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Here’s the Cover for Randy Blythe’s Memoir

  • Axl Rosenberg

Randy Blythe MemoirWe’re getting closer and closer to the release date of Randy Blythe’s memoir, Dark Days: My Tribulation and Trials! I mean, we’re getting closer and closer to the release date of everything that has a release date and this has always and will always be the case… but you get what I mean! Soon we’ll actually be able to read all about Randy’s innermost thoughts, his hopes, his wishes, his dreams, his fears, and, of course, his adventures abroad.

Blythe has now shared the cover of the Dark Days, as well as some words about that cover:

Ah, the final cover art for my book came in, & here it is- I am pleased! The cover was designed by Paul R. Brown of Bau-da Design Lab; Paul is a photographer, director, & graphic designer who has worked with a million bands on album covers & videos, as well as doing book covers for Nikki Sixx, Marilyn Manson, Motley Crüe & my pal Corey Taylor. The two photographs incorporated into the design were both taken by me; one is of Pankrác prison- I took this photo when I went back for trial- & the other is a self-portrait- I put on some extreme right wing talk radio and hit a remote shutter button a million times- wanted to make sure I had forgotten about the camera so I would get an “honest” photo- the radio did the trick- I was HIGHLY disturbed listening to their insane rantings, & that was what you see in the photo. I did NOT want my photo on the cover of the book, as it is not really a typical “rock memoir” & there are more than enough photos of me out there already, but it IS my first book, so I acquiesced to the publisher’s request. At least it’s not a cheesy “author/rock singer” photo, just me hanging out in my study, thinking about how nutty some people are. Note that the subtitle at bottom is simply “A Memoir”, NOT “My Trials & Tribulations”- I hated that, but we needed a working subtitle & someone else threw it out there & before I knew it BLAM it was up on Amazon. Speaking of which, the book is available for pre-order there (probably still with the “working cover”- I wanted to post this before they did- you saw it here first!), so go get your pre-order on! I’ll be posting a larger image of the cover on my book blog- (link in profile) later today. Book is out July 14 DaCapo in the USA, and the same day via Random House in the UK, OZ, NZ, South Africa. Feel free to repost this wherever.

A photo posted by D. Randall Blythe (@drandallblythe) on

I can’t remember a time when you could count on the entire metal community reading the same book at the same time. Even more famous musicians who have written tomes (e.g., Dave Mustaine, Slash, etc.) probably weren’t as universally read because, well, they didn’t serve time in a Czech prison. EVERYONE is interested in Randy’s book. Get ready to discuss this thing ’round the water cooler, y’all.

[via The PRP]


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