Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir

Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir

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by Dave Mustaine, Joe Layden
     
 

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From his early, crazy days as a founding member of Metallica, Dave Mustaine has seen and experienced everything in the world of rock n’ roll. From his young triumphs and ignominious ouster from the band for his hard-partying ways to his later rule over Megadeth, one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time, Mustaine tells it all.

Overview

From his early, crazy days as a founding member of Metallica, Dave Mustaine has seen and experienced everything in the world of rock n’ roll. From his young triumphs and ignominious ouster from the band for his hard-partying ways to his later rule over Megadeth, one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time, Mustaine tells it all. Outrageously candid and in-your-face, this is classic rock memoir in the vein of Slash, Motley Crue: The Dirt, and Sound of the Beast—an insider’s look at the loud and sordid world of heavy metal.

Editorial Reviews

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.”
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”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061714405
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/09/2011
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
172,296
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.06(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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Randy_Patterson More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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/
danstar25 More than 1 year ago
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!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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This was a gift for my grandson, and he was very happy with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Megadeth 4EVER that is all i can say
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Sokmunkeez More than 1 year ago
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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InDarkPlaces More than 1 year ago
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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