I'm the Man

The Story of That Guy from Anthrax
Narrated by: Scott Ian
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (436 ratings)

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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Nice ride on a rock and roll journey

Scott has a nice voice. Unlike many crash and. Burn biography’s, it was refreshing that he was into the journey of his life more than ending his life. Oh and there’s a happy ending too. Loved it. Thanks Scott!

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This book ****ing rocks--nearly literally

Scott does an unbelievable job relating the tale of himself, and Anthrax. Hearing how they and many of my other favorite bands came together was enlightening and inspiring in the least. I will listen to 'The Man' again. You should too.

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Awesome book!

Great book from a great dude. I've always been a huge Anthrax fan and really enjoyed Scott's story. I would recommend this to everyone, even if you aren't a metalhead. The struggles and triumphs Scott and the band faced were monumental.

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He is THE MAN!

I loved it! Scott is definitely the most hard working, hard rocking, down to earth guy I feel like I just met. He lets you understand that you can make your dreams come true but you're gonna hit some bumps along the way. Coming full circle through the ups and downs, high points and tragedies but never giving up. I always cheered for this guy but now I feel like I've gotten to know him a whole lot better and I'm cheering for him harder than ever.

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Awesome

The best “rock star” bio that I’ve ever read! I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

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Scott Ian IS the man!!!

I've been a huge fan of Anthrax since I was a kid so I knew I would like this book. What I didn't know was how much I would love it! It's better than the best rockumentary!!! PLUS it's read by The Man himself. Listening to the audio book is the Only way to experience it!

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Fantastic!!

This was one of the most fantastic autobio’s I have ever listened to. Anthrax was the band that got me into metal almost 35 years ago. Scott has always been one of my favorite musicians, hands down! Listening to this book gave me so much insight to the band and so much insight to Scott as a person. I’m not kidding you when I say that I laughed AND I cried while listening to this book. NO BULLSHIT! Scott you are an amazing person. And I have an even larger respect for you and for Anthrax!

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Another Great Metal Book

I have listened to, waiting to hear or have in my Wishlist nearly every Metal Bio. I love when authors read their stories. Nice tie in with the other three metal bands. My only complaint is the unnecessary political stereotyping.

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Scott is AMONG THE LIVING

if it wasn't for Scott and Ace I would not be playing Guitar Scott great story

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  • Martin Palmer
  • 12-13-18

He Is Indeed "The Man"

This was a really enjoyable listen from the one and only Scott Ian who narrates virtually the whole thing in his own inimitable brash New Yorker way. He perhaps "over shares" in a few place (I could've done without the giving birth part) but on the other hand, he doesn't shy away from some of the frankly bone headed things he's done over the years (drink driving for example) so it comes over as a genuine "warts and all" tale. I could take issue with some of his analysis about why some of Anthrax's albums failed (fact is, some of them just didn't contain many good songs) but this book is about what he thinks and he gives it with both barrels. He doesn't pull back...ever! I'm probably making it sound like there isn't much humour in the book but there is plenty of that as well. All in all, I highly recommend this book to anyone with a passing interest in Anthrax or even the history of "thrash" metal from one of the pioneers of the genre. Warning: this book does contain quite a lot of profanity!

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  • Cally
  • 04-26-18

Brilliant

Been a fan ofthe band from the beginning. It's good to get some behind-the-scenes insights to Scott's life.

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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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  • Brett
  • 08-19-20

World class guy!

Honest and doesn't hide he has been a total arse. But the Scott Ian story is warm and makes no apologies its human. Also very good context for the background of the metal and punk scene. I did enjoy this more than Maynards book, maybe that just because Anthrax is everyones best loved guilty pleasure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-20

A must for any metalhead!

Great story over 3 decades of metal madness and all the characters involved from the scene. No holds barred and read with a true voice of passion. Loved it!

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  • BigD
  • 04-14-20

For all Anthrax fans.

I've been a fan of anthrax since '87 and hearing the story of Scott Ian told by him was pretty cool. a great listen!

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  • Paul Tarbuck
  • 01-23-20

He's the man!

I'm a big fan of Anthrax and S.O.D. so hearing all the stories of making albums, touring, band turmoil/members leaving and rejoining was eye opening for sure. Very interesting and almost as if Scott is sitting with you and reeling off his life story, which definitely has had its ups and downs. He's also very honest about his private life, thoughts and feelings which I didnt know anything about previously. Really enjoyed the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-18-19

Scott is the man

A great account of Anthrax and the 80's thrash scene from its early days to its breakthrough into wider a audience. Scott has a great reading style. he could read the phone book and make you laugh. I highly recommend this. took me right back to the era, seeing them in 87 and the whole vibe of that scene. some revelations too. if you love metal, thrash, comics, chaos and humour. download this.

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  • marcus jack
  • 10-27-19

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Great to hear a rock story that’s not quite route one read by The Man himself. Funny and sad and honest.

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  • John Hiscock
  • 08-13-19

An absolutely outstanding book.

An absolutely outstanding book, extremely well read by Scott himself, super funny. fantastic insight to the music industry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-20

He is so!

I've loved anthrax for almost 20 years. I was late to the party, my loss!

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  • Miss Briony Bullard
  • 08-18-20

Scott Ian- The Great Storyteller

After seeing Scott on his spoken word tour a couple of years ago and hearing him tell tales of his amazing life, including first interactions with his musical heroes many of whom are also mine, I became fascinated in his bigger story. The best thing about the author narrating their own books is it is like they are speaking to you as a private audience. I’m going to miss Scott’s dulcet tones getting me to and from the city each day now I’ve had him read me both his books. 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻

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  • Shayne Bates
  • 05-26-20

An interesting read for Anthrax fans

Aside from describing his early life experiences, this book gives you some of the backstory and behind scenes goings on during the writing, recording and performing of their music from the perspective of Scott Ian. He's not a professional writer or voice actor, but he has a gift for storytelling. If you're interested in the subject material, you won't be disappointed

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  • robert goncalves
  • 03-11-19

Great listen - very honest and very entertaining

The narration was excellent, very expressive and kept me engaged the whole time. Favourite parts were Scott's home life and early band struggles.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-18

must NOT skip I'm The Man

one of the if not the greatest book about the musician and the band I have loved from day one Scott not Ian I am that guy from anthrax shows the soul and passion lacking in music today and The Heartless greed of the record industry

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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