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Rust in Peace: The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece

Rust in Peace: The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece

Rust in Peace: The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece

Rust in Peace: The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece


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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Megadeth’s iconic record, Rust in Peace, from the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist.

When Rust in Peace was released in 1990, the future of Megadeth was uncertain. Fresh off their performance at the record-breaking Monsters of Rock festival, and with knockout new albums from Slayer, Anthrax, and Metallica dominating the charts, the pressure to produce a standout statement record was higher than ever.

In Rust in Peace: The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece, the band's lead vocalist and guitarist, Dave Mustaine, gives readers a never-before-seen glimpse into the artistry and insanity that went into making the band's most iconic record. He recounts the arduous task of hiring the band and supporting cast, of managing egos and extracurriculars during the album's ensuing success, and succumbing to the pressures of fame and fortune—which eventually forced the band to break up.

And yet, Megadeth's demise was just the beginning; the birth pangs of the record were nothing compared to what came next. Alcohol, drugs, sex, money, power, property, prestige, the lies fed to the band by the industry—and the lies they told each other-threatened to eat away at the band's bond like rust, devouring it until only the music survived.

Featuring a foreword by Slash

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306846045
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/07/2021
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 130,155
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dave Mustaine is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has been performing for close to four decades. He is currently the lead vocalist and guitarist of the American heavy metal band Megadeth. His memoir, Mustaine, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Nashville.

Joel Selvin (coauthor) has covered pop music for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1970. He is the author of FareTheeWell, Altamont, and coauthor of Sammy Hagar's bestseller Red, among many more. He lives in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Foreword Slash ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Castle Donington 1

2 Back Home 11

3 Demo 21

4 Drummers 31

5 Getting Straight 41

6 Back to Rehab 51

7 Marty 67

8 Rumbo 79

9 Cutting Guitars 89

10 Axl Calls 97

11 The Songs 107

12 Getting Back 125

13 Rust on the Road 135

14 Hawaii 147

15 Back Home 153

16 Clash in the Usa 159

17 Rust Reunion 167

18 Coda 185

Photo Credits 191

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