Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen

Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen

by Al Jourgensen


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Ministry: The Lost Gospels is both ugly and captivating, revealing a character who has lived a hard life his way, without compromise. Jourgensen, one of the most innovative and prolific artists ever to pick up a guitar, mandolin, harmonica, or banjo, wanted to be a musician, yet became a rock star. And fame and fortune almost killed him. An IV drug abuser from the age of fifteen, Jourgensen delved deeper into heroin, cocaine, methadone, and alcohol for twenty-two years before cleaning up, straightening out, and finding new reasons to live. Filled with humor, heart, decadence, and tragedy, Ministry depicts the epic life of a renegade iconoclast.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306822186
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.56(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Al Jourgensen is a six-time Grammy-nominated producer, composer, and musician. A multi-platinum-selling artist, Jourgensen's discography spans over thirty years. After getting clean in 2002, he produced another five Ministry discs and launched his own label, 13th Planet. He lives in El Paso, Texas.

Jon Wiederhorn is coauthor of the book Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, a senior writer at Revolver, and a regular contributor to Guitar World,,, and He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family.

Table of Contents

So What? The Significance of Ministry xi

Foreword: Visions of the Carnival and the Invitation to Insanity Jon Wiederhorn xv

Prologue: 911. What's Your Emergency? xxiii

1 Resurrecting the Beast 1

2 From Cuba to Oblivion 7

Intervention 1 Ministry Frontman's Stepfather, Ed Jourgensen, Illuminates the past 17

3 Teenage Wasteland 25

4 Symphony for the Devil: Soul Selling for Blow and Blowjobs 45

Intervention 2 Pick Your Poison-The Effects of Dangerous Substances on an Unstable Mind 59

5 Twitch of the Death Nerve-Lethal Trax! 63

Intervention 3 Luc Van Acker Analyzes the Turbulent Depravity of Revolting Cocks and the Mystery of Ministry 75

6 The Land of Rape and Honey: The Road to Sodomy and Gonorrhea 83

Intervention 4 Sascha Konietzko-Ministry Introduce KMFDM to the Masses 89

7 The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste: Misfiring Synapses and Overdriven Guitar Therapy 93

Intervention 5 Dead Kennedys and Lard Frontman Jello Biafra Takes Jourgensen to New Heights of Lunacy 103

8 Truly Revolting: The Sordid Story of El Duce, Penis Piercings, and the Hazing of Trent Reznor 111

Intervention 6 Revolting Cocks Vocalist Phildo Owen-Crazy Is as Crazy Does 123

9 Psalm 69: The Downward Spiral and the Perils of Fame 129

10 Welcome to the Lone Star State: Drive Friendly-the Texas Way 147

Intervention 7 Butthole Surfing with Locust Abortion Technician Gibby Haynes 157

11 Filth Pig-Dirt, Degradation, and the DEA 163

12 The Psychedelic Evolution of Leary: Turn On, Tune In, Pass Out 173

13 Dark Side of the Spoon: Three…Two…One…Meltdown 185

Intervention 8 Salvation-The Guiding Light of Angelina Lukacin-Jourgensen 199

14 Animositisomina-Twice the Animosity, Half the Substance 209

Intervention 9 Mike Scaccia: The Final Interview from the Architect Ministry's Guitar Sound (1965-2012) 217

15 Houses of the Mole: A Bush in the Hand… 229

16 Rio Grande Blood and Other Cocky Shit 237

Intervention 10 Tour Manager Holger Brandes: Ministry Teaches Industry Veteran the Rules of the Road 245

17 The Last Sucker: A Storm's a Brewin' 249

Intervention 11 Al Jourgensen: Politics and Pussy (Minus the Pussy)-How to Save the Planter with Two Dirty Words: Social Democracy 253

18 From Beer to Eternity: Another Brush with Death and Mikey's Last Stand 259

Acknowledgments 273

Discography 275

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Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen is a very interesting book. There are stories of sex, drugs, and rock n' roll that will leave your head spinning. Jourgensen has lived a wild life and the stories are fascinating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Ministry, this is a must read. It's definitely not your typical rock n roll biography. Nikki Sixx's " The Heroin Diaries" is like a children's book compared to the debauchery that takes place in this masterpiece, but what makes it so inspiring is the transformation that takes place from beginning to end.
Adam_W_S More than 1 year ago
Ministry; The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen is a chronicling of industrial pioneer Al Jourgensen's life of debauchery starting from his childhood in Chicago Illinois to his present life in Texas. First off, let me say, this book will make you realize that every other story of rock and roll pales in comparison to this. Al Jourgensen makes Ozzy Osbourne look like Katy Perry. From living with LSD guru Timothy Leary and Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers in the 90s, to blowing up Ministry's tour bus, to doing heroin with author William S. Burroughs, this book makes for the greatest story ever put to paper in rock history. This book comes through with a great many themes and messages seeping through every pore of it's being, like just saying So What, to fighting corruption and becoming politically aware, to staying away and off of drugs, to recovery from terminal injuries. It's written in a way as if the book is talking to you, like a one sided interview. Jon Wiederhorn transcribes months of steady interviews into a massive collected story. I specifically enjoy the way the stories have been arranged, juxtaposed with interviews from the likes of Jello Biafra and Chris Connelly and their recounting of the stories. If you're a fan of Rock, Metal, or just about any genre of music you will find something enjoyable in this book. It can leave you laughing to the point your gut hurts, and it can leave you wiping a tear from your eye. I could not find a single thing I disliked about this book, everyone should read it, and if you don't have the time, a movie about ministry has already been made called Fix: The Ministry Movie, and while it's not as broad on the topics, it is equally compelling. I believe this book could even be useful in high schools across the country to provide insight into counter culture life in the United States, and to open the minds of those who never would have thought to look themselves. I give this book a perfect 5 out of 5. Read it, it bites back.
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If you were ever a fan of ministry or rock n roll for that matter, this is a fun read. Makes Keith Richard's memoir seem like a trip to disneyworld.