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Review: Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs and Lived to Tell My Story

 

Save Me From Myself is a memoir best described by its subtitle: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs and Lived to Tell My Story. Brian “Head” Welch, former lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Korn, recounts his past with a vulnerable honesty and easy-going sense of humor that makes for a very readable book.

I will admit that when a friend lent me this book, I was hesitant. The cover alone was a little off-putting and I’ve never heard a song by Korn in my life. Heavy metal has never held much appeal for me, other than a few Metallica songs that were so main stream they got playing time on pop stations.

Welch’s writing style is very down to earth. It feels like you’re having a conversation with him. His story is peppered with phrases particular to his generation and past lifestyle that lend an authenticity to his memoir. For example, he repeatedly refers to being high on methamphetamines as being “geeked out”.

Ultimately I’m glad I read Save Me from Myself. After reading the book, even my feelings about the cover photo changed; it is fitting to Welch’s past and his present. (Interestingly, most of those tattoos were received after he converted to Christianity and each has a special meaning to him.)

This memoir is truly a story of redemption, and a testament to the reality that the life behind the outward façade of celebrity is rarely what it seems to those of us looking in.

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