Brian 'Head' Welch - Save Me From Myself

Published Wednesday 25th March 2009
Brian 'Head' Welch - Save Me From Myself
Brian 'Head' Welch - Save Me From Myself

STYLE: Biography and Autobiography
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: 9780061251849
FORMAT: Book General book
RELEASE DATE: 2007-07-01
RRP: £16.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

The story of Head, guitarist with the mega-selling hard rockers Korn, takes the reader from his youth in Bakersfield, California, to the huge stages across the world as the band become one of the biggest of their era. Head is honest in his account about his life and you glimpse the rock'n'roll lifestyle behind the scenes of music making. The thing that may amaze fans is that even at the height of his success, Head could not find fulfilment and happiness in what he was doing. Following his divorce, Head's emotional life as a single parent is shattered by the challenges of fulfilling his dream to be a rock guitarist and the guilt that he is not raising Jennea properly. Head is honest in describing his struggles with drugs, effectively letting his addiction separate him even from his bandmates. Ultimately, through the witness and love of friends, Head takes small steps towards God, eventually deciding that he wants to be a Christian. However the story doesn't end there. Obviously he has to deal with the fallout of his departure from Korn and he devotes time to describing how he copes with his new life as a Christian, even describing the mistakes he makes. I always think that it's a courageous step for any kind of celebrity to go public as a Christian because of the ensuing ridicule from the keepers of cooldom who dominate our media. But Head seems to have managed to stay sane and honest and should be applauded for his powerful testimony. Ultimately it's an old fashioned tale of redemption that inspires the listener along the way.

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Product Description
In February 2005, more than 10,000 people in Bakersfield, California, watched as Brian "Head" Welch, the former lead guitarist of the controversial Nu metal band Korn was saved by Jesus Christ. The event set off a media frenzy as observers from around the world sought to understand what led this rock star out of the darkness and into the light. Now, in this courageous memoir, Head talks for the first time about his shocking embrace of God and the tumultuous decade that led him into the arms of Jesus Christ. Taking the reader backstage with Korn, Head tells the inside story of life in the band and how his rock star lifestyle resulted in an all consuming addiction to methamphetamines. Head writes openly about the tour bus mayhem of Ozzfest and The Family Values tour, while providing a candid look at how the routine of recording and traveling placed him in a cycle of addiction that he could not break on his own. Speaking honestly about his addiction, Head details his struggles with the drug that ultimately led him to seek a higher power. Despite his numerous attempts to free himself from his addiction, nothing not even the birth of his daughter could spur him to kick meth for good. Here he addresses how, with the help of God, he emerged from his dangerous lifestyle and found a path that was not only right for his daughter, it was right for him. In addition, he discusses the chaotic end to his time in Korn, and how his newfound faith has changed his perspective on his past. Candid, compelling and inspirational, Save Me from Myself is a rock & roll journey unlike any other.

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