Barbarous Book Club

SPEAKING OF THE CAVALERAS…

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…Max Cavalera recently revealed during a radio interview (video above) that he’s working on his autobiography with British journalist Joel McIver, who has previously penned such metal-themed tomes as The Bloody Reign of Slayer and Justice for All: The Truth about Metallica. The forward will apparently be written by Dave Grohl, who collaborated with Cavalera as part of his Probot project back in ’04.

Even if you don’t like Cavalera’s post-Sepultura output, it’s hard to imagine the dude won’t have some really interesting stories to tell; he is, after all, a legend. And it’s interesting to note that while, ten years after the release of The Dirt, it’s become fashionable for hair metal musicians to write autobiographies (for example, all the books the members of Mötley Crüe wrote after The Dirt, the books released by three-fifths of the original GN’R line-up, Bret Michaels’ seemingly forever-in-the-works autobiography, Bobby Blotzer’s Tales of a Ratt, etc.), and certain older-than-fire legends have spilled ink (Ozzy Osbourne, for example), the old guard of thrash and death metal has been slower to take up the trend. There’s Dave Mustaine’s Mustaine, which I personally found to be more or less unreadable (although it certainly has some comedic value), and… well, unless I’m forgetting something, that’s it, really.

(MetalSucks’ own Corey Mitchell is currently working on a book with Phil Anselmo, which I anticipate being quite great. But that’s obviously not out yet, and, in any case, Pantera got popular a few years after Sepultura, even though Anselmo is only a smidge younger than Cavalera.)

Furthermore, Cavalera has a major advantage over many of his metallic peers — he’s from Brazil! Not only were all the books I just named written by Americans, but, save for Anselmo, they were all written by people whose careers began in California, and even more specifically, Los Angeles. So it’s hard to imagine that Cavalera’s perspective won’t be unique.

The book will apparently be out some time next year; but of course, we will keep you updated. In the meantime, just for fun and since we’re on the topic, here’s “Red War,” the Dave Grohol/Probot track on which Cavalera appears.

-AR

[via Metal Underground]

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