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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About the Author
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, Yahoo.com, eMusic, and Niosey.com. 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
Foreword: Enter the Pit Kark Hammett xiii
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