Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Dark Days: A Memoir Hardcover – July 14, 2015
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
"Those of us who are familiar with Mr. Blythe's lyrics will be pleased to find that this book is full of all the impassioned, defiant, and bitingly funny writing we've come to expect from him. For those who aren't, I can only say that I'm jealous. You're about to discover a writer whose mind and heart are completely alive on every page. Dark Days is an utterly transfixing story of one man's journey through several hells. Some of these are of the kind fate puts us in. The others are the ones that always seem to burn inside us. It absolutely blew me away."Kevin Powers, National Book Award finalist and author of The Yellow Birds
"Randy Blythe survived an ordeal nobody should ever have to face. Wrongly accused of manslaughter in a foreign country, he bravely chose to go to trial rather than run. This book is a fascinating account about how to do the right thing when everything goes wrong."Brad Warner, author of Hardcore Zen and Don't Be a Jerk
"Harrowing and funny, bleak and hopeful, intelligent and earthy, and above all just really well-written, Dark Days is as good as rock memoirs get."Michael Azerrad, author of Our Band Could Be Your Life and Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana
Billboard, This Summer’s Music Must-Reads,” 5/30/15
Recounts a horrifying incident and its aftermath.”
Richmond Magazine, July 2015
Dark Days brings readers deeproughly 500 pages deepinto [Blythe’s] bout with alcoholism and through the still-surreal story of being arrested, jailed and tried on charges that he caused the death of a teenage fan injured at a 2010 Lamb of God concert.”
Downtown Magazine, 7/7/15
Entirely the opposite of a happy-go-lucky rock star memoir, Dark Days is about Randy’s journey, looking back on everything he went through in a land where one is not innocent until proven guilty. One does not have to be a metal fanor even previously aware of Lamb of Godto appreciate Dark Days, as it comes from the perspective of an introspective, good-natured person trying to do the right thing”
Village Voice, 7/10/15
Fluid, literary prose [An] intensely detailed memoir.”
Boston Globe, 7/23/15
Riveting, bold and brutally honest Dark Days: A Memoir isn’t your everyday rock and roll memoir Blythe recounts his experiences in such a way that you almost feel the emotion coming from the words on the pages Dark Days is not just for fans of Lamb of God or heavy metal. The book is a must for anyone interested in a unique story of injustice and the long arduous journey one man took to clear his name.”
Lithium Magazine, 7/31/15
In Dark Days, Blythe takes the reader day by day, through his arrest and incarceration. He speeds things up and slows things down in just the right places, heightening the engagement level for the reader. Lamb of God fans, and metal fans will surely enjoy this book. Music fans and casual readers will ALSO really enjoy this book. Dark Days contains some sardonic wit, razor sharp insights, and a level of honour and integrity that many, if put into the same situation as the author, might not have shown Blythe captures so much emotion within this book hopelessness, anger, frustration, self-questioning (even a bit of loathing) and ultimately an intent to do the right thing no matter the cost An engaging book.”
My Big Honkin Blog, 7/22/15
The book takes on a very authentic feel early on, with reproductions of notes scrawled in a very rough hand They offer a depth of clarity that is amazing in its level-headedness, yet painful in their desperation. [Blythe’s] description of the dank, crumbling, 123 year old prison and the dark cell he called home for over a month from shortly after his arrest to his making bail reads like something straight out of a James Bond movie and a villain’s lair. Dark Days illustrates Blythe’s iron grip on his reality; this guy knows pretty clearly who he is and his place in the world, truly a rarity for a rock star.”
A tremendous read Randy leaves no stone unturned, no detail astray and no emotion unexplored, creating one of the most dense and honest reads you’ll ever get from a musician’s memoir.”
Engrossing Blythe proves to be a gifted writer as he transports the reader back through those awful days with detailed accounts and often humorous anecdotes Dark Days is a gripping read that not only sheds light on the circumstances of his arrest and trial but on the character of the author himself as his integrity and candor serve as an example to all.”
An absolutely astounding, brave, and gut-wrenching book If you read one book this year, make it Dark Days.”
South China Morning Post, 9/5/15
[A] moving book Gritty and believable, the book reveals the life of a budget rock star’ and what it's like to have a drink problem. It succeeds by sharing insights into common human suffering.”
Publishers Weekly, 11/16/15
Powerful and intelligent A mixture of horror and humor makes this a remarkable memoir.”
A riveting, gripping, biting, bold and brave memoir Much more than a tour diary or a prison memoir, Dark Days is Blythe's own story about what went downbefore, during, and aftertold only as he can.”
Philadelphia Magazine, 1/15/16
Dark Days is extremely candid. It goes to some really raw places of the heart.”
Philadelphia Magazine, 12/17/15
This book is not just for metalheads, but for everyone.”
Asbury Park Press, 1/22/16
Associated Press, 10/22/15
Blythe vividly and descriptively recalls the details of his arrest, incarceration, trial and longtime struggles with alcohol abuse.”
Blythe gives us the real story straight from his own mindno ghostwriters, just him A very intense, real story about what Blythe went through and how doing the right thing is not always easy Toxic prison accommodations, interesting prison mates, missing home, sobriety, discipline, loss, honesty, memoriesthese are all things that Blythe opens up about throughout the book Dark Days is an intimate look into Randy Blythe’s world when it got turned upside down and how he came out of it with a positive attitude. If you’re a fan of Randy Blythe, Lamb Of God, or just engaging biographies, you definitely need to give this book a read.”
About the Author
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.
Top Customer Reviews
Not only does this book give insight into Blythe's mind and personality but he does a superb job taking the reader on his journey. That journey was sometimes terrifying, confusing and occasionally funny. You truly gain some perspective into his ordeal and it forces you to wonder how you would have handled being in a similar situation. It is one thing to suddenly (and surprisingly) face prison time for something that you didn't know about, but facing that prospect in a foreign country with different laws and practices, not to mention a whole other language (!!!) had to be overwhelming, which is one of the reasons this book is so enthralling. To read about his experience and learn how he coped is quite a tale.
As much as I liked this book, the two criticisms that I have concern his prose. One, perhaps Blythe is trying too hard to impress but he either wrote this book with a thesaurus by his side or he does possess an extensive vocabulary. Either way, just because you know the words doesn't mean you should use loquacious umpteen times when an occasional "he wouldn't stop talking" would suffice.
Secondly, there are many portions that were simply too long, with multiple examples when the reader got the point on the first try. Some trimming would have made this a much more lean and engrossing read.
This is definitely a wonderful effort for a first time author. I hope Blythe continues to write and I hope any future offerings will be more tightly composed, not to mention happier.
My first impression was, "Why is he holding back?" He talks a lot about his battle with sobriety, and like all metal tell-all books I was expecting some crazy stories about some crazy stuff he did while drinking. But then I remembered the title of the book - Dark Days. There is really very little humor in the book, and he discusses his battle seriously, how if he hadn't quit drinking, it would have killed him.
In the same manner, he is actually quite open about his experiences in prison. This was hard time in a hard place, and you really believe him that he would kick the crap out of someone if he had to - not because he is a bad ass, but because of fear. It is told in sort of a stream of consiousness way, basically sharing what he is thinking and feeling as he goes through the rough conditions of being in a rough prison. I have to wonder if ever got in touch with his former cell mates - probably not. No one would want to back there.
One thing that stood out to me is he seems very uncomfortable with his success and fame. Its a wierd situation, they are not super famous, I'm sure for the most part he can walk down the street unbothered. But within the metal sub-genre, they are growing more and more popular. Disappointingly I'm not sure I would want to meet him as a fan, because of his contempt for fans, although I can't say I blame the guy. This is just the impression I get from reading the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, what can I say about it? It's an AMAZING book. Some chapters are "hard"... but what can you expect if you have been in an horrible place like the Pankrac prison? Read morePublished 13 days ago by Gabriele
This a very well written book. It shows the dark experiences with addiction and of his time spent time in a foreign prison. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Francisco Balderrama FB
You won't be disappointed with this book. Very detailed, very descriptive, and very smart. Randy Blythe proves himself as a word smith yet again, but this time outside of Lamb of... Read morePublished 19 days ago by DarkAngell111488
What a phenomenal story. Randy brings you into a journey alongside him and his experiences in Pranke and how he's struggled with some of his demons. A must read for ANY metal fan.Published 19 days ago by Sergio
Bought this along with the exclusive Sturm und Drag autographed CD. Randy Blythe is a cool guy and many times I've seen him talking to the fans outside before shows like he's one... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jesus R. Luna
This is a great insight into Randy and I highly recommend this book to everyone, even if you don't like Log and their music. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dark DeLaurel
I'm a huge fan of Lamb of God and had no idea that Randy is such a great writer. I thought the story is going to be dark and scary, which it is, however, Randy has added a lot of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam
Wow, I really could not place this book down I bought it because of all the other reviews I had came across for this book! Read morePublished 2 months ago by victoria