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I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax

I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax

by Scott Ian


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I'm the Man is the fast-paced, humorous, and revealing memoir from the man who co-founded Anthrax, the band that proved to the masses that brutality and fun didn't have to be mutually exclusive. Through various lineup shifts, label snafus, rock 'n' roll mayhem, and unforeseen circumstances galore, Scott Ian has approached life and music with a smile, viewing the band with deadly seriousness while recognizing the ridiculousness of the entertainment industry. Always performing with abundant energy that revealed his passion for his craft, Ian has never let the gravity of being a rock star go to his shaven, goateed head.

Ian tells his life story with a clear-eyed honesty that spares no one, least of all himself, starting with his upbringing as a nerdy Jewish boy in Queens and evolving through his first musical epiphany when he saw KISS live on television and realized what he wanted to do with his life. He chronicles his adolescence growing up in a dysfunctional home where the records blasting on his stereo failed to drown out the sound of his parents shouting at one another. He sets down the details of his fateful escape into the turbulent world of heavy metal. And of course he lays bare the complete history of Anthrax — from the band's formation to their present-day reinvigoration — as they wrote and recorded thrash classics like Spreading the Disease, Among the Living, and the top-twenty-charting State of Euphoria.

Along the way, Ian recounts harrowing, hysterical tales from his long tour of duty in the world of hard rock. He witnesses the rise of Metallica, for which he had a front row seat. He parties with the late Dimebag Darrell while touring with Pantera and gets wild with Black Label Society frontman and longtime Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. He escapes detection while interviewing Ozzy for "The Rock Show" while dressed as Gene Simmons and avoids arrest after getting detained on suspicion of drugs while riding the tube in England with the late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton.

In addition, I'm the Man addresses the trials and tribulations of Ian's life and loves. He admits his foibles and reveals the mistakes made along the way to becoming a fully-functioning adult. He celebrates finally finding peace and a true sense of family with his wife, singer/songwriter Pearl Aday, and examines how his world changed after the birth of their first son.

I'm the Man is a blistering hard rock memoir, one that is astonishing in its candor and deftly told by the man who's kept the institution of Anthrax alive for more than thirty years.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306824197
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Scott Ian is cofounder, rhythm guitarist, and chief lyricist of Anthrax. He is an AC/DC fan and lives with his wife and son outside Los Angeles.

Jon Wiederhorn is co-author of Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal and Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen. He is a senior writer at Revolver and a contributor to Guitar World,, eMusic, and He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children.

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From I'm the Man

"My story in Anthrax is one of determination, dedication, and sometimes luck, both good and bad. It's a story filled with triumphs and challenges, but it hasn't all been drama and struggle. I've had a hell of a lot of fun, and I've come to the realization that the music business is the craziest, least predictable enterprise on the planet. Literally anything can happen. Having spent more than thirty years releasing albums and touring, I've accumulated a boatload of funny and fascinating stories about my band, friends, peers, and people I met from the time I first picked up an acoustic guitar to the moment I stepped foot on stage at Yankee Stadium for the Big 4 Festival. When it comes to Anthrax, I'm the man and this is my story."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword: Enter the Pit Kark Hammett xiii

Preface xx

Chapter 1 I'm the Boy 1

Chapter 2 Music Is the Message 10

Chapter 3 Rock and Roll All Nite 20

Chapter 4 The Birth of Anthrax 33

Chapter 5 Replacing Old Parts 44

Chapter 6 Watch the Beat! 53

Chapter 7 Soldiers of Metal Up Your Ass 61

Chapter 8 Fistful of Headaches 70

Chapter 9 Turbin Failure 81

Chapter 10 Joey Belladonna: Take One 88

Chapter 11 Sgt. D Is Coming! 94

Chapter 12 A Lesson in Violence 102

Chapter 13 The Horror of it All 110

Chapter 14 Mublanikcufecin 121

Chapter 15 Debauchery & Destruction 129

Chapter 16 Euphoria & Despair 139

Chapter 17 Starting Over 148

Chapter 18 Bring the Noise 157

Chapter 19 Tour Highs and Lineup Lows 165

Chapter 20 A Bush in the Hand 175

Chapter 21 No More Room 184

Chapter 22 We Thought You Were Dead! 192

Chapter 23 The Last Regret 201

Chapter 24 Stomped Out 208

Chapter 25 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? 217

Chapter 26 Volume Faoeout 228

Chapter 27 The Perfect Pearl 236

Chapter 28 The Other Side of the Mike 246

Chapter 29 Total Schism 255

Chapter 30 My Kingdom for a Singer 263

Chapter 31 Belladonna and the Big 4 275

Chapter 32 Rock-A-Bye Baby 287

Epilogs 300

Index 304

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