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Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  2,884 Ratings  ·  273 Reviews
For the first time, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor speaks directly to his fans and shares his worldview about life as a sinner. And Taylor knows how to sin. As a small-town hero in the early '90s, he threw himself into a fierce-drinking, drug-abusing, hard-loving, live-for-the moment life. Soon Taylor's music exploded, and he found himself rich, wanted, and
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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I have been in love with Corey Taylor since the sixth grade. I never quite fit in. I always cracked the joke that no one found funny, I talked too loudly, and I was the nerd who got all A’s and actually enjoyed reading. When I first heard the song Wait and Bleed by Slipknot I knew it was for me. That song was written for me to listen to. It was meant for me to feel like I belonged to something larger than I could comprehend. It whispered in my ear and told me “It’s ok to be you.” Heavy metal
“The seven deadly sins are bullshit.”

And so it begins… the book I’ve wanted to read the second I found out about it. And I’m so very happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed, displeased, or dissatisfied in anyway. This book is not; however, for the masses. For starters, this book is not an autobiography of Corey Taylor’s life and is not some in-depth heartfelt retelling of his life of sin. It may be a retelling of his life of sin, but it’s far from heartfelt. It’s honest, straightforward, brutal,
Drian Nash
Oct 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: auto-biographies
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 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 co
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. While it is autobiographical in the sense that Corey Taylor talks quite a bit about his life, from his childhood up to the present time, it also comes off as a long, detailed essay. He talks a lot about religion—specifically Catholicism—and, of course, the seven deadly sins. He goes through each sin and talks about why he disagrees or agrees with it. His thoughts and the way he expresses them are both highly entertaining and persuasive. An aspect of the book–and his style—that ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
To be honest this book is pretty poor,if i was still an angry 18 year old i think i'd probably like it, but there again when i was 18 i hadn't read the Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey which is where the whole premise of this book is lifted from.In the Satanic Bible the idea that the seven deadly sins are merely part of human nature and to be harnessed for your own gain is covered in about ten pages tops, this book drags this out over the entire book interspersed with autobiographical examples of ea ...more
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who has listened to Corey voice his opinions before had a good idea of what we were going to get when we picked up this book. Anyone who read his columns in Rock Sound or was a fan early enough to frequent an old message board years ago when 'GBM' used to post his thoughts knew we were going to get something honest, brutal, funny but something that also made you think things through a little more.
Like he mentions in the book, you don't need a degree to write about something if you have l
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
*Back-dating reviews based on snips I find*

Corey Taylor’s tagline on the cover pretty much sums it up: Settling the argument between born bad and damaged good. This book is going to piss a lot of people off. One, you might not get his humour. Two, you might have the religious standing points that get battered throughout this book. Three, you might just flat out hate his attitude.

Thankfully, I don’t fall into any of these three problems so this was read in a stupendously quick time with a lot of
May 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
A strong-willed rant against organized religion (not much of an autobiography). It’s tone is a mixture of Chuck Klosterman’s (Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story) easy going story telling and the unnecessary anger of a high school dropout metalhead. It is written with 6th grade bathroom stall humor and somewhat forced college textbook philosophy. The philosophy is one-sided and filled with holes. Taylor makes some valid points about social class and politics, ...more
Michael Flanagan
Mar 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: biography
I could not bring myself to finish this book. I really enjoyed the first couple of chapters but then it started to wear thin really quick. Reminded me of talking to an annoying drunk guy at a party you can't get away from. Still a fan of his music just not his literary rumblings.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed that! Agree with a lot of what he says... had plenty of chuckles along the way and didn't mind being addressed as a 'kid' by Father Corey.
So, read it... blow your mind, but most importantly- enjoy your life!
Chrissy Collett
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great book, fantastic read! I got stuck in as soon as we got home from the book reading. The book details the 'seven deadly sins' and how Taylor himself perceives them, he also adds snapshots from his own life throughout to show certain things which are perceived as deadly sins but which he uses to prove they are not really deadly but normal traits that normal people do all the time. He almost uses the book to reassure people that the things they feel guilty about such as slothfulness and envy a ...more
Dayle Fogarty
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Seven Deadly Sins presents memoirs of Corey Taylor's past, intertwined with hilarious and thought provoking ravings opposed to the idea of religious sin. This style of memoir is something I prefer as it takes no chronological order of the subject's life span, however places events within the text in relation to each topic (sin). This makes for a really interesting read. With the funniest metaphors I have heard imaginable and some completely relatable anecdotes about everyday things, like how mo
Travis sivarT
I don't even know how to rate this. First don't read it get the audio and let Corey read to you. He writes it more like he is talking to you anyway so I think it comes across best from his own mouth. There is only a slight bit of the usual rock star you won't believe I did this. Mostly breaking down the 7 deadly and making a new list. I agree with several of his points. I disagree with several of his points. if you are at all a free thinker you should end like that or the book was a waste. I don ...more
Dicey Grenor
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read all of Corey Taylor's books, and loved this one the most. It's funny, thoughtful, and gives insight into his rock star lifestyle, which makes it even more engaging. I'd recommend it for, not only metal fans of the man behind the awesome Slipknot and Stone Sour bands, but also for readers interested in a discussion about whether "sin" is really, well...sin. I really love this guy as a genius musical artist, and now as an author. *horns up*
I don't like people being hypocritical. But everyone does it so it's understandable. What usually gets me is when people are being hypocritical about being hypocritical. They lack the necessary knowledge in order to form a good argument against someone, thus committing the same follies. This is exactly what happens in this book. I don't care who you are, if you are going to write a book criticizing something, anything, know what you are talking about first off. It is the basis of forming a good ...more
Dan Oates
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
As a fan of Corey Taylor's musical output I will admit to being surprised that he has chosen to write a book, especially one that does not fit the stereotype of the rock and roll frontman autobiography, i.e. i drank this and then had sex with her for 400 pages. He has for the last decade written an opinion piece in the British Music Publication Rocksound, which although the magazine does not cover my music tastes is an amusing read, which has showcased his sense of humour and his view on a wide ...more
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Like everyone else in the reviews, I expected an autobiography and some crazy tour diary of one of the world's best front-men. In a way, this IS an autobiography - not of Corey's life, but of his thoughts. I sure as hell didn't get what I came for and that's okay - I got something different.

There are some great thoughts and quotes in here. Creatively, his writing shines through crazy metaphors and his sense of humor. I like the whole idea of "sins" being an outdated dogma and coming at somethin
Dec 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: auto-biography
I noticed one reviewer would recommend this book for satanists. And I would almost have to agree. It comes off in a way that seems like he is attempting to make some of the messed up things he has done in his life ok. It's like he is preaching to his congregation about how all the "sins" they commit are fine. He does seem to draw the line at murder, rape, child abuse and so on. In my opinion it becomes very obvious, Mr. Taylor is an athiest or even perhaps believes in a darker spiritual being. A ...more
Barely, barely worthy of two stars (I'm feeling magnanimous, so I'm taking into account the sparsest whispery fragmented hints of socioeconomic analysis he includes occasionally). I legitimately can't tell if Corey's this shitty at writing, or if this was written in the middle of a meth binge. I'd probably prefer the latter, given the smug, self-congratulatory tone in which this is written; at least then I could believe that Corey doesn't actually think he's a member of the intelligentsia for cr ...more
Jen Anderson
Jan 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is tedious and pretentious. I was not even halfway through and I didn't know how I'd find the motivation to get through to the end.

Just because someone is a great singer/songwriter doesn't mean they should also write a book, and what's more, if you ARE going to write a book, advertise it more honestly as a book of your rants and musings because then people like me will be expecting to have their time wasted before they commit.

I was under the impression that this was as much about the m
Richard Masters
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is brutally honest and in your face. If Corey Taylor has something to say, believe me, he says it. This book had me mesmerized from beginning to end. Actually, I read it twice. Even if your not a fan of Slipknot or Stone Sour, this is a very compelling book that you either love or hate, agree or disagree. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who is a firm believer in the seven deadly sins, because Corey dissects the so called sins one by one calling bullshit on each of them while adding h ...more
Dakota Schuch
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is interesting to say the least. I love Corey's music and his style, but picking up this book for the first time I was a little taken aback. I am Catholic and this goes against everything I "stand for" but the oddity of that seems that I loved this book so much more. It's an eye opener of how one man sees the things that are pushed onto him and he stands up and yells, "Fuck you" to the world. He tells them what he really thinks, and it all makes sense. He's just a guy who's telling his ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didnt-like
The way the book is written just, with constant rambling, takes me out of the moment and makes it hard for me to stay interested.

Corey Taylor is wicked talented, there is no doubt or argument from me on that point. I just couldn't get into this book at all. The writing I found annoying and it continually took me out of the narrative.

That's not to say that I'm done with Taylor's writing. I plan on giving his new book, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven, a read, and I hope that holds my
Sandra Ingham
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Being a HUGE fan of Corey Taylor I couldn't resist this. It's such a good read, but it didn't feel like I was reading it, it was like.... Remember when you were little and you would sit and listen to someone tell you a story? It was kind of like that. It was like he was talking you, not just putting words on paper. It's funny and sad and enlightening and thought provoking..I found myself either wanting to a healthy debate (or argument) or screaming "yes! That's it! Why haven't I said that out lo ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. And I'm also a faithful church going Christian. The concept that he's preaching is actually quite accurate if you ask me.and there's also some really good advice for someone who may be feeling lost if they find themselves in a similar situation. His stories at hilarious. It's extremely vulgar, that's something you are either cool with or you are, Ian find with it. This is one of my faves, I've read it time and time again.
Beverly J.
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. An amazing read. I laughed so hard and I agreed with pretty much all of his ideas/ideals. This was a big surprise and I hope to see more of the same from Mr. Corey F****** Taylor!
Amanda (Good Choice Reading)
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The reviews I've seen of this book around the web amuse me.

It's Corey Taylor. What the hell did you expect, a book about his love for rainbows and puppies? Have you actually listened to his lyrics?

Full review to come.
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it

Well, admittedly, this was my first "famous person" memoir, and I have little doubt why I've shied away from such works in the past. Now before I dig in to Seven Deadly Sins, I'd like to say that I'm a huge fan of Corey Taylor the singer/songwriter, and have been since Slipknot's first album way back when (1999). For five years I lived in the Des Moines area and met several people that knew him at a younger age. From what I've heard about Corey, from what I've heard Corey talk about on satellite
Emma Streets
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Corey Taylor is a god of a man whats not to love about him.
I'm so glad i listened to this whilst i was listening i was engrossed. He put across his opinion so clearly and i found my self agreeing with a lot he said.
He was honest through out and obviously doesn't give a damn what anyone else thinks.
Hes just sensational.
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thouroughly enjoyed this book. Corey Taylor took a different apporoach to the Seven Deadly Sins, than well, anyone else I have known, or have read. He disputed and cast them all out as rubbish and I for one agree. Society has advanced, religion and definitions of sins have not. Until now no one has had the gall or the audacity to say so. He also offers a new list of sins to take the place of the original seven and I believe that is a list that should be taken into consideration, used, and foll ...more
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