“When I first heard about this Faith No More biography, I didn’t know what to think. But I have to give credit where it is due. It’s a quality piece. The man has done his research, and it shows. It provided me with more than a few revelations… and I’m in the band.” — Faith No More co-founder and bass player Bill Gould
Adrian Harte, the writer behind the Faith No More 2.0 website is bringing his passion for the band into print with the September 12 release of his new book, Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More via Jawbone Press.
While not an official book from Faith No More itself, the 376-page offering features interviews with multiple band members, managers and key figures from the band’s 39-year history and has the full endorsement of the San Francisco-based group.
From the Publisher: About Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More
Small Victories… is the definitive biography of one of the most intriguing bands of the late twentieth century. Written with the participation of the group’s key members, it tells how such a heterogeneous group formed, flourished, and fractured, and how Faith No More helped redefine rock, metal and alternative music. The book chronicles the creative and personal tensions that defined and fueled the band, forensically examines the band’s beginnings in San Francisco’s post-punk wasteland, and charts the factors behind the group’s ascent to MTV-era stardom.
Small Victories strips away the mythology and misinformation behind their misanthropic masterpiece Angel Dust, explores the rationale behind the frequent hiring and firing of band members, and traces the unraveling of the band in the mid-1990s. It also examines the band’s breakup and hiatus, explores their unwelcome legacy as nu-metal godfathers, and gives a behind-the-scenes view of their rebirth.
Based on meticulous research and hundreds of interviews with current and former band members and other key figures, Small Victories combines a fan’s passion with a reporter’s perspicacity.
As some of you that read the site regularly might know, I have a rather unique personal history with Faith No More. While they’ve been my favorite band since 1989 or so, had it not been for what happened in 1992, I probably wouldn’t be typing these words right now.