the English revolution at first hand, it is war above all that Hobbes most fears. It is also a majestic monument of 17th-century English prose, at once sinewy and vivid:. The Papacy is not other than the Ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof. Combined with the economy, candour and irony of Leviathan as a whole, it marks Hobbes out as one of the truly great writers in the English literary canon. But he is also a giant of western philosophy whose influence can be found in the work of Rousseau and Kant.
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The work concerns the structure of society and legitimate government, and is regarded as one of the earliest and most influential examples of social contract theory. Written during the English Civil War — , Leviathan argues for a social contract and rule by an absolute sovereign. Hobbes wrote that civil war and the brute situation of a state of nature " the war of all against all " could only be avoided by strong, undivided government. The title of Hobbes's treatise alludes to the Leviathan mentioned in the Book of Job. Unlike the more informative titles usually given to works of early modern political philosophy , such as John Locke 's Two Treatises of Government or Hobbes's own earlier work The Elements of Law , Hobbes selected a more poetic name for this more provocative treatise. Lexicographers in the early modern period believed that the term " leviathan " was associated with the Hebrew words lavah , meaning "to couple, connect, or join", and thannin , meaning "a serpent or dragon".