Add David Ellefson to the ever growing list of rock musician autobiographies. Ellefson, co-founder and bassist of 11-time Grammy-nominated Megadeth, will be release his book next year via Howard Books. Ellefson’s memoir, “My Life With Deth”, chronicles the story of Ellefson’s fall into addiction during the band’s early years, followed by his subsequent recovery and the return to faith which championed the band’s rise to fame over the past several decades. The book is being written with Joel McIver, the bestselling author of 21 books on rock music, and features a foreword by Alice Cooper.
Ellefson 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. 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 features contributions from Kerry King (Slayer), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Ellefson’s current bandmate in Megadeth Shawn Drover and also former colleagues Chris Poland and Marty Friedman. A publication date will be announced early in 2013.
In addition to numerous gold and platinum records, David is the author of the book “Making Music Your Business” and has two metal bass guitar instructional DVDs through Rock House Method entitled “Metal Bass Vol. 1” and “Vol. 2”. He is also a featured bass clinician, keynote speaker and panelist on the subject of music and the music industry.