Lou Gramm is the iconic original singer and co-writer for the rock group Foreigner. Juke Box Hero is Gramm’s recollection of his journey in and out of the band and it is worth the read. Lou Gramm is just another flawed human who fell to the trappings of being treated like he was something more than human. But unlike so many autobiographies the real twist here is how likable Gramm comes off. Gramm’s honesty is both titillating and endearing from his battles with a death sentence size tumor to his dealings with the megalomaniacal Mick Jones. To that end Jones comes off just as he seems. The only downside to the book is actually in the epilogue where Gramm talks down about the current line up of Foreigner because up to that point Gramm had taken mostly the high road (ex-wives and band members included) The touring Foreigner is not the band that had all those hits but even if it’s just the worlds greatest Foreigner cover band (featuring Mick Jones for some of the shows) It’s still a fun filled family appropriate (except for the singers daisy doink pants) show with great sing along music. Foreigner got an unfair rap because of their pop friendly hits. You just cannot discount those hits and you cannot fail to give Lou Gramm his due as one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time.
Read it and enjoy.
4.5 (out of 5)