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Faith, hope, and heavy metal

In My Life with Deth, cofounder and bassist of Megadeth David Ellefson reveals the behind-the-scenes details of life in one of the world's most popular heavy metal bands. If you're looking for revelations, they're here, including the drug habits that brought the band members to their knees. You'll learn of David's unsuccessful attempts at rehab and the period when he was strung out on methadone, cocaine, and heroin - all at the same time.

But My Life with Deth is far more than just another memoir of debauchery. Ellefson also shares the story of his faith journey, which began when he decided his only choice for survival was to get free from his addiction. In his recovery, he returned to his childhood roots in the Lutheran church and embraced his Christianity, which continues to inform his life and work today.

In the pages of this book, you'll find insightful comments from some of the biggest names in heavy metal, along with life lessons for every listener. Whether religious or not, you'll be enthralled, informed, and inspired by this tell-all book on discovering meaning in a life of rock and roll.

©2013 Howard Books (P)2014 David Ellefson

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Informative and inspiring

Dave writes with honesty and conviction. He tore down the wall between religion and heavy metal. This is an eye opener. Great read and great listen to. I love the fact that he reads his own story for the Audible edition.

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MEGA Life! Music, Passion and Faith!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am a huge Megadeth fan! I didn't know what to expect from the book, but wanted to hear it in his own words! I read along with the book as I listened to the audiobook. I really enjoyed it. I totally recommend this book to Megadeth fans and music lovers because David Ellefson gives a human perspective to what it is really like being in a heavy metal band. It is not all sex, drugs and rock n roll (even though you are surrounded by it). It is also hard work, sacrifice and a clear vision of what you want to accomplish in your life/band. Mustaine had the vision David Ellefson had the discipline and work ethic to help Megadeth reach its goal. This book teaches life lessons everyone can apply to their owns lives and the book is easily relate-able no matter who you are. We all struggle with sin, and making the right decision. No one is perfect, but each day is an opportunity to make the right decision and David shows that through his life experiences.

What other book might you compare My Life with Deth to and why?

This book can be compared to other autobiographies of rock stars. It is a first hand experience of what happened in the beginning, middle and present of the band with some inside perspective.

What about David Ellefson’s performance did you like?

David does a great job of telling his experience in the band and how he fell and picked himself back up again in his life. What I truly applaud him for is he never once bad mouths anyone in this book. He never complains or makes you think he is bitter. He admits at times, he was upset and not fun to be arund, but he does it in a way that keeps it classy and respectable. He is very honest with himself and to the reader. He talks about his addiction and his recovery. You don't have to be an addict to relate to his story, nor do you have to be a die hard Christian., He just tells you that good, orderly direction (G.O.D)can help you get through obstacles in your life and unfavorable situations. He doesn't preach, he talks to you through his thoughts and scriptures in the Bible that we can all learn from. He talks a lot about his faith, but it is a huge part of his life so you have to respect that. It was a fun read and enjoyable to listen to his calming voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Trust"

Just like the Megadeth song in their album "Cryptic Writings"

I named it this because you need to trust in God and yourself.

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David Ellefson's book was uplifting, motivating and gives me hope. Like most musicians that go through a downward spiral after getting kicked out of a band, David regroups and focuses on what is important. His sobriety, family and faith. He gets pushed up against a wall and fights back. He is an example that being a good person, having humility adn faith can get you through any challenge in life. I will be a fan of Megadeth for life and I look forward to see what the future holds for David Ellefson and Megadeth!!!!

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great

It's a great book for any hard rock/metal fan even if you're not a megadeth fan.

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inspiring!

looking forward to Basstory here in Seattle. thank you for sharing your dark sms your light

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Behind the Scenes of Megadeth and Rock-stardom

This the journey of Dave Ellefson, bass player and cofounder of Megadeth. It gives another perspective on Megadeth, the rockstar life lows and highs, and how he survived by welcoming GOD (Good Orderly Direction) into his life, something that can benefit all of us. This is a must listen for any Megadeth / music fan. It's a great story narrated by Dave Ellefson himself and worth the money! Enjoy!

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Deth is a candid view of life as a rock star

Ellefson expresses the reality of a life void without Christ. No matter what success this world can bring, when we walk separate from our Creator and what we were created for, we will have a life void of true meaning. Trying to fill that void with sex, drugs, and rock and roll has an appeal - but with a huge price tag. And, at the end, it's a one way path to hell. A great listen for all Megadeth fans, and all metal fans for that matter.

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I've always wanted to be pals with David.

I really loved this book and it was great to hear David himself narrating. Listening to David narrate, was like having him in the passenger seat, telling me his story. Like we were old friends, & he was filling in the blanks & details of his life that I didn't already know. I honestly didn't want the book to end. Thanks David.

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Open & Honest!

Listen and you will not be disappointed. Mr. Ellefson is a very down to earth musician that has helped me with some common ground struggles.

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Inspired

This is one of the most inspirational books I have ever taken in. Well don Dave

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Rock, Roll and Redemption

I enjoyed David's account of his life's journey and appreciated his candor. So many of these rock memoirs feel like a contest to see who can be the most lurid and depressing; this was inspirational and I enjoyed Dave's calm vocal delivery.