From Korn's legendary bassist comes a no-holds-barred look at the extreme highs and drug-and-booze-fueled lows of the biggest heavy metal band of our era
Music was in his bones. From the time he was an infant, Fieldy watched his dad's band perform, and soon enough he found his own calling: the bass. After high school, with a guitar and little else, he left his small California town for the music scene in L.A. Before long, Fieldy, Brian "Head" Welch, James "Munky" Shaffer, drummer David Silveria, and Jonathan Davis would gel together and form a band with a completely new sound - Korn.
What happened next was something Fieldy had always dreamed of but was totally unprepared for: Korn exploded, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and fronting the nu metal phenomenon. Fieldy was thrust into the fast-paced, hard-rocking spotlight. Korn began to tour incessantly, creating intense live shows fueled by wild offstage antics. Fieldy became a rock star, and he acted like one, notorious not only for his one-of-a-kind bass lines, but also for his hard-partying, womanizing, bad-boy ways. The more drugs he took, the more booze he drank, the worse he became: He was unfaithful, abusive, mean, and sometimes violent.
By all appearances, Fieldy had the life. But he was on the dark path of excess, alienating friends, families, and loved ones, nearly destroying himself and the band. It took an unexpected tragedy to straighten him out: the death of his father, a born-again Christian, to a mysterious illness. Following his father's dying wish, Fieldy found God. Filled with the spirit of his new faith, Fieldy quit drugs and drinking cold turkey, and found the best part of himself.
With never-before-seen photos, and never-before-heard stories, Got the Life is raw, candid, and inspiring - the ultimate story of rock and redemption.
©2009 Reginald Arvizu; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
I have been listening to a lot of biographies for the last couple of years, I was bummed out as soon as the book started and it was this guy, the same guy who ruined the Iggy Pop book for me as well. Sounds like he took a nice long toke off a bong, then began his oration!
Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.
This is a story of repentance, a hard core rocker living a life of sex and drugs admits he was killing himself and pushing his friends away and turns to God. Yes it does get very preachy at the end because Fieldy was reborn. So if you take that bit with a grain of salt, this book does give fans a detailed insight into life as a band member of the hugely successful KORN. if you are a korn fan, you will love to read about the way the band came to power and the relationships that formed among the members, but if you are not a "God-lover" you can stop reading at the last couple of chapters. Why Fieldy didn't narrate this himself I don't know and the narrator sounds like a wasted surfer dude, but the story is interesting.
Worst narrator ever; cheesy content in the book. Felt like someone was trying to convince me that they where "cool."
Being a fan of korn since 1990, and now being a Christian myself it is amazing what god can do, fieldy is honest and as transparent as he can. Be, the fact he lives in the light at the end of the tunnel is was this all leads to!
Fieldy is a natural leader, and you get a intimate preview how his motivation and passion were corrupted by drugs and ego. The book was interesting especially when they were trying to break through (early years). You like Fieldy and then you despise him just as he said we would. The book is an autobiography so nothing should be changed.
His motivation and passion and the amount of luck they had putting a band together like Korn. His motivation and endurance to make it to the top. Everything was interesting.
Yeah, you have to wonder if Fieldy has a lisp too.
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