My Life With Deth

My Life With Deth

Discovering Meaning in A Life of Rock & Roll

Book - 2013 | First Howard Books hardcover edition
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Cofounder and bassist of Megadeth David Ellefson reveals the behind-the-scenes details of life in one of the world's most popular heavy metal bands. If you're looking for revelations, they're here, including the drug habits that brought the band members to their knees. You'll learn of David's unsuccessful attempts at rehab and the period when he was strung out on methadone, cocaine, and heroin--all at the same time. But My Life with Deth is far more than just another memoir of debauchery. Ellefson also shares the story of his faith journey, which began when he decided his only choice for survival was to get free from his addiction. In his recovery, he returned to his childhood roots in the Lutheran church and embraced his Christianity that continues to inform his life and work today. Here you'll find insightful comments from some of the biggest names in heavy metal, along with life lessons for every reader. Whether religious or not, you'll be enthralled, informed, and inspired by this tale of discovering meaning in a life of rock and roll.--From publisher description.
Contents: Farm boy
One is too many (and a thousand isn't enough)
California dreaming
Back to the womb
Hitting bottom
Hollywood nights
New beginnings
The countdown begins
The end of an era
Absolute power corrupts absolutely
Transformed
The age of reinvention
Mega life!
Coming full circle
Back to the start
New frontiers
Publisher: [Brentwood, Tennessee] : Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: First Howard Books hardcover edition
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 E45.my
Characteristics: xii, 238 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: McIver, Joel
ISBN: 9781451699883
1451699883

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Throatwobbler
Jul 28, 2015

Now that money from CD sales has dried up, I guess everyone is writing an autobiography these days, ...even if they really don't have much to say. Such is the case with this book; you'd think someone who's been in the music biz for 30+ years, had a raging heroin/coke habit, and played alongside one of the most obnoxious/charismatic personalities in metal (Mustaine) would have accumulated a few interesting stories over the years! Maybe he has, but he's not telling.

Ellefson comes across as a decent guy, but he is unwilling to give much insight into his experiences. There is about as much thoughtful analysis in this book as there is in an average Ottawa Sun column. Read Lemmy's book, if a good metal autobiography is what you're looking for - full of great stories, told with equal parts wit and insight.

This is truly one of the dullest books written about a career in music (and that's without mentioning how much he drones on about religion!).

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Les_J
Feb 03, 2014

Good book. If you enjoyed Dave Mustaine's book, you will probably like this biography too.
You don't have to be a Megadeth fan to enjoy this. More than likely the opposite, as diehard fans that know a lot about the band will not get all the answers they are seeking, but will get quite a few they maybe read about or heard of before.
Very quick and easy read.

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