Now my review might seem a bit biased by many because I have worked for Slipknot but I do want to start off by saying that the book is simply brilliant. Rather than break down each chapter or even mention all aspects of this book that make it the great read it is, I will tell you about some of the parts I did enjoy. First I want to say that this book does not have any bits of Corey’s feelings on Paul Gray so if your looking to purchase the book for that reason, you need to go elsewhere. This book is entirely about Corey’s life struggles as a kid to his adult years.
I wanted to start off by saying that you really dont have to know much about Corey to understand this book. It surely helps to have some background history though. Most know him as the singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour. A man behind a mask that bears the #8 that has no problem telling his “friends” to get the fuck down and then jump the fuck up on the song Spit It Out. Then there is the COrey Taylor that many of you dont know about. The man that grew up in a shit infested hole. With his mother and sister they moved from place to place never really having a real home. From Des Moines to Waterloo and on. You hear about Corey’s life as a child very early in this book. You also hear about his crazy binge drinking and insane sexual escapades with many women. Something you would figure from a rockstar right? Well, you will also read about his scarred childhood. About how he never really had a room of his own and shared it with other kids. You hear about how he was beaten up and left for dead in some unknown place miles from his home with no money in his pocket and completely wasted. You also find out about the alcoholic craziness he and his sister witnessed from his mother and her friends.
Pretty much a crazy start huh? From that beginning Corey moves on to tell you about the Seven Deadly Sins we as humans commit. He also has no problem admitting that he suffers from these himself. Yet he explains that these sins are bi-products of one another. We cant have one sin without really committing another to begin with. I completely agree! Each sin he describes in each chapter gets pretty graphic. I wouldnt say it is for the faint-hearted but it really does give you a close look into his life and his story. For example a few sins he lists are Vanity, Lust and Envy. I can say myself that I am a product of these all. This book just by hearing Corey’s stories have made me realize that I have in many ways been the ruthless jackass he mentions. Yet at the same time he also says he as well has been guilty of these. Its easy to tell someone how they should live or do things yet we never take our own advice. I also can recall the times i’ve had a friend tell me I was being ignorant and yet I never saw it. Always looking to be right. Who was I impressing? Myself? FUCKING FUCKTASTIC DOGSHIT MAN! I mean really I had to have a book make me see this? Makes me feel really bad because this friend with whom i’m sure will read this will say “I told you so,” and I can’t feel nothing but fucking horrible thoughts.
There is not much to be said about the bands although there is a few mentions in there. Then there is the t-shirt company that he created with a friend who goes by a nickname opposite of a Mogwai we know as Gizmo. Im sure you can figure out the name just based on the movie! lol. Those shirts were sold under the name Wasted Inc. Im sure somewhere in her closet my ex-gf has my t-shirt still. LOL. Was just a plain black tee with white lettering that said “If You Can Read This, My Shirt Can Insult You” phrase. Yes a Corey-ism. lol. Of course with the big W logo on the back. I mention this because in the book he mentions this as a business endeavour he took that didnt turn out exactly the way he wanted. Of course I wont mention names either but he refers to this person as Jimmy and well I gave you the clue to the real name. LOL.
Either way, the book pretty much sums up life based on Corey’s. He experienced a crap load of good and bad yet after all the bullshit and chaos, he emerged as a successful artist who enjoys his work, his life and his family. He also sums up to you the fan that although he has a life that many envy….(one of his deadly sins), he is not a wealthy, Hollywood elite that makes shitastic amounts of money for doing absolutely nothing but that he makes enough money to take care of his business and his family and yet still put some away for things he wants later in his life. Still a dream of his. This dream of his is in relation to my dream of riding a motorcycle all over the world. You just have to take my word for it and read the book to see what that dream a little dream of his is and it is mentioned quite early in the book as well.
Although many might think Corey is this egotistical maniac that sings into a microphone, he wants you to believe that yes he is spiteful. he explains why he feels the way he does. Like how he mentions being noticed in a mall by a group of teenagers who want to say hi when all he really wants to do is find the fucking bathroom to take a damn piss. lol. The fact that fame is not all its cracked up to be. He has is ideals about life, people, sins and places. He explains that although many would never see Des Moines or Waterloo Iowa as places to be proud of being from, he mentions how the bullshit he suffered through in these areas made him a stronger person and for that, those places are dear to his life. He mentions how he can sit there smoking a cigarette and just watch the traffic go by while snobby people talk about their hair, purses, money, cars, homes and whatever else. That its all materialistic. I get beat to shit when I talk about women and their need for things. Corey goes on to mention how women need to be better than others. How some women find it best to top others by their clothes, purses, homes and wealth rather than living their lives for the better. I swear to you he did not get that section from me but when you read it, you will swear it is an excerpt from past blogs ive posted on this very site and such! Not all women AND men are like this but he mentions how many fall into this deadly sin.
You really just have to read the book to understand what he is saying and to see how he puts it all into perspective. The book is eleven chapters of reality from Corey’s world. You all may not agree with his way of thinking about life but its there for all. Its really not surprising that we would have the same ideals about many things. I mean come on!!! So give this book a read. Kindle version was 240 pages as im sure the actual book is as well. Also contains some really cool black and white pictures throughout each chapter. You will notice some familiar faces. One funny bit in the book is how he mentions in the Sloth section is that “us” readers would be downloading this book to our Kindle’s rather than going out being productive and buying a cup of coffee and a copy of the book. LOL. I give this book 4 of 5 stars not because of my work with Slipknot but because I truly believe that the content in this book is real. When you sit there and say HOLY FUCKTASTIC SHIT what the fuck is Corey thinking, you can also see how his loving side comes out and in the end you may not agree with him but you can see the context of these reality in the situations he portrays to you. Life is cruel but it must be lived.