Number of page: 496
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In 2010, a nineteen-year-old super-fan rushed the stage during a Lamb of God concert in Prague. To protect himself, singer Randy Blythe pushed the fan away. Unbeknownst to Blythe, the young man hit his head on the floor when he fell and later died from the injury. Blythe was promptly incarcerated on charges carrying a prison term of five to ten years. Thirty-seven days later, he was released on bail to await trial. Although legal experts told him not to return to the Czech Republic to face the charges, Blythe explained that he “could not run away from this problem while the grieving family of a dead young man searched hopelessly for answers that [he] might help provide.”After a five-day trial, he was acquitted on March 5, 2013.In Dark Days, Blythe tells the story of his incarceration and the wild life that led up to it. As he explains, “Most substance abuse books end with the author getting sober. My book starts there.”
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Dark Days: A Memoir Debut author Blythe, lead singer of the metal band Lamb of God, centers his powerful and intelligent memoir on his 2012 arrest and incarceration for 37 days in a harrowing Czech Republic jail. The charge was manslaughter, related to the death of a fan at a concert two years earlier. Blythe admits to having fought the demons of drug and alcohol abuse in his life, but he maintains his sanity during
- Dan Martin
Such a great story teller. I laughed, I cried, I couldn’t put this down. What a story, and what an amazing human.
- James Ford
He’s a great writer but that’s no surprise One of the most moving things I’ve ever written. Greatly increases the respect I already had for this man.
- Ignatius Hernindio Dwi Ananto
Brilliant book Brilliant. Randy blythe is an amazing lyricist and now, amazing writer as well.. I admire the way he tells what was going inside his mind..
- addaam Anderrsoon
Great read Very good book, worth the money.
- Douglas Schuetz
Read this book in three days. Never done that before. Dark Days
- Scott Coulas
Very well written story of a tough time. I have a lot of respect for Randy for sharing this story.
- Peter Bruckmann
Very good book.
- Edward Woodruff
Awesome book Never read much until this came out know the band and lifestyle myself it isnt everything people make it out to be and this book proves it
Anvil!: The Story of Anvil
In the early seventies when Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath ruled the world Steve Lips Kudlow and Robb Reiner two young Jewish boys from the northern suburbs of Toronto vowed to rock together forever A decade later their band Anvil released one of the heaviest records in music history Metal on Metal which influenced a whole musical generation including the world dominating bands Metallica Slayer and Anthrax Yet while these bands went on to sell millions of records Anvil slipped straight into obscurity Was it too much sex and drugs and not enough rock n roll Was it the menagerie of pets that accompanied them on tour Their uncanny knack for setting themselves on fire whenever a record company executive was watching Now almost thirty years later like a real life Spinal Tap these unlikely musical heroes are still rocking and still chasing their dream Written in their own words Anvil The Story of Anvil charts the rise fall and eventual triumph of two men whose indestructible friendship talent and determination took them on a unique journey in the world of rock A bittersweet and frequently hilarious hymn to the human spirit played loud in power chords it is a story of true brotherly love living the dream and never giving up Praise for the film documentary Anvil The Story of Anvil
Heavy Metal in Baghdad: The Story of Acrassicauda
documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad featuring the members of Iraq s only heavy metal band Acrassicauda and their daily struggle to survive and rock on even as their country fell into a bloody insurgency Acrassicauda Latin for a deadly black scorpion is Iraq s only heavy metal band Inspired by groups like Metallica Slayer and Slipknot the band began writing and playing metal in 2001 performing a handful of shows before the war started in 2003 With increased security precautions throughout Iraq it became difficult to practice or even get through a show without serious problems When they began receiving death threats from insurgent groups and religious fundamentalists accused them of Satan worship they became a band on the run As recently seen in the feature film documentary of the same name Iraq disintegrated around them while Acrassicauda struggled to stay together and stay alive always refusing to let their heavy metal dreams die Their story echoes the unspoken hopes of an entire generation of young Iraqis and it became a race against time humanitarian effort irrevocably transforming everyone s lives in the process Going beyond the documentary to explore all the players unique perspectives Heavy Metal in Baghdad features new information about one of the most dramatic and unique stories in modern music
Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berserker’s Guide to World Tour Domination
Bringing Metal to the Children is a handbook to all things Heavy Metal brought to you by insane prankster and guitar god Zakk Wylde of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society fame This Complete Berzerker s Guide to World Tour Domination provides tips and tests for the True Rocker as wild man Zakk Wylde invites all who dare onto the tour bus for brain bursting tales of glory debauchery and general mayhem in the dangerous metal universe
Shut Up and Give Me the Mic
DEE S NOT GONNA TAKE IT As lead singer and songwriter of Twisted Sister Dee Snider became the poster boy for heavy metal hair bands and the wild side of rock Now in his twisted new memoir he reveals the real stories behind the crazy makeup the big hair and badass hits like We re Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock A classically trained countertenor who sang with his high school choir Dee remembers the day he decided he was not gonna take it and stopped caring what people thought about him Following in the footsteps of his idols Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath Dee jumped from band to band before meeting Jay Jay French and Twisted Sister But it wasn t until he met his costume designing soul mate Suzette that they developed his unique style Dee s hard work finally paid off with an impressive resume that includes a monster hit record smash MTV videos a long running radio show The House of Hair appearances in film Pee Wee s Big Adventure Howard Stern s Private Parts StrangeLand and television Growing Up Twisted Celebrity Apprentice and a starring role in Broadway s Rock of Ages He even authored a teenage survival guide that was required reading in Russia In his journey from every parent s worst teenage nightmare to Renaissance man Dee avoided the usual pitfalls associated with rock stars But that didn t stop Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center from targeting him a fight that led him to testify before Congress with Frank Zappa He may have been slapped with a Parental Advisory warning label but through it all Dee stayed positive and focused on being the best he could be Filled with entertaining anecdotes and candid confessions Shut Up and Give Me the Mic takes you through the good times and bad with a heavy metal star who worked as hard as he played and who did it all for his wife four kids and millions of SMF Sick Mother F fans This story is mine I m the guy that gave it all to beat the odds left everything he had on the stage each night didn t screw around on his woman took care of his kids and was sober enough to remember it all and write about it myself The one thing that has surprised and confused me though is my unlikely transformation into a beloved public figure How did the unpopular kid who grew up to be the angry young man who became the 80s poster boy for the evils of rock n roll arrested for profanity and assault and boycotted by parents and religious groups become the likeable mensch he is today