A new limited edition Ministry visual history book, titled “Ministry: Prescripture,” will be released on December 6. The book was put together by author Aaron Tanner and it will feature over 200 pages of rare/unseen photos, artwork, and more. Pre-orders can be found HERE.
Much of the content was taken from Al Jourgensen’s personal collection. Current and former members of the band and visual artists Brian Shanley and Paul Elledge also contributed. Furthermore, Jello Biafra wrote the introduction and quotes from members of Smashing Pumpkins, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, N.W.A., Ramones, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Megadeth, AFI, Slayer, Jane’s Addiction, Rammstein, The Flaming Lips, Devo, Butthole Surfers, Static-X, Anthrax, White Zombie, Death Grips, Bauhaus, Killing Joke, High On Fire, GWAR, Einstürzende Neubauten, and Revolting Cocks will also be included.
The deluxe version will also come with a bonus 7″ featuring an acoustic version of “(Every Day Is) Halloween.” Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro guested on that particular track.
You can read more about the book over at Rolling Stone.
“There have always been bands full of angst, rage, anger, drama, and theatrics. It was Ministry who first came along at the dawn of the industrial movement, who combined these things so seamlessly, that the audience was about to have its first immersive experience. Not only were the shows a visceral experience, but lyrically, Al was preaching the truth on top of the finely crafted sound of this new musical tonality of aggression and machinery.
Loud and aggressive, yes, but also painstakingly put together as a symphonic experience. Al is the real deal. Who we see and hear on stage is who he is; it’s his truth that resonates with so many. Truths that make the disenfranchised feel included and truths that make the common man wish to be among the disenfranchised.”