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

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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 ...
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Overview


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?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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 ("I was still kicking emotional crabs out of my soul crotch, reaching for the razor while rinsing out the Rid"). Starting with the premise that the seven deadly sins should be changed to "the seven petty sins," since the old ones are outdated and "barely PG-13," he ends by offering a list he calls the New Seven Deadly Sins," which include murder, child abuse, rape, and torture. In between, he barrels through his personal takes on positive aspects of the seven sins, such as his view of greed, "where one man's greed is another man's ambition" that "could cure cancer" even if that man only wants "the money that the patents will bring in." Overall, his hope is that people will "stop holding themselves back even slightly and start realizing potential they never dreamed existed," a hope that survived a harrowing childhood in a small Midwestern town—"a cornucopia of racism, malicious intent, and ignorant torrents of pain" that he describes in the book's most powerful and moving chapter. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews

Hang out with a pretentious, ranting metal rocker for 250-pages.

Taylor's band Slipknot developed a cult following during the late '90s and early 2000s, in part due to their over-the-top theatricality, and it's this sense of melodrama that permeates what is likely the worst rock autobiography in recent memory. Taylor, the band's lead singer, has lived the prototypical rock-star life: tough upbringing, rises from obscurity, drowns in alcohol, drugs and sex, hits rock bottom, gets sober, etc. Since the author's story is thin and not particularly interesting or original, he bulks up his memoir with pseudo-philosophical screeds about, as readers will guess from the clichéd title, the Seven Deadly Sins. Of sloth: "[it's] a simple case of strong people forgetting their nut sacks on the corner of the dresser before they leave their house in the morning." Along with its tastelessness, one of the other problems with the book is the artless prose—the sentences are often just randomly organized words with a period at the end. If Taylor was even the slightest bit appealing or likable as a narrator, readers may have cared about his eating tips (pizza with ranch dressing is one of his faves) or his take on film (Gordon Gekko is the coolest character name in cinema history), but he's such an arrogant blowhard that even when he tries to be charming, readers will want to smack him in the face with a copy of the Keith Richards memoir (an example of a well-executed rock autobiography). At times, Taylor's lack of self-awareness is breathtaking. In the section on lust, for instance, he writes, "If it were not for lust, half my stories would be boring wastes of breath." Unfortunately, dear author, allof your stories are boring wastes of breath.

Angry, self-aggrandizing, bilious and barely readable.

From the Publisher
"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." —-Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306819278
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 108,406
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 5.78 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Corey Taylor

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.
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Thought-Provoking and Hilarious!

    Corey Taylor is amazing. I loved this book!! It is not an autobiography, although he does use examples from his life to help his arguments. It is his opinion about the Seven Deadly Sins and why they should be made obsolete. It is so funny, sometimes very sad when you read about what Corey has been through, but the entire book makes you think. I didn't always agree with Corey, but he made sure I could understand why he said the things he did, and I respect him even more for that. His new list of Seven Deadly Sins is (in my opinion) exactly right for this insane day and age. People complain about his swearing, but, first of all, it's Corey Taylor, what do you expect? And second of all, I thought he kept it pretty tame. I will say this: if you are overly sensitive and do not possess the ability to open your mind, then you won't be able to appreciate this book for what it is: a fantastic philosophical argument that doubles as a damn good piece of advice. Corey is not preachy in his book, but rather writes with a relaxed and unafraid familiarity found when talking with an old friend. You learn a lot in this book; about sin, living life, and Corey himself. Reading this book will make you at the very least a little wiser and a little more of a better person. You don't need to be a fan of Slipknot or Stone Sour to enjoy Corey's words; he has a big voice and thoughtful opinions, and it has been time well spent listening to them.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    wish there were more stars to click on for my rating...

    I am a huge Slipknot and Corey Taylor fan.. but that has nothing to do with how awesome this book is.. I am only on chapter 3 and I couldn't wait until the end of the book to give this 5 STARS ... please write more Corey... from a fellow Iowan Maggot...

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2011

    Brilliant!

    I'm not a huge fan of Slipknot & Stone Sour...a casual fan...so this is not a review from an avid fan who'd love anything Corey writes. I stopped believing in sin long before I was freed from parochial school and to see that I'm not the only one who feels this way is very refreshing. You don't have to be a fan of Corey Taylor to enjoy this book. You only need to be open minded. I couldn't put this book down. I read it cover to cover in one day. Highly recommended!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Really wish I'd read a sample before purchasing

    Don't make the same mistake I did...this isn't an autobiography, it's philosophy! Apart from the few and far-between anecdotes about Corey Taylor's life experiences, this book is full of nothing but his rantings about how the 7 deadly sins are maybe not sins at all...I'm reminded of "That Guy" in college who gets drunk, plunks himself down on the couch in the middle of the room, and goes on and on and ON about how the world is a bunch of idiots, and how he's right about everything, no matter the topic. Granted, his writing style is vivid and amazing; however, I'm finding his rantings so boring and monotonous that I'm really struggling to finish the book. I'm certainly deleting this one from my Nook once I'm finally done with it.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2011

    None

    I can't believe people are giving this book more than one star. No doubt, it's the power of the fans of his music, the maggots, as he calls them. If civilization ceases to exist, it won't be b/c of some cosmic thing, but probably b/c of people like this who think it's ok to hurt the people around him. Sad. Too bad he has such a large influence. If I could I would give it no stars.

    4 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2011

    Trash

    I bought this book for my boyfriend who is a huge fan of Slipknot and Stone Sour, big mistake, it's pure trash. It's just a whole bunch of sentences jumbled together with a cuss word here and there to illustrate just how 'bad-ass' Corey Taylor is. Fine if you are one of his 'maggots'. I even need a little dose of slipknot/stonesour every now and then, but this book is a big disappointment. Wish I could get my money back. I am no one to judge, but I hope one day that this guy grows up and realizes it's not necessarily about sin, but social responsibilty. If you want to recognize a narcissist, read this book. Lacks total depth.

    4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    I cannot believe how amazing this book it. Its incredibly honest

    I cannot believe how amazing this book it. Its incredibly honest and well written. It is also nice to know that I am not the only one who thinks this way :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Bent on nacho destruction:)

    After having seen Stone Sour in concert, I have become interested in the over the top front man. Taylor is nothing if not interesting. The book is mostly an excuse for Corey to opine about how religion holds the man down, so to speak. However, there are some genuine diamonds of insight and some darn good ideas in this one. All in all, its a fun, easy read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2011

    Buy

    Love it if you like corey taylor and want to know more about him read it ... now

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    wow...

    this is huge for me... i mean i'm probably the most hardcore die hard fan of mr corey t. and for him to write this book is just great its his words, his story. in my opinion if your and all out stone cold fan of his you gotta have this book hands down. i got all his films, music collectible masks which are exact replicas of each member and i want more good or crappy i gotta have it i mean come on its corey for god sakes.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    Umm...waste of time!!

    I was so psyched to read this book!! I made it halfway through, and couldn't stay interested enough to finish it. What a let down!! I wouldn't recommend this to my worst enemy. Hopefully Taylor sticks to what he does best...

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2011

    Best book ever

    This is the best book ever.Corey is a genius.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

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    Terrible

    It is amazing that someone like this can come out with a book, let alone have people who like it. People need to read real books, not this trash.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Thanks for being a voice

    It was nice to read something that i have believed for a very long time and could fallow where he was going easily. And loved all the humor when he wanted to lighten things up. Thanks for writting the book Corey it is very nice to know your not alone in this crazy messed up world. And i do go to bed every night knowing i have not commited any one of your seven deadly sins and rest easy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Way to go Corey Taylor

    Hell yeah! If you know who he is read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    So amazing! Best book ever on the sins!

    I picked this book up two days ago and haven't put it done since! Corey's view on the "sins" is so agreeable. The way he goes into detail about evey sin makes you want to read the book over and over again. I hope he keeps on writing. 10 stars AMAZING book!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Its a gud un

    Read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    He says what he means in this book!

    I realize some people won't like this book, but I really enjoyed it! I went to Catholic School until 5th grade and we were taught EVERYTHING was a sin. I certainly agree with his new list of sins! I have met him at a Stone Sour show, and he was a nice down to earth guy who truly loves his fans. I hope he keeps the books coming, his writing style and humor made me want to read more! I would hate to think of the topic though!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Brilliant

    Corey taylor is the voice of my generation. Wether he is fronting stone sour or slipknot he is able to reach his fans thru lyrics full of pain and anger. This isnt a story about slipknot it is more about taylor as an individual. And reading it you will sew that he is not just another dumb rockstar.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Brilliantly weired

    This is more like an analyzation corey taylor has on the seven deadly sins i am only 13and maybe have broken 4 sins and i think it is pretty irrelevant in a community just loke everyone is born bisexual its just that our community has driven us to think it is taboo in my opinion beaking the seven deadly sins is just like a common person lying or fibbing that vis how irrelevant i think it is

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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