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Dave Mustaine: Are You Ready to Take the Risk? Paperback – June, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Vantage Pr (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0533136423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0533136421
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,035,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2002
This book could have been great. There were chapters on cities, recording studios and guitars that touched Mustaine's life, but the reader was always left wondering about how they related specifically to the artist. The interpretations of lyrics were interesting to read, as were some details of his life, but I questioned the validity of the facts as the author complains several times that there was only one interview with Mustaine. What made me want to throw this book into the fire was the atrocious grammar. Obviously it was translated, but before a book is published, doesn't someone check the grammar at least at a cursory level? Despite the negatives, I admit I'm not sorry I bought the book.....but I also don't regret buying those jittery handed Japanese videos of Megadeth's live concerts, either.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Don Dewulf on June 15, 2002
I guess with any 'unauthorized' biography, the reader is at the mercy of the author. In this case, the author is very obviously a fan and very enthusiastic about this project.
As other reviewers have pointed out, there is no other biography on Mustaine at this time, so anything is better than nothing. It's unfortunate that this was not done better. The translation is atrocious and there is so much fluff (Mustaine's college, Jackson dealers etc), this person didn't seem to have done any research beyond her interviews with Mustaine.
Nice try. I hope someone else does it properly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Giusti on October 31, 2002
Even as a serious Dave Mustaine fan, this book was so difficult to read I still cannot bring myself to pick it back up and finish it. Whoever translated this book to English did not have knowledge of the language. The sentences are repetitive and do not make sense much of the time. Also, there are entire chapters dedicated to things like the college that Dave attended in CA, but nothing about him! It is a complete waste of time to read this book so sit down and re-watch the Megadeth Behind the Music to get your Dave Mustaine fix and save yourself the frustration of reading this horribly written & edited book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2002
This book reads like a magazine spread on the band in argentina. It doesnt give you any or very little biographical info on mustaine and the author keeps on going off on tangents of giving you background information on things unmegadeth related. The only part of the book worth reading is towards the end where there is a little mustaine interview. I only read it all the way through because of my interest in the band and I kept on hoping it would get better. I hope dave or another author write a true biography of the birth of megadeth and give fans a real read. I had very high hopes for this book and it only gets two stars because its the only book out there on megadeth.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2002
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This book was authored by a woman from Argentina and might have been better in Spanish. The English is often garbled and the book is poorly organized, with superfluous material like a chapter on a community college Mustaine attended and a 6-page list of Jackson guitar dealers. But there are some nice photos and occasional direct quotes from people associated with the band to make it OK to blow [$] on.
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