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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

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Wow, very excellent book! Consuming!

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Kept me interested the entire story, with outstanding narration provided to put you in each setting. I have a serious new found respect for Dave, what a journey he has had! Explains and clarifies many misconceptions, and left me truly empathizing with him, best I could. Funny, sad, amazing, crazy, insightful, absorbing - it had it all. I hope he follows it up with an updated edition for 2016. Thank you Dave for sharing, and bearing your soul! Also, thank you for all you have contributed to music. Respectfully...

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No pulled punches here.

a very candid and open telling story of one of the most influential thrash bands of all time. a can't-miss for fans of both Metallica and Megadeth.

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Made me cry

The heartfelt story of the life of Dave Mustaine made me cry. Narrator was superb

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Awesome

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.

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eyebrow raising insight

LOVE Dave Mustaine! I could hear his voice in my head, even though he didn't read his book. I leaned a lot about him, and I appreciate his story and life experience even more now.

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Great book overall

Amazing story, great reader, still absolutely love Megadeth and Mustaine. God Bless you man, take care.

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Just buy it<br />

Such a great insight into the man's life. Long live Megadeth and the metal front man himself.

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A great book with great narration

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.

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not spoken by Dave but the guy sounds just like hi

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

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inspiring and eye opening

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!!