Can I Say, the autobiography of Travis Barker, drummer extraordinaire–cowritten by yours truly–has been on sale for a week now, so in case you’d like to know more about the book before plunking down your hard-earned cash, I am here to provide you with coverage beyond the gossip websites: some of the best links to people who have actually read it and/or spoken with Travis about it. (Some of the coverage, in US and People, isn’t online–get to a newsstand!)
The New York Post had a big feature on Travis and the book, focused on his near-fatal plane crash in 2008: “The accident killed four, set another on a path to fatal self-destruction, and nearly ruined Barker’s own life. It’s recalled in horrifying detail in Barker’s new memoir.”
“With so many stranger-than-fiction tales and juicy celebrity gossip, Can I Say is a guaranteed page-turner,” said the Complex website, which ran a Travis interview. Talking about our process of working on the book, he said, “Gavin would be like, ‘How do you feel? How does that make you feel? Or how can you describe that?’ So there was times I was just bawling. He would just sit there and say, ‘I’m sorry,’ and we’d try to work it out. Then there were times Gavin would laugh like a hyena and we’d just crack up.” (It’s true–I do laugh like a hyena.)
As mentioned previously, Billboard ran a great interview with Travis: “The California native recounts it all in his riveting, brutally honest memoir Can I Say, co-authored with Gavin Edwards. Barker touches on his two divorces, flings with Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, substance abuse and that fateful day that changed everything.”
Travis has also done a lot of TV and radio appearances for the book, perhaps most notably on Good Morning America. But if you don’t live in L.A., you might have missed his appearance on KROQ, talking about Can I Say with Kevin & Bean.