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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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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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Scott Ian is the Man!

great book! Scott Ian is one of my favorite people of all time! I'm not a huge fan of Anthrax.

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great until the end

I've always been anthrax fan. I was looking so forward to this book and it delivered 90% Has a great background of the band the early years the tough years and the rebound . great storyline. Scott does a great job Delivering the message I had no idea all the trials and Tribulations the band went through and it certainly gives great insight to the bands History . probably one of the better biographies until the end when Scott decided to get political and give us his Misguided ideas and beliefs on the Republican party. You will find yourself Wanting to reach through the speakers to choke him and say shut up and play your guitar. I don't give a shit about your Political views. especially since they are misguided and obviously influenced by others. Scott loses a bit of credibility due to his Republican rant and you start to question whether or not he is actually as smart as you thought he was thru the first 31 chapters or just a guy at the right place at the right time and should be thankful for befriending a young Metallica else their story may have been much different. still one of my favorite bands regardless of Scott's misguided political views.

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Awesome autobiography!

Great to know the sorry behind the music or one of my favorite bands, Anthrax. Scott Ian does such a great job of detailing everything out so well and including so much attention to telling a great story.

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Awesome!

Amazing read. Gave me more insight into the man. Great stories that really held me there.

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I loved all the stories behind some of my favorite music. Awesome job Mr. Ian!

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Great Tales from one of the leaders of the Big 4!

To hear Scott Ian actually tell us this story in his own voice was fun and authentic. You can hear and feel the growth in Scott as Anthrax progressed. He is a fantastic storyteller. Also, to get the foreword told by Kirk Hammett was a big plus. If you’re a fan of heavy rock music or just good stories of modern musicians and their plights to become respected, this is worth a listen.

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  • Crevi
  • Boston, MA
  • 08-06-18

If you like Anthrax, you will like this book

As a fan of Anthrax, it was interesting to hear the story of the band directly from one of the founding members.

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get it!

Not the biggest Anthrax fan but I always enjoyed Scott Ian's style and playing. I've always thought he was a good dude. This book takes you through his early life and life of Anthrax. He does a great job making you feel like you're there with him. Very informative and I will be going for his newer book "Access All areas" now for sure. ...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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