Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Paperback – April 1, 2018 by Carmine Appice (Author), Ian Gittins Rod Stewart (Autographed Book)


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Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock 'n' Roll Paperback – April 1, 2018

by Carmine Appice (Author), Ian Gittins Rod Stewart

Autographed by Carmine Appice

Carmine Appice has enjoyed a jaw-dropping rock-and-roll life—and now he is telling his scarcely believable story. Appice ran with teenage gangs in Brooklyn before becoming a global rock star in the Summer of Love, managed by the Mob. He hung with Hendrix, unwittingly paid for an unknown Led Zeppelin to support him on tour, taught John Bonham to play drums (and helped Fred Astaire too), and took part in Zeppelin's infamous deflowering of a groupie with a mud shark. After enrolling in Rod Stewart's infamous Sex Police, he hung out with Kojak, accidentally shared a house with Prince, was blood brothers with Ozzy Osbourne and was fired by Sharon. He formed an all-blond hair-metal band, jammed with John McEnroe and Steven Seagal, got married five times, slept with 4,500 groupies—and, along the way, became a rock legend by single-handedly reinventing hard rock and heavy metal drumming. His memoir, Stick It!, is one of the most extraordinary and outrageous rock-and-roll books of the early twenty-first century.

Editorial Reviews


“Carmine Appice’s name is indelibly written into the history of heavy rock drumming. He is in that untouchable few who, by defining the genre at the beginning, enabled rock music to be what it is today” —Brian May, Queen

“Like legendary drummer Gene Krupa thirty years before him, Carmine Appice is an American original. His thundering beat led the march for all the drummers

who heard him and followed him—including John Bonham and me. Why, I even grew a Fu Manchu mustache when I was eighteen so I could look like Carmine.

His influence as a musician, songwriter, music book writer, clinician, and rockand- roll personality continues to be felt worldwide. If you want to know what life as a rock star is like, read this book!” —Max Weinberg

“From Vanilla Fudge forward, Carmine’s impact on his contemporaries has been undeniable and his influence on future drummers assured.” —Paul Stanley

“Carmine was the first. Everyone borrowed from him, John Bonham for one. And every other drummer around who started using double bass drums. Along with Ginger Baker and Keith Moon, he is drum royalty. In other words, he helped pave the way.” —Marky Ramone

“Not only is Carmine Appice one of the most gifted drummers to ever live, he is a grand gentleman that I can count on to be there no matter what. We who love real American soul music bow at the altar of Carmine and salute and thank him for enriching our lives and musical dreams. Thank you, Carmine, for forty-eight rockin’ years so far!” —Ted Nugent

“[Appice’s] personable and curious nature, to say nothing of the book's swift, pummeling rhythm (like his drumming), makes Stick It! engaging.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“The Led Zeppelin stories alone are worth the price of admission.” —Goldmine

“[I] spent many a bleary-eyed night because I just had to read one more chapter … and then another one.” —Classicalite

“You can always count on drummer Carmine Appice to tell it like it is.” —Glide Magazine  “This book looks back and lets it all hang out. Go get it.” —Maximum Ink

About the Author

Carmine Appice is one of the most revered and innovative drummers in the history of rock. He has played with Vanilla Fudge; Cactus; Beck, Bogert & Appice; Rod Stewart; Ted Nugent; Ozzy Osbourne; and Pink Floyd—among many others. He lives in New York and Los Angeles.


Ian Gittins is the coauthor with Nikki Sixx of The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star and with David Essex of the UK number one bestseller Over the Moon. He lives in London.


Rod Stewart is one of the bestselling music artists of all time, having sold over one hundred million records. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Product details

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chicago Review Press; Reprint edition (April 1, 2018)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0912777664

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0912777665

Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces

Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches