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

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 37658th edition (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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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After reading the insanely funny "You're making me hate You!" I immediately got this book. I'm always in the market for good humor books, but this book, while it did contain some bits of humor, was a more serious philosophy of Corey's regarding the seven deadly sins. I ignored warnings by other reviewers that this book is not for the very religious because I was in it for the humor. But Corey's views are going to upset you if you are one of the very religious, especially if you are also a Republican.

An unexpected treasure was finding out more about Taylor. He reveals some interesting, but heart wrenching facts about his childhood, his upbringing and some of the things he had to go through to get where he is today.

The book is very well written. Taylor is a smart man with an attitude and energy many of us can learn from.
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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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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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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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Love, Love, Love this book!! I had bought it when first released and gave it to friends to read and somewhere along the way (I know who) claims they gave it back so here we are a few years later and I wanted to re-read it and bought it again. Corey Taylor is my kind of person. It is amazing to me of how he and I think alike but he has such a way of articulating with his expansive vocabulary to his off-the-wall a.d.d. side notes that just make you burst out in laughter. Seriously, I am not religious nor anti-religious, I am 41 year old woman who loves some Slipknot songs and not so much others although I do like Slipknot more than Stone Sour. I have read his other 2 books "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven" and "You're Making Me Hate You" which are both just as awesome. This isn't a book to persuade you one way or the other of yes or no to the seven deadly sins, but if you question them and the likes of the world, and especially if you like vulgar, crude humor this is a book to read!
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Corey Taylor does a great job breaking down the Seven Deadly Sins and explaining how he feels about the seriousness of them or lack thereof. He recounts various stories of him growing up and living his life to the fullest while handily committing every sin on the list. I really enjoyed his writing style and could agree with a lot of the points that he made throughout the book. He ends the book with a list of Seven Deadly Sins that he believes should be the updated list for the day and age we live in. I think his list hits the nail on the head and they truly live up to the word "Deadly" ... This book is a great read that I highly recommend!
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