Musicians have written plenty of books. We’ve seen a lot of examples of that. Those books are most often are either biography/autobiography or memoirs. As they’ve progressed through their career and start to do some remarkable things they often want to tell the things they do to everyone. And the best way to do that is to write a book. And Anthrax bassist Frank Bello also choose that way to publish his experiences in the music industry. He was working on a memoir for a while now. And during his recent interviews, he talked about his work-in-progress memoir and explained why it is the best time to do that.
Frank Bello was a guest on the HardRock podcast. during the conversation, he explained some stuff about this upcoming memoir or its name, “Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And Anthrax”. First of all, if you don’t know, this memoir of Bello is going to be out on October 12 via Rare Bird. And this memoir also includes the foreword of Kiss bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons.
About The Memoir
For this memoir, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello is working with Joel McIver.McIver is known for plenty of rock/music-related books such as Metallica’s Justice For All, Unleashed The Story of Tool, and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Bello said that they are friends for a while:
I’ve been a friend of his for a long time. We’ve been talking this for years — about doing this. And it just wasn’t the right time. It just happened when all this COVID started, Joel hit me up and he said, ‘This might be the right time.’ And I started thinking about it, and I said, ‘You might be right.’ While there was downtime and I could get my thoughts together and make it work where Joel can… What he’s great at doing is triggering a memory — he’ll just light the match, and all of a sudden, there’s a big flame. And he gets these stories out of me that maybe are in my head that I didn’t have — I didn’t remember a lot of them. And it would just carry on from there. He just kind of lit the fire, and then all these stories kept pouring out of me. It’s a great way to work because all you kind of need is that little piece of a story, and then the pieces start to come together
He also talked about some sad stuff in that upcoming book. So in the book, there will be all kinds of emotions that we say there’s going to be an emotional rollercoaster:
“There’s been personal heartbreak in my life. You’ll read in the book. Unfortunately, my brother Anthony, at 23 years old, was murdered. And it was a really tough time in my life. I write about that. Going down to the murder scene. It was a very traumatic time in my life.”