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Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good | [Corey Taylor]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2011 Corey Taylor (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"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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    Benjamin Frisco Texas, United States 11-20-11
    Benjamin Frisco Texas, United States 11-20-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Profusely Written and Narrated"

    Slipknot and Stone Sour were fixtures on rotation in the soundtrack of my late adolescence. Corey Taylor's powerful vocals and lyrics are rightfully exulted by fans, and even on the earlier Slipknot records, his experimentation with the musicality of language suggests an authentic feeling for the word.

    It's no surprise, then, that Seven Deadly Sins suffuses musicality, penned with rhyming and rhythm that occasionally trespasses into verbosity. But even when Taylor is at his wordiest, his self-narration carries the listener along in a slipstream of kinetic prose. To be honest, I can't imagine a better way to experience Seven Deadly Sins than in audiobook.

    Taylor obviously appreciates the craft of musical word-making. In this book, we learn that his appreciation transcends mere song writing, stepping into the realm of literature. Oh yes: Corey Taylor is a word nerd.

    The craftsmanship of pen and voice on display is a treat, even if Taylor's riffing on the virtues of canonical sin is too fast and loose to resolve into an authoritative argument. This is not to say Seven Deadly Sins is bereft of tasty nuggets for thought. Through colorful and personal anecdotes drawn from an interesting life-in-progress, Corey Taylor gives plenty in return for the reader's attention.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colten LONGMONT, CO, United States 05-06-12
    Colten LONGMONT, CO, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Corey Taylor? Why or why not?

    Sure. Seven Deadly Sins was pretty good, so I'd try another if he wrote one. I'd prefer a real autobiography though.


    Have you listened to any of Corey Taylor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He doesn't have any unless you count his performances in Slipknot and Stone Sour. You can't really compare those to this though.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really. He's mostly ranting. I agree with him in most of his ranting which is nice, but it's not really moving.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Corey Taylor, you might like his book. I really don't know who I would tell to buy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George Mount Vernon, AR, United States 03-05-14
    George Mount Vernon, AR, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Corey Taylor at His Best"
    If you could sum up Seven Deadly Sins in three words, what would they be?

    Corey. Fucking. Taylor.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Corey opens up about his personal life, especially his younger years, throughout the book. Some moments are full of anger, while others are told in such a detached, apathetic manner that the reader is forced to assume that Corey has to detach himself or risk falling apart.


    Any additional comments?

    Corey Taylor's first book is amazing. He expertly sets up each "sin" for debate and delves into human nature to show that these "sins" are exactly that: human nature. Corey is a true talent using humor, anecdotes from his life, and the occasional f-bomb to get his point across. Whether the reader agrees with his views or not, they are laid out in such a way that the reader has to at least consider the author's point of view before choosing to embrace or reject the message.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gizowarfum Fleepaflop NE Ohio 07-13-13
    Gizowarfum Fleepaflop NE Ohio 07-13-13

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    "Such a raw story from a deeply interesting artist!"
    What did you love best about Seven Deadly Sins?

    The sound of Corey Taylor's voice was the perfect way to experience this story. I appreciated the highs and lows, the truth, the savagery, and the sin. No one could narrate this story the same way!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty and the outrageous, surreal scenarios.


    What does Corey Taylor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I could read this story over and over, but I am convinced that I would not get the same feel or the unique appreciation for the story if I hadn't had him to read it "to me". I wish he would have read it more like the spoken word though... Using the proper language doesn't seem like his real style. While he is artistic and eloquent, I just don't get the sense that he speaks without the use of contractions. At times, he would get excited and you could feel the essence of the part of the story he was recalling. That was the most genuine part of the story and I appreciated how some of the inner dialogue of the mind escaped and found its way into his prose.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Each time he recalled his early youth, it made me so sad for him. His recollection was a testament to how people who experience violence in their childhood can remain a victim of it all their life or they can use it to heal and to change their lives. He is a dedicated parent and invested in the lives of his children to ensure that they will not endure the same nightmarish hardships he was subjected to by his ridiculous excuse for a mother.


    Any additional comments?

    I CANNOT WAIT for his next book. I hope he narrates it too. I wish I hadn't waited so long to be a fan but I will remain so for life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MM Forest Lake, MN, United States 11-19-11
    MM Forest Lake, MN, United States 11-19-11
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    "7 Deadly Sins by Corey Taylor"

    This is a great audio book. He is such an interesting and charismatic person. He will make the listener laugh, cry, and think about life; and what is important/ not so important (in life) thoughout this audio journey. This is a great book and I would highly recommend it. He is an amazing singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and now author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angelique YORKVILLE, IL, United States 03-07-12
    Angelique YORKVILLE, IL, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Corey Taylor just ozzes cool!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are a fan of Skipknot or Stone Sour - obviously you would love his book and sense of humor. Not only though, did Corey incorprate humor and some real stories of his life - he's so creative and just an amazing writter. I already have the hard cover of this - but ONLY because he actually spoke on this audio, did I get it - so I can hear his awesome voice read his book. I have so many awesome things to say about, I'm a BIG fan of Corey Taylor - and his book just proves how talented and cool, he really is! I hope he writes another book, I so enjoy his writing through music - and books now!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Corey United States 02-06-12
    Corey United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like the work of Corey Taylor you'll love this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Story


    Have you listened to any of Corey Taylor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Makes you think.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Neptune NJ 03-07-13
    Matthew Neptune NJ 03-07-13
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    "endulgent"
    Would you try another book from Corey Taylor and/or Corey Taylor?

    no


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    still searching


    How could the performance have been better?

    I felt like the author was very selfish and was telling the story for himself


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    some of the stories were slightly entertaining


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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