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
I love historical fiction, history (especially WWII), rock bios, well-told and interesting fiction, non-fiction, & a bit of fantasy sci-fi.
Raw and honest. For fans of the genre and those who enjoy a stunning account of life as a rock star at the top of his game to rock bottom.
great to hear the whole story. so much that was revealed. the most honest book I have heard from the music industry so far. thank you Dave, for being so forthcoming.
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Every once in a while you run across a book that not only is a good story, written from the heart, one that reads like a good buddy telling the story over a couple beers. This is such a book. I have never been a fan of Megadeath or Dave's music, I am more into melody in my metal then slash, but the story is fun. It's the narration that really makes this book. told with feeling and like others have said, this guy sounds just like Mustain. I thin Dave Mustain is reading this under a voice over the name Tom Wayland.
So if you're into metal, and certainly if you're a Megadeath fan, you need to listen to this book. If you're offended by the f-word and some cussing, then you don't need to, but without it, it would not be real. Dave may have found religion and god, but that doesn't mean he has stopped using that language.
was a fun read for any rock n roll fan and I imagine inspirational for anyone who's been an addict . the guy who speaks it is not Dave mustane but sounds eerily like him
I have always wondered what really happened to the destruction of Dave Mustaine and this book answered it all. I am glad the narrator sounds just like Dave, it was ad if Dave was speaking directly to you.
I had no idea how bad it was for Dave growing up and it further explains his behavior through the years. I really appreciate how open and honest he is about his life. I have truly come to admire him and his accomplishments.
This is definitely worth the money and the credit. I plan on listening to this again!!
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.
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