Frank Bello Announces Memoir, “Fathers, Brothers, and Sons”

Frank Bello: Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And AnthraxThrash metal legend Frank Bello has announced a new memoir called Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And Anthrax, which will be published in the fall. Co-written with author and Bass Player Magazine editor Joel McIver, the book goes deeper than just his time in Anthrax and instead dives into life lessons and introspection.

Bello was one in a family of five that was left on hard times when his father abandoned them. “As I had no male role model, I found inspiration in — believe it or not — heavy metal bass players, and began to forge a career with ANTHRAX, first as a guitar tech, and then as the group’s bass player. When I was in my mid-20s, ANTHRAX experienced international success, but then the roof caved in again in 1996 when my brother was murdered. And although the case went to trial, the only witness to the killer withdrew his testimony.”

“I write this not for you to feel sympathy for me, but because, now as the father of a young son, I ask myself about the meaning of fatherhood and how to do the job well, something that’s so important to me for my son,” he continues. “This is the wisdom that my book, ‘Fathers, Brothers, And Sons’ dives into. It’s actually a funny, entertaining read; it’s not preachy, and again, I’m not looking for sympathy. I just wanted to pass on the wisdom that I gained from a lifetime of turbulence, and by paying tribute to loved ones in a way that will resonate with them.”

Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And Anthrax features a foreward by Gene Simmons. Signed hardcover pre-orders of the book will be shipping in mid-to-late September with an official launch date of October 12th. You can pre-order it through Rare Bird.

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