Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir

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The fall and rise of a heavy metal icon
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, ...
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Overview

The fall and rise of a heavy metal icon
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-fucking 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's been, how fortunate he is to be pulling breath after so many close calls. And Hetfield is right. Mustaine has been lucky. He has been blessed. 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 through 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 is a story that will inspire, stun, and terrify.
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Editorial Reviews

Crawdaddy
“One hell of a story”
About.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.”
blistering.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.”
CHARTattack.com
“[MUSTAINE] is more tenacious, more introspective, and ultimately more relevant than you’d expect.”
Globe & Mail (Toronto)
"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."
Crawdaddy
“One hell of a story”
Rolling Stone
“Remorseless.”
Metal-army.com
“A must-have for all fans and haters alike”
Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“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.”
Washington Post
“Entirely awesome.”
The Quietus
“(Mustaine’s) memoir is honest, certainly - and not without that trademark bite - but there is also considerable maturity in his words.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061714375
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 304,656
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Mustaine, widely regarded as the "founding father" of Thrash Metal, almost singlehandedly created the enduring multiplatinum style that launched both Megadeth and Metallica into the public's consciousness. From 1985's Killing Is My Business . . . and Business Is Good to the most recent Endgame, with more than twelve album releases with Megadeth, Mustaine has left a legacy of music that has been described as everything from "poignant" to "insightful" to "angry" to "ironic." Megadeth earned eight Grammy nominations and six platinum certifications. Mustaine lives in San Diego County, California.

An award-winning journalist and bestselling author, Joe Layden has written more than thirty books, including The Last Great Fight, which was named one of the best sports books of 2007 by Sports Illustrated and the American Library Association. He is also the co-author of the New York Times bestsellers There and Back Again and The Rock Says. . . . He lives in upstate New York.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

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    Mustaine Shows His Metal

    Dave Mustaine founder, guitarist and front man for the heavy metal band, Megadeth, typically generate a variety of emotions resulting from his stage banter, interviews and music. Megadeth fans will instantly give the horns sign with one or both hands as they exhibit their sweet air guitar skills.

    Others who might be fans of a competing bands like, say, Mustaine's first band, Metallica, are likely to pontificate about the finer points of guitar skills between Mustaine and Metallica's Kirk Hammett. And, still others who are aware of Mustaine's conversion to Christianity are keenly interested in the strength or weakness of his walk of faith.

    As an avid student of celebrities and personalities as well as a Christian, I was eager to dig into the newly released paperback edition of Dave's autobiography, Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir. I'll be honest: I wasn't expecting much from the book because, well, I've never read a head banger's autobiography before and really thought I was going to be bored out of my aging mind. Boy, was I wrong.

    The book is very heavy in personal introspection and transparency. The reader will learn very quickly what make Mustaine tick and what ticks him off. Megadeth and Metallica fans will read lots of inside scoop on the history of both bands and lots of stories behind the songs. Dave also shares a lot of the interpersonal dynamics between him and the various configurations of his heavy metal enterprise.

    Christians who pick up the book expecting to read something along the lines of B.J. Thomas's Home Where I Belong will be shocked. The language in the book is raw. Very raw. And, while I'm not one who uses the same kind of language as Mustaine chooses to use, I found his transparency and his simple, level-headed approach to his faith actually quite refreshing.

    For those of you who run, not walk, from all things Christian, don't be such a wuss. Mustaine's book isn't "churchy". Actually, it's far from it. He states his faith in a matter-of-fact manner and doesn't try to jam anything down the reader's throat. He just puts himself out there as he is and you can take him or leave him. Either way, he's just going to keep on doing what he's doing while devoting more time to his family.

    The reader will get the very clear impression from Dave that he knows he's lucky to still be playing guitar after going through his debilitating affliction with his money-making left hand. He also comes across as one who knows darn well that he shouldn't be alive and is living life as one who is fully enjoying his umpteenth chance at living life to its healthy fullest.

    If you love reading about talented people - especially those who love a great rags to riches story, you're gonna love Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir. While you're ordering your copy, why not go ahead and get some Christmas shopping done for that head-banger friend or relative by picking up an extra copy or two? Just a thought.

    Randy Patterson
    Boomerocity

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2010

    A Must-Read Book For All Metalheads!

    I bought this book yesterday, and it was so exciting and so interesting that I had to finish it before I went to sleep. Since Dave Mustaine wrote the greatest thrash metal album ever (Peace Sells... But Who's Buying), it's not surprising that he would write the greatest metal biography ever.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Rachel McCleary

    This book is awesome! It is a great read from beginning to end and I could not put it down. Dave has had an amazing life and to hear it told from him is fascinating! You get all the juicy details. I am a huge Megadeth fan and totally appreciate this book! Long live metal \m/

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2010

    A must read for ALL Megadeth fans!

    I have been a Megadeth fan since there first album was released. It took GUTS for Dave to stand up and tell us his story and not hold back anything from the past...This is a great read and I would suggest that if you have ever been a Megadeth fan, past or present, to pick up this book immediately!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Good

    Like most rockers who decide tell all autobiographies dave mustaine is one f%$#@& up dude. Doesnt really cover anything any other autobiography about the rock lifesyle hasnt already a thousandd times before but still an entertaining read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Astounding! A metalheads must read

    First thing: holy titf**k! Dave Mustaine's autobiography is one of the very best Ive had the pleasure of reading. His point of view on the situation with Metallica was exactly what I expected, but I agree with Dave! Even if you dont, though, you will appreciate his candor. He is extremely intelligent and witty. Some of his stories will make you laugh, while others will make you go completely limp jawed. One of metals greatest has opened a door that you should definately follow through. He will NEVER fail to shock and amaze you with his experiences, his intellect or his ingenuousness. I could understand a parents hesitance to let thier children read this, but im 15, and as long as the adolesent is mature and cognizant of some of the dangerous actions in this book then they should enjoy it and even pick up a valuable lesson. IM URGING YOU! ITS TOTALLY WORTH IT

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Panther

    What?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    his is a amazing book.I bought it for my older sister last year

    his is a amazing book.I bought it for my older sister last year.She really liked it.I find that Mr.Mustaine,is a great man,and he have had to deal with a lot of stuff.I'm glad he is clean and sober.I just hope he will remain to stay that way.I love Megadeth songs.I have always thought of him as a amazing musician and a very great author.I'm very proud of him.For not only kicking his drug addiction.But,for being a great guy,and trying to stay on the straight and narrow.There were a lot of points in this book that kinda confused me a little.But,in the end I understood where he was coming from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    My grandson liked the book very much.

    This was a gift for my grandson, and he was very happy with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Something

    This is a awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    My generation was the "hair band" and "death Rock

    My generation was the "hair band" and "death Rock" and I use to watch him on Headbangers ball. Curious to see the behind the scenes of the of these group. And now as a christian I was curious to know how someone in that lifestyle would find Christ. I wouldn't recomment reading it as a conversion story if you don't wish to wade through ALOT of swearing, but on the human insterest perspective. It was good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Anonymous

    Well written? Check. Honest? Check. Entertaining? Check. Worth reading? Check and Check. This book was EXCELLENT, and not because I was a huge Megadeth or Mustaine fan (although I am now, certainly of the latter)... You have just got to read this book, you'll see... and I've read A LOT of biographies. This one stands out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Megadeth is the SHIT!!!!!

    Megadeth 4EVER that is all i can say

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Read it

    I am a huge Megadeth fan, and to see the history of it through the eyes of the legend only makes it that much better. Great read for any metal fan, the only thing I didn't like was how little he went into the making of some of the albums, but otherwise an amazing read for any metalhead \m/

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

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    Surprisingly well written

    This was not all at what I expected. While full of the details and minutiae of his childhood and rock and roll lifestyle, it was not salacious or overly graphic. The narrative voice is very erudite and full of insight. At times funny, amusing and clever, it was also brutally honest and appropriately self deprecating. I found this a compelling read, and not just for fans of the thrash band Megadeth. I read this the same week after reading another high profile rock and roll memoir. This is hands down one of the best ones I have read.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    if a fan.. you will enjoy this

    loved how it was very honest and forthcoming. Told the story of his life.. good bad or ugly. Was a enjoyable change from some other biographies where its all pretty and wrapped in a bow and in flowery prose. Loved how this was written as if he were actually talking to you.

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    Posted December 10, 2012

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    Posted December 1, 2012

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    Posted December 1, 2012

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    Posted December 1, 2012

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