Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good (Hardcover)

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For the first time, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor speaks directly to his fans and shares his worldview about life as a sinner. And Taylor knows how to sin. As a small-town hero in the early '90s, he threw himself into a fierce-drinking, drug-abusing, hard-loving, live-for-the moment life. Soon Taylor's music exploded, and he found himself rich, wanted, and on the road. His new and ever-more extreme lifestyle had an unexpected effect, however; for the first time, he began to actively think about what it meant to sin and whether sinning could--or should--be recast in a different light. Seven Deadly Sins is Taylor's personal story, but it's also a larger discussion of what it means to be seen as either a "good" person or a "bad" one. Yes, Corey Taylor has broken the law and hurt people, but, if sin is what makes us human, how wrong can it be?

About the Author

Corey Taylor is the lead singer of hard rock bands Slipknot and Stone Sour. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, he divides his time between there and Los Angeles.

Praise For…

Publishers Weekly, 6/13/11
“Fans of the heavy metal band Slipknot will eagerly devour its lead singer/songwriter Taylor’s first book, which displays a prose that perfectly captures the supercharged energy, aggression, and outrageousness of Slipknot’s music…Powerful and moving.”

Revolver magazine, 7/1/11“Dishy” The Oakland Press, 6/30/11“In this series of essays, based around the titular sins, Taylor espouses upon the lessons learned while going from ‘an absolute crazy person’ into someone more in control and reflective—but not pulling any punches. He can be both self-effacing and self-aggrandizing, but he presents a more worthwhile and even illuminating ‘argument’ than most of his peers could manage.” Drive 97.3 KLCB Rocks (video review), 6/28/11
“A great book…Steps away from the average rock bio. It’s really a trip into the deranged mind of Corey Taylor himself. It reads just like he talks and if you’ve seen any of his interviews or ever met Corey Taylor you know that it’s going to be a fun time.”

Metro, 7/18/11
“An in-depth argument for the redefinition of sin, meshed with personal stories from [Taylor’s] childhood and career.”

Seattle Weekly (Duff McKagan blog), 7/21/11
“It looks fascinating…Corey Taylor is one of those people that just seems impossibly good at whatever he chooses to pursue, and I have no doubt that this tome will reflect this fact.”

The Nervous Breakdown, 7/30/11
“Corey Taylor delivers a unique spin on the rock star biography, foregoing the strip-mined territory of the rock and roll tell-all and instead incorporating tales of his excesses into an articulate, thought-provoking examination of sin, morality and the search for purpose…He combines his own life experiences with an intriguing examination of the seven deadly sins…His style is intimate and conversational, as if you're the last two standing after a long night out…Loads of humor, colorful analogies and of course, some riveting stories of life in the fast lane.”

AOL Noisecreep, 8/10/11
“A compelling read, the book is a refreshing journey through an age-old concept and its definition. The warts-and-all approach he uses in his lyrical approach is used in Seven Deadly Sins to winning effect.” 

Des Moines Register, 8/8/11“[Taylor] takes an f-bomb-loaded crack at philosophizing on sin and an often astute look at modern society’s folly.”

“Exceeded my expectations…Corey’s on-stage personality came across as very likable, and his direct interaction with the fans made it completely worth the time and money they invested towards this show…A delightful two-and-a-half hours with Corey Taylor...I recommend this show not only to fans of Slipknot and/or Stone Sour, but also to fans of rock music in general, because there’s something in it for all of you. A terrific performance indeed.”

Hollywood Music Magazine, 11/22/11
“[Taylor is] a literary genius of this day and age….‘Seven Deadly Sins’ is full of hilarious and thought provoking metaphors, innuendos and references that need to be highlighted just so you can show your friends…I can not recommend this book enough, hell I will buy you a copy or let you borrow mine if it means that you’ll make some time in your busy days, to read at least a few pages at a time. This a MUST-READ book if I’ve ever seen one.”

Lithium Magazine, 12/2/11“It was definitely an entertaining evening and a chance to see a star of Taylor's magnitude in a small intimate setting. It was also a unique opportunity to see a side of him that we don't always get to see - the intellectual and humourous side. The man can SING, and shows it off in an acoustic setting far more than is possible while behind the amps and masks of his other bands.” Examiner, 12/5/11“Corey Taylor has finally gotten his chance to share his love for all music as well as his personal magnetism, and if even just one die-hard metalhead walked away with a newfound appreciation for U2 and Pink Floyd, it was all worth it.”, 12/5/11“Corey Taylor continues to prove why he is one of the most entertaining frontmen in the business.” Pop Culture Madness, 12/6/11 “To sum it up: Corey Mother F**king Taylor is mother f**king hilarious, and if you have a chance to get out and see one of his rare intimate solo performances it will certainly be an evening to remember, as Taylor’s lacerating wit and unwavering view of the world shed insight into the artists psyche…”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780306819278
ISBN-10: 0306819279
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication Date: July 12th, 2011
Pages: 241
Language: English