Megadeth Bassist David Ellefson Secures Fall Release for ‘My Life With Deth’ Memoir
Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has enjoyed a celebrated career in rock and he's ready to share his stories, both good and bad, in the new memoir, 'My Life With Deth.' The page-turner now carries an Oct. 29 street date and will be issued by Howard Books.
Ellefson, who has spent much of his career on the good and bad side of longtime Megadeth collaborator Dave Mustaine, is currently back with the band as they just released their well-received 'Super Collider' album. While the book definitely touches on some of his musical exploits, the rocker also approaches more personal matters like his spiral into addiction during the band's early years followed by his recovery and spiritual faith that has put him on the right path in later years.
In recent years, Ellefson has not only continued his rock and roll passion, but also began studying to become a Lutheran pastor. He currently presides over the MEGA Life! Ministries, a foundation that reaches hundreds of churchgoers each week.
The bassist says, "My autobiography is not the usual tale of rock 'n' roll woe, but rather something I hope will truly inspire people. I have dedicated my life to my craft, and I wanted to share the story of how a kid with a bass guitar and the dream of rock stardom literally risked it all to move from the farm in Minnesota to Los Angeles, and with a lot of hard work, sacrifice and a little luck along the way, made the dream come true."
He adds, "I think the readers will enjoy the stories, as well as the hardships, of this way of life as a musician and artist. I've been very open about my life's obstacles and the means by which I overcame them. Now, my hope is that this story will inspire others to follow their dreams and really live out the purpose for their lives, too."
The book was penned by author Joel McIver and includes a foreword by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper. In addition, some of Ellefson's peers like Slayer's Kerry King, Anthrax's Scott Ian and his current and former Megadeth bandmates Shawn Drover, Chris Poland and Marty Friedman all contribute to the book. For more on David Ellefson's 'My Life With Deth,' check here.