Anyone who follows Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe’s Tumblr account will know that in addition to being a talented vocalist and lyricist, the singer also happens to be an excellent writer. Now, he is set to release a memoir of his infamous imprisonment and trial by the Czech government for alleged manslaughter when a fan fell from the stage during a show. The story has been covered at length by every metal news outlet there is, but now, the story will be told from Randy’s perspective. The memoir will cover all of the intricacies and personal details, thoughts, and feelings of a man facing trial for a crime he was not responsible for.
According to Randy:
“While I’ve dreamed of being a published author almost since I began to read, I never imagined my first book would center around such a sad topic. Sometimes though, life unexpectedly provides you a story that needs to be told. I believe this one does (for several different reasons, not just for the benefit of myself), so I will tell it with the respect and dignity all involved deserve. This will be a good read, I promise you, and I hope some good comes of it.”
Rights to the book, which is expected to hit shelves sometime in spring 2014, have been sold to Executive Editor Ben Schafer at Da Capo Press. Da Capo has seen the release of other works by musicians such as Tony Iommi, Rex Bron, and Al Jourgensen, so Randy’s memoir will fit nicely among them.
“I knew that Randy was a master vocalist and lyricist but it turns out he is a vivid and visceral prose writer as well,” said Schafer. “Regarding his arrest and trial in the Czech Republic, Randy handled a frightening and heartbreaking situation with courage, grace, and humility, and we at Da Capo Press are honored to have the opportunity to have a part in telling his story.”
More details are yet to be released, but this one is sure to be a very important book for any fan of metal music.