Jack Russell’s Autobiography, ‘The True Tale Of Mista Bone’, Coming This Summer

April 19, 2024

Looks like you’ll be able to dig into former Great White singer Jack Russell’s autobiography this summer (still no confirmed release date)! It’s called “The True Tale Of Mista Bone: A Rock + Roll Narrative” and was written by author Katelyn Louise “K.L.” Doty. Lita Ford wrote the book’s foreward, with additional thoughts from Eric Singer, Eddie Trunk, John Kalodner, Kip Winger and more! You’ll be able to grab the book in paperback, hardcover and e-book form. 


Russell was recently interviewed by KNAC.com and talked about the book, “A girl named Katelyn Doty is working on it with me. We started writing this together about three years ago, I wanna say. I don’t know if it’s been that long, but it seems like it. Sorry, Katelyn, if I messed that one up. But we’ve been working on it for a long time. She’s a brilliant writer, just brilliant. She knows how to put pen to paper, I’ll tell you — just has a flair for it. I wanted somebody that had finesse with writing, not just, ‘One day I was working on my car and then I got oil on me.’ I wanted (to) let the pen be the voice.”

Will you read about any dirt? “You know what? I said a few things that some people are gonna lift their eyebrows about, but I pretty much kept most of the dirt under the rug. There’s no point in pointing fingers and calling people out on stuff. I mean, everybody’s got skeletons in their closet, and probably me more than most. So, what’s the point in talking bullshit about other people when you don’t really necessarily need to? I don’t need to fill up the pages, that’s for sure. I’ve got enough stories without doing that. I think I may even have to do a second book. There’s that much involved. I mean, you’ve got a lot of years of work on the big testimonial.”

Russell left Great White in December 2011 after he was unable to tour because of injuries, including a perforated bowel and a shattered pelvis.

Russell sued his bandmates in 2012 over their continued use of the Great White name after he’d left the band for medical reasons. Not soon after, Russell was countersued by guitarist Mark Kendall, rhythm guitarist/keyboardist Michael Lardie and drummer Audie Desbrow, saying Russell’s self-destructive behaviour was damaging the band’s name. They settled in July 2013 (without going to trial), with Russell performing as Jack Russell’s Great White, while the others continued as Great White.

Jack’s book should be a good read. What’s your favourite rock autobiography?


Written by Todd Hancock