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December 2013

Max Cavalera's autobiography: the Brazilian edition. Order it here.

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's autobiography.. Order here.

 

No change here. Like last month, it's all about the two new autobiographies which I've recently co-written. The first is My Life With Deth, the autobiography of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, published on October 29 by Simon & Schuster. Ellefson and I are interviewed about our three-year collaboration by Heavy Metal Book Club here.

The second is My Bloody Roots, Max Cavalera's autobiography, available now in Portuguese and Polish. The English-language edition, plus versions in other languages, will be published in April 2014.

Here's a cool interview I gave about life as a writer and the mad people I meet on a regular basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2013

Max Cavalera's autobiography: the Brazilian edition. Order it here.

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's autobiography.. Order here.

 

As per last month, it's all about the two new autobiographies which I've recently co-written. The first is My Life With Deth, the autobiography of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, published on October 29 by Simon & Schuster. The second is My Bloody Roots, Max Cavalera's autobiography, available now in Portuguese and Polish. The English-language edition, plus versions in other languages, will be published in April 2014.

Press coverage keeps rolling in. Those kind chaps at Focus On Metal interviewed me here (for the third time, which was rather splendid of them) as did Guitar World here and Heavy Metal About here. Thanks to all of them for fighting the good fight.

Next month I'll provide more details of the next couple of books. In the meantime, stay safe and drink beer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2013

Max Cavalera's autobiography: the Brazilian edition. Order it here.

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's autobiography.. Order here.

 

Lots of press happening for the two new autobiographies which I've recently co-written. The first is My Life With Deth, the autobiography of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, published on October 29 by Simon & Schuster. The second is My Bloody Roots, Max Cavalera's autobiography, available now in Portuguese and Polish. The English-language edition, plus versions in several other languages, will be published in the next few months.

The venerable Classic Metal Show interviewed me here about Ellefson's book, while he appears on the same show here. Also, here I am interviewed in Russian, in which Google Translate calls me 'Steel Tip Master'. I always knew I'd be a ninja assassin one day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2013

Max Cavalera's autobiography: the Brazilian edition. Order here.

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's autobiography.. Order here.

 

Two books co-written by me are landing on bookshelves near you imminently. The first is My Life With Deth, the autobiography of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, published on October 29 by Simon & Schuster. The second is My Bloody Roots, Max Cavalera's autobiography, available in Brazil in Portuguese. The English-language edition plus versions in several other languages will be published in the next few months. Happy days!

Several more books taking shape as we speak: two that are contracted and in progress, three more in negotation with publishers and quite a few still in the embryonic 'This seemed like a good idea after a few pints' stage. Updates as I have them...

 

 

 

 

August 2013

Behold Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's autobiography, which I have co-written. Order here.

A nice tweet from Dave Mustaine of Megadeth about Ellefson's book. Full-size version here.

 

Ramping up press activities for My Life With Deth, the autobiography of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, co-written by David and me over the last three years. It's published on October 29 by Simon & Schuster.

Check out this interview I did with the splendid Rock Book Show. It explains pretty much everything about this crazy job, and also allows you to see what a mess the creative hub of my office is...

More updates as I have them. In the meantime, read this!

 

July 2013

Behold Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's autobiography, which I have co-written. Order here.

A nice tweet from Dave Mustaine of Megadeth about Ellefson's book. Cheers, Megadave!

 

Summer is here (at least for the next five minutes) and with it a ton of promo activity for My Life With Deth, the autobiography of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, co-written by him and me over the last three years. It's published on October 29. Simon & Schuster have done a splendid job on it and I'm looking forward to its arrival. None other than Dave Mustaine recently tweeted his support for the book (see thumbnail at left, or a big version here), which was immensely gratifying.

After that I'll be focusing on the publication of Max Cavalera's autobiography, also an epic tome that has taken Max and I two years to perfect. Watch this space!

 

June 2013

Behold Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's autobiography, which I have co-written. Order here.

Ultimate Rock Riffs, a little geetar book which I wrote a while back. Foreword by Robb Flynn of Machine Head. Order here.

 

Some sad times lately, with the deaths of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman and Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, both of whom I interviewed in recent years and liked. I wrote obituaries of both guys, Jeff for the Guardian (here) and Chi for the Daily Telegraph (here).

After three years of toil, the autobiographies of both David Ellefson and Max Cavalera are done, I tell you, done! David's is ready for pre-order here (US), and Max's will be following suit in due course. Happy days. There's more info about the Ellefson book at the publisher Simon & Schuster's website here, and their page about me is here.

Here's Max being interviewed. He has some nice things to say about me around the 5'30" mark. Also, here's Ellefson interviewing sometime Pantera bassist Rex Brown: they sneak in a last-minute salute to me at the end. It's moments like this which cause a chap to feel as if all the effort is worthwhile.

What next? Well, much as I'd like to spend a few months smoking opium and composing sonnets in a Parisian garret, people keep asking me to write more books, and in fact there are four contracted and ready to go, with a fifth in the midst of red-hot negotiations.

I'll wait a while before being more specific but broadly speaking, they are 1) the official history of a death metal band that you've definitely heard of, 2) the official history of a guitar company that you've definitely heard of, 3) the autobiography of a famous heavy metal bass player that you've definitely heard of, and 4) an unofficial biography of a heavy metal band that you've definitely, definitely heard of. I am unlikely to get bored, put it that way.

On top of that I am editing an issue of the mighty Bass Guitar Magazine every four weeks, which I suggest you buy (or even subscribe to) because it is quite brilliant.

Watch this!

 

May 2013

Behold Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's autobiography, which I have co-written. Order here.

 

A relaxed month between books. In the interim I've been interviewed for this New Zealand-based podcast, and for two episodes (here and here) of an American radio show. Lovely chaps all.

Here's Max Cavalera talking about his forthcoming autobiography, and specifically the two-year process in which I grilled him for many, many hours about his life and career. It was rewarding but emotionally draining for him, but he dug deep and the book is a triumph as a result (although I say so myself). Look out for it in several different languages in coming months.

Read this!

 

April 2013

Behold Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's autobiography, which I have co-written. Order here.

Ultimate Rock Riffs, a little geetar book which I wrote a while back. Foreword by Robb Flynn of Machine Head. Order here.

 

Aaaaaaaaaand... relax! After three years of toil, the autobiographies of both David Ellefson and Max Cavalera are done, I tell you, done! David's is ready for pre-order here (US), and Max's will be following suit in due course. Happy days.

There's more info about the Ellefson book at the publisher Simon & Schuster's website here, and their page about me is here.

Here's Max being interviewed. He has some nice things to say about me around the 5'30" mark. Things like this make it all worthwhile, let me tell you.

What next? Well, much as I'd like to spend a few months smoking opium and composing sonnets in a Parisian garret, people keep asking me to write more books, and in fact there are four contracted and ready to go, with a fifth in the midst of red-hot negotiations.

I'll wait a while before being more specific but broadly speaking, they are 1) the official history of a death metal band that you've definitely heard of, 2) the official history of a guitar company that you've definitely heard of, 3) the autobiography of a famous heavy metal bass player that you've definitely heard of, and 4) an unofficial biography of a heavy metal band that you've definitely, definitely heard of. I am unlikely to get bored, put it that way.

On top of that I am editing an issue of the mighty Bass Guitar Magazine every four weeks, which I suggest you buy (or even subscribe to) because it is quite brilliant.

Here's an obituary of Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr which I wrote for The Daily Telegraph.

Watch this!

 

March 2013

 

 

As I write this, Max Cavalera's autobiography is in its very last stages, and what a book it is. Publishing deals have been signed for various territories over the last few months and more are on the way, so several editions will be appearing more or less simultaneously later this year. It's been a hell of a journey. You won't believe the stuff that Max has endured over the years, and it's been a privilege to put it down in book form, let alone to have the mighty Dave Grohl provide the foreword.

In a diametrically opposed direction, here's a cool interview I did with the esteemed Marianne Faithfull the other day.

Several other books are taking shape, and I'll reveal all when the time comes. In the meantime, why not listen to this?

 

February 2013

 

 

I generally use this site to update my readers about my books, as you'll know if you've seen January's entry below plus any of the previous six years of posts, but my time has also been taken up to a large extent over the last few weeks with the London Bass Guitar Show, an event sponsored by Bass Guitar Magazine. Readers with keen memories will know that I've been editing the excellent BGM for about nine months now, and what fun it's been.

I've been lucky enough to fulfil a dream wishlist of cover stars, from Jaco Pastorius to Steve Harris to Mark King, and the quality of the magazine is reflected in the galaxy of bass stars which are about to descend on London for the show, held at the Olympia venue on 2 and 3 March. The new issue of BGM (left) contains interviews with most of the relevant bassists, from Megadeth's David Ellefson (whose autobiography he and I are finishing up as we speak) to Stevie Wonder's bassist Nate Watts, Peter Hook, ex of New Order, Guy Pratt and many others.

I'd love to see you at the show, so pick up a ticket at www.londonbassguitarshow.com or see the magazine, which you can get at the usual stores or via www.bassguitarmagazine.com.

So, back to books. After Ellefson's autobiog is complete I'll be finishing off Max Cavalera's book and then embarking on one of several projects to be announced. There are four books bubbling under at various stages of completion, not including a funky little tome out this month called Ultimate Guitar Riffs (Quarto), featuring a foreword by none other than Machine Head frontman Rob Flynn. More details as I have them. See you on the other side!

 

January 2013

 

 

Ah, I knew those Mayans had it all wrong, which leaves me free to announce my next book, the autobiography of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. David and I have been working on this project for about two years and the press release is below. I can't wait to see this book in the flesh when it comes out this autumn.

The autobiography of David Ellefson, co-founder and bassist of 11-time Grammy-nominated heavy metal titans MEGADETH, will be made available next year via Howard Books. Ellefson's memoir, ‘My Life With Deth', chronicles the story of Ellefson's fall into addiction during the band's early years, followed by his subsequent recovery and the return to faith which championed the band's rise to fame over the past several decades. The book is being written with Joel McIver, the bestselling author of 21 books on rock music, and features a foreword by Alice Cooper. World rights to ‘My Life With Deth' were sold to Philis Boultinghouse at Howard Books by agent Lisa Gallagher at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

Ellefson says: "My autobiography is not the usual tale of rock'n'roll woe, but rather something I hope will truly inspire people. I have dedicated my life to my craft, and I wanted to share the story of how a kid with a bass guitar and the dream of rock stardom literally risked it all to move from the farm in Minnesota to Los Angeles, and with a lot of hard work, sacrifice and a little luck along the way, made the dream come true. I think the readers will enjoy the stories, as well as the hardships, of this way of life as a musician and artist. I've been very open about my life's obstacles and the means by which I overcame them. Now, my hope is that this story will inspire others to follow their dreams and really live out the purpose for their lives, too.”

The book features contributions from Kerry King (SLAYER), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Ellefson's current bandmate in MEGADETH Shawn Drover and also former colleagues Chris Poland and Marty Friedman. A publication date will be announced early in 2013.

Before that I'll be finishing off the equally amazing autobiography of Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera and continuing to edit an issue of Bass Guitar Magazine every four weeks. No-one said life had to be boring, eh? Happy New Year!