A Heavy Metal Memoir

eBook - 2010
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New York Times Bestseller

Founding member, singer, and lead guitarist of Metallica and Megadeath shares the ultimate, unvarnished story behind his involvement in the rise of two of the world's most influential heavy metal bands in history.

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. From his soul-crushing professional and artistic setbacks to his battle with addiction, Mustaine has hit rock bottom on multiple occasions. April 1983 was his lowest point, when he was unceremoniously fired from Metallica for his hard-partying ways. But, what seemed to be the end of it all was just the beginning for the guitarist.

After parting ways with Metallica, Mustaine went on to become the front man, singer, songwriter, guitarist (and de facto CEO) for Megadeath--one of the most successful metal bands in the world. A pioneer of the thrash metal movement, Megadeath rose to international fame in the 1980s, and has gone on to earn seven consecutive Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance.

In this outrageously candid memoir, one of heavy metal's most iconic figures gives an insider's look into the loud and sordid world of thrash metal--sex, drugs, and rock n' roll included.

Publisher: New York : It Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061997037
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 346 p. [8] p. of plates) : ill. (some col.)


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Jul 12, 2013

I have to admit that if I were, to pick one example, dragged at my ear with a pair of tweezers by my father, and had been "rescued" by Jehovah's Witnesses, I probably would have personal issues myself. So I'm not as inclined to condemn Mustaine as much as some. But the overall message is correct: in this book, he still can't get over being kicked out of Metallica, even though he readily admits his alcoholic behaviour was more of a threat to the band than that of the others'. Violent drunks ARE worse than goofy drunks, if you are trying to get a job done. But there is a lot more to this book than the whining. I would recommend this book to any metal fan, especially since Mustaine has gotten a lot crazier since this book came out. I would lay odds that his next books is some conspiracy tract co-written with Alex Jones, so consider this a document of a time when Mustaine was relatively under control.

Jun 26, 2012

A very interesting book for a megadeth fan. Dave does plenty of whining and tries to frantically justify his behavior wherever he thinks he possibly can, but it kept me reading nonetheless. Unfortunately it unravels into a pathetic half-baked born-again message at the end. It gave me a much better idea of the real Dave Mustaine, and that's not a good thing. I still think megadeth>metallica!

Jun 17, 2011

A fairly typical "sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll" autobiography, but it's a page- turner nonetheless.

mattsam Jun 10, 2011

Guy is very full of himself but an interesting story

Dec 22, 2010

Since I am a huge Megadeth fan I was obligated to read this book, and boy did I enjoy it. But i must say that I have read better autobiographies.

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