My Life with Deth: Discovering Meaning in a Life of

My Life with Deth: Discovering Meaning in a Life of RockRoll [PDF / Epub] ❤ My Life with Deth: Discovering Meaning in a Life of RockRoll ✅ David Ellefson – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk One of the hardest headbangers of heavy metal shares his uplifting and empowering memoir about overcoming addiction and discovering a life of faithInMy Life with Deth, cofounder and bassist of Mega de One of the hardest headbangers of heavy with Deth: MOBI î metal shares his uplifting and empowering memoir about overcoming addiction and discovering a life of faithInMy Life with Deth, cofounder and bassist of Mega deth 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 eye opening revelations, they re here, including the drug My Life PDF/EPUB ² habits that brought the band members to their knees But My Life with Deth is far 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 addic tion Whether religious or not, you ll be enthralled and inspired by this tell all book on discovering meaning in Life with Deth: Kindle Ó a life of rock and roll You ll find insightful comments from some of the biggest names in heavy metal, along with universal life lessons With a delicate balance between humor and earnestness, anyone can appreciate Ellefson s unpretentious tone and the delightful irony of a serious Christian who helped define seriously heavy metal music Publisher s Weekly.


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  1. Rae Gee Rae Gee says:

    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 th 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 GRABthan 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 While I realise this was written by an American, the ghost writer Joel McIver is British and should have picked up on the use of words like Mono Mono isn t an illness here in the UK, or the rest of the world for that matter To put it into English that the rest of the world can understand, Mono is better known as glandular fever.The same goes for the tech speak which litters the book For those of us who aren t musicians, this is a book best read with Google open because you ll find yourself stopping and starting to trying and piece it together On the flip side, he tells musicians to start putting bands together at eighteen while they have no responsibilities, which is yet another generalisation by someone who hasn t lived in the real world for the past 30 years You get the feeling that Ellefson has some real insecurities issues regarding his job He s constantly going on about how the internet radio TV people in general have ruined the music industry Which only adds up to giving you the impression that he s scared of other bands coming along and finally finishing off Megadeth.And don t get me started on the quotes which started every chapter Each one other than the Biblical passages is listed as Anonymous Yet a quick internet search would have thrown up who each one was credited to.I don t need the lewd stories of a musician s life and thankfully Ellefson s story is fairly free of those It s not because I m a prude but because once you ve read one rock star s life story you ve read them all Yes, you took a bunch of drugs Yes, you had a lot of sex So have millions of other people around the world There s no need to pad out a biography with several hundred pages of exactly identical sex stories and I m glad that Ellefson didn t go down that route But, as with any junkie, their life is ruled by the drugs which may also account for why this book is so short Not being able to remember the night before coupled with the same thing happening again and again as they tend to do in drug addicts lives with the Get high get withdrawals get high get withdrawals routine make for a really boring story Throughout the book, Ellefson misses some brilliant chances to tell stories Instead he gives them a fleeting, single sentence glance before going on to talk about who he was sleeping with at the time, what equipment he was using, or how many drugs he was taking The lawsuits between himself and Mustaine is something a lot of fans want to know about Yet it gets a paragraph While I understand that Ellefson wants to move on, he also has to understand that those who ve supported him all these years will want to know about such events Fobbing them off with brief, and often inane, excuses is sloppy and lazy Considering this is billed as his BIOGRAPHY, there s not a lot to go on, especially for long term fans of the band I also know this is supposed to be some kind of inspirational How Not To Do The Music Industry Or, If You Do, How To Survive It book but sadly it s been done far better and farin depth by other people.Unfortunately, the entire tone of the book makes Ellefson seem ungrateful of his position in life He moans about not being on the road, and then moans that he s not getting any sleep because of his kids Hello Welcome to the real world where 99% of us have to get up at the crack of dawn to go to work so that we can feed our kids and keep roofs over our heads A lot of us don t have the luxury of getting a lie in and starting our working day at 10am, 11am, or even mid day Rather than coming across as the nice one of Megadeth, Ellefson sadly appears to have picked up Mustaine s habit of whining about everything and anything At no point did he come across as nice or the diplomat as he likes to remind everyone at least once a chapter The constant repetition of who he is David Ellefson band diplomat and second in charge , what he does plays bass in Megadeth , and who he plays with 20 people over the band s history to date, plus various side projects while he was away from Megadeth weren t needed and seemed to only be there to try and pad out an already slender volume.Ellefson also spends time talking about how people should be happy with their lot in life I m not sure that the homeless, starving, and destitute would agree with him and is another example of how he s not in touch with the real world.This book can t decide if it s a biography, a technical manual for musicians, a coffee table book of nice comments from Ellefson s friends, a love letter to his wife and family, or an inspirational book which is one of the genres it was marketed as, yet I m having a lot of trouble finding it Overall, it feels rushed, forced, and devoid of any real emotion For anyone who s been a fan of the band for any length of time, there s no new information Most of what s in the book can be found in various interviews and articles, all of which are freely available on You Tube and various music sites.I know all of these issues may be minor but when coupled together it makes for an irritating and jarring reading experience.David, I love and respect you and adore what you ve done with your life You ve been a great inspiration during my own dark days of addiction and cleaning up However, thanks to this, my respect of you has plummeted to an all time low I m sad that you did this, sad that you rushed it out, and sad that you so obviously didn t proof read it to see the tone of voice you came over with Please don t write another of these books If you want to write another, please go and update the absolutely excellent Making Music Your Business for the 21st century And write the next one yourself as working with another writer hasn t done you any favours


  2. Donna Milward Donna Milward says:

    MegasighI was SO excited to read this book I ve loved Megadeth for years and Dave Ellefson was always my favorite I read Dave Mustaine s biography, and I couldn t wait to see how Ellefson s side of the story matched up with that red headed blowhard.Yeah, too bad Ellefson doesn t really tell us His book reads like a list of accomplishments with footnotes of important events in his life Admittedly,thirty five years in the music business makes for impressive name dropping, but I think that g MegasighI was SO excited to read this book I ve loved Megadeth for years and Dave Ellefson was always my favorite I read Dave Mustaine s biography, and I couldn t wait to see how Ellefson s side of the story matched up with that red headed blowhard.Yeah, too bad Ellefson doesn t really tell us His book reads like a list of accomplishments with footnotes of important events in his life Admittedly,thirty five years in the music business makes for impressive name dropping, but I think that getting various colleagues to add anecdotes about what a super nice guy he is was unnecessary I would have preferred to read about how they got their first record contract, or the first impressions he had of his wife Or maybe how it felt to become a father for the first time He mentioned where he was when the jets hit the twin towers, but didn t go into detail Also missing where his reactions to the death of Dimebag Daryl and Gar Samuelson He never even mentioned either event, which I thought odd, because he knew both of them The only place he seemed to show any emotion at all was in the parts about his religionwhich also reads like the snorefest it sounds like I m happy he found God and that he s spiritually fulfilled, but I don t think it deserved it s own chapter Towards the end, the religious aspects becamepronounced and the book became harder to finish Sorry, I just didn t care Dear Dave Ellefson, I m still a huge fan But until you can put out a book withpersonality than tepid water, I won t be reading another


  3. Sarah Tipper Sarah Tipper says:

    I felt calmer and slightly spiritually improved after reading this book I really wasn t expecting that It s not your typical rock metal autobiography, it s really thoughtful but doesn t skimp on the salacious details from the early Megadeth days David has done the sex, drugs and rock n roll and he s also worked out what he wants from life He comes across as full of quiet wisdom I wonder how much he had the peacemaker role thrust upon him, working with Dave Mustaine Ellefson has done as m I felt calmer and slightly spiritually improved after reading this book I really wasn t expecting that It s not your typical rock metal autobiography, it s really thoughtful but doesn t skimp on the salacious details from the early Megadeth days David has done the sex, drugs and rock n roll and he s also worked out what he wants from life He comes across as full of quiet wisdom I wonder how much he had the peacemaker role thrust upon him, working with Dave Mustaine Ellefson has done as much diplomacy as Ban Ki moon in his career, it s a recurring theme in the book I liked this so much I bought Ellefson s book about music management straight after finishing it There are quotes from tons of rock and metal mates of Ellefson s and some very cute photos of young David It s an interesting life to read about even if you aren t a big Megadeth fan


  4. Mike Orr Mike Orr says:

    Great book I find it amazing that he had multiple albums under his belt with one of the largest bands in the world, Megadeth, had no money, owed 80 grand in back taxes and was interviewing with Peavey Electronics for an actual 9 to 5 job I really enjoyed listening about his walk with God and the fact that Dave Mustaine of Megadeth also walks with God I find it very interesting that most, if not all of my childhood metal icons openly talk about how faith has helped them through out their lives Great book I find it amazing that he had multiple albums under his belt with one of the largest bands in the world, Megadeth, had no money, owed 80 grand in back taxes and was interviewing with Peavey Electronics for an actual 9 to 5 job I really enjoyed listening about his walk with God and the fact that Dave Mustaine of Megadeth also walks with God I find it very interesting that most, if not all of my childhood metal icons openly talk about how faith has helped them through out their lives I also really enjoyed learning that Dave has done so well for himself by branching out and playing with several bands, starting his own record label along with his recent creation, a gourmet coffee business I think everyone should read this book I read pretty much any book regarding the life a Bassist and I must say I really enjoyed this one alot Dave is very involved with his church and many church projects This book speaks a lot about faith, churches and includes many passages from the bible I wanted to comment on this as I know some may take it as if he is trying to shove his faith down your throat But, I did not take it that way I really enjoyed it and felt that we was simply sharing how he has served his faith and how his faith has served him over the years I hope you enjoy the book I really did


  5. Herbert Herbert says:

    Everyone featured in this biography agrees that the author is a very good guy And the reader is glad the author has chased his dragons, and found true meaning in God However, for a rockstar biography the book is quite boring.


  6. Jay Lamm Jay Lamm says:

    Megadeth was the band that got me into metal David Ellefson was the musician that made me want to pick up a bass I guess I can thank him for the path he helped set me on a path of financial destitution and struggle But that s okay because I m quite happy relatively speaking with where I m at.I became a Megadeth fan after hearing In My Darkest Hour on the soundtrack to the Decline of the Western Civilization II soundtrack It was my favorite song at the time I went out and picked up Pea Megadeth was the band that got me into metal David Ellefson was the musician that made me want to pick up a bass I guess I can thank him for the path he helped set me on a path of financial destitution and struggle But that s okay because I m quite happy relatively speaking with where I m at.I became a Megadeth fan after hearing In My Darkest Hour on the soundtrack to the Decline of the Western Civilization II soundtrack It was my favorite song at the time I went out and picked up Peace Sells and was instantly hooked I was a fan ever since I have to say that I enjoyed Ellefson s book a bitthan Mustaine s Both books deal with how Megadeth was formed, the members drug addictions, the band s return to form, etc etc But I found it very interesting when seen through the eyes of the bass player, Ellefson This was one of those books that I found hard to put down I kept wanting to come back to read about what was going on during the writing and recording phase of some of my favorite albums I wanted to hear about the shenanigans on tour I wanted to readabout Dave Mustaine from this different perspective I wanted to know about all the member changes and who left and why.Well, those details were in there but, for the most part, things were kind of glossed over That whole middle section where the band started to make the transition from thrash metal icons to 90s melodic metal band was quickly ran through It was, however, interesting to read Ellefson s take on the band s change of direction.The book had quite a it of God stuff in it, too A lot A whole lot Like, an uncomfortable amount at times It got to the point where I was thinking, dammit,of this stuff again We get it Prayer helped you through Those were really my only two peeves about the whole book lots of God talk and glossed over information I would ve loved to readabout.The book is relatively short with a little over 200 pages it s filled out with a section commenting on all the albums he played on and a lengthy index But overall it was a very interesting yarn and fun to read


  7. Jerry Jerry says:

    The thrash metal music scene of the 1980 s 90 s provides the backdrop for the most interesting sections of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson s deeply personal autobiography Megadeth along with Slayer and early Metallica was the brainchild of the daring lead singer guitarist Dave Mustaine After being thrown out of Metallica mid tour for being a violent drunk, the determined Mustaine returned to Los Angeles planning his return to the metal music scene He soon ran into a skinny, self describ The thrash metal music scene of the 1980 s 90 s provides the backdrop for the most interesting sections of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson s deeply personal autobiography Megadeth along with Slayer and early Metallica was the brainchild of the daring lead singer guitarist Dave Mustaine After being thrown out of Metallica mid tour for being a violent drunk, the determined Mustaine returned to Los Angeles planning his return to the metal music scene He soon ran into a skinny, self described Lutheran farm boy from Minnesota David Ellefson The young rock bassist had followed his passion for stardom all the way from his family farm in Minnesota to the streets of Los Angeles, arriving in 1983 The meeting of Ellefson Mustaine is the stuff of heavy metal legend The Two Daves as they became know amongst fans formed Megadeth, a band that despite many lineup changes is considered one of the greatest thrash metal bands of all time Dave Mustaine is the undisputed leader of this band, the primary songwriter and by all accounts, a difficult person to collaborate with David Ellefson became a diplomat of sorts, dealing with the many lineup changes and smoothing over Dave s rough edges much like a translator facilitates communication between negotiating parties Upon his arrival, an 18 year old Ellefson was quick to experiment with drugs and soon became a heroin and cocaine addict, he was far away from home and had ignored his parents heartfelt warnings Ellefson was a functioning addict however and the strength of Megadeth s demos had landed them a record contract with Combat Records in 1984 Mustaine also had tremendous drug alcohol issues but, like Ellefson, was able to function, construct songs, perform live and tour Over the next six years, Megadeth would release three certified gold records and slowly build their fan base Ellefson was living his dream, but the combined costs of touring and his drug habit were preventing him from accumulating any real money Despite the drug fog and financial issues, Ellefson is firm in his description of the band s focus on success, the reader is left with the impression that this was never a loose, jam band that stumbled into success Ellefson has plenty of stories to tell, he was ground zero in Hollywood during the hard rock scene s most notorious times i.e Nikki Sixx 1988 heroin overdose and was friends with Slash Steven Adler of the band Guns N Roses before their multi platinum success After a dope sick Monsters Of Rock performance in England, Ellefson confronted his demons and finally kicked drugs and alcohol in 1990 He was 25 years old 1990 also saw perhaps the greatest Megadeth lineup ever formed Exotic scale shredder Marty Friedman on lead guitar and jazz inspired Nick Menza on drums This lineup recorded arguably Megadeth s best record Rust In Peace At this point the band was clean from drugs and a well honed machine armed with four albums worth of cutting edge songs and world tours ahead of them Both Daves had also experienced spiritual awakenings, Ellefson reconnected with his Lutheran faith and quickly developed a passion for helping other struggling drug addicts After slowly paying off an 80,000 tax bill, Ellefson was finally beginning to make real money from publishing rights, ticket sales merchandise Rust In Peace reached No 23 on the Billboard chart, MTV began playing some of the band s videos and Megadeth was on the brink of mainstream success That success and arguably the band s peak occurred with the next album and subsequent world tour Countdown To Extinction 1992 debuted at 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and was nominated for a Grammy Throughout the book, Ellefson is cautious to protect his creative partner Dave Mustaine Dave s alcohol and drug problems weren t over, and it s well known that this is the reason that Megadeth s 1993 Japanese tour was canceled Megadeth also lost the Grammy award that year to Nine Inch Nails and was subsequently kicked off of two other important North American tours This painful one two punch was especially disappointing for Marty Friedman who was never a drug addict or alcoholic In hindsight, the setbacks in 1993 were the early signs of Megadeth s next lineup change Twosuccessful albums, Youthanasia 1994 and Cryptic Writings 1997 followed In 1994, Ellefson had financial spiritual stability and married his longtime girlfriend Julie Foley The two bought a home in Scottsdale, Arizona where they still reside today Also around this time, Metallica made dramatic changes to the band s sound and appearance in a successful attempt to blend into mainstream music Megadeth had changed management after the Youthanasia album and this new team pushed Mustaine to follow Metallica s lead with their next album Risk This was a huge disappointment for Megadeth fans, leading to poor reception for the album Despite this, Marty Friedman wasn t prepared to return to the band s previous thrash sound that had garnered so much success and he abruptly left the band in 2000 The World Needs A Hero 2001 was a return to thrash, but without Friedman on lead guitar many fans were disappointed In 2002, Mustaine suffered severe nerve damage in his left arm leaving him unable to play guitar Fearing he would never play again, he later recovered completely Mustaine disbanded Megadeth and Ellefson took a job with music equipment company Peavey In the book, Ellefson describes this time out of the band as an important time to focus on his faith and raising his two children He also mananged to produce and record bass guitar on several albums for artists like Max Cavilera s Soulfly and many others He managed to play a few tour dates with these artists as well as forming a christian group called MEGA Live as well as a group dubbed F5 thus proving that his passion for music was never diminished by the disappointments and setbacks throughout his career The book can tend to get very repetitive with regard to Ellefson s faith and borderline preachy at times, yet the reader will sense that these are the genuine feelings of the artist without pretense or artifice Included are many testimonials from fellow musicians attesting to Ellefson s commitment to helping others as a form of service and his general positive influence on people around him After lawsuits and meetings, aborted recording sessions and arguments, the two Daves reconnected in 2010 when Megadeth embarked on a tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of Rust In Peace Ellefson was back in the band recording new albums and continues to tour the world with Megadeth today


  8. Brian Joynt Brian Joynt says:

    This is a pretty good memoir from Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, told in a matter of fact style but void of any real flair or grit, which is what I like to read and discover in these types of stories Ellefson narrates the events as if he s ticking off the beats, and it comes across as a rudimentary summary of his life There s nothing wrong with that It seems like that was his intention But with this kind of style it limits its availability to only hardcore Megadeth fans, which is to say th This is a pretty good memoir from Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, told in a matter of fact style but void of any real flair or grit, which is what I like to read and discover in these types of stories Ellefson narrates the events as if he s ticking off the beats, and it comes across as a rudimentary summary of his life There s nothing wrong with that It seems like that was his intention But with this kind of style it limits its availability to only hardcore Megadeth fans, which is to say the casual rock star bio reader won t find much to enjoy here Dave Mustaine s book is the Megadeth account you want to read, filled to the brim with detail oriented stories and lurid memoirs, the real down and dirty of the band Still, this makes a decent enough companion piece in its own way It s nice that Ellefson doesn t trash anything or anyone, and takes responsibility for his own actions This book focuseson his desire for recovery and sober living than it does as a Megadeth rich tome of road anecdotes I d recommend it to Megadeth fans, but Mustaine s much superior book is definitely the prerequisite


  9. Torr Torr says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I can t believe how disappointed I was with the last 1 2 orof this audiobook.His life story was really interesting up until every other sentence was about God or was about the other GOD Good Orderly Direction It felt like days and days of someone trying to pound religion into my head when in reality it was only 3 to 4 hours of talk time played back at 1.5x so 2 to 3 actual hrs.There was some real wisdom in this work for up and coming artists though, words and warning that should be he I can t believe how disappointed I was with the last 1 2 orof this audiobook.His life story was really interesting up until every other sentence was about God or was about the other GOD Good Orderly Direction It felt like days and days of someone trying to pound religion into my head when in reality it was only 3 to 4 hours of talk time played back at 1.5x so 2 to 3 actual hrs.There was some real wisdom in this work for up and coming artists though, words and warning that should be heeded.Try to achieve your dream between the ages of 19 and 21 young enough that you can recover from mistakes, young enough to have the energy to pursue your dream, too young to NOT be taken advantage of by others but hopefully you will wise up and recover.His dad told him that sex is like shaving, once you start you can t stop.The easiest way to quit drugs is to never start.Since he was someone that lived the life, when he said all drugs ARE gateway drugs those words felt like they carried a lot weight and truth with them.I would really like an abridged version of the book that is just the profoundly true statements from someone that was there and lived it


  10. James Vaissiere James Vaissiere says:

    I was hesitant about picking this up, based on a lot of the reviews on this site I am, however, a huge fan of David Ellefson and his bass playing, and so I decided to pick this up anyway and make my own impression Honestly I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it I m not religious in the slightest quite the opposite , and so yes the sections on religion did go over my head a little bit I do however appreciate that religion has played a large and very healthy role in Ellefson s I was hesitant about picking this up, based on a lot of the reviews on this site I am, however, a huge fan of David Ellefson and his bass playing, and so I decided to pick this up anyway and make my own impression Honestly I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it I m not religious in the slightest quite the opposite , and so yes the sections on religion did go over my head a little bit I do however appreciate that religion has played a large and very healthy role in Ellefson s life, and so I wasn t bothered by their inclusion in the slightest.The rest of the book was very enjoyable and easy to digest, and it was pleasant to hear about Megadeth from Ellefson s perspective Sure, it s not the most in depth music autobiographies, but this doesn t detract from the experience instead, the book serves as a fun, informative and casual read


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