Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide

Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide

A Memoir


Book - 2016
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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 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.

Publisher: New York : Amistad, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780062368775
Characteristics: viii, 225 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dawsey, Darrell - Author
Alternative Title: 10 ways not to commit suicide


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Jul 19, 2018

A very upbeat and easy read on a very difficult and challenging topic. The Devastating Mic Controller (DMC) invites us to own and allow what gives us joy. He shares his years of darkness and finds inner peace. He is real man. Strong and yet able to share emotion. Thanks DMC!

prettiipreppii Aug 30, 2016

I was not even aware that all of this was going on with the former RUN DMC singer.I just happen to pick up this book in the library and voila, what an inspiring and moving story.Told in a raw yet poignant way.Love this book so much that i emailed excerpts of it to my brother in the UK and now I'm buying him his own copy and we're not even rap music fans.We all know who RUN DMC is and to know this man is to get inside of his head in his own words...this book. A fabulously refreshing life story.

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