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Dark Days

Dark Days

A Memoir

In 2010, a nineteen-year-old super-fan rushed the stage during a Lamb of God concert in Prague. To protect himself, singer Randy Blythe pushed the fan away. Unbeknownst to Blythe, the young man hit his head on the floor when he fell and later died from the injury. Blythe was promptly incarcerated on charges carrying a prison term of five to ten years. Thirty-seven days later, he was released on bail to await trial. Although legal experts told him not to return to the Czech Republic to face the charges, Blythe explained that he “could not run away from this problem while the grieving family of a dead young man searched hopelessly for answers that [he] might help provide.”

After a five-day trial, he was acquitted on March 5, 2013.

In Dark Days, Blythe tells the story of his incarceration and the wild life that led up to it. As he explains, “Most substance abuse books end with the author getting sober. My book starts there.”
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Genre: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Composers & Musicians

On Sale: July 14th 2015

Price: $11.99 / $14.99 (CDN)

Page Count: 496

ISBN-13: 9780306823152

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Praise

Associated Press, 10/22/15
“Blythe vividly and descriptively recalls the details of his arrest, incarceration, trial and longtime struggles with alcohol abuse.”

EmoAtHeart.com, 10/21/15
“Blythe gives us the real story straight from his own mind—no ghostwriters, just him…A very intense, real story about what Blythe went through and how doing the right thing is not always easy…Toxic prison accommodations, interesting prison mates, missing home, sobriety, discipline, loss, honesty, memories—these are all things that Blythe opens up about throughout the book…Dark Days is an intimate look into Randy Blythe's world when it got turned upside down and how he came out of it with a positive attitude. If you're a fan of Randy Blythe, Lamb Of God, or just engaging biographies, you definitely need to give this book a read.”

Publishers Weekly, 11/16/15
“Powerful and intelligent…A mixture of horror and humor makes this a remarkable memoir.”

Examiner.com, 11/17/15
“A riveting, gripping, biting, bold and brave memoir…Much more than a tour diary or a prison memoir, Dark Days is Blythe's own story about what went down—before, during, and after—told only as he can.”
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Billboard, “This Summer's Music Must-Reads,” 5/30/15
“Recounts a horrifying incident and its aftermath.”

Richmond Magazine, July 2015
Dark Days…brings readers deep—roughly 500 pages deep—into [Blythe's] bout with alcoholism and through the still-surreal story of being arrested, jailed and tried on charges that he caused the death of a teenage fan injured at a 2010 Lamb of God concert.”

Downtown Magazine, 7/7/15
“Entirely the opposite of a happy-go-lucky rock star memoir, Dark Days is about Randy's journey, looking back on everything he went through in a land where one is not innocent until proven guilty. One does not have to be a metal fan—or even previously aware of Lamb of God—to appreciate Dark Days, as it comes from the perspective of an introspective, good-natured person trying to do the right thing”

Village Voice, 7/10/15
“Fluid, literary prose…[An] intensely detailed memoir.”

Boston Globe, 7/23/15
“Gripping.”
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My Big Honkin Blog, 7/22/15
“The book takes on a very authentic feel early on, with reproductions of notes scrawled in a very rough hand…They offer a depth of clarity that is amazing in its level-headedness, yet painful in their desperation. [Blythe's] description of the dank, crumbling, 123 year old prison and the dark cell he called home for over a month from shortly after his arrest to his making bail reads like something straight out of a James Bond movie and a villain's lair. Dark Days illustrates Blythe's iron grip on his reality; this guy knows pretty clearly who he is and his place in the world, truly a rarity for a rock star.”

Loudwire.com, 8/4/15
“A tremendous read…Randy leaves no stone unturned, no detail astray and no emotion unexplored, creating one of the most dense and honest reads you'll ever get from a musician's memoir.”

BackstageAxxess.com, 8/6/15
“Engrossing…Blythe proves to be a gifted writer as he transports the reader back through those awful days with detailed accounts and often humorous anecdotes…Dark Days is a gripping read that not only sheds light on the circumstances of his arrest and trial but on the character of the author himself as his integrity and candor serve as an example to all.”
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MediaMikes.com, 7/23/15
“Riveting, bold and brutally honest Dark Days: A Memoir isn't your everyday rock and roll memoir…Blythe recounts his experiences in such a way that you almost feel the emotion coming from the words on the pages…Dark Days is not just for fans of Lamb of God or heavy metal. The book is a must for anyone interested in a unique story of injustice and the long arduous journey one man took to clear his name.”

Lithium Magazine, 7/31/15
“In Dark Days, Blythe takes the reader day by day, through his arrest and incarceration. He speeds things up and slows things down in just the right places, heightening the engagement level for the reader. Lamb of God fans, and metal fans will surely enjoy this book. Music fans and casual readers will ALSO really enjoy this book. Dark Days contains some sardonic wit, razor sharp insights, and a level of honour and integrity that many, if put into the same situation as the author, might not have shown…Blythe captures so much emotion within this book – hopelessness, anger, frustration, self-questioning (even a bit of loathing) and ultimately an intent to do the right thing no matter the cost…An engaging book.”
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