BOOKSIGNING EVENT
Mark Morton
Desolation: A Heavy Metal Memoir

6:30PM THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
Mark Morton
CO-PRESENTED WITH ZIA RECORDS
Zia Records
LOCATION: TEMPE




SIGNING LINE ONLY. Tickets required. See important details below.

Five-time Grammy Award-nominated Lamb of God guitarist and lyricist Mark Morton visits to meet fans and sign his new memoir, Desolation, which explores both his life in music and his tumultuous path through addiction and into recovery.


ABOUT THE LIVE EVENT

  • Ticket purchase (includes book) via Eventbrite required.
  • Each ticket is good for (1) copy of Desolation and up to two (2) people in the signing line.
  • Morton will autograph all copies of Desolation purchased at Changing Hands Bookstore.
  • Books will be autographed only. Sorry, no personalization with first names or messages.
  • No memorabilia allowed, including albums, posters, guitars, or anything other than the book.


ABOUT THE LIVE EVENT

A gritty, revealing heavy metal memoir by Lamb of God's guitarist and lyricist, which explores both his life in music and his tumultuous path through addiction and into recovery.

For a band as extreme as Lamb of God, mainstream success and touring the world to massive audiences was an almost surreal achievement. But for guitarist and lyricist Mark Morton, the triumph was dulled by the pain of addiction and loss.

In DESOLATION: A Heavy Metal Memoir, Morton traces the highs and the lows of his career and personal life, revealing how the pressures of success and personal battles eventually came into conflict with his dedication to the creative process. Morton writes about the greatest personal tragedy of his life: the death of his newborn daughter, which plunged Morton further into hopelessness. Surrounded by bandmates living their wildest dreams, Morton wanted nothing more than to disappear, ingesting potentially lethal cocktails of drugs and alcohol on a daily basis.

And yet intertwined with self-destruction and harrowing heartbreak, there were moments of joy, self-acceptance, and incredible connection. Morton developed close relationships with his bandmates and crew members, sharing experiences that have made for some strange and hilarious tales. He also gained a greater sense of purpose through interactions with his fans, who remind him that his work reaches people on a deeply personal level.

DESOLATION is, at its core, about Morton's journey as a musician navigating self-doubt, anxiety, and the progressive disease of addiction, and ultimately finding relative serenity and gratitude.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Morton is best known as the guitarist and lyricist of the Grammy-nominated heavy metal band, Lamb of God. He lives with his family near Richmond, Virginia.