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Max Cavalera has been a professional musician since 1984 and has toured the world many times. He was a founder member of the award-winning Brazilian thrash metal band Sepultura before forming Soulfly, an immensely successful group who continue to play headline slots at the world's largest festivals and released their ninth studio album, Savages, in 2013. He also plays in Cavalera Conspiracy, the band he formed with his brother Iggor in 2006.

Joel McIver is the author many books on rock music, including a bestselling biography of Metallica and books about Slayer, Black Sabbath and Queens Of The Stone Age. McIver also contributes to music and film magazines such as Rolling Stone and Classic Rock and presents a series on Scuzz TV, Guitarmageddon, based on another of his Jawbone titles, The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists. Visit www.joelmciver.co.uk for more information.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jawbone Press (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190827963X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908279637
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All Sepultura / Soulfly fans need to read this.
Matt Ellis
Even though I pretty much knew what was coming next at all times, I couldn't put the book down; wanting to read each experience from Max himself.
Westapo
It's written the way Max would talk if he were sitting in front of you telling the stories himself.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Westapo on May 20, 2014
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Being a life-long Sepultura fan, I couldn't wait to read this book. I read it in one sitting (about 7hrs) as it chronicled the life of someone I've been a fan of for 20+ years. Even though I pretty much knew what was coming next at all times, I couldn't put the book down; wanting to read each experience from Max himself. It had pretty much what I expected in terms of chronicling Max's music from Sepultura to Nailbomb, to Soulfly to Cavalera Conspiracy. What it lacked were some of the aspects of which I love to read about in autobiographies; numerous backstage party stories, antics and debauchery with other bands (there were some drunken stories with Lemmy & Ministry), friendships & rivals, and all-out destruction!! Don't get me wrong, these things are in there, just not a lot compared to other Rock autobiographies. Now since I am such a big Max Cavalera fan, the parts of the book that covered the music were interesting. The little things mentioned about the times during writing & recording legendary albums; like their mind-set, influences, antics in the studio, were interesting & fun to read about. The story of Jello Biafra's "rawr" in `Biotech Is Godzilla' is there (one I hadn't heard in 20 years), and I now know what makes the "pop" sound at the beginning of `Roots'.

Now you have to remember, this is Max Cavalera's autobiography, NOT a history of Sepultura. If you want closure regarding the break-up, you're not going to get it. Max obviously speaks about it from his perspective, and only talks about how HE felt about the situation and that's it. You're not going to get details (financial, artistic, etc) in regards to what happened to Sepultura's back catalog, who gets royalties, etc. Not much discussed business-wise. Obviously Max is not a businessman, that's why he has Gloria.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Virgos Merlot on May 18, 2014
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Sepultura is one of my all time favorite bands. Chaos A.D., was definitely a game changer for me as a kid and I had the privilege to see that show in Pittsburgh and even meet Max briefly. When I read a biography of any musician, I find it insightful when they go deep and reveal a personal side that never previously surfaced out into the public or media interviews by being vocally self-critical of their work as an artist and person.

The story reads like a droning interview from Guitar World and he will have interviews from people that are obviously going to be biased towards Max as he did not get any interviews from Andreas or Paolo let alone how he hooked up with his now wife Gloria. Additionally, it's always interesting for a band to go into the financials, art work evolution, details of his road to recovery and random stories from his life. He did not get into any of those details and was kind of all over the place as the book read like e was using a text to speech app.

Honestly, I think Joel McIver twiddled his thumbs. More importantly, he glossed over the Sepultura break up - does he still get money from the usage of the band? What happened with the label details? Thoughts on their music without him? The details he provides are details you can find in Wikipedia. Very disappointed and this was almost as bad as the current half assed attempt for those other guys to still call themselves Sepultura but I won't go that far because the fact that they are still around is depressing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rafek on June 24, 2014
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You get to know Max from early days of his life. Then you realize that Sepultura started when he was only 11 years old. From that point you get an incredible amount of life stories that stand behind every Sepultura/Soulfy album. It gives you totally new view on his artwork and his discography sounds different after this book.
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By WMZPR on March 20, 2015
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I want to start this review with the lamest possible preamble: I was 12 when Chaos AD hit the streets and that record changed my life - now being 34, I still regard myself as a huge metalhead (my music collection is about 1000 albums on different physical media). Roots is still a huge game-changer in my humble opinion, an album unsurpassed in so many ways. Max was my idol until 2nd Soulfly album. Needless to say, I waited for that book ever since Sepultura split in 1997. I kinda expected Max's book to be biased, but this is ridiculous..
First of all, I really can't imagine how battling alcohol and painkiller addiction for 20+ yrs didn't involve more dramatic events than stealing a bottle of booze from local store or breaking into friend's house.. OK, there was this thing with grandson's baptism, but really - that was it for 20 years?? He wants me to believe the it didn't influence his band in any kind? His family was oblivious of all that crap in his life until the last moment? Seriously doubting that.. All these changes in Soulfly's lineup were obviously not his fault, always the other guys'... Hope his own son can make it longer than previous guys.
The guy who claims to be such a spiritual (religious perhaps?) person was not able to talk to his own brother for 10 yrs because of the other guy's wife? And he claims he doesn't know what Sepultura was doing ever since they split... I will probably be lynched for that, but for me Nation, Dante XXI or A-lex were musically and lyrically far more interesting than any Soulfly's album (hence I didn't buy any of Soulfly's album after the first one...). He says he's oblivious of that, of his own brother's 10 yearsof work... Wow.
To top it all, that praising choir of his own children and grandchildren - how lame is that??
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