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Al Jourgensen Bares All in ‘Ministry: The Lost Gospels’ Memoir

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Ministry’s Al Jourgensen has always been a lightning rod in the industrial metal scene. Still, he has inspired everyone from Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor to Slipknot’s Corey Taylor to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. Clearly, his sphere of influence and his reach are far and wide. He will get into the nitty gritty and gory details of his crazy life in ‘Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen,’ which was written with rock journalist and former Noisecreep scribe Jon Wiederhorn.

The book, out July 15 via DaCapo Press, details the musician’s rise to prominence in the rock scene and its genre outpost of industrial music. Jourgensen’s drug use is explored, as are other key details of his life like his Cuban roots, growing up in Chicago and his interesting friendships with counter culture icons William S. Burroughs, Timothy Leary and more.

Jourgensen certainly has plenty to talk about and this expose sounds like a page-turner and a “must read” for anyone who is a fan of Ministry, Jourgensen or the industrial genre. If you have any plans to lounge by the beach this summer, this is the book to bring along with you. Get more details here.

In other Uncle Al news, Ministry will release a new album, ‘From Beer to Eternity,’ on Sept. 6. Did you hear that the band was forced to change the cover art and title? Oh yeah. Turns out it was offensive and Big Al, always one to cater to “authority,” caved to the pressure and relented. And if you believe that, we have a bridge we want to sell you. Find out all the gory details here.

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