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Publisher's Summary

I'm the Man is the fast-paced, humorous, and revealing memoir from the man who cofounded Anthrax, the band that proved to the masses that brutality and fun didn't have to be mutually exclusive. Through various lineup shifts, label snafus, rock 'n' roll mayhem, and unforeseen circumstances galore, Scott Ian has approached life and music with a smile, viewing the band with deadly seriousness while recognizing the ridiculousness of the entertainment industry. Always performing with abundant energy that revealed his passion for his craft, Ian has never let the gravity of being a rock star go to his shaven, goateed head.

I'm the Man is a blistering hard rock memoir, one that is astonishing in its candor and deftly told by the man who's kept the institution of Anthrax alive for more than 30 years.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Scott Ian (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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"Jabby, gabby, and metal-obsessed...exhilarating." (New York Times)

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YES!!!

Scott Ian IS the man! I've been an Anthrax fan from day one. This book served to open my eyes to a lot of things that went on that we, the fans, had no idea of, and to dispel more than a few rumors. This book came along at exactly the right time. Huge, HUUUUUGE, respect to Scott for bearing his soul to us.

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I love the inside stories

I was a fan of Anthrax and thrash in the 80s and the stories of their history along with the beginnings of the thrash metal scene was priceless.

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  • Geno
  • Twin Cities, Minnesota
  • 11-13-17

Scott's The Man!

I love myself some music history. It's made even better when it comes straight from the horses' mouth - literally, in this case!

I've been wanting to read Scott's book for some time now, but as a slow-ish reader and easily distracted, it hasn't made it to my night stand. Now, with audible - I get to have Scotty 'Not!' Ian read his book TO me - his own voice, his own words.

I love it.

Great book with some great information not only on Scott's private life (and demons) but the history of Anthrax and the formative years of Thrash Metal!


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I loved it.

I am a big fan of the band and of Scott Ian. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I grew up in the 80s and remember hearing about a lot of these stories. I followed all the big thrash bands of the era. I was lucky enough to get floor tickets for the Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium and it was an awesome concert. It is a great book and a great reading by the author.

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  • CK
  • 10-25-17

Buy this if you love Anthrax!

If you were ever a fan of the thrash metal movement and a fan of Anthrax over the years, this book is for YOU!!! Absolutely loved hearing Scott tell the stories of his life and experiences in Anthrax!!

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Great stuff!!!

Loved this audiobook!! It’s alway great when the author reads the audiobook & this book would not have worked if Scott wasn’t the narrator. If you like Anthrax or were into metal & thrash at all in the 80’s this is worth a listen. Lots of get stories & history. Love it & highly recommend it.

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finally, a rockstar that can read his own book

Scott Ian brings his own words to life, in a way that sadly others cannot, I'm talking to you Sebastian Bach. great book about the band that was the backbone to metal for so long.

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Fantastic

Of you love Anthrax, you will love this book. I'm glad that I listened to it.

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Where does I'm the Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Comparing this to other Metal bios this is one of the best. Mustaine's book, for example, was all war stories I've heard over the last 30 years. This book gets into the real meat of his history and would put it up there with some of the best history books I've read.

What about Scott Ian’s performance did you like?

The Fifty-Year Mission, which is a long Star Trek biography. The detail, depth, and perspective is second to none in those two books. Scott Ian covering his own history is equally as deep.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Scott's performance overall. I'd put his narration up there with Michael Caine's autobiography.

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now. bigger ANTHRAX fan then ever before.

this book shows the true human behind Scott Ian. any fan of Anthrax will dig this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-18

The title tells it all

Ithis ticks all the boxes tales from the inception of thrash metal right up to release of worship music. I'd just love to hear Scott's take on the release of for all the Kings.

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  • david
  • 11-30-17

Great guy great story

Very easy to listen to. Some great stories, doesnt shy away from some uncomfortable truths either.

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  • William Tingle
  • 08-02-17

Amazing, Scott Ian, YOU ROCK!!!

I loved it Scott gave it balls and to hear him narrate it was Awesome! Been a fan since the begining and seen them many times. Anthrax.....Scott Ian......YOU ROCK!!! Thank you for my teenage memories and for sticking it out and giving me music to love and inspire my son.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-20-17

What a tale.

Brilliant and interesting listen from Scott Ian, who has honed his narrative style by touring his spoken words show, which was also amazing. If you love rock or metal, you'll love this one.

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  • steeledarren1973
  • 05-05-17

Well Cool !

A great insight to Anthrax and the NOT man Scott Ian ! Well worth it !!

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  • Mark E.
  • 12-22-17

brilliant and funny

As a metal fan from the 80's . this is a must listen to anyone who likes metal

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  • Mr Vaughan James
  • 11-02-17

The “Thrax”Boysz that make the Noise

I’m OLD SCHOOL and my favourite flavour has always been Motõrhead - right from the start. Been on the “piss with the boys etc.” Metallica came along in my circle of friends whilst skateboarding and for me it always has been 2 wheels and so I was the odd sod out ‘cause I was a BMX slave. Moved from Portsmouth in 1984 up to family in West Coast of Scotland for Work.
Anthrax came on the airwaves, my mates were overcome by the energy, the feel etc of the band and I TRIED SHUNNING new music because I’m old school. However, after much harassment from my Skateboard geezers I gave up and afforded half an hour to listen to “Spreading the Disease” and was totally bowled over. They, in my opinion are fresher, sexier and more energetic than two or three certain bands which I’ll not name as this is my personal choice other than to say SLAYER ARE NOT PART OF THAT EQUATION.

At the end of the day, Anthrax, like Motorhead (Lemmy R.I.P - and still owes me a “bar tab bill”) are survivors because the music boasts no bull***t - the music is as honest as the guys themselves. So chuffed Joey back home - that’s not to detract from the fact that Mr Bush is Awesome and should things go belly-up ever again, I’d suspect John would fill. In all, please please read this testament of one of the most iconic bands in “the heavy genre” and even better, do yourself a favour and educate your ears!!!! Thank you very much for the last 35+ years. You’re all awesome. God bless your lad as well 💀🤘🏼

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  • Rhiannon
  • 09-06-17

He is the man !!

Read with so much energy you cant help but get caught up in it all (caught in a mosh !!) very interesting .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-17

I'm a massive bio and metal fan.

this was awesome!!! had a equal mix of his life story. Some bios focus too much on the music and not their life and vice versa. thus was a good balance. hmmm what next?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-17

Scott is very listenable

Somebody cast this MAN in a movie! Great listen, took me straight back to 80's / 90's when metal was King !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-17

Scott Ian, absolute living legend

What a great listen, I loved every second of this book, fantastic forward by Mr Kirk Hammett, brilliantly read by the master of rhythm guitar, and all round good guy Scott Ian, I have been a massive Anthrax fan for years so maybe a bit biased, but I don't care , this tells the tale of a class act band and their struggles with useless record companies, crap promoters, crap band members , but a huge ambition to succeed, Scott Ian tells us the whole truth about fame, failure, relationships, and determination, it's not a Motley Crüe, groupies , drugs, orgies take,but an honest account of an amazing career of a honest hard working band, loved it, ANTHRAX forever