David Vincent Releases Autobiography, “I Am Morbid”

David Vincent: I Am MorbidFormer Morbid Angel bassist and vocalist David Vincent has just published his autobiography, entitled I Am Morbid: Ten Lessons Learned From Extreme Metal, Outlaw Country, And The Power Of Self-Determination. The musician, who now performs outlaw country and fronts the band I Am Morbid, goes beyond the familiar tale of rock and roll gone bad.

“I didn’t want to write a conventional autobiography,” Vincent explains. “You know the kind of book I mean, where a rock musician gets famous, falls from grace (ha!), and then recovers after some kind of redemption. I’ve been through some of that stuff, but I like to think there’s more to my years on the planet than the old familiar tale. Many of those stories seem to be about substances, addiction, rehab, and relapse, but that was never my issue. My challenges weren’t any less challenging than anyone else’s; they just manifested themselves in different ways. This book is about what I’ve learned, which is a lot, but never enough.”

Vincent joined Morbid Angel in 1986 and helped the band establish themselves as pioneers of extreme music. He would leave the group in 1996 to join Genitorturers, eventually reuniting with Morbid Angel from 2004 to 2015. “For the first time, ‘I Am Morbid’ explores the reasons behind his departure, and the transformation of his life, career, and music in the years since. This is a classic but never predictable tale of a man who has fought convention every step of the way—and won,” a press release explains.

The book is co-authored by Joel McIver, who serves as editor for Bass Player and Bass Guitar magazines. He’s been hailed as “Britain’s most prolific hard rock/metal author,” and has written 32 books on artists like Cliff Burton, Slipknot, Metallica, and The Sex Pistols with credits as the official biographer or co-writer for David Ellefson, Glenn Hughes, Glen Matlock, Max Cavalera, and more.

I Am Morbid is available now in paperback.

Get daily bass updates.

Get the latest news, videos, lessons, and more in your inbox every morning.

Share your thoughts