Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir Paperback – Illustrated, 9 August 2011
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"(Mustaine's) memoir is honest, certainly - and not without that trademark bite - but there is also considerable maturity in his words."--The Quietus
"[MUSTAINE] is more tenacious, more introspective, and ultimately more relevant than you'd expect."--CHARTattack.com
"A fascinating and sometimes eye-opening look at Mustaine the man as well as Mustaine the rock star... A must read for Megadeth fans, and highly recommended for metal fans in general."--About.com
"A frank and detailed account of the life and times of the infamous vocalist/guitarist/song writer...Mustaine's account of Megadeth's early years is told with humor and with real honesty... A riveting read."--blistering.com
"A must-have for all fans and haters alike"--Metal-army.com
"Dave Mustaine's memoir is the narrative of a struggling, hard-won music career. It is also a story of survival, redemption and faith... Transcending simple religion and music, Mustaine's Heavy Metal Memoir will leave you moved and inspired."--Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"One hell of a story"--Crawdaddy
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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-f**king 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 is to be pulling breath after so many close calls. 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 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 story will inspire, stun, and terrify.
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Some context: I never listened to Megadeth. I heard of them, of course. Frankly, when Metallica got big, I didn't like the music much and wrote off the whole genre (sorry, Dave). On the upside, I have three decades of music to "binge listen" to, so it's not all bad.**
The point is, I bring no biases to this. I have no dog in the fight of Mustaine v. Metallica or Mustaine v. ... well, everyone else. I'm not mad about this or that musician that left or got kicked out of the band. I found the book on a list of top rock biographies, and it sounded interesting.
It is insightful and honest. It's got the gory details of rock life and plenty of behind the scenes with the band. The writing is insightful, honest, sometimes funny, sometimes crude -- but always very real and very fast-paced. With other rock bios I've read, I've skipped large portions of boringness. There's none of that here.
The narrator -- which is Mustaine in middle age -- is likable and honest. The younger, often substance-addicted, always intense Mustaine can be quite the bad guy. He cops to that. But the book tells it like it was. So when he relates the tale of another musician, it's not gossipy or mean-spirited. It's just his honest observations and thoughts at the time and the simple truth. In any case, I came away liking the guy.
Put this on your list of bios to read. You won't be disappointed.
** I've now got at least six songs on my Megadeth playlist. Still no Metallica.
What I liked about this book is to finally hear Dave’s take on things. He gives a good account of his story and Megadeth and his with Metallica. If you don’t know much about Dave or his band, it really fleshes him out as a person and offers a three dimensional view of the man and the musician. Of course, with all rock bios, take everything you read with a grain of salt.
This book is worth the money, and I hope you like it!
I know there have been negative things said about Dave through the years, from different sources, but I don't care. This guy has talent. Battled his demons, like so many other musicians, and has come out on the other side.
I don't know what else to say other than, READ THIS!