The fall and rise of a heavy metal icon.
Dave Mustaine is the first to admit that he's bottomed out a few times in his dark and twisted speed metal version of a Dickensian life.
Impoverished, transient childhood? Check.
Abusive, alcoholic parent? Check.
Mind-fucking religious weirdness (in his case the extremes of the Jehovah's Witnesses and Satanism)? Check.
Alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness? Check, check, check.
Soul-crushing professional and artistic setbacks? Check.
Rehab? Check (seventeen times, give or take).
Near-death experience? Check that one, too.
James Hetfield, with whom many years ago Mustaine founded a band known as Metallica, once observed, with some incredulity, that Mustaine must have been born with a horseshoe up his ass. That's how lucky he's been, how fortunate he is to be pulling breath after so many close calls. And Hetfield is right. Mustaine has been lucky. He has been blessed. But here's the thing about having a horseshoe lodged in your rectum: It also hurts like hell. And you never forget it's there.
Mustaine has battled through it all to achieve dizzying heights. From the early, heady days of Metallica, being unceremoniously let go only to become a world-famous rock star - founder, front man, singer, songwriter, and guitarist (and de facto CEO) for Megadeth, one of the most popular bands in heavy metal - Mustaine's is a story that will inspire, stun, and terrify.
©2010 Dave Mustaine (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
This is by far one of the best books in a long time! Must have!
He is annoying at first, dragging and stretching words, trying to sound like Mustaine, but you stop paying attention, because the book is so damn good...
I can relate to this guys life in many ways, so it's kinda scary. I laughed loud, I got emotional, it's a journey...
nah...jut get the book
This is fun to listen to, well read and interesting. Mustaine takes a confessional approach but still comes off as self-justifying and self-interested. In the end it's one of those books that makes you glad you didn't become a rockstar! :)
If you're a fan of the man, the band or just the metal this is a great read. He at times comes across a little whingey but it's all for a reason in the end. Mustaine seems most likely to point out his flaws than anyone. I like that in a muso. Plenty of great stories and hidden messages.
Fans looking for a solid insight into the Metallica saga will not be dissappointed. It is covered in depth. Warts and All!!!
Enjoyed the F@#k out of it!!!
wise in the ways of metal
This book should have been entitled "A Drug Use Memoir" instead of "A Haevy Metal Memoir" since easily 70% of the book are stories of Dave's drug use and multiple attempts at rehabilitation which get old after awhile. Dave really bears his soul, no doubt about it, and never sugar coats anything even when talking about himself, his weakness for drugs or his long standing grudge against Metallica.
The stories about the early days of Metallica really stand out and even long time fans will find new insight into how this band came together. After being booted from Metallica (the story that everybody knows by heart by now) we get the formation of Megadeth and Dave's struggle to keep a steady lineup in the band. It seems that he always picked the WORST possible candidate for the job since virtually every Megadeth album has had a different lineup with Dave Mustaine being the only constant and Dave Ellefson being the one who stuck it out the longest.
Many kudos go to the narrator, Tom Wayland, who does a spot-on impersonation of Dave Mustaine's voice, as well as giving an excellent reading with much nuance and variations in emotions. Most of the time I had to remind myself that it was NOT Dave himself speaking.
Still, the book is very much worth a read (or listen) since Dave Mustaine is an integral part of the history of Metal and he helped bring Thrash Metal to the world.
I started reading this book and as I read it, I had Dave Mustaine's distinctive voice in my head narrating. The book itself is fantastic, I was just disappointed that the audio book was narrated by somebody else. I know he is a busy man, but it didn't feel right.
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