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  • Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Da Capo Press; Auflage: First Trade Paper Edition (2. September 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0306822903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306822902
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Under the Radar, Spring 2013

“In the colorful and often highly amusing anecdotes recounting his years as a musician, Jourgensen covers his time with Ministry and Revolting Cocks in high-flying detail.”

Revolver, June/July 2013

“A tale of outlandish debauchery and mayhem…Like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas crossed with The Dirt, it’s both insanely compelling and compellingly insane.”

Texas Monthly, July 2013

“Jourgensen [is] poised to forever raise the bar on tales of rock star excess with a new memoir, Ministry…The book offers a laundry list of degenerate behavior and near-death experiences. But where most rock and roll biographies and memoirs end in the subject’s demise or redemption, the arc of this one is a lot murkier.”, 7/1/13

“One needn’t be intimately familiar with Ministry’s musical mayhem to enjoy Ministry…Entertaining, enlightening—even inspirational…A riotously revealing retrospective that cements Jourgensen’s place in the modern rock lexicon while chronicling the decades-long descent into drug addiction that nearly cost the Ministry maverick his life.”, 7/8/13

“Few musicians have indulged in the sex, drugs and rock & roll lifestyle with such death-defying fervor—and over such a long period of time—as longtime Ministry leader Al Jourgensen. Now, his tale is on display for the whole world to read…A roller-coaster read. In addition to going behind the scenes for the creation of such industrial-metal classics as The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste and Psalm 69, Jourgensen dishes dirt on many renowned names whom he's crossed paths with throughout his career.”

MTV Hive, 7/10/13

“Just open the book and throw your finger on any given page, and you’re liable to hit a sentence that makes you thank god you lived long enough on this planet to read something this batshit crazy…The most entertaining rock memoir I’ve ever read.”, 7/11/13

“The ‘back-asswards’ life of Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen has finally been documented with incredible detail.”

USA Today (website), 7/8/13

“When it comes to sex, drugs and rock and roll, you just can't have too much of them, at least if you're reading about it. To live that lifestyle, a long one, is quite a feat, one that begs for a memoir, Ministry, in stores now.”, 7/6/13

“[An] unflinching account of his life and career…For someone who has lived his life as an open book, free of pretense and with complete apathy as to others' opinions of him, Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen still manages to surprise…Ministry's lone constant member tells it like he sees it with all the gory details dripping throughout…No stone unturned and no vein left untapped, Jourgensen recites events of a life lived (and ended a few times) to its unconscionable excesses in a funny, wildly entertaining, and gleefully repulsive memoir.”, 7/9/13

“A rock and roll tale that is dirtier than that of Motley Crue’s The Dirt…Open and honest…Fans of Ministry will undoubtedly snap this right up.”

The Front Row Report, 7/9/13

“[He] doesn’t hold back one bit…Jourgensen digs down into the deepest, darkest crevices of his memory and presents us with a very blunt, honest and revealing trip through his life and career…The epitomic picture of the life of a rocker and artist and Jourgensen at his best. Any Ministry or metal fan will be captivated for hours and hours…and anyone who isn’t familiar with Ministry or Jourgensen will find everything they need to know in this book.”

Ave Noctum, 7/8/13

“A compelling read…Al is amusing and wry throughout and this is a real warts and all tale that has a jaw dropping fact or story on virtually every page…Even if you are not a fan of the music this is still a compulsive read…This really is not far off from the sort of biographical great American novels told by the likes of them, Jack Kerouac and Charles Bukowski…An absolute gem and a real treat of a book.”

Caught in the Carousel, 7/10/13

“What Ministry brings to light is Al’s sense of humor and his rollicking way of spinning a yarn. In other words, the guy’s hilarious—and Ministry provides a brilliant, dark comedic take on the very stuff that inspired Ministry’s greatest albums…Al’s book reads like a more accessible version of Burroughs’ Junkie, Naked Lunch, and the ‘Nova Trilogy’…His deadpan humor and smart philosophical and political insights (he’s one of the most politically aware and truly progressive musicians on the planet) save the book from being a downer…Al’s Ministry is so good that you’ll just have to read it for yourself to have your side split and your thoughts provoked. Just go out and grab a copy!”

The National (United Arab Emirates), 7/6/13

Ministry is charming and offputting all at once…Proof, if more was needed, that being a rock star, like playing professional contact sports, takes a permanent toll on its most dedicated practitioners.”, 7/19/13

“The book is both riveting and horrifying at the same time…No gory detail is left out as Al recounts the debauchery and extreme drug use that fueled his life. What sets Al's autobiography apart from others is he admits to every last bit of the shocking tragedy almost as if it were his final confession to a priest and he was trying to sneak into Heaven. Nobody said rock n' roll wasn't ugly.”

Dallas Observer, 7/16/13

“[A] harrowing tale of drugs, sex and, of course, rock 'n' roll, inspired by the artist who influenced a generation of musical pioneers like Nine Inch Nails to take metal to the next level.”

“Rock Star Radio Show,” KCLB Radio (Palm Springs, CA), 7/18/13

“One of the best music based pieces of literature, or any literature, that I have set my eyes on. Read the book. You’re going to love it.”

Intravenous Magazine (UK), 7/3/13

“A warts and all picture of life as one of the godfathers of the industrial rock scene…Where memoirs like Marilyn Manson's Long Hard Road Out Of Hell and Mötley Crüe's The Dirt pull their punches and gloss over the more graphic scenes, Jourgensen goes into heavy and often uncomfortable detail…Compulsive reading. Jourgensen is a great storyteller and the sheer insanity of his stories will no doubt keep people turning the pages. It is definitely up there with the likes of Iggy Pop's I Need More, Mötley Crüe's The Dirt and even William Burroughs' Junkie.”

The Weeklings, 7/20/13

“The most over-the-top, full-on decadent, absolute gonzo rock & roll biography ever.”

GenerationGBooks, 7/14/13

“I’ve said for many years now that I would find it difficult to find a music biography that would top Motley Crue’s  The Dirt. Consider it done.”, 8/6/13

“[A] frank and revealing tome.”, 8/16/13

“The man who refers to himself as ‘Alien Jourgensen’ is a really funny guy and this comes out in his recently released autobiography…He’s a danger-level genius and whatever his demons may be, or may have been, he remains wonderfully entertaining as ever…His book has the makings of a great biopic.”

Record Collector, September 2013

“An intelligent take on the filthy rock underbelly…[It] pulls no punches…A brilliant read.”, 8/19/13

“Take[s] you on a roller coaster ride of sex, drugs, drugs and even more drugs mixed with a sprinkling of rock and roll…This is not your typical tell all memoir as Al Jourgensen gives you that and then some…The book consisted of stories that were so far out there that they had to be true due to the fact that it would be hard for someone to make up some of these experiences and, be able tell them with the in-depth conviction Jourgensen does. The book keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes you want more.”

South China Morning Post, 8/18/13

“You'll care if you're at all interested in first-hand encounters with a who's who of pop culture.”

Curled Up with a Good Book, 8/29/2013

“It is a stark retelling of the musician's life, and no rock is left unturned…You will be appalled, shocked and disturbed, but you won't put this down until the last page.”

New Noise, 8/29/2013

“Horrific and nauseatingly awesome.”, 8/25/13

“Al takes us on an exciting journey through his career in the music industry as he truly tells it all; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Jourgensen’s tale is funny, frightening, and oftentimes disturbing as he offers frank accounts of the business side of the industry, his wild life on the road, and his personal battles with drug and alcohol abuse…You don’t have to be a Ministry fan to enjoy this book…A very interesting read.”

Classic Rock (UK), October 2013

“[A] roaringly entertaining read.”, 9/13/13

“Al gives you all of the sleaze you could hope for and more in this harshly real book…they should pass this book out to kids instead of a ‘D.A.R.E.’ pamphlet or ‘Just Say No’ crap…The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen is ANOTHER homerun from the publishers Da Capo Press. They are becoming by far my favorite publishers of all books music! Too many of these autobiographies are nothing more than cash grabs filled with major errors, flawed editing and worse, it’s great to see a publisher care as much about the reader as it does about their own wallets.”

Side-Line, 9/16/13

“An absolutely must-have for the fans of Ministry.”

Phoenix New Times, 9/23/13

“Any page you open up to ensures entertainment.”, 9/20/13

“Quite simply one of the best rock autobiographies ever written.”

Washington Times, 9/5/13

“In the book, Jourgensen is brutally honest regarding his drug-fueled lifestyle, one that would make even Keith Richards cringe. His tale is as much shocking as it is cautionary.”, 10/5/13

“Al Jourgensen’s story is a testament to the strangeness and beauty of the universe as well as an example of the human condition.”

John Shelton Ivany Top 21, Issue 432

“A memoir both ugly and captivating, revealing Al Jourgensen as a man who lived a hard life his own way without making compromises.”, 10/26/13

“Not for the faint of heart…The producer/songwriter/ vocalist and guitarist tells his story unflinchingly; this may be difficult for more sensitive readers to stomach, but it is pure Al Jourgensen.”

Chicago Sun-Times, 12/26/2013

“It’s almost impossible to believe this is a work of non-fiction. As Jourgensen’s first official biography, the Ministry singer’s torrid life is recapped in colorful and uncensored anecdotes of Timothy Leary experiments, near-death experiences, FBI raids and alien encounters, many of which are set against the background of Chicago in the glory days of the Wax Trax! industrial machine.”, December 2013

“A unique memoir…Uncompromising gritty, sometimes brutal—this is an unflinching self-portrait of a ‘cranky and rough’ individual, full of anecdotes of drug abuse and touring life and meetings with iconic individuals like William S. Burroughs and Timothy Leary…Jourgensen's health battles, political involvement, personal rants, it's all here.”

Eternal Terror, 10/29/14
“One hell of an interesting biography that beautifully captures and chronicles the turbulent, chaotic, and downright insane life of Ministry mainman Al Jourgensen…Some of it makes that Motley Crue biography entitled The Dirt look like a Sunday picnic…Hauntingly dark and strangely uplifting at the same time…Excellent.”

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Al Jourgensen is a six-time Grammy-nominated producer, composer, and musician. A multi-platinum-selling artist, Jourgensen's discography spans over thirty years. After getting clean in 2002, he produced another five Ministry discs and launched his own label, 13th Planet. He lives in El Paso, Texas.

Jon Wiederhorn is coauthor of the book Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, a senior writer at Revolver, and a regular contributor to Guitar World,,, and He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family.

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Music Man am 30. August 2013
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I'm a Ministry fan of many years, have read quite a few biographies in my time and have to say that this is up there as one of the best.
It's amazing how much Al remembers and after each chapter of Als recollections there is a Q&A chapter with someone that Al has referenced. That way you know he's not just talking a load of crap. In the middle is a photo section starting with Ministrys very early days up to the early part of this year. There's many great stories including times with Madonna, Timothy Leary, Fred Durst and Al doesn't hold back. He doesn't care if he insults these people and why should he? The man has accomplished so much and is unlikely to ever be needing assistance from these people.

Buy it if you like Ministry, buy it if you like Industrial, buy it if you want to read about a band that blended electronic and metal music and created something new whilst all the time living life OFF the edge.
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Buy this, if you like Ministry and need just one more fix of Al. Totally absurd, over the top, and probably more real than we'd like it to be.
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....das Buch liest sich wie ein guter Roman - und doch deckt sich vieles mit dem was man liest mit im Laufe der Jahre in Interviews und anderem lesen konnte. Es gibt einen bitteren Mut dass jemand so lange so krass sein konnte und es überlebt hat.

Empfindlichen Gemütern würde ich das Buch wegen der schonungslosen Details allerdings nicht empfehlen - Man könnte den ganzen Katalog an Trigger Warnings hier aufführen.
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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Chris am 6. Dezember 2013
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Ein super Buch mit vielen coolen, auf jeden Fall sehr unterhaltsamen, Stories, die gefühlt gut und gerne aus "Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas" stammen könnten. Man bekommt Einblicke in die "wunderbare", sehr drogenlastige und absurde Welt von Al Jourgensen. Außerdem sind Geschehnisse enthalten von denen zumindest ich nicht gedacht hätte dass jemand wie Jourgensen daran teilgehabt hat. Welchen Einfluss Ministry wirklich auf die Musikwelt hatten und nachwirkend haben macht dass Buch sehr, sehr deutlich. Meiner Meinung nach ist das Buch stärker und intensiver wenn man die Musik kennt. Also absolute Kaufempfehlung für alle, die Ministry musikalisch für sich gepachtet haben.
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Fear & Loathing in the Music Industry 30. Juni 2013
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I don't normally read biographies of famous musicians. I've never subscribed to the belief that their lives are somehow more interesting just because they're famous, nor am I enough of a sycophant to really give a s*** how the other half lives. However, this proved an exception. Jourgensen's long had a reputation for being a larger-than-life, out-of-control, nihilistic, and completely self-destructive drug addict; which, granted, probably describes about 80% of all musicians with any degree of notoriety. However, his antics are the stuff of legend - aliens, Spielberg, ostriches - yeah. They're sufficiently outrageous that other musicians who've crossed paths with him get dragged into on-camera interviews and questioned about them. So I was curious. I glanced through the preview pages, read enough to know that I had to have it, and pre-ordered it - something I never do - and even put down the book I was in the middle of reading to give this one priority.

It didn't disappoint.

Folks, this is riveting s***. I won't lie; the depravity in this thing is off the charts. I've currently burned through about 2/3 of it (I'm at the Gibby Haynes "Intervention"), and I feel like I need a shower and there isn't enough soap in the world. It's outrageous, depraved, and at times absolutely horrifying, but it's also laugh-out-loud funny. Assuming all of this is true (as far as Al experienced it anyway), and that none of it is embellished for entertainment value, the Dos Equis guy has nothing on Al - stolen cars, IV drug use, stints in an orphanage and mental institution, electro shock therapy, group sex with mental patients, car crashes, alien abductions (with Al, at one point, going so far as to claim extraterrestrials stole his pregnant wife's unborn fetus) - and that's just his childhood. We haven't even gotten to the music industry yet. Once it gets to his music career, things get insane: rampant drug use, stabbings, overdoses, more car crashes, arrests, bestiality, women with blood pouring out of their genitals, severed animal heads, transvestites, bags of bodily fluids, Branch Davidians - if you think you get the idea, you really, really don't...

So far, it's covered everything that I hoped it would: the Arista debacle, the Wax Trax era, the '88-'92 lineup, Al's involvement with Puppy's Rabies album, the first RevCo show, Burroughs, Leary, etc. I should probably be mortified by some of this s***, but I'm laughing uncontrollably at a lot of it, and I'm not sure what that says about me. Al's chance encounter with Madonna at a new wave club in the early 80s is priceless (she reappears later in the book in an anecdote involving Mike Scaccia that had me laughing just as hard). The origin of Lard and Al's first sessions with Jello Biafra are worth the price of the book alone. There are also two tour bus incidents so far, one involving some sort of pipe bomb firework, and another involving Anthrax, a groupie, and a pizza that I won't spoil here, but it's good stuff. However, some of it's no laughing matter, like Al and his first wife having to hide their track marks from their daughter's teacher, Jeff Ward's suicide, William Tucker slitting his own throat, Al getting drunk and shooting at Jello Biafra's feet, and so on. A lot of other celebrities and/or musicians get dragged into the madness - Biafra, Ian MacKaye (who gets drunk!), GWAR, Trent Reznor, Layne Staley, Gibby Haynes, El Duce, Ice Cube, Anthrax, Johnny Depp, Tool, etc. Again, I'm only 2/3 of the way through it, but few people emerge from encounters with Al unscathed, and even he's died three times already.

As far as Al the person goes, I'm not sure what to think. He seems like an a**hole, but the older Jourgensen in poor health telling the story is at least a strangely likeable a**hole, while the younger variant is so extreme I wouldn't want to have known him, even if his antics are often fun to witness (at least from the safety of my living room armchair). There is a human side to him, in which he touches on his grandmother, wife and daughter, dog Lemmy -- even Tim Leary (whose picture he claims he still carries around in his wallet), but you only get fleeting glimpses of it before he delves back into all the debauchery. His timeline of certain events is questionable despite the ghost writer supposedly having fact-checked them. He also blames the music industry for his drug addiction, despite his own admission that he was using IV drugs in his early teens. In fact, the only musicians he seems to speak fondly of (other than Paul Raven) are the musicians he ran with who were also drunks and/or junkies (e.g., Scaccia, Gibby, Phildo, Ogre, Duce, etc.). He has nothing whatsoever good to say about Chris Connelly, repeatedly calling him a "charlatan" but without explanation. And he absolutely loathes Paul Barker, who the book attempts to portray as some kind of villain (his wife, Angie, in her "intervention" segment, makes some rather serious allegations against Barker but provides no evidence - and refers to winning a lawsuit filed by Jourgensen that was, in actuality, tossed out of court).

Even more bizarre, Jourgensen despises his signature music and seems to resent his fan base as much as he does label execs for trying to steer his sound one way or another. He expects his fan base (i.e., consumers) to buy his signature records and has no problem taking credit for the influence they've had on countless other musicians. But then he wants to be released from any obligation to play material from these records live (and still expects fans to pay to see him in concert despite also admitting that he hates performing and would rather be anywhere other than on a stage). They always say, "You should never meet your idols..." - something Al even states in the book. This is probably why the amorphous `They' say it in the first place.

Again, I have no idea how much truth there is in any of this, but I'm rating it for sheer entertainment value alone.
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Just Bought It And Love It So Far 21. August 2013
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I happened to work at a hotel that had a reputation for accommodating those in the entertainment - particularly the music industry - during the 90's Wax Trax, original Lolla, Oz Fest, Lillith era. "Mr. J" (as I called him) stayed at at our hotel several times during my tenure there - often for months at a time while recording. Knowing about his "reputation" during this time, as the person whose job it was to book specialty reservations and work with their managers or producers on required ammenities, I think it's reasonable to say that I was a bit nervous when I booked Al's stay with us. I had NO idea what to expect, what he was going to ask of us or how he was going to conduct himself. Although most musicians who stayed with us were nothing but respectful, we were no stranger to the occasional rowdy newbie, over zealous groupie, or obnoxious "friend" of the band from time to time, but I expected Al to be on a totally different level of that which we had become accustom to. I have to say, with complete and utter honesty, he was nothing but a complete gentleman and an ideal hotel guest the whole two months he was with us. He was friendly to every hotel employee from the front desk to the maids. He graciously stopped to talk to the occasional guest who happened to recognize him walking through the hotel halls or lobby. He never asked for anything that was considered "wacky" or out of line...and believe me, we were asked for a lot of things that fit those descriptions from a lot of people. He simply needed a microwave and a VCR - both of which we were happy to fulfill. There were no drug dealers coming in and out of the hotel, no "bi-polar" or "schizo" meltdowns or mood swings that we were warned about. He was absolutely lovely. And when he left, expecting the worst, our hotel maids were thrilled that he treated his room with the same respect that he treated the staff. We've had rooms littered with needles, crack pipes, vomit in drawers and even worse (and this is a rather nice hotel...nice enough for Ozzy). But none of this was the case with Mr. J. My only regret is that with his recording schedule, I didn't get to have as much conversation with him as I would have liked as I'm sure he is one fascinating person, but I am honored to have met him and 20 years later, able to share my story and impression of him with everyone. I will always consider him one of my favorite guests and a decent human being.
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Ministry -- according to Al Jourgensen 16. Juli 2013
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In 'The Lost Gospels', Ministry frontman and mastermind Al Jourgensen regals us with one drug-addled tour story after another, some laugh-out-loud funny (such as Al's encounter with Madonna), and a great many others simply sickening. We learn of the physical tolls of years of heroin, crack and Methadone addiction in excruciatingly detail, culminating in Al's ruptured hernia, recovery from which led to Al's decision to call an end to the band, if only temporarily. (Al describes the forthcoming "From Beer to Eternity" as "a fitting end to Ministry, the barbed wire bow wrapped around this package full of thirty years of material").

Due credit to Angie, Al's second wife and manager, who played Sharon to Al's Ozzie and called a halt to his self-destruction. That said, my appreciation for saving his life is somewhat tempered by the startling revelation that she penned the lyrics for the phenomenal rock anthem, "Git Up Get Out 'n Vote".

Jourgensen well known for engaging in hyperbole, it was a wise move on Jon Weiderhorn's part for inserting between chapters various "interventions" -- interviews with Al's father, various members of the band, guitarist Mike Scaccia (RIP), and his most recent wife, Angie.

Unfortunately, among those who don't get a fair hearing (which is to be expected, this is Al's story) are Paul Barker and Chris Connelly, whom Al derides as the so-called "Book Club" for their (pseudo) intellectual standoffishness, professional demeanor and refusal to immerse themselves in the debauchery that came with Al's raging heroin and crack addiction.

Paul Barker in particular comes across as a villain. The way Al tells it, Barker is musically incompetent, a turncoat and a thief. He makes several references to having intentionally erased 90% of Barker's musical contributions during recording sessions, and gives the lion's share of credit to himself. If as Al asserts, "Barker couldn't play bass, Connelly couldn't even sing, and Atkins couldn't drum, one may wonder why he retained them as musicians on so many albums. He also expresses his resentment for Barker's attempts to put him on a weekly stipend (perhaps out of a bandmate's desire not to see Al flush the entirety of the band's income down his arm?).

So now we know Al's take on this, but not Barker's . . . save for the fact that Al ultimately filed a case for tortious interference regarding contractual agreement against Barker -- case number SC094122 in the Los Angeles Superior Court -- which was ultimately thrown out in 2008.

Chris Connelly has penned Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible and Fried: My Life As a Revolting Cock. Perhaps there will come a day when we'll hear Paul Barker's side of the story, and a more detailed history of the actual recordings of the albums themselves (some of them about which Al admits his wholesale failure to recollect -- excessive drug abuse, it seems, will do that to you).

In the meantime, this is as close to a "history" of Ministry as we're going to get.
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Is this book funny? Yes 22. Juli 2014
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Here's the skinny: Is this book funny? Yes. Does it have the most over-the-top rock star studio/tour stories ever written? Yes. Is it at times disgusting, depraved, and disappointing? Yes. If you're the type who loves books by washed up rockers recounting their glory days of groupies, drugs, and groupies and drugs, then you'll no doubt love this book. I'll confess, that I did laugh out loud more than once.

But, for true Ministry fans, this is a let down. There is absolutely no information about the creation of any of their albums. Nothing about Al's songwriting/production partner Paul Barker. Nothing about classic albums like, "Rape and Honey," "The Mind," or "Psalm 69." In fact, Al admits he hates all of his albums, and what's-more - his fans.

Ironically, Al and his co-author readily admit that Al couldn't remember studio sessions and touring cycles because of his decades long drug addiction. Really? That's kinda weird, considering he remembers all the details of the drug and alcohol induced debauchery. But, nope, he can't remember anything about the inspiration behind the many classic albums he created.

Don't tell me about you and Gibby Haynes smoking crack and running from the cops in Austin, TX and then have the nerve to tell me, "I don't remember much about the making of Psalm 69, but I hate that record." C'mon, dude.

Al bashes almost every single past collaborator/band member, short of his BFF, the late/great Mike Scaccia. Yep, Uncle Al officially enters Billy Corgan territory. Go ahead and tell me that those guys contributions were blown out of proportion. But, the fact remains, the best music you ever made was with those guys.

I haven't read Chris Connelly's book, but after reading this, I'm more interested. That said, what every Ministry fan deserves is the real Ministry story - which may or may not ever be told as I'm sure Paul Barker doesn't want anything to do with it. I don't give a dang about drugs and groupies, but I would love to know about the creative process behind one of the most important bands of any genre in the last 20 years.

A final note about Paul Barker - after reading this book I was left with one distinct impression, "Holy Crap! Barker really held Ministry together all these years." Unless you're an Al sycophant, that's the only logical conclusion anyone could come to.

Also, as many other reviewers pointed out, Al's sense of time and place has been obliterated by drugs/alcohol. You can do a cursory internet search and find interviews from Al in the 90's that directly contradict what he puts out here.

If you love Ministry, you should read this book. You'll likely be disappointed, but if you've purchased any of their post-Barker albums, you should be used to that.
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Not bad, but not great either 16. Juli 2013
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Whether or not you'll like this book depends on what you're looking for. If you want to be entertained and/or read lots of stories involving sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll, you'll probably love it. Anyone hoping for insight into the making most Ministry/Revolting Cocks/etc. albums during and related projects will be disappointed, particularly if you were hoping for information about anything recorded between 1985 and 2003. Similarly, if you're hoping for tour stories, there's not a lot of that in this book, either, with the exception of 1992 Lollapalooza tour and some parts of the 1990 Revolting Cocks tour. Make no mistake, the sweet and funny parts of the book are very sweet and funny indeed. I personally found his story about the shaving of Trent Reznor and Chris Vrenna hilarious, though I gather that some other people did not.

Anyone aware of recent dramas involving Ministry and related projects will not be surprised at how Jourgensen portrays the vast majority of his former bandmates and collaborators. Of them, he seems to adore Mike Scaccia and has some lingering affection for Phildo Owen, Gibby Haynes, Ian MacKaye, and Jello Biafra and--to a lesser extent--Trent Reznor and Nivek Ogre. Pretty much everyone else is mentioned rather perfunctorily or labeled as members of "the Book Club" who are bad musicians and worse people. The aforementioned Book Club mostly consists of Paul Barker, Bill Rieflin, and Chris Connelly, though it eventually grows to encompass almost everyone who is not Scaccia or Haynes. Jourgensen seems to save most of his ire for Barker. Considering the legal problems between the two of them, that's not surprising. As presented in the book, however, the allegations of serious misconduct on Barker's part seem rather less than convincing. Out of the many members and collaborators that Ministry and related projects have had over the years, only Scaccia and Haynes are willing to back up the version of events that Jourgensen and his wife try to lay out -- although, I suppose it's possible that Barker only cheated Scaccia and Haynes out of rights and royalties. Particularly misleading is Mrs. Jourgensen's mentions of a lawsuit against Barker that she implies they won. In actual fact, the case was thrown of court. Overall, Jourgensen's relationships with other people read like a textbook case of the idealization and devaluation that people with Borderline Personality Disorder often exhibit. This is particularly apparent in the brief interviews with Phildo Owen and Jello Biafra where they describe him going off on them for the slightest of infractions and not speaking to them for years afterwards.

Finally, I suppose this is more of an issue with the ghostwriter than with Jourgensen himself, but there are a quite a bit of errors regarding dates and times that could have been fixed with a quick glance at wikipedia. For instance, the entire section about Reznor touring with the Revolting Cocks and Jourgensen producing "Get Down, Make Love" is, date wise, a complete and utter mess. Equally messy (but admittedly less concrete) are matters discussing who wrote what. For instance, Jourgensen and Scaccia both claim that they were the writers of "N.W.O", "Just One Fix" and "Jesus Built My Hot Rod." Conversely, the discogs of "Psalm 69" say that both "Just One Fix" and "Jesus Built My Hot Rod" were written by Al, Barker, Rieflin, and Michael Balch and that "N.W.O" was written by Al and Paul. So who knows, really?
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