My Bloody Roots
Max Cavalera with Joel McIver
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My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura to Soulfly and Beyond--The Autobiography
Max Cavalera with Joel McIver
Jawbone Press
Paperback
256 pages
May 2014
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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As the title suggests, this is the unflinching and brutally honest tale about musician Max Cavalera. The Brazilian singer/guitarist and founder of Sepultura and Soulfly, found success with both bands--virtually unheard of in a business where most artists rarely succeed at all--and had it all when a series of catastrophes rocked his world. Losing his father, stepson and grandson pushed Cavalera into a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol from which he barely escaped.

This is the story he relates here. Assisting him on his journey is veteran journalist Joel McIver, an extraordinary writer who is not only a profoundly gifted wordsmith but a deep thinker able to get at the heart of any story and lay it out on the page.

Cavalera speaks simply and directly, and the language reflects exactly that. 

What I am about to tell you has never been discussed before. I have literally never told anyone this story apart from my family, but when I decided to write this book, I decided to address it in an honest way. I could have kept it private, but I think people should know about it.

I'd always drunk a lot. During the Arise tour, I drank half a bottle or a full bottle of vodka every night...I started doing some crazy shit. I went out one afternoon and broke into a friend's house, because I knew that he wasn't at home, and drank all the booze that he had there. I passed out in his living room.
It is a shocking if all too human tale about life in the grips of alcoholism. Told in such a forthright and conversational tone, it is all the more real.  This is a book about tragedy and triumph and the courage of a boy in the face of all but impossible odds. You will be uplifted in the reading of it.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2014


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