I picked this up not really being a fan of slipknot however being a big metal fan, and knowing a fair bit about the band I was just curious. half of mI picked this up not really being a fan of slipknot however being a big metal fan, and knowing a fair bit about the band I was just curious. half of my problem with this book would be that i was expecting an auto biography so i guess its unfair of me to criticize to harshly because of my own expectations.
Not to be dismissive but if I'm looking for a analytic of the human race and its vices I do not go to rock stars, Corey waxing philosophically throughout this book tended to just annoy me, he contradicts himself constantly, as well as nearly every chapter ending on the same....."who are they to judge us,I hate religion / people..ect" which gets pretty tiresome especially since he spends allot of his time judging other people in his life. he seems far to concerned coming out as some bad ass intellectual and making his book some kind of groundbreaking literature. when it just comes off as the mutterings of a 15 year old who's pissed off at the world.
I liked the little anecdotes he provides so their is a positive but their aren't enough to save this book and it's also annoying when he decides to tell us how impoverished and hard done by he was, I spent most of my time reading it bored and irritated by him.
I think the most shocking part of this book for me is the moment in which, Corey Taylor lead signer of one of the biggest modern metal bands of all time who sells out arena's all around the globe, informs us that "he is not rich" when a couple chapters before I recall him informing us that he owns 3 houses and is saving up for a houseboat. I would have tought someone who grew up poor would certainly put that type of living in the rich column.
anyway I didn't like it and he's not all that clever he should have stuck with the cliched autobiography , " I fucked her and her and her, I got rich, it was a shock, I lost friends and drank, then I got over it...now I'm happy" but that will no doubt come at some point anyway. ...more
I think the issue alot have with this book is that their is no unity its more like a mixture of articles some dealing with eminems music, some with hiI think the issue alot have with this book is that their is no unity its more like a mixture of articles some dealing with eminems music, some with his personal life,some with his social impact and some with the impact and devolopment of hip hop all together....
What a horrible woman, I got this as it and the author were on some awful explotative morning tv program and my mum bought it for me since I had beenWhat a horrible woman, I got this as it and the author were on some awful explotative morning tv program and my mum bought it for me since I had been known to take a fair few drugs in the past and I donno mabye she hoped this would warn me of the dangers or something.
I read most of it,what I could stomach anyway, and moral of the story Heroin is bad for you. Well blow me over with a feather, Lemmy told me that in his book and I was more enclined to belive him.
The mother seemed to be more intrested in her job then her children and she went for the ever popular "tough love" method.....it worked well didn't it?. The fact this type of crap gets published because it falls inline with the poplular myth that all illegal drugs are bad and that only horrible dopefiends take them is the most horrific thing about this book.
But lets dissect her arguement..... her son started taking drugs, then started on harder drugs (the ol gateway arguement). then she kicked him out because he wouldn't stop taking drugs and doing all the things addicts do and she was too busy with her job. then he killed himself. therefore all drugs are bad and evil.....the huge ironic twist to the story she had been drinking when she found out the news. but of course that number one killer drug is ok.
This may seem insensitive and your right it is, Its harsh to critise a women who lost her son for telling her story, but when she uses her story to get over a message about the danger of illegal drugs, with little knowledge of what she is talking about its hard not to be overly critical.
As far as I'm concerned spreading ignorance about drugs is what causes alot of the problems. just another piece of garbage that falls in line with the status quo...DONT READ IT, do something more enlightening like setting your hands on fire....more
This was really bad, I’ve read allot of books about Black Sabbath, I’m a huge fan, I have two Black Sabbath tattoos on my chest.....I’m a bit obsessedThis was really bad, I’ve read allot of books about Black Sabbath, I’m a huge fan, I have two Black Sabbath tattoos on my chest.....I’m a bit obsessed. I don’t think the author ever outright said something that wasn’t true in this book but it’s true that some parts where I’d say bending the truth or misinformed.
First off all looking at the way this book is marketed, the back of the book and its cover are done in a way that suggests that this was a book written by (and about Ozzy) Ozzy. I knew this wasn’t the case when I bought it, but the fact that ozzy’s name is bigger than the authors and it has a picture of ozzy on the back I think is telling. I’m aware this is a reprint of a book, I think what has happened is the publishers got the rights to this book fairly cheap and after the success of the Osbournes decided they could make some money off of it by packaging it in a way that makes it look like something its not. I bought this for one pound I think, so I don’t feel like I got ripped off to bad.
First of all the writer simply can’t write worth a damn, The funny thing is, Sabbath to me, represent a band in music that took it back to its roots, I’ve thought that Sabbath are to music what Hemingway and Bukowski are to writing. It’s simple stuff but therein lies its genius. Which is why it’s funny to me that this writer chooses to write in a way which is convoluted, indulgent and overly artsy for a book of this genre. Their is nothing wrong with simple lines, especially when you’re writing nonfiction.
The lowest point of this book for me was when the author, wrote a fictional account of how he thinks an interview with Dio would have gone, with the purpose of making Dio look like an asshole (admittedly its slightly more poignant now that Dio has since rekindled his ties with Sabbath and unfortunately, passed away). It was unprofessional, added nothing to the book and just made the author seem like immature hack.
Near to the end of the book I got the feeling he was simply trying to fill up his word count. He repeats himself a number of times with the information that Bill Ward is now sober and has some solo albums out. (at the start of the book he makes a point of telling us one of the members helped him out allot on the book but didn’t want to make a big deal of it, but then he goes out of his way to sing Wards praises and promote his album ) It gets two stars simply because It did tell me some stuff I didn’t know about Sabbath but there are better books out there about Sabbath. ...more