Jeremy Spencer’s autobiography ‘Death Punch’D’ hits top ten on NY Times best sellers list

By on October 22, 2014
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Five Finger Death Punch co-founder and drummer Jeremy Spencer and publisher HarperCollins are celebrating top ten sales on the N.Y. Times Celebrities Best Sellers list for DEATH PUNCH’D, Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem.   Released in September, the autobiography has seen robust sales since it hit bookstores across The U.S.  Spencer joins Billy Crystal, Tina Fey, Graham Nash, and others on the esteemed chart, and offers, “I’ve received dozens of messages sharing how my story has inspired others to seek help or stay clean. Had it even been just one person who was affected positively, that would have been reason enough to write it.  Believe me, the last thing I ever thought was that I would be a best-selling author.  I’m humbled and truly grateful.”

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In DEATH PUNCH’D, Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem, Spencer’s personal journey through the wild highs and terrifying lows of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle is told with candor, redemption and enlightenment.  The first-time author offers a wry and rollicking tale of music, addiction and recovery, revealing the path that served as a catalyst to make him the man he is today.  In front of the release, he shared, “The day I left treatment for alcohol and drug addiction, I decided to write my story.  I was feeling raw and exposed and hoped just ‘getting it all out’ would be therapeutic.  And, it was.  Sitting on a tour bus with little to do, I found myself writing two or three thousand words a day.  It didn’t occur to me until I’d written fifty or sixty thousand that my story might be helpful to others who need encouragement in pursuing their dreams and for those struggling with addiction.  I sent that first draft to my dad who said, ‘No parent wants to read about his son’s sex, drugs and Rock ‘n Roll exploits,’ but he said there might be some benefit in sharing it with others, so he agreed to help me with revisions.  What had begun as a way to help process my own ‘stuff,’ has resulted in the publication of Death Punch’d—Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem.  At first, I was apprehensive about the reaction I’d get from having the ‘arrogance’ to think anyone would want to read about my life.  However, that initial apprehension has been replaced by knowing that if my story can help even one person, whatever criticism I might receive will pale in comparison.  I’m not proud of many of the episodes in the book, but the person I was, under the influence, is not who I choose to be.  A heartbeat away from death, I chose life.  So, more than anything, I think Death Punch’d is a reflection of how far one can fall and still find a way back, a way to accomplish goals and dreams and more important…a way to live.  I’d be the last person to say it’s easy.  But, I’d be the first person to say there’s always hope.”

Five Finger Death Punch drummer and band co-founder Jeremy Spencer’s rise to fame is a story of diligence and perseverance. Born in Oakland City, IN on January 8, 1973, Spencer shares a birthday with Elvis Presley and David Bowie. At age 6, after seeing the cover of a KISS record, Spencer became fixated on the drums and his grandmother bought him an $80 kit from Sears.  Over the next decade, he learned to play by ear, while performing snare in the Boonville High School Marching Band from sixth grade through high school.  At 19, he left Indiana, emigrating from the Midwest to Oceanside, CA where his dreams remained unfulfilled. He moved to Franklin, TN, where he enjoyed a short tenure with a country act, but soon thereafter returned to Los Angeles where while playing in various area metal bands he answered an advertisement guitarist Zoltan Bathory had placed. With the introduction came the birth of Five Finger Death Punch.

Spencer has enjoyed great success, with the band enjoying three consecutive RIAA gold certified releases for sales exceeding 500,000 copies. These albums The Way of the Fist (2007), War Is The Answer (2009) and American Capitalist (2011) delivered ten consecutive Top 10 hits. In 2012, Revolver Magazine awarded Spencer the Golden Gods Best Drummer Award, whole Metal Hammer Magazine in the UK cited the band as Best New Band & Breakthrough Artist in 2010.


This past year, Five Finger Death Punch released The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volumes 1 and 2, both of which have been best sellers on sales charts across the globe.  Spencer is also the creator of Extreme Metal Drum Loops Vol. 1.  The charismatic drummer is co-writing and producing his first feature film, and on approaching the release of his first autobiography Death Punch’d, Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem, out on Harper Collins later this year, he is both excited about the future, and mentally, physically and spiritually healthier than ever before.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.