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

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

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by Corey Taylor
 

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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 hard-drinking, fierce-loving, live-for-the-moment life; when his music exploded, he found himself rich, wanted, and on the

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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 hard-drinking, fierce-loving, live-for-the-moment life; when his music exploded, he found himself rich, wanted, and on the road. But soon his extreme lifestyle led him to question what it means to sin and whether it could—or should—be cast in a different light. After all, if sin makes us human how wrong can it be?

Now updated with a new Afterword by the author, Seven Deadly Sins is a brutally honest look “at a life that could have gone horribly wrong at any turn,” and the soul-searching and self-discovery it took to set it right.

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Seattle Weekly, 7/1/12
“If you haven't read it yet, do yourself that favor. Corey is one of the more enlightened guys roaming the planet at this moment.”
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with the premise that the seven deadly sins should be changed to "the seven petty sins," since the old ones are outdated and "barely PG-13," he ends by offering a list he calls the New Seven Deadly Sins," which include murder, child abuse, rape, and torture.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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306821226
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
71,523
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.76(d)

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"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

Meet the Author

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

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Seven Deadly Sins 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Molly04 More than 1 year ago
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.
Cruechick More than 1 year ago
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 :)
xlrashn35 More than 1 year ago
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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Jakz63 More than 1 year ago
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.
Summer Bearden More than 1 year ago
Love it if you like corey taylor and want to know more about him read it ... now
rossra8 More than 1 year ago
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.
JMTJTC More than 1 year ago
“The future is meant for those who are willing to let go of the worst parts of the past. When you cannot take two steps without turning around to inspect your footsteps, you are getting nowhere fast.” Genre: Philosophy/Memoir Number of Pages: 256 Perspective: First Seven Deadly Sins is a book by the lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Corey Taylor. He discusses his beliefs about why the seven deadly sins are outdated and should no longer be considered deadly or sins. He even provides modern day alternatives. So I didn’t actually read this book—I listened to it. Which is actually a first for me. I am not an auditory learner, which is probably why I love to read so much. I usually have a hard time following complex shows and movies, but I am rarely confused by a book. The only reason why I listened to this book is because my husband loves Slipknot—plus we saw them in concert together. They put on a great show, but are quite terrifying. I much prefer Stone Sour. Anyways, my husband doesn’t like to read, but we had a twelve-hour drive together for the holidays and wanted to kill time. For my first audiobook experience, it wasn’t too bad. It was more enjoyable than I though it would be, and it helps that Corey Taylor was the narrator, which made it more impactful. So I guess I should talk about the book itself. For a book written by a rock star, it was actually pretty insightful and deep. I expected it to be just about partying and sex—there is a lot of that in there too—but Taylor actually very philosophical. He uses his experiences to back up his philosophies, but this is not really a memoir. A reader would have to go into this book with an open mind.To read the rest of my review, go here: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.blogspot.com/2015/12/seven-deadly-sins-corey-taylor.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written book by a legendary singer/songwriter/frontman. I was highly impressed. All hail Corey Taylor and his amazing neck. (You'll understand that joke when you read the book.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Besides being a fan of stone sour and slipknot im also a big fan of his writing! <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a diaster I hate this book don't ever buy it its a waist if money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read from Corey
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Hell yeah! If you know who he is read this book
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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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