Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums by Travis Barker and Gavin Edwards

Today is a special day for me and my 16-year-old daughter, Natalie. For the 2nd time in less than a year we are seeing the band Blink-182. It’s extra exciting because we have VIP tickets this time! So we will be having our pictures taken with them. As long as I don’t look like a troll or like someone farted, I’ll post the pics asap.

A few months ago, I read the drummer, Travis Barker’s book. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but you will see below my feelings. If you aren’t a fan, you may not know, but Barker is the drummer for the band. He’s A-FREAKING-MAZING. He is a hell of a businessman and family man. He also survived a friggin plane crash! Not just some little run off the end of the runway, but a legit crash that caused some serious damage both mentally and physically.


I know this isn’t my typical review genre, and many of you probably don’t even like their music, but that’s ok. They are one of my 3 all time favorite bands (next to The Beastie Boys and the Beatles).

Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums

By: Travis Barker, Gavin Edwards
Genres: other
Pages: 437
Publisher: William Morrow
Published on: October 20, 2015
Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums by Travis Barker and Gavin Edwards

Travis Barker’s soul-baring memoir chronicles the highlights and lowlights of the renowned drummer’s art and his life, including the harrowing plane crash that nearly killed him and his traumatic road to recovery—a fascinating never-before-told-in-full story of personal reinvention grounded in musical salvation and fatherhood.

After breaking out as the acclaimed drummer of the multiplatinum punk band Blink-182, everything changed for Travis Barker. But the dark side of rock stardom took its toll: his marriage, chronicled for an MTV reality show, fell apart. Constant touring concealed a serious drug addiction. A reckoning did not truly come until he was forced to face mortality: His life nearly ended in a horrifying plane crash, and then his close friend, collaborator, and fellow crash survivor DJ AM died of an overdose.

In this blunt, driving memoir, Barker ruminates on rock stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption, sharing stories shaped by decades’ worth of hard-earned insights. His pulsating memoir is as energetic as his acclaimed beats. It brings to a close the first chapters of a well-lived life, inspiring readers to follow the rhythms of their own hearts and find meaning in their lives.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.


I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book. It was interesting for the most part, and I learned a lot about Travis Barker, but the writing itself isn’t great.


I feel like Barker’s ghostwriter, or editor or whoever was helping him with this book did him a huge disservice. I understand that they were trying to keep it in Barker’s own words type of thing, but spoken word verses written word doesn’t always come out well. It can make the author/speaker look much less intelligent than they really are, and that is quite unfair to Barker. It made a good portion of the book somewhat difficult to get through.


I liked learning about his relationship with his mom, and the other major events that have occurred over time. It showed me that Barker seems to have a VERY strong work ethic and a deep sense of family after reading about how he feels about his kids. You can tell how much he loves his kids and that’s a really good thing.


There are times where I wasn’t sure if he was bragging about his sexual conquests or just included them bc they are part of who he is as a person. I suppose our relationships, be they romantic or friendly, can help shape who we are as a person, but I really felt the story wouldn’t have suffered without the little tidbits about his sex life.


Overall, if you can get past the writing and choppiness of it, this is a decent book overall. It’s not going to win any awards or anything, but it’s informative and personal in a way that shows you a bit more of who Travis Barker is when he’s not on stage.



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