Infectiously passionate, spiced with insider's savvy and autobiographical asides, The Rejects threads a sequence of compulsively readable vignettes on popular music into a highly enjoyable study in one of life's painful, universal experiences
The Rejects is very entertaining and full of those "I never knew that . . ." snippets of trivia that make a pop-culture book really pop.
[A] lively compendium . . . Collinson's book shows what a strange psychological experiment bands can be, harshly self-regulating when saleable craziness tips into "utter liability"
Being in a band is all about trust, until it's all about betrayal . . . The Rejects offers a new history of pop told from the perspective of the ones who got left behind, often on the very brink of the big time