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
The performance by Tom Layland is spot on, at times you swear Dave is reading it.
He has quite a story to tell, going from a 15 year old living on the streets to creating a music genre. You get the sense that he really needed to tell his side of the Metallica feud. It is amazing how much of his life was fueled by getting kicked out of that band. He doesn't gloss over the embarrassing parts. I gained a lot of respect for him from this book. Its a fun listen...highly recommend it.
Narrator could have been better. Got annoyed when he was 'quoting'.
Should have been a bit longer. The story jumped ahead a bit too fast, leaving many holes. I wished for more detail regarding Marty Friedman and 'Juniors' exit.
All in all a good listen though.
Raw and candid, just like I would expect from Dave after all these years. He doesn't hold back in his lyrics, interviews or his on-stage performances, so I expected no less from a book written by him. If you're a music fan, and want an honest look behind the curtain of one of the industry's more controversial figures - even if you're not a big Megadeth fan - this shouldn't be something you pass up.
Wow...this is so subjective. I lean heavily towards autobiographies and non-fiction in general. Best judge is how anxious I was to keep listening...very. You have to be fan of Megadeth and know some history to truly appreciate the life of Mustaine
Dave Mustaine is very intelligent person and one of the most tortured public people you'll ever read about...yet, he somehow is still roaming the earth and keeping perspective. So many musicians broke down completely, well before accomplishing everything that Mustaine has - bravo Dave. Unlike many other addicts, it seems he did himself the most damage along the way - yet kept his vision alive.
Loves stories that keep him entertained in gridlock
I would have liked to hear more about his songwriting and less about his addictions.
The performance is ok, but not great.
I haven't read the print version.
Dave Mustaine, of course. That one is obvious.
I have not listened to others, but this one is very good.
Welcome to a Head Banger's Memoir.
Enjoyable listen, Dave wrote from his heart and seem to try and make amends with some of the mistakes he has made through his life. I have a lot more respect for him than ever before, always heard the whining stories without his side really. He is quiet inspiring with the adversity he has been faced with and come out in the end on top. I listen to his music with a whole new found respect and insight.
I am a atheist and at first listen thought Dave might be the same. Guess he has found something in his life that helps him through without jamming J.C down your throat. Much respect with his stance on religion. Seems to have grown up to be quiet a man.
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! :)
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