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These audio biographies chart the lives and work of some of rock's most memorable acts, from their early days to their rise to fame. Each CD includes comments and interview material by the artist and is accompanied by an eight-page illustrated booklet and foldout poster.
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When the impetus for Limp Bizkit was hatched, Fred Durst was an untrained artist and frustrated music fan living in the sleepy college town of Jacksonville, Florida. Like many artists, Durst made his living in a field not directly related to his favourite type of art in this case tattooing. As one of Jacksonville's leading tattoo artists, Durst was forced to adorn people's bodies with whatever their heart's desired, which was usually hearts, devils or names of loved ones. To this day, all three of these icons have retained particular significance to Durst and Limp Bizkit, reminding him of his days in the tattoo parlours before fame and fortune swept him away. Durst grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina, where he described himself as an "academic whiz." As a white person, he was a minority at his mostly African-American elementary school, and being exposed to this new culture piqued Durst's interest in hip-hop music. He soon began listening to hip-hop pioneers like the Cold Crush Brothers, Grandmaster Caz and the Treacherous Three. By the time he reached high school, he was a veritable b-boy, dressing in the latest hip-hop fashions, from baggy jeans to shell-toed Adidas without shoelaces, a la Run-DMC. While Durst now says he was popular with many of his fellow students, many mates who were unable to reconcile the white kid that was constantly listening to black music, ostracised him. After graduating from high school, Durst dreamed of being a rap star or a professional skateboarder. Still, recognising the value of an education, Durst enrolled at the nearby Gaston College and declared himself an art major. However, just four days after beginning his pursuit of higher education, Durst dropped out of college. His parent's forbade him from returning home, so the broke, down and out Durst crashed on his friends' couches while he tried to figure out a plan for his life. At that time as well Durst's girlfriend of the moment got pregnant, but she moved away before their child was born. His father, a retired chief of undercover narcotics, began pressuring Fred to make something of his life. It seemed as though life could be no worse. After much soul-searching, and in a desperate attempt to make his parents proud, Durst joined the United States Navy, serving the US military at sea. His stint in the Navy lasted all of eighteen months, and Durst later described the period to Rolling Stone magazine as "soul destroying." He received a discharge from the Navy after injuring his wrist while skateboarding during his free time, and he returned to North Carolina to seek his fortune. This time Durst settled in the more urban city of Charlotte, away from his parents in Gastonia, and he briefly worked at a skateboarding park. Though this job allowed him to indulge in his passion for skateboarding, it left him feeling unfulfilled, not allowing him to unleash his creative juices. Also, at this time Fred's parents were both retiring, so the entire Durst family picked up and moved down to Jacksonville. At 21 years old, the age when many of his peers were graduating from college and going through the corporate recruiting process, snagging their first high-paying jobs, Durst was cutting grass and trimming hedges, working for a landscaping company his father had started. Soon after, Durst got into tattooing. Although he didn't exactly love working as a tattoo artist, it allowed him to make an honest living as well as letting him flex his artistic abilities, creating permanent if ill-advised testaments to his talents. He also spent plenty of time having himself decorated and his body now displays more ink than skin. In addition, tattooing enabled Durst to make many connections within Jacksonville's underground scene of musicians and other artists who came to him for their body art. By late 1994 Durst was wearying of the grind of tattooing, and he began using his profits from his work to support his music habit. He
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