Dee Snider Talks About His New Book, Shut Up and Give Me the Mic, and New Album

Dee Snider fronted heavy metal act Twisted Sister in the '70s and '80s, but we'd forgive you for knowing him more for reality TV, radio, voice acting, screenwriting, and hanging out with Donald Trump.

The dude likes to keep busy.

Which is why it made sense to release a new book, Shut Up and Give Me the Mic, and a new album, Dee Does Broadway, on the same day. "I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off," Snider says over the phone. "But I like staying busy."

The often-misunderstood singer ("You go on conservative sites, and they say I'm liberal scum; You go on liberal sites and they say I'm a conservative wacko. You go on Christian sites they say I'm Satanic; you go on Satanic sites and they say I'm a Christian," he laughs) discussed the new book with Up on the Sun and touched on topics near and dear to his heart: putting in work, the current state of the music business, and never letting the bastards wear him down.

Dee Snider is scheduled to appear on Friday, May 18, at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.