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Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide: A Memoir Paperback – July 4, 2017
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“It’s a rare peek behind the curtain at a group that made an indelible mark, then faded away.” (Rolling Stone)
“First, DMC transformed music with arch rhymes and hard, skyscraper-sized beats. Now, in Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide, he promises to change the way we look at our lives and mental health with gentle, plainly-spoken language and an utter commitment to honesty. In both instances, his gift to us are his words: Often funny, sometimes bitter, typically sharp, always penetrating. But in Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide, the driving rhythm we hear is the sound of his heart. A must-read.” (Harry Allen, Hip-Hop Activist & Media Assassin)
“I have longed admired DMC. He, his group Run-DMC, are as much of my soul as my own blood relatives. They changed hip-hop, pop culture, young people worldwide-and they made poor kids like me believe in ourselves. But with this memoir DMC has done something far greater: he has stripped away the fame and success and money and legendary status and presents himself as human, raw, naked. Mental health, depression, suicide are not things many are comfortable discussing publicly or privately. But we can’t heal if we can’t talk. And talk DMC does, uncomfortably, transparently, about his own life, in a way that is not only salvation for him, but a model for us all to follow.” (Kevin Powell, author of The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood)
“First, DMC transformed music with arch rhymes and hard, skyscraper-sized beats. Now, in Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide, he promises to change the way we look at our lives and mental health with gentle, plainly-spoken language and an utter commitment to honesty. In both instances, his gift to us are his words: Often funny, sometimes bitter, typically sharp, always penetrating. But in Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide, the driving rhythm we hear is the sound of his heart. A must-read.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“His descent into alcoholism and depression are written with such candor that it feels as though one is reading his personal diary. DMC not only deftly and concisely explains the Run D.M.C. formation and breakup but also intersperses inspirational wisdom for others struggling with difficult life circumstances as well. This important read isn’t ‘just’ a memoir; it is also a self-help book that opens the door for conversations about mental health.” (Library Journal)
“DMC’s must-read memoir ventures into uncharted territory for all musicians, period-not just hip-hop artists. His honesty about his feelings easily makes this book an achievement that ranks alongside his Hall of Fame rhymes.” (Chuck D, Public Enemy)
“Darryl DMC McDaniels is a deeply-talented artist who has much to teach us. I applaud his courage and compassion in sharing his personal story. Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide is an inspiring read for all audiences.” (Queen Latifah)
From the Back Cover
Darryl DMC McDaniels had it all—talent, money, fame, prestige. But his achievements were shrouded by his private struggles with alcohol and an anxiety fueled by the need to please others. As Run-DMC’s success grew, McDaniels’s relationship with alcohol became a means of escape from a life that had become unbearable. When he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, his doctor told him, “You drink, you die”—a crisis that forced the rapper to choose life. In his quest to recover, McDaniels found what he’d been desperate for—love, for his future wife, and, at long last, for himself.
Throughout this riveting account, McDaniels speaks openly about his emotional and psychological struggles, and shares essential information on how to seek help and find meaning during life’s challenging times. An absorbing look at how inner suffering can plague even the most successful individuals, Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide offers inspiration and insight and a path toward the contentment McDaniels himself fought so hard to obtain.
Top customer reviews
I'd recommend this book to anyone who suppresses their emotional-mental pain with alcohol. A lot of people don't have the finances to check into a rehab center, but Mr. McDaniels Book is an encouragement to find their way.
The book is more memoir than self help, and that's ok. As a fan of RUN-DMC, I was surprised to see this title from him, and suicide in the title piqued my interest which prompted me to read his story.
I think he does a decent job of giving the reader insight into what was troubling him, and his relationship with RUN will have fans looking backwards for clues of discordance. I was hoping for something that would be able to help young men or women deal with depression in their life, but in the area of help and resources the book comes up short. However, still intriguing and brave of DMC to share his story, even if it is just to say, as he ends the book, "You are not alone." 2.5 stars