BOOK- ‘Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgenson (2013)

This collection of memoirs, released about 2 weeks ago, from the man who led the charge of ‘hard’ industrial metal in the 80s and 90s is a helluva entertaining (and enlightening) ‘read’. It will stand up there with Nikki Sixxs ‘The Heroin Diaries’ as being one of the most unflinchingly honest near-tragic examples of horrific self-abuse; intermingled with terrific musical genius and wit. Something that really adds to this book is that, in among all the tales of crazy, junkie-related hardcore debauchery, the man displays a very savvy grasp of ‘The Bigger Picture’, particularly where American politics affects the direction of the ‘class’ system and how, in his strangely well-read opinion, things could be fixed. Kinda weird (and ironic)  that he sounds a lot like another intellectual rocker, Henry Rollins…only he openly feels that Rollins is an asshole. Either way, if you’re a fan of Ministry (or The Revolting Cocks, or 1000 Homo Djs, or Lard, or Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters etc)…or enjoy reading Biographies/Memoirs, I very much recommend THIS book.

*Not for the squeamish!

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