Nothing beats a good rock n’roll memoir. Something about the lives of our favourite artists is just so fascinating. Not to mention, they are usually filled with larger than life drama that gives Real Housewives a run for its money. The latest bio on shelves is Travis Barkers memoir Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death and Drums, Drums, Drums and its available now.
The Blink 182 drummer’s life has been interesting to say the least. His musical career has been a huge success. Not only is he known for being drummer for Blink 182, he also was in bands +44, Box Car Racer and the Transplants. Barker even ventured out on his own in 2011 releasing his solo album Give the Drummer Some.
Don’t be mistaken, his musical career has been more than impressive but Barker is a man of many talents. His clothing line Famous Stars and Straps became the iconic logo for punk rockers. He invited cameras into his life with a reality show Meet the Barkers. He created a record label LaSalle Records, and even opened a branch of the fish taco restaurant Wahoo’s Fish Tacos. This guy is ambitious to say the least.
Despite his many avenues of success, Travis Baker was involved in a life altering plane crash in 2008. He was one of two survivors in the jet that went down during takeoff. Barker’s body was 65% burned in the accident. Two of his close friends didn’t survive. Barker was faced with mourning the loss of his friends and PTSD that often comes with being involved in such a traumatic experience.
Shortly after the crash the only other survivor DJ AM passed away from a drug overdose. Understandably, this caused Barker even more distress. The day following DJ AMs death, Blink 182 was playing a show in Connecticut, where they dedicated the song “Down” to their lost friend. Barker and his band mates Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus ended up in tears, Barker walked off the stage, head held in his hands.
It has no doubt been a long road for Barker. He’s been open about the accident and how it’s changed his life. He’s taken on a new healthy lifestyle and music has helped get him there. This book no doubt will give an even closer look into Travis Barker’s journey and all the small things (pun totally intended) along the way.
Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death and Drums, Drums, Drums is Travis story, his musical career and personal life. The highs and the lows. The plane crash that brought him near death and his road to recovery. This mans got a story and it’s worth reading.