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Got the Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery, and Korn

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  466 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
From Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu, legendary bassist of nu-metal pioneers KORN, comes Got the Life: a no-holds-barred look at his extreme highs, drug- and-booze-fueled lows, and, finally, redemption through a conversion to Christianity. Got the Life is simultaneously an insider’s look at rock n’ roll superstardom—the good, the bad, and everything in between—and a survivor’s stor ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 1st 2009)
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Sep 16, 2009 Larry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let me save you some time: Fieldy (you would have to read to page 131 to learn his real name) grows up in an abusive family, he becomes an addict, and the bass player for the world's greatest hard rock/heavy metal band. What? Korn is not the world's greatest metal band? Fieldy will tell you several times that they are. Never mind Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica or AC/DC. Korn is the greatest, according to Fieldy. (Don't you dare say that they are rap/metal and will be forgotten in less than 8 ye ...more
Unbelievably, I read this book today. It was on sale at Barnes and Noble and promised many valuable things for a Saturday read: Addiction. Recovery. Arrogance mixed with spiritual exuberance. Transformation. And simple writing. Rock/addiction/spiritual transformation books are my literary candy. Yum yum in the tum. I wish Fieldy the best, and I'm happy dude found a way to change his life. Rock on.
I am a big Korn fan, so I just had to read this book. Although the beginning kept me entertained, I had to force myself to read the end.
Jun 09, 2011 Cristy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Am I really done? Help me God, because if I am really done, I’m going to need your help.” –Fieldy

Fieldy’s (Reginald Arvizu bassist for KoRn) raw confession of how his new found faith in God and relationship with Jesus Christ literally saved his life from the destructive slow death of drugs, alcohol, casual sex, and selfishness, gluttony and anger. GOT THE LIFE: MY JOURNEY OF ADDICTION, FAITH, RECOVERY, AND KORN is an interesting and inspiring true story of Fieldy’s life; written in a conversati
Jon Stephens
Oct 01, 2013 Jon Stephens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In honor of Korn’s newest record which was released this week (The Paradigm Shift), I decided to read Fieldy’s autobiography which was released in 2009.

If you are a fan of Korn, you will know that in 2005 guitarist Brian “Head” Welch left the band after giving his life to following Jesus and wanting to get clean and take care of his daughter. He went on to write an autobiography called Save Me From Myself (which is an excellent book) and to record two full length records: Save Me From Myself (un
Laura Dallas
Mar 13, 2011 Laura Dallas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Head's book first and recommend they be read in that order. Even though the writing is not great, I got the feeling this is what Fieldy would tell me if we sat down to talk. I think that's just what fans of Korn would want and need. Though I have never been one, every fan of Korn should read both books to get the truth. I hope these books inspire even just an interest in getting to know the peace of Christ. That's really all you need to get started. I found Fieldy's story to be hugely ins ...more
Justin Sylvia
Considering that I was and still am a Korn fan, this book was definitely on my list to read from the band members with the other books being from Brian "Head" Welch. Granted before this book came to my attention, i had all ready known about Brian quitting the band due to a lot of reasons & I knew that at one point Fieldy had a falling out with the rest of the band as well, but..i was totally unaware of the fact that Fieldy was going through similar if not the same issues that Head was going ...more
Apr 17, 2013 Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some highlights:

- Fieldy discovered Limp Bizkit.
- His dad was in a band called Reggie and Alex
- Jonathan Davis used to call him Billy (never explained why)
- Another John used to call him Gopher, which then evolved into Gar. Then that became Garfield, then Field, then Fieldy.
- He's worked with Cheech from Cheech and Chong
- There's half a chapter banging on about his solo album, Fieldy's Dreams
- All the chapter titles are KoRn songs
- Loves the stories about 'our Lord'.

Genuinely don't know how to
Daniel Fazzina
Aug 22, 2011 Daniel Fazzina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fascinating read about a guy with an extraordinary life, who found an extraordinary God. Loved reading about his journey with Korn and with Christ. I had an opportunity to have Fieldy as a guest on my radio show, "Divine Intervention" and to hear him tell his story of faith first hand. He was a great interview, and very interesting. You can listen to the interview here:
Mar 16, 2010 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who wish to be educated about drugs and alcoholism along with Korn fans
Shelves: biographies, reviewed
I read this in my high school years, since I was a fan of Korn at the time. (I still am, just not as much.) The book was very easy to read. The writing wasn't much of anything special, but it pretty much documents his early lifestyle on drugs and alcohol and later concludes with how he sobers up and redeems himself. Like I said earlier, the writing isn't the best, but the book is very entertaining and informative. It can be a bit preachy, but it definetly shows just how damaging that the party l ...more
Mar 30, 2010 Joshua rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like as well as "Head's" book Save me from myself but it was good. I loved the story of how he found himself and God but it just didn't connect the same way as I did with Brian "Head" Welch's book but I would recomend it is a great story of struggle, starvation, drug addiction and finally recovery
Jessica McCauley
Got s little carried away with the descriptions of debauchery. It's like he had to let us know how really BAD he was but went way overboard with it. Had some really good insights in the end. Loved his journal entries. Wish the book was like his journal writings. Now that would be something far more edifying to read!
I am so happy for the change in Fieldy's life. He gave a lot of gory details of his former life. It seems that he needed us to know exactly how bad he was so we can appreciate the change. It is lovely to see that God works in people who choose to turn totally away from him.
Apr 06, 2009 Kevin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a terrible book. The only part I really enjoyed was in the middle where he talks about Korn starting up and the first couple of albums. The writing is terrible and you can rally tell that the guy is just stuck up, even though if has now found Jesus.
Sep 29, 2010 Ashleyb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: semester-2010
i absolutely love this book. It has definately made my list of top 10 books.
Oct 12, 2011 Ty added it
it is really good
May 27, 2013 Tristan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good book. I didn't really know anything about the guys in Korn.
Holly W
Jan 05, 2013 Holly W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
such a good book. i now have a new found respect for Fieldy and the struggles he went through earlier in life.
Interesting story of a sinner saved by grace.
Vanessa V.
Jan 27, 2012 Vanessa V. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I personally thought that this book was facinating. It told his story and journey throughout his life, from the very beginning. I even did myproject on this book!:D
Keric F
Nov 16, 2009 Keric F rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about my favorite bass player and my hero: Fieldy.
Mar 21, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I often read books that are completely out of my realm of existence or experience. Sometimes it's nice to get completely out of my own world, even when the experience is not that great.

Such was the case with this biography of a rock star bassist.

I'm not a fan of Korn, which doesn't mean that I dislike them. I don't know their music. I can't name a single song by them. I'm not even sure what kind of music they sing (a 90s flavor of metal), but the author will assure you many times, in case you a
Jun 25, 2014 John rated it liked it
Korn has undergone some serious changes in recent years, both in terms of their sound and the psychological makeup of the band members. For my money, all the changes have been for the better, and I find myself excited about the band for the very first time in their 20-year career. This coming from a guy who walked out halfway through seeing them perform live, due to a total lack of interest.
GOT THE LIFE marks my first time reading biographies by multiple members of the same band (the other one b
Jan 16, 2015 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nostalgia
I really shouldn't have even picked this up. My nostalgia goggles started going crazy when I saw that another Korn member wrote a book (I read Head's book several years ago). Even though I realized it was another born-again Christian thing, I still decided that I had to read it.

Full disclosure: I am not religious at all.

Of course, at least part of my issue is the proselytizing going on after Fieldy finds God, but it is a deeper frustration for me. I hate this notion (that both he and Head put
Gary Scott Gebert
Fieldy's Life

The life story of KoRn's legendary bass player. His book takes you into his struggles to fulfill his dream of making music, making it big and enjoying the ride along the way. The book shows you the basement of his life and the triumphant escape from the life in which he learns to hate.

Within the pages you are exposed to his altered perception of how a rock god should behave and live amongst mere mortals. Fieldy candidly tells of his inner struggles and the costs incurred when submit
May 02, 2013 Etienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good book that relate the life of Fieldy, the bassist from Korn, my favorite band ever! f course i'm a fan of the band, that's why I wanted to read the book in the first place, but I find a lot more thant just a biography. Find a story of a man who find peace and happiness after many years of addiction and wild life. The book is a must for the fan of the band, but it can be read as well if you're not a fan, cause it talk about life, friendship, addiction, hapiness, familly and God with su ...more
Sep 23, 2015 Hanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There is very little of the happenings of his life and a lot of "I was a jerk. Listen to me describe my jerking about." Very little about his interactions with the band. It's a whole bunch of "I don't remember." It's sad. I was really hoping for more. I LOVED KoRn as a teen/young adult and was seriously dismayed with how damn boring this was. It's weird. Head's autobiography was way better written and was very elegant to read. I'm not saying that Fieldy is an idiot. He's totally not, but his edi ...more
Jay Pal
Feb 24, 2012 Jay Pal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again
If you are into Korn, you’ll like the book. It was interesting to read about all of the behind the scenes stuff that went on, including the fact that he never got along with David Silveria. It follows his ups and downs and his hardcore alcoholism and sex addiction. And then he finds God. And he talks about how he’s not going to preach about God because he “hates that” and then he goes on to preach about god. For about 7 chapters. So i skipped them, cuz…fuck that.


If you like Korn and
Jonathan Anderson
I don't know why I ended up listening to this one, just spur of the moment decision. I still like the book, still think the ending is a little abrupt, still am glad to have the Fieldy that I have as an influence.

The narrator was kind of hilarious though. Pronouncing Loc as "Lock" instead of "Loke", spelling it KROQ when Fieldy's target audience will now that's K-ROCK, and any time he said homie made me giggle.
Tyran Bear
Finding out the origins of Korn was the best part of this book, but the endless repeating of how he was a drunk pill popper got old quick. This book would have been half the size without him having to remind us. Then the bible verses didn't help either. I'm glad he's a rocker and not an author. He would be broke.
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