Medically Speaking, Lemmy Should Be Dead.
After years of notorious excess, his blood would kill another human being. This is the story of the heaviest drinking, most oversexed speed freak in the music business.
Ian Fraser Kilmister was born on Christmas Eve, 1945. Learning from an early age that chicks really do appreciate a guy with a guitar, and inspired by the music of Elvis and Buddy Holly, Lemmy quickly outgrew his local bands in Wales, choosing instead to head to Manchester to experience everything he could get his hands on. And he never looked back.
Lemmy tripped through his early career with the Rocking Vicars, backstage touring with Jimi Hendrix, as a member of Opal Butterflies and Hawkwind. In 1975, he went on to create speed metal and form the legendary band Motörhead.
During their twenty-seven-year history, Motorhead has released twenty-one albums, been nominated for a Grammy, and conquered the rock world with such songs as “Ace of Spades,” “Bomber,” and “Overkill.” Throughout the creation of this impressive discography, the Motorhead lineup has seen many changes, but Lemmy has always been firmly at the helm.
White Line Fever, a headbanging tour of the excesses of a man being true to his music and his pleasures, offers a sometimes hilarious, often outrageous, but always highly entertaining ride with the frontman of the loudest rock band in the world.
Lemmy Kilmister was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Wales. Having been a member of the Rocking Vicars, Opal Butterflies, and Hawkwind, Lemmy formed his own band, Motorhead. The band recently celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in the business. Lemmy currently lives in Los Angeles, just a short walk away from the Rainbow, the oldest rock‘n’roll bar in Hollywood.
Since 1987, Janiss Garza has been writing about very loud rock and alternative music. From 1989 to 1996, she was senior editor at RIP, at the time the world’s premier hard music magazine. She has also written for The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times.