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Summary

What have you got when you Got the Life?

From Korn's legendary bassist comes a no-holds-barred look at the extreme highs and drug-and-booze-fueled lows of the biggest heavy metal band of our era

Music was in his bones. From the time he was an infant, Fieldy watched his dad's band perform, and soon enough he found his own calling: the bass. After high school, with a guitar and little else, he left his small California town for the music scene in L.A. Before long, Fieldy, Brian "Head" Welch, James "Munky" Shaffer, drummer David Silveria, and Jonathan Davis would gel together and form a band with a completely new sound - Korn.

What happened next was something Fieldy had always dreamed of but was totally unprepared for: Korn exploded, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and fronting the nu metal phenomenon. Fieldy was thrust into the fast-paced, hard-rocking spotlight. Korn began to tour incessantly, creating intense live shows fueled by wild offstage antics. Fieldy became a rock star, and he acted like one, notorious not only for his one-of-a-kind bass lines, but also for his hard-partying, womanizing, bad-boy ways. The more drugs he took, the more booze he drank, the worse he became: He was unfaithful, abusive, mean, and sometimes violent.

By all appearances, Fieldy had the life. But he was on the dark path of excess, alienating friends, families, and loved ones, nearly destroying himself and the band. It took an unexpected tragedy to straighten him out: the death of his father, a born-again Christian, to a mysterious illness. Following his father's dying wish, Fieldy found God. Filled with the spirit of his new faith, Fieldy quit drugs and drinking cold turkey, and found the best part of himself.

With never-before-seen photos, and never-before-heard stories, Got the Life is raw, candid, and inspiring - the ultimate story of rock and redemption.

©2009 Reginald Arvizu (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great strory

Really enjoyed it. A must for any korn fan. Great positive message to take away at the end also.
Thanks fieldy 👍

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5 stars, but only if you are a korn fan.

This book confirmed the general feeling about this man. He is one awful awful awful human being. Even through his rebirth he is still an awful man pretending to be good and his pretentious ness is mind boggling. He said that his wife had to let go of her hurt feelings based on his years of cheating, but he is allowed to feel great as he was forgiven by god and has forgotten about it all. I am sure his wife will live with those scars forever. Listening to him made my blood boil as you can tell as a convert, he is still a controlling and terrible man that just doesnt swear or do drugs anymore.
If you want Korn stories, the first 3/4 of this book is for you. It is still hard to read as Fieldy really is a nasty man, but I love Korn more so stuck with it. The last part is someone that almost comes across as a heretic and still is all about himself. He chooses his own way to worship etc. which yes is great, but jeeze he is two faced. Reap the benefits of God in his life, but do it all on his own terms. His wife has to let go of his domestic abuse and violence, but when he gets clean, he threatens to throw her out because she uses speed. Disgraceful. I think this is like reading about an ex-smoker...The worst kind of smoker if you get my drift. Great for a korn lover. Horrible for a decent person to listen to.

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amazing

you are a true man of god bless you . this book greatly affected my life i love yhat you are real with yourself and people

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  • Aaron
  • 01-11-11

Good story, poor Narrator!

I have been listening to a lot of biographies for the last couple of years, I was bummed out as soon as the book started and it was this guy, the same guy who ruined the Iggy Pop book for me as well. Sounds like he took a nice long toke off a bong, then began his oration!

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  • Ron
  • 08-04-09

A must for Rock fans

This is a story of repentance, a hard core rocker living a life of sex and drugs admits he was killing himself and pushing his friends away and turns to God. Yes it does get very preachy at the end because Fieldy was reborn. So if you take that bit with a grain of salt, this book does give fans a detailed insight into life as a band member of the hugely successful KORN. if you are a korn fan, you will love to read about the way the band came to power and the relationships that formed among the members, but if you are not a "God-lover" you can stop reading at the last couple of chapters. Why Fieldy didn't narrate this himself I don't know and the narrator sounds like a wasted surfer dude, but the story is interesting.

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  • Mrs. Stolle
  • 23-11-14

Garfield on drugs.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Fieldy is a natural leader, and you get a intimate preview how his motivation and passion were corrupted by drugs and ego. The book was interesting especially when they were trying to break through (early years). You like Fieldy and then you despise him just as he said we would. The book is an autobiography so nothing should be changed.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

His motivation and passion and the amount of luck they had putting a band together like Korn. His motivation and endurance to make it to the top. Everything was interesting.

Would you listen to another book narrated by William Dufris?

Yeah, you have to wonder if Fieldy has a lisp too.

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Good read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-08-21

A Must Read for Korn Fans

I believe this is a must read for true fans of Korn and Fieldy alike. I was hooked from beginning to end anxiously awaiting to hear what tour or which band member Fieldy would share inside info about next.

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  • 01-05-21

Good Book

I struggled to finish this book. Also, the reader's voice didn't match the story, in my opinion. Overall, I thought it was a good book, and I am glad Fieldy shared his story and struggles. I pray that it reaches and helps many people who struggle with addiction.

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  • 11-04-21

outstanding story

a very in depth look into a Rockstar lifestyle and how he turned to Jesus

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  • Jack
  • 17-02-21

FUCK THIS GUYS VOICE

I'm maybe 15 minutes in and the guy reading this makes me wanna rip my ears out

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  • daniel
  • 02-05-20

Very robotic and boring voice for a great story.

The story was great! The readers voice however was not. The voice sounded almost robotic and boring.

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  • steve bowes
  • 24-08-19

Another Great Korn Book...

Very well done, very useful information and some Korn stuff too ... I really enjoyed this book and its positive motivation!!

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  • cedric white
  • 06-08-19

Powerful.

Was a deep story. I didn't know the pain Fieldy carried and the pain he caused to those around him. His story inspires me. It takes a big man to own up to such high mistakes.