Oh boy — I hope there’s at least some mention in the book of how Five Finger Death Punch and its team of burly security guards confronted little old me not that long ago because they didn’t like some of the harmless words I’d written about them on this site.
Yes, folks — Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer can write. Amazing, isn’t it?
I guess this means he can read, too. Fascinating!
Spencer teamed with publisher HarperCollins, which, on September 2, will release his autobiography “Death Punch’d: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem.”
“Spencer’s personal journey through the wild highs and terrifying lows of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle is told with candor, redemption and enlightenment,” says a press release. “The first-time author offers a wry and rollicking tale of music, addiction and recovery, revealing the path that served as a catalyst to make him the man he is today.”
Says Spencer, the quitter:
“The day I left treatment for alcohol and drug addiction, I decided to write my story. I was feeling raw and exposed and hoped just ‘getting it all out’ would be therapeutic. And, it was. Sitting on a tour bus with little to do, I found myself writing two or three thousand words a day. It didn’t occur to me until I’d written fifty or sixty thousand that my story might be helpful to others who need encouragement in pursuing their dreams and for those struggling with addiction. I sent that first draft to my dad who said, ‘No parent wants to read about his son’s sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll exploits,’ but he said there might be some benefit in sharing it with others, so he agreed to help me with revisions. What had begun as a way to help process my own ‘stuff,’ has resulted in the publication of ‘Death Punch’d: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem.’
“At first, I was apprehensive about the reaction I’d get from having the ‘arrogance’ to think anyone would want to read about my life. However, that initial apprehension has been replaced by knowing that if my story can help even one person, whatever criticism I might receive will pale in comparison.
“I’m not proud of many of the episodes in the book, but the person I was, under the influence, is not who I choose to be. A heartbeat away from death, I chose life. So, more than anything, I think ‘Death Punch’d’ is a reflection of how far one can fall and still find a way back, a way to accomplish goals and dreams and more important…a way to live. I’d be the last person to say it’s easy. But, I’d be the first person to say there’s always hope.”
Spencer has committed a percentage of his personal income from the book to support NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, which represents the professional interests of more than 75,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad.
Good for fucking him.
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