Review of Brian “Head” Welch’s book: “Save me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story”
I’ve said it before – I’m no book worm. Since reading Tweak I’ve attempted to read a couple of books and lost interest after just a few chapters; then came Head’s book aptly titled “Save me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story”. To preface my finding his book (which at this time had been out for more than a year), I wrote about how some lame ass stores were pulling his CD off the shelf because of the content in the Flush Video – which has a powerful message in and of itself. This piqued my interest and I wanted to learn more about this dude, so I bought his book. I literally read the whole thing in 4 hours because I couldn’t put it down. It was so good that I skipped dinner that day to keep reading!
Whether the book was penned by Brian Welch himself or a ghost writer, I really enjoyed the way it was written. I hate to sound cliche’ here, but I laughed… I cried… Seriously.
Being a child of the 80’s and living not far from “Bako” (Bakersfield, California) myself, I could identify with alot of the things he went through as a child, but there are many ways that this book connects with people from all backgrounds and upbringings. Welch shows that even though he was mega-famous, he was really just an ordinary person like the rest of us; dealing with self-esteem issues, anger, uncertainty and ultimately drug addiction.
As someone who lived the addict lifestyle myself, I could relate to the the stories about the crazy things Welch did while on meth. One such incident included an elaborate plan to have sex with his then-wife and then beat her with a skateboard due to his paranoia about her cheating on him; a plan in which he executes and then highly regrets. In the end, Welch finally kicks his hard-core meth addiction and talks about exactly how he did it – cold turkey and high on his new found faith in God.
The winding road that this book leads you down is nothing short of captivating. The book takes you from glimpses of Welch’s childhood through the explicit lifestyle of a rocker in one of the world’s most successful bands to today where he lives a humble life in his Arizona home; Giving up his gig with KoRn along with his wealth and finally finding happiness in God and the simple things in life, like sobriety and being a single father to his beautiful daughter. His story is absolutely amazing and inspirational – especially to anyone living with addiction.
I highly recommend Brian Welch’s book as well as his CD which was recently released titled “Save me from myself” as well. I have to say that the entire CD ROCKS and I don’t say that often. The songs have a very deep and powerful message that not only have the kick ass sound of Head (Think old school KoRn – back when they were really good) but seriously makes you think.
Oh and if you become a fan of Head like I have sign up at the headfreak forums and say hello!