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My Life with Deth: Discovering Meaning in a Life of Rock & Roll Kindle Edition
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The basic premise is - Learn Bass, Drink a bit, move to LA, meet Dave Mustaine, become an addict, find god, become sober.
Lazy writing overall, this could have been good.
Secondly, I hate giving negative reviews of books. I'm of the opinion that if someone's poured their heart and soul into something then they deserve some kind of recognition. However, there is no heart and soul in this book and nothing jumped out to make me feel anything toward the man I looked up during my own struggles with drugs.
Ellefson also starts his book with "At first I didn't want to write this book". Nothing screams "MONEY GRAB!" more than "Well, I didn't want to do this, but..."
Unfortunately, it doesn't get much better and Ellefson's attitude to not wanting to write the story of his life shines through because the story of a whirlwind 30-year career in music is crammed into just 188 pages (The final pages are made up of a discography, an index, and a thanks section. Do biographies really need an index?!). Sadly, because of the length of this edition, I get the feeling that this isn't the last "biography" we'll be seeing from Ellefson.
Right from the start, you get the feeling that Ellefson didn't want to be doing this. The first few chapters just read like a bunch of notes. There's no substance to it and I don't feel myself connecting with him. And the amount of time a sentence is started with "I did", or "I had", or "I believe", or just "I" in general shows for some very sloppy writing and editing. Tragically it also applies to the language used in the book.Read more ›
As I am not particularly religious, I found the latter sections, where daves religious beliefs take a more prominent role, a bit of a drag. I'm all for finding spiritually but I have to confess some of the latter sections didn't really resonate with me. I also found it fascinating to learn how maturity and life circumstances in general play a role in the evolution of a musician. Most interesting.
All in all, good job dave. You come across well and your passion for life and music are there for all to see.
Out of all of them, this one had a real message for me.
I am not religious in any way and knew nothing about David Ellefson and Christianity before this book. However, upon finishing the book, I found that it had changed my mind in some way ... prior to reading the book, I'd felt that religion was very un-metal and for old people in a church ... probably a view I'd picked up in my younger days when watching church folk burning metal LPs and accusing bands of devil worship.
I'm not deciding to convert or anything, but the book validated the idea that actually religion can be for anyone and that people who go to church or follow their own religious path can come from any walk of life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
arrived promptly, very pleased, good book, definitely a good read if you are a fan of the band, i also have mustaines book, think mustaines has the edge but this is still an... Read morePublished 8 months ago by paul blute
Great read, it was well mixed between career moves balanced with David's insite into his faith! If you are a Megadeth fan you will like this but it does not give too much detail... Read morePublished 8 months ago by daimmo
such a good book. ellefson is an inspirational man. he really changed his life aroundPublished 14 months ago by San wilson
Was great to get an insight into one of my favourite bands megadeth and Dave comes across as a super nice guy.Published on 7 Jun. 2014 by Jonathan Hepworth
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