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Phil Collen Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond Book (2015)

Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond 2015.

  • Buy @ - Amazon - Hardcover (240 Pages)
  • Buy @ - Amazon - Hardcover (240 Pages)
  • Buy @ - Amazon - Paperback (320 Pages)
  • Buy @ - Amazon - Kindle Edition 22nd Oct
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  • Release Date - 27th October 2015 (Hardcover - Atria Books).
  • UK Release Date - 22nd October 2015 (Hardcover - Bantam Press).
  • UK Release Date - 19th May 2016 (Paperback).
  • Main-Writer - Phil Collen.
  • Co-Writer - Chris Epting.
  • Pages - 240 (Hardcover).
  • Pages - 320 (Paperback).
  • Publisher - Atria Books.
  • Publisher - Bantam Press.
  • Language - English.
  • ISBN-10 - 147675165X.
  • ISBN-13 - 978-1476751658.
  • Book Size - 9 x 6 Inches.
  • Book Weight - 1.7 Pounds.
  • News Link - 22nd October 2016 (1st Anniversary UK Release)
  • News Link - 22nd October 2015 (Phil Collen's Adrenalized Book Released In The UK Today)
  • News Link - 2nd October 2015 (Book Singing Event In California)
  • News Link - 30th September 2015 (UK/World Release Info/Book Preview)
  • News Link - 10th June 2015
  • News Link - 10th May 2015 (Final Title/Confirmed Release Info)
  • News Link - 8th May 2015 (New Title/Release Info)
  • News Link - 14th August 2014
  • News Link - 7th August 2014
  • News Link - 11th June 2014 (First Title/Release Date)
  • News Link - 28th December 2013
  • News Link - 20th November 2013 - First Book News
  • Band Member Info - Phil Collen

Book Notes

Phil Collen's first ever autobiography released in October 2015. Written by Phil with the help of author Chris Epting who came up with the idea for the project.

The book was written over a two year period and tells his life story from birth up to the present day. Phil gives an insight into his early childhood years in the East End of London and his journey into music via early bands like Tush, Dumb Blondes and Girl.

The journey continues with Phil joining Def Leppard in the summer of 1982. (Note - A longer description will follow when the book is published)

Follow the news links above to read more about the book via Phil's interviews. Phil first revealed the news of the book on 18th November 2013 during an interview with Rockline radio.

Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond - Book Description

A revelatory and redemptive memoir from the lead guitarist of the legendary band Def Leppard—the first book ever written by one of its members—chronicling the band’s extraordinary rise to superstardom and how they’ve maintained it for three decades.

Meet Phil Collen. You may know him as the lead guitarist in Def Leppard, whose signature song “Pour Some Sugar on Me” is still as widely enjoyed as when it debuted in 1988. Maybe you’ve heard of him as the rock star who gave up alcohol and meat more than twenty-five years ago. Most likely you’ve seen him shirtless—in photos or in real life—flaunting his impeccably toned body to appreciative female fans.

But it wasn’t always like this. Collen worked his way up from nothing, teaching himself guitar from scratch as a teenager by imitating his heroes. He slogged it out in London-based pub bands for years, long before Def Leppard formed and transformed from unknowns to icons (all thanks to a little album called Pyromania), from playing openers in near-empty arenas to headlining in those same stadiums and selling them out every night. But as Collen discovered, true overnight success is a myth. Like the other band members, he had to struggle and fight his way to the top; in the end, he says, “our work ethic saved us.” Just as it still does.

This is Collen's story, starting with his first real taste of success and wild rock and roll excess as a member of the seminal glam rock outfit Girl. But once he joins Def Leppard, it’s also an amazing underdog tale featuring a bunch of ordinary working-class lads who rose to mega-stardom, overcoming incredible obstacles—such as drummer Rick Allen losing an arm in a car crash and the tragic death of guitarist Steve Clark, Phil’s musical soul mate, who lost his fight with alcoholism. Featuring personal, never-before-seen photos of Collen and his band mates on stage and off, Adrenalized is a fascinating account of the failures, triumphs, challenges, and rock-hard dedication it takes to make dreams come true.

Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond - Back Cover Quote

"Apparently, when learning how to play guitar, you're supposed to learn chords first, which I did, but I was shocked to discover that I could play lead guitar or solos, almost immediately. And that's really what I wanted to do. I didn't want to play 'finger-style' or 'chordal-style' back musician. B.B. King never played chords. Like him, I wanted to be a lead guitar player straight off the bat. This was almost like being able to fly... What had seemed like unattainable magic was all of a sudden within my grasp."

Rockline November 2013 - Phil Collen Interview Quote

"Yeah that should be out - should be next year I think. We've already got a few chapters. It's Chris Epting a friend of mine is actually - he come up with the idea actually and he's been writing all this stuff and Helen's been helping me as well and we're getting it all together and it's really taking shape and I'm loving how it's come out. It's an autobiography and it's - you know I've been reading a lot of those books. I love the Keith Richards one. Some of these books are egocentric or something so you have to be very careful when you're talking about yourself all the time and also you gotta make it interesting. So I'd like to think we're actually walking the fine line of keeping it interesting and not too egocentric."

Radioscreamer November 2013 - Phil Collen Interview Quote

"I'm doing a book as well there's an autobiography and I'm doing it with Chris Epting who's a writer here in California who's amazing so yeah that'll be out hopefully some time next year. So we're working on that we've got a bunch of that finished already."

Book Info
  • Chapters
  • 00 - About
  • 00 - Title Page
  • 00 - Dedication
  • 01 - Chapter 1
  • 02 - Chapter 2
  • 03 - Chapter 3
  • 04 - Chapter 4
  • 00 - Coda
  • 00 - Picture Section
  • 00 - Picture Acknowledgements
  • 00 - Index
  • 00 - About The Authors