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My Life with Deth: Discovering Meaning in a Life of Rock & Roll by [Ellefson, David, McIver, Joel]
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"It can be a lonely place trying to stay sober when everyone else around you is partying, so when I want to know how to do it, I look to older, wiser people who have done it before.David is one of those guys."--Randy Blythe, Lamb Of God

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3930 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Reprint edition (29 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BW5SJ1Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to this, as McIver had worked with Dave Elleffson on this, as opposed to cobbling together reports from google as was done for the Machine Head book. However, after a few chapters, I was bored. There is no real insight into Dave or his playing; in fact there is no real depth about the development of Megadeth and the input into classic albums such as Peace Sells, Rust in Peace etc.

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.
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As a big fan of Megadeth, and Ellefson in particular, it was inevitable that several copies of this book would turn up in my life. I don't go out of my way to buy "celebrity" biographies because, as Ellefson points out at the beginning of his book, these biographies are a dime a dozen and all contain the same tragic story. Once you've read one, you've read 'em all.

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.
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I have been a Megadeth fan since the eighties & always had huge respect for David Ellefson but I found this book a bit boring if I'm honest. Most of the book explores David's faith & teaching of a religious nature, I feel he has held back on some of the true tales of his life to not upset the Apple cart which is a real shame. He's a super talented guy
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Rust in Peace was the first record I loved. Megadeth was the first band I loved. That was about '92. Always liked Ellefson and was keen to give this a go. Gave a couple of new insights into the Megadeth history and is mildly refreshing to hear a voice other than our beloved Mustaine. It's a fairly slim volume though which would be 100 pages shorter and better if we didn't get literally pages and pages of born again Jesus drivel. Don't get me wrong. If your in a bad place I don't care what it is that helps you get back to good one but come on, who wants half a book of half baked AA and Evangelical toss twenty years after you got clean? If your devout Megadeth get it if you can take the Christ rant! Otherwise your probably better taking the other Dave's word for it and sticking with his 'Life in Metal' its got less God and thank God less McIver!
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On the whole, I enjoyed reading the book. Dave is clearly smarter than is given credit for. I particularly enjoyed his perceptive insights on his career and on dave mustaine. Without junior to balance out mustaine, megadeth wouldn't have achieved as much as they have. I also really enjoyed the tone of the book.

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.
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I've read a few of the 'metal rock star of the 80s' biographies in the last couple of years and I generally love them - someone's life story with the cast of characters being your metal heroes of the 80s ... what could be better?

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.
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