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In this surprising and moving memoir, the legendary rap star and cofounder of Run D.M.C. keeps it a hundred percent, speaking out about his battle with depression and overcoming suicidal thoughts—one of the most devastating yet little known health issues plaguing the black community today.As one third of the legendary rap group Run D.M.C., Darryl “DMC” McDaniels—aka LegendIn this surprising and moving memoir, the legendary rap star and cofounder of Run D.M.C. keeps it a hundred percent, speaking out about his battle with depression and overcoming suicidal thoughts—one of the most devastating yet little known health issues plaguing the black community today.As one third of the legendary rap group Run D.M.C., Darryl “DMC” McDaniels—aka Legendary MC, The Devastating Mic Controller, and the King of Rock—had it all: talent, money, fame, prestige. While hitting #1 on the Billboard charts was exhilarating, the group’s success soon became overwhelming. A creative guy who enjoyed being at home alone or with his family, DMC turned to alcohol to numb himself, a retreat that became an addiction. For years, he went through the motions. But in 1997, when intoxication could no longer keep the pain at bay, he plunged into severe depression and became suicidal. He wasn’t alone. During the same period, suicide became the number three leading cause of death among black people—a health crisis that continues to this day.In this riveting memoir, DMC speaks openly about his emotional and psychological struggles and the impact on his life, and addresses the many reasons that led him—and thousands of others—to consider suicide. Some of the factors include not being true to who you are, feelings of loneliness, isolation, and alienation, and a lack of understanding and support from friends and family when it’s needed most. He also provides essential information on resources for getting help. Revealing how even the most successful people can suffer from depression, DMC offers inspiration for everyone in pain—information and insight that he hopes can help save other lives....

Title : Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide: A Memoir
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ISBN : 9780062471901
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Number of Pages : 585 Pages
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Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide: A Memoir Reviews

  • Erin
    2019-03-21 23:39

    Good but not great memoir by rap legend Darryl "DMC" McDaniels. I'm not a fan of Run-DMC or really any '80's rap, so I didn't know a whole lot about DMC. The title is what made me pick up the book and DMC really did spend about 20 years trying to commit suicide slowly. He tried to drink himself literally to death before making an actual suicide attempt. I myself have never suffered from depression (thank God) or thought of killing myself but I come from a family in which severe depression is common. I didn't give this book a higher rating because I thought the storytelling was a bit distant and unemotional, but if you want Run-DMC dirt DMC provides plenty( Rev Run & DMC hate each other) and you get a lot of inside info on the making of their greatest hits. I recommend this book to classic hip-hop lovers and lovers of celeb memoirs.

  • Irene
    2019-02-28 21:42

    Now this is an honest man. He's come a looong way. These were the original rappers before the "elite" took over to turn it into gangsta rap as soon as certain artists began creating uplifting music for African-Americans. Personally, I believe the powers that be couldn't chance that and made a plan to wreck it for rap. I was born in 1980 so this music was exciting and new for us in New York especially since we got the mixed tapes from the City feeling like the "big Kids" aka teenagers.We as 10/11/12 year olds sat and memorized Digital Underground Sons of the P and Good Vibrations,Pete Rock and c.L. Smooth reminisce and of course Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit and Brand Nubian, Arrested Development Nas, Onyx, Slick Rick. We got dressed up at 12 and went to a Queen Latifah , Black Sheep, and darn I can't recall who else was there. We loved Nas and ooooh two grrreat songs well three Run DMC and Aerosmith Walk This Way "I was a liar." and "I spent most of my life hiding in the spotlight." These words should be a part of the first step of alcoholics anonymous -- or rather admitting that we are liars. Lying to ourselves and others within our alcoholism.Mmm this is a real, honest recovered man. Many in AA say that we only have a daily reprieve from our alcoholism based on our daily spiritual condition. "I drank and smoked daily to anesthetize my spirit." This was a huge statement.Yes I have a LOT of respect for Mr. McDaniels. It's rare the raw honesty I'm learning here. We do have some similarities what with both having attended Catholic School, similar home life and of couse oth of us in recoery but it really stops at that but when I was young the 80's and early 90's musicians were our heros.There are so many similarities eteen him and myself due to the struggle with alcoholism.

  • Andre
    2019-03-16 19:44

    This is a very quick one sitting read. I think it is grossly mis-titled, because there is no lists of ten anything. The title leads you to believe that DMC will give those who are in a state of depression, 10 ways to fight that condition and turn things around. We get an intimate look at the battle that he has waged against depression and how therapy and some tapping the power within has helped him.The book is more memoir than self help, and that's ok. As a fan of RUN-DMC, I was surprised to see this title from him, and suicide in the title piqued my interest which prompted me to read his story. I think he does a decent job of giving the reader insight into what was troubling him, and his relationship with RUN will have fans looking backwards for clues of discordance. I was hoping for something that would be able to help young men or women deal with depression in their life, but in the area of help and resources the book comes up short. However, still intriguing and brave of DMC to share his story, even if it is just to say, as he ends the book, "You are not alone." 2.5 stars

  • Leanne
    2019-03-07 15:50

    This rating is purely based from personal bias. I learned of DMC's adoption story back when it aired on vh1 in 2006, a year after my own biological mother wanted to resume contact with me since I had recently turned of legal age. Although his and my story vary greatly, the fact that there was high-profile person sharing their adoption story - when, up until then, I certainly was not aware of any celebrities who were adopted, certainly none who shared their story in such a way - stuck with me, even though I could not consider myself a huge fan of Run-DMC (I generally like their music but have not followed their career, which coincidentally took off the year I was born).So when I found out of his book through The Current's book club, this decade + later, I knew I wanted to read it, I wanted to read about this man whose story still stuck with me. I found this to be a very open and honest examination of one person's struggle and fight through mental illness and all the effects it has on life both personally and professionally. I don't think DMC was concerned about how he "looked", in re: to his tense relationship with Run, when he wrote this; I think this was just him being vulnerable, letting it all out so he could allow others to, as he says in the end, know they're not alone. The portions regarding adoption and family touched me so deeply, because, as I said even though our stories are not the same, in some way there is a connection. Reading it felt like it was something I could have written. But all the chapters I found interesting in some way or another and will not soon forget the emotional journey it took me on.

  • Anne
    2019-03-21 21:39

    An honest telling of Darryl McDaniels' life. I agree with his ten ways, as I have used those same ways myself to keep living.

  • Audra
    2019-03-20 20:52

    DMC is part of a rap group that is one of the most memorable of my childhood. To know that he was in so much pain at the height of his career when he should have been enjoying the glitter and glamour of fame, just goes to show you that money and fame don't buy happiness.The most valuable lesson he offers in his memoir is this: when you aren't true to who you are and allow yourself to live out the expectations others have for you, eventually who you are demands to be set free. Darryl McDaniels was brutally honest and open about his life, his struggles with alcoholism and depression, and the road to recovery, which had several detours. Through darkest parts of his life, he managed not to give up on living, due in large part to his family and close friends (Run NOT included...shame on you Run). He managed to come out on the other side of it all and do some pretty amazing things. And he now lives his life authentically, and he gets mad respect from me for that....that shit isn't easy to do.If you are depressed, if you've been scared to pursue your dreams, if you feel suffocated by the expectations others have put on you, read this book. Then take a deep breath, find someone to talk to and work through your issues, and take back your life one minute, one hour, one day at a time. Much respect to you, D. I hope I get to meet you one day to say thank you.

  • Rem
    2019-03-18 17:57

    I won this book (sort of a surprise to me as I hadn't one any Goodreads giveaways in almost 7 months), and I was pretty excited to read it. It was a fairly simple memoir, however I found the repetition DMC used to be quite irritating. Other than that, I feel like he was pretty open and honest about his life, his problems and alcohol addiction. It's unfortunate that sometimes it takes years of life or a very traumatic experience for us humans to realize we need help, or that we have an addiction. I also had never seen the music video that he collaborated with Sarah McLachlan for his song/cover "Someone Like me/Cats in the Cradle.""As I say now, excuses don't explain and explanations don't excuse." pg. 218

  • Jodie King
    2019-03-14 20:39

    Interesting read. Would never have guessed that he was depressed when he was on top of his game. Also interesting to read about what Hollis was like back in the day.

  • Fred
    2019-03-08 16:45

    One third of hip hop's most legendary acts, Run DMC, Darryl McDaniels opens up with sometimes brutal honesty and intensity about the battles with addiction and depression that dogged him for most of his life. It's a quick, bracing read without too much of the usual celebrity tell-all salaciousness despite the subject. The object here is to offer a voice of compassion, survival and hope to anyone struggling to figure out who they are. McDaniels recounts how despite being one of the most celebrated and recognized rappers of all time-how a sudden career slump, a lifelong tendency to bury his feelings by drinking, and finding out in his thirties he'd been adopted all lead to a long, dark journey of self-discovery and acceptance. Not content to merely detail the high times and low-lights of a celebrity lifestyle, McDaniels carefully and honestly faces down his demons and goes for more than the simple, happy ending of triumphant redemption. I've long been a fan of Run DMC, but after this, I have tons of respect for Darryl McDaniels.

  • Kai
    2019-03-06 22:47

    Come for the highlights, such as:The doctor's reaction to hearing just how many 40s a day DMC was drinking.DMC's overwhelmed fanboying upon meeting Sarah McLachlan.His wife being completely 'eh, okay' about RunDMC in general.Stay for a brave, unapologetic story of long-term suicidal depression, alcoholism, self-repression and low self-esteem, vulnerability, therapy, fatherhood, connection with others, and learning overall to value oneself.

  • R.J. Vaccarelli
    2019-02-23 21:53

    Darryl McDAniels (DMC of Run-DMC fame) tells a very open account of his battle with depression, thoughts of suicide, and drug and alcohol addiction. It was surprising to hear how the song Angel helped him turn things around. Anyhow, he has turned his life around. Nice story, I learned a lot about him. OK book.

  • Scott Orts
    2019-03-05 18:40

    Started off slow and was a bit hard to follow as far as a timeline. He arranged it by life events, his marriage, rehab, alcoholism and birth mother etc. He read the audio book so I was able to get a feel for his passion for his projects.... much of the last part of the book was about how he dealt with his problems and I took away some self help type advice. Very interesting background.

  • Dustin Griffin
    2019-03-09 21:49

    Very honest, soul baring memoir. Not what I thought it would be exactly. Equal parts addiction memoir, self help book, DJ Run hate fest, “Angel” by Sarah Mclachlan love letter, with a little Run DMC history thrown into the mix. Not bad. I hope DMC is able to stay clean.

  • Beth
    2019-03-23 16:53

    Very disappointed in this book. Don't read it if you are looking for actual insight or advice.

  • Jackson Matthews
    2019-03-15 18:01

    Inspiring and hopeful

  • Eric Piotrowski
    2019-02-23 22:55

    A superb read from one of my idols. Run-DMC was the soundtrack of my childhood. I wanted to be the kid in the "Rock Box" video so bad. I wanted to show up at a concert and have the group realize how I knew all the lyrics and then they'd invite me on stage and I'd tour with them for months. Well, I finally got to meet DMC when he came to town promoting this book. He gave a fantastic talk to an audience that was painfully small, but he didn't even mind. He gave 100% to the 30 of us in that room.I never read D's first book, King of Rock: Respect, Responsibility, and My Life with Run-DMC, because something about it just seemed flat or uninspired. Now I know why — this book explains that he wasn't in a great place at the time. I might read it someday, but this feels like a more open and honest look at his life as a whole. It's sad to learn about all the strife and pain he endured during the Run-DMC years, but the truth is never the wrong story to tell.McDaniels here is self-effacing, funny, and nurturing — all while recounting some horribly difficult experiences including blackout alcoholism, suicidal tendencies (and attempts), and deep pain. His top priority is helping others as he has been helped, and it shows. He puts himself completely on the table: comic-loving nerd, Sarah McLachlan fan, hardcore hip-hop head. He rails against the boxes we jam ourselves into for the affirmation of others and urges readers to be honest with themselves above all.This book isn't for everybody, but anyone who loves hip-hop needs to read it.

  • Megan
    2019-03-13 15:44

    Darryl McDaniels - you may know him from the legendary group Run DMC. In this memoir, Darryl talks about his depression and alcoholism and life on the other side.To be honest I didn't like this book. Of course everyone has their own story and they tell it however they want. So it makes it hard to really say that I just didn't like someone's memoir. There were a few parts that were nice to read - such as his relationship with his wife, the moments where he spoke of his parents (particularly his mom and birth mom), his love of comics and the impact Sarah McLauchlin (so) had on his life. When he wrote about those you really felt that you were connecting with him on a more personal level and you were learning about Darryl McDaniels.The parts I didn't like, because they appeared sooooo often throughout the book, was the bashing of Run. It felt like at least every 5-10 pages there was something about Run and how he was really just a giant arse in some way. Darryl wrote about how much he affected him and his mental health. I don't mind if this 'bashing' is true (as it would be part of Darryl l’s story), however, it just felt like most of the book ended up really being centered around. One negative memory always somehow led to Run. Even when he spoke about his wife later in the book he, and I paraphrase, mention how his wife wanted to "punch that motherf*****r" in the face. Just all of this being included consistently throughout the book was confusing to me. I felt like I was reading a Rev Run tell allNone of it seemed to really be what I expected. There are 10 chapters but it all felt randomly put together. It would go from thing to the next without making much sense. I wouldn't recommend the read.

  • Mike Ely
    2019-02-24 15:45

    This was a really interesting book. It provides a very insightful behind the scenes look at DMC's life, particular his demons instead of his successes. It's a message that we haven't heard through his career, and one that we don't hear from many artists, especially in today's crafted image media, particularly social media. DMC delves into his emotions and really provides the reader with a very open look at what struggles happened in his personal life, at the same time that the public saw Run-DMC become one of the most successful hip-hop bands of all-time. While the book details DMC's struggles with alcoholism, depression, and coming to terms with adoption, it is also a message of hope. DMC discusses the ways that he overcame his issues and implores people that are struggling to reach out and get help.Overall I liked reading the story of his life, and getting a peek into the 'real' world of DMC. The book was a little difficult to read at times in that it jumps time periods back and forth so freely. He'll talk about something from 1986, move onto a story from 2014, then end with a memory from 2003. In a lot of cases, if the book was chronological then the stories would come together a lot better and have more impact.

  • Alice
    2019-03-26 20:45

    I didn't really grew up with Run-DMC so maybe that's why i gave this book such a low rating.A lot of the things he talked about were a bit repetitive or the story flips from one to the next.It was refreshing to read how much the song Angel impacted and changed his life. I had no idea he was so depressed at the prime of his life. I could relate and feel Darryl's sadness and despair when he was talking about suicidal thoughts and just how depressed he was. Wearing a mask is so much easier than being yourself. I dislike confrontation as well so i felt like i could really relate to him. Kudos to Darryl for being open and honest about his depression as well as keeping it real about the group Run-DMC.

  • cory
    2019-03-11 16:51

    DMC delves into his struggles with depression, alcoholism, and feeling suicidal, which is admirable and brave given the stigma and silence around those topics, and the pressures for men, and men in hip-hop, to act like they're immune to emotional struggles. the book was a bit hard for me to follow because it's organized by topic rather than linearly by time. but i did learn from it. my favorite line was "coping with an issue isn't the same thing as addressing an issue." and i loved his description of loving the Sarah McLaughlin song "Angel" and then recording a song with her.

  • Tanya
    2019-03-06 16:57

    I really enjoyed this book. So many people in the entertainment business gives off the idea that its all perfect for them. DMC was raw in this book by showing it all the good, bad and ugly. Some men who are dealing with pain need to read this book, getting help with issues isn't a sign of weakness. Job well done on this one.

  • Alicia Mikolajczyk
    2019-03-07 15:44

    It's awesome book that has changed my life.I was always a fan of Run DMC but I never new nothing about their private life's.After reading it I have an extra high respect for Darryl as a human being and his life tribulations.It's specially highly recommended lecture for those who actually have existential problems.

  • Jay Gabler
    2019-03-18 16:32

    A short, insightful, and honest memoir. My colleague Sean McPherson reviewed Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide for The Current.

  • BookMinx
    2019-03-21 22:59

    If it's possible for a memoir to be overly self-possessed, this is that memoir. Kudos to DMC for all he overcame but boo hiss to his editing team.

  • Shannan Harper
    2019-03-25 18:44

    An interesting memoir, but I'm not sure the title fits.

  • Blow Pop
    2019-03-05 19:56

    Review tba.

  • Adrian Romero
    2019-03-15 23:31

    Great content, but not very well written.

  • Orsayor
    2019-03-18 16:56

    3.5/4 - I always thought he and Run was close... A lot of flip flopping which irk my nerves.