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Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir Paperback – August 9, 2011
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“Entirely awesome.” (Washington Post)
“One hell of a story” (Crawdaddy)
“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))
“Remorseless.” (Rolling Stone)
“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)
“(Mustaine’s) memoir is honest, certainly - and not without that trademark bite - but there is also considerable maturity in his words.” (The Quietus)
“A must-have for all fans and haters alike” (Metal-army.com)
“[MUSTAINE] is more tenacious, more introspective, and ultimately more relevant than you’d expect.” (CHARTattack.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)
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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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My only criticism of the book is not about what was written, but about what I wish was written. I was hoping there would be more space in the book devoted to the creative process Dave Mustaine has used to write the amazing catalog of Megadeth music, but unfortunately there is only a tiny fraction of the book devoted to this topic.
First off, Mustaine (or his handler) is a good writer. He kept the entire book interesting and I was always reluctantly putting the book (or Kindle, rather) down at bedtime or at the end of my lunch break. Despite Mustaine leading a somewhat common life to rock and rollers of that era, it's still fresh for some reason.
Second, I had no idea how much his firing from Metallica affected him and he was very open about that entire situation. Maybe that is already well known by fans but again, I am a casual listener.
My only gripe was despite the book's ability to draw you in and hold your attention, when I was finished, I felt like more could have been said. I did not feel like I had the whole picture of the "story" like I had after reading Slash's autobiog or Ace Frehley's or Peter Criss's (all great reads). The complaint is that Mustaine is a likeable guy and you want to know more about him.
Overall, this was a great read and I recommend it to any fan of rock music. It's not on a gift list for my mother but I have recommended it to my brothers and friends!
I've long been a Megadeth fan and kept up with Dave Mustaine's work. I still buy and enjoy Megadeth albums.
This was a thorough and boldly honest personal history.
I dismiss reviews that bemoan Dave's arrogance. I expect a degree of confidence from this guy that comes off as arrogance.
I really enjoyed reading about the band members who came and went with Dave's explanation as to why.
I also enjoyed hearing about all the over the top rock exploits.
If you're a real Megadeth fan, and especially a fan of Dave Mustaine, I expect you to like this. I couldn't put it down once I got started reading. Again, if you don't want to hear a somewhat overly confident or arrogant guy, then don't buy it.
Metal is extreme as it is, so there is nothing about the "personality" that I find off-putting. I identify with frustration and it's also why I like heavy metal.
This was worth every penny for me. I may buy the book by the bassist to hear someone else's account of things.
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Never took him for a god boy