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Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good Hardcover – July 12, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306819279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306819278
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Publishers Weekly, 6/13/11
“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.”

Revolver magazine, 7/1/11
“Dishy”
 
The Oakland Press, 6/30/11
“In this series of essays, based around the titular sins, Taylor espouses upon the lessons learned while going from ‘an absolute crazy person’ into someone more in control and reflective—but not pulling any punches. He can be both self-effacing and self-aggrandizing, but he presents a more worthwhile and even illuminating ‘argument’ than most of his peers could manage.”
 
Drive 97.3 KLCB Rocks (video review), 6/28/11
“A great book…Steps away from the average rock bio. It’s really a trip into the deranged mind of Corey Taylor himself. It reads just like he talks and if you’ve seen any of his interviews or ever met Corey Taylor you know that it’s going to be a fun time.”

Metro, 7/18/11
“An in-depth argument for the redefinition of sin, meshed with personal stories from [Taylor’s] childhood and career.”

Seattle Weekly (Duff McKagan blog), 7/21/11
“It looks fascinating…Corey Taylor is one of those people that just seems impossibly good at whatever he chooses to pursue, and I have no doubt that this tome will reflect this fact.”

The Nervous Breakdown, 7/30/11
“Corey Taylor delivers a unique spin on the rock star biography, foregoing the strip-mined territory of the rock and roll tell-all and instead incorporating tales of his excesses into an articulate, thought-provoking examination of sin, morality and the search for purpose…He combines his own life experiences with an intriguing examination of the seven deadly sins…His style is intimate and conversational, as if you're the last two standing after a long night out…Loads of humor, colorful analogies and of course, some riveting stories of life in the fast lane.”

AOL Noisecreep, 8/10/11
“A compelling read, the book is a refreshing journey through an age-old concept and its definition. The warts-and-all approach he uses in his lyrical approach is used in Seven Deadly Sins to winning effect.” 

Des Moines Register, 8/8/11
“[Taylor] takes an f-bomb-loaded crack at philosophizing on sin and an often astute look at modern society’s folly.”

MetalAssault
“Exceeded my expectations…Corey’s on-stage personality came across as very likable, and his direct interaction with the fans made it completely worth the time and money they invested towards this show…A delightful two-and-a-half hours with Corey Taylor...I recommend this show not only to fans of Slipknot and/or Stone Sour, but also to fans of rock music in general, because there’s something in it for all of you. A terrific performance indeed.”

Hollywood Music Magazine, 11/22/11
“[Taylor is] a literary genius of this day and age….‘Seven Deadly Sins’ is full of hilarious and thought provoking metaphors, innuendos and references that need to be highlighted just so you can show your friends…I can not recommend this book enough, hell I will buy you a copy or let you borrow mine if it means that you’ll make some time in your busy days, to read at least a few pages at a time. This a MUST-READ book if I’ve ever seen one.”

Lithium Magazine, 12/2/11
“It was definitely an entertaining evening and a chance to see a star of Taylor's magnitude in a small intimate setting. It was also a unique opportunity to see a side of him that we don't always get to see - the intellectual and humourous side. The man can SING, and shows it off in an acoustic setting far more than is possible while behind the amps and masks of his other bands.”
 
Examiner, 12/5/11
“Corey Taylor has finally gotten his chance to share his love for all music as well as his personal magnetism, and if even just one die-hard metalhead walked away with a newfound appreciation for U2 and Pink Floyd, it was all worth it.”
 
Loudwire.com, 12/5/11
“Corey Taylor continues to prove why he is one of the most entertaining frontmen in the business.”
 
Pop Culture Madness, 12/6/11
“To sum it up: Corey Mother F**king Taylor is mother f**king hilarious, and if you have a chance to get out and see one of his rare intimate solo performances it will certainly be an evening to remember, as Taylor’s lacerating wit and unwavering view of the world shed insight into the artists psyche…”

About the Author

Corey Taylor is the lead singer of hard rock bands Slipknot and Stone Sour. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, he divides his time between there and Los Angeles.

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Customer Reviews

Corey is very opinionated and I respect his opinion and I recommend this book to every Stone Sour and Slipknot fan.
morganj
Corey is very smart and funny and humble and grounded and has a personality that draws me in, and you can feel all of this when reading the book.
Mel
I can say that while reading the book I laughed, cried, and at one point wasn't sure if I may have been a little offended.
amy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on July 5, 2011
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I don't want to type a long review, but I did want to point out a few things about this book. It is not an autobiography. It is Corey Taylor's opinions on the seven deadly sins. There are quite a few anecdotes of his life, but they are there mainly to prove that Corey has the knowledge/experience to write about each particular sin. Having said that, I found this book to be both funny and insightful. He really writes so everyone can understand him, and get thouroughly into his story. We all know Corey can write moving songs, but who knew he could do the same in a book? I truly enjoyed reading this.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Grey on July 20, 2011
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As other reviewers have said, it's not an autobiography, although it does contain anecdotes and insights into Corey Taylor's life. It's more of a philosophy about what sins are (old and new), what human nature is, and how it all fits into life. Each of the 7 deadly sins has its place, and in Corey T's world, that place isn't always where you expect.

In this book, Corey Taylor's thoughts are clear and well developed, and his style is conversational. It's surprisingly clever in places. From the moment I picked it up, it held my interest and kept it throughout. You feel like you're listening to him talk (where's that audio book?)

It's well worth the read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kris on July 20, 2011
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I've always liked Corey's humor and his world view is a lot like mine (I have to say it's like mine as I am older - LOL!). This book is poignant, if you ask me, and made me laugh out loud several, hell LOTS, of times! I'm glad that my thoughts and views are finally in print! :o) Great job and highly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Haman on May 17, 2013
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I gave this book a 5 star rating. The reason is Corey spoke the absolute truth about the topic of the Seven Deadly Sins. I have never heard a good take on these, let alone one with truth and research from life-experiences. It was perfectly written with promptness and intelligence. I loved the interjections of humor in between things to break off and kind of let you know that " Hey guys, I've been through this s***, I know what I am talking about here." I can't say enough good things about this piece and I am looking forward to the end of summer when his new book arrives. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to have an eye opening experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on February 27, 2013
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I originally started reading this book as a way to get an insight into Corey Taylor, someone so many friends of mine severely admire. What I found though were words and an insight into an incredible way of thinking... I can honestly say it has opened my eyes and my mind, and I will be definitely taking a new thought pattern away with me!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah E. Lewis on March 8, 2013
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I absolutely love this book. Read the whole thing in just a few days. I could not possibly have had a different childhood & life experiences than Corey Taylor & yet I agree w/ almost everything he wrote in this book. Don't let the rockstar persona fool you. He is one intelligent, critical thinker & a damn good writer to boot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim Sizemore on February 11, 2013
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I read some reviews and they were pretty mixed. Which left me wondering if I should bother spending the money. I have to say that I am glad I did. I really like Slipknot and Stone Sour so I wanted to see what he had to say. This book is not an auto-biography but he does tell you just enough about his life/past and present so you can get where he is coming from. His analogies on the 7 deadly sins do make sense to me as I have the same opinion he has on most of this. I like they way he writes it as if he is sitting in front of you having a conversation. Corey has alot to say as he lives up to his nick-name The Great Big Mouth. And I enjoyed learning about his views and his personality. I think he is a great guy, not perfect, do not mix up the two. My husband despises reading but I have shared just enough with him that he now wants to read it when I am done. If you are looking for some epic novel, this is not it. It's just Corey being Corey and I love that about it!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 12, 2012
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Wow!!! It's nice to see that no matter how hard you scream or how deranged music lyrics can be, intelligence comes to those who do not scoff at it. Corey Taylor has brought that intelligence level up 10 fold. I was completely enthralled from page one. He writes with a quality that even Shakespeare would be envious of. Slipknot's frontman brings to light what we all want to say but we don't have the stones to say it. He writes with an immature but eloquent style I have not encountered since...well, ever. I've never had the pleasure to meet him, but I feel like he is my best friend. All I want to know is when did you crawl into my head Corey Taylor and please don't leave I like having you there. Please don't stop writing ever. I look forward to many more of these beautiful gems of wisdom and just plain old common sense.
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