Ministry's Al Jourgensen: Everyone Needs A Mentor To Help Figure Things Out

Three weeks ago I had the opportunity to talk to Ministry's legendary frontman and all-around heavy metal veteran Al Jourgensen. We had a slightly concerning start to the interview (Jourgensen was sick from food poisoning caused by Chobani yogurt that had since been recalled, and was sitting around, drinking vodka and waiting to die), but I say only slightly because 54-year-old Jourgensen has been pronounced dead three times before by far worse culprits.

After brushing that off, the musician began badgering me for some solid journalistic questioning before suspiciously asking what I thought of his new album. Not that he cares--From Beer to Eternity was only completed for Mike Scaccia, Jourgensen's long-time pal and band mate that died from a heart attack during the recording sessions.

Two Metal Mondays ago, the first half of the interview was published--it was just too damn long to keep 45-minute segment together. And to my heavy metal, tap-dancing fingers' delight, I received such a solid response that I am posting the second half of the interview in this week's episode.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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