“I’ve been threatening to write a book for a long time, but since every Tom, Dick and Harry writes an autobiography, I didn’t want to just do that. My approach to writing is the same as my approach to music: I don’t want to do what everybody else is doing,” says SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor about his new book, “Seven Deadly Sins – Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good”.
“That Metal Show”‘s Jim Florentine recently conducted an in-depth interview with Corey about the book, his life, and his music, and the conversation is being aired in three parts so fans don’t miss a word of it. The first two installments can now be viewed below.
Released in the U.S. on July 12 via De Capo Press, “Seven Deadly Sins – Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good” sees Taylor speaking directly to his fans and sharing his worldview about life as a sinner. While the 256-page hardcover book is Taylor‘s personal story, it’s also described as “a larger discussion of what it means to be seen as either a ‘good’ person or a ‘bad’ one.”
Taylor told ExploreMusic in July 2010 that the book was about “how my interpretation of the seven deadly sins is basically they’re not sins at all. They are human characteristics that we all share . . . And it’s me making that point of you can live with these urges, you can live with these hungers and still be a good person.”
Renowned for his flamboyant and disturbing stage presence, Corey has lived it all. Starting in the early ’90s, Corey threw himself into the hard-drinking, hard-loving, live-for-the-moment life of a small-town Iowa hero — Corey “Fucking” Taylor! As his career went stratospheric, and he found himself rich, wanted and on the road, his behavior got more and more extreme. Everything you can think of, Corey‘s done it… girls, drugs, excess of every kind.
“Seven Deadly Sins” is Corey‘s story, told through the prism of the seven deadly sins. His years of excess eventually made him sit down and start to think about what it was to “sin” and whether “sinning” could — or should — be recast as a good rather than bad thing. Yes, Corey‘s hurt people, and done bad things, but if sin is what makes the man, then can it ever be wrong? This isn’t a straightforward memoir, this is Corey‘s no-holds-barred story told through his own unique philosophy, honed through years of the craziest and most hedonistic excess in rock.