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New York Times Bestseller Founding member, singer, and lead guitarist of Metallica and Megadeath shares the ultimate, unvarnished story behind his involvement in the rise of two of the world’s most influential heavy metal bands in history.  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. New York Times Bestseller Founding member, singer, and lead guitarist of Metallica and Megadeath shares the ultimate, unvarnished story behind his involvement in the rise of two of the world’s most influential heavy metal bands in history.  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. From his soul-crushing professional and artistic setbacks to his battle with addiction, Mustaine has hit rock bottom on multiple occasions. April 1983 was his lowest point, when he was unceremoniously fired from Metallica for his hard-partying ways. But, what seemed to be the end of it all was just the beginning for the guitarist. After parting ways with Metallica, Mustaine went on to become the front man, singer, songwriter, guitarist (and de facto CEO) for Megadeath—one of the most successful metal bands in the world. A pioneer of the thrash metal movement, Megadeath rose to international fame in the 1980s, and has gone on to earn seven consecutive Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance. In this outrageously candid memoir, one of heavy metal’s most iconic figures gives an insider’s look into the loud and sordid world of thrash metal—sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll included.  


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New York Times Bestseller Founding member, singer, and lead guitarist of Metallica and Megadeath shares the ultimate, unvarnished story behind his involvement in the rise of two of the world’s most influential heavy metal bands in history.  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. New York Times Bestseller Founding member, singer, and lead guitarist of Metallica and Megadeath shares the ultimate, unvarnished story behind his involvement in the rise of two of the world’s most influential heavy metal bands in history.  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. From his soul-crushing professional and artistic setbacks to his battle with addiction, Mustaine has hit rock bottom on multiple occasions. April 1983 was his lowest point, when he was unceremoniously fired from Metallica for his hard-partying ways. But, what seemed to be the end of it all was just the beginning for the guitarist. After parting ways with Metallica, Mustaine went on to become the front man, singer, songwriter, guitarist (and de facto CEO) for Megadeath—one of the most successful metal bands in the world. A pioneer of the thrash metal movement, Megadeath rose to international fame in the 1980s, and has gone on to earn seven consecutive Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance. In this outrageously candid memoir, one of heavy metal’s most iconic figures gives an insider’s look into the loud and sordid world of thrash metal—sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll included.  

30 review for Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Timmel

    The main problem I had with it is the same one I had with both Slash's and Anthony Keidis' memoirs: WE GET IT, YOU WENT TO REHAB A LOT. Instead of taking one chapter and devoting it to the numerous times in and out of sobriety, it's done in "real time." So every time he goes into rehab, he writes about it and everything slows to a grinding halt. The other problem I had is the inability of people who replace their addiction to drugs/alcohol to an addiction to religion to understand that's all the The main problem I had with it is the same one I had with both Slash's and Anthony Keidis' memoirs: WE GET IT, YOU WENT TO REHAB A LOT. Instead of taking one chapter and devoting it to the numerous times in and out of sobriety, it's done in "real time." So every time he goes into rehab, he writes about it and everything slows to a grinding halt. The other problem I had is the inability of people who replace their addiction to drugs/alcohol to an addiction to religion to understand that's all they're doing. Seems that if they recognized unhealthy patterns, they'd catch that one right away, but nope. As religion is a societally sanctioned addiction and drugs aren't, it's somehow acceptable. *shrug* Interesting how almost every memoir I've read from a musician involves them dumbfucking their way into major success. Guess I should have done more drinking and drugs on my path.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dirk Grobbelaar

    I think there are a lot of positive things that can come from a book like this. There are lessons here, and warnings, more than a few. It takes something to be this candid and open about the mistakes you’ve made, perhaps even more so if you’re Dave Mustaine. If you’ve ever read up about him, or if you’ve followed his career, you’ll know. He owns up to a lot here, generally clearing the water. Let’s face it, there’s only so much you can learn about someone like this on Wikipedia. This is a confess I think there are a lot of positive things that can come from a book like this. There are lessons here, and warnings, more than a few. It takes something to be this candid and open about the mistakes you’ve made, perhaps even more so if you’re Dave Mustaine. If you’ve ever read up about him, or if you’ve followed his career, you’ll know. He owns up to a lot here, generally clearing the water. Let’s face it, there’s only so much you can learn about someone like this on Wikipedia. This is a confessional of sorts, I suppose, and a lot of what you read in here may be unsettling. Dave has led an eventful life, and no mistake. If you thought the old saying “sex, drugs & rock ‘n roll” was just that, a saying, think again. In here you will find sex. You will find substance abuse of a mind-bogglingly excessive nature. Of course, the music is more metal than rock ‘n roll, but still…. Oh, did I mention the drugs? You see, this is a story about survival, and if someone like Dave Mustaine can clean up and straighten out his life to the extent he describes here. Well… it certainly does seem to take away most people’s excuses. I suppose what most readers will be after when they read this, are the sections dealing with the founding of Metallica, Dave’s subsequent, highly publicised by now, dismissal and, of course, the founding of Megadeth. Nothing wrong with that, of course, since I suppose most people will only be reading this book because they’re into Heavy Metal in the first place. But I think that there is much more to it than that. Like I already mentioned, this is a story about survival. About being a man. About coming to the realisation that you have to be accountable for your own life at some point and that you can’t blame others, or your past, for your own shortcomings. On that level, I think many people will be able to identify with Mr Mustaine. This book comes recommended, but there is quite a bit of swearing and quite a bit of “mature” content, since this is, after all, still Dave Mustaine. Also, the writing itself isn’t bad at all, which isn’t too surprising considering Mustaine’s history as songwriter. If you like music history and autobiographies, check it out! If you’re a Megadeth fan, well, I suppose I don’t even have to tell you, ‘cause you’ll have a copy already.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ramakrishnan M

    There was a time when Megadeth was my favorite-est band; Dave Mustaine (founder, leader, composer, singer, everything), personally, was GOD to me. I loved their aggressive music, I was inspired by their lyrics, and I could never stop talking about Megadeth with friends, family, whoever was tolerant to hear me out. Their music went through tumultuous ups and downs, and my personal tastes moved to more aggressive genres and artists. But, I always remained doggedly dedicated to the old era of Megad There was a time when Megadeth was my favorite-est band; Dave Mustaine (founder, leader, composer, singer, everything), personally, was GOD to me. I loved their aggressive music, I was inspired by their lyrics, and I could never stop talking about Megadeth with friends, family, whoever was tolerant to hear me out. Their music went through tumultuous ups and downs, and my personal tastes moved to more aggressive genres and artists. But, I always remained doggedly dedicated to the old era of Megadeth. So, when I chanced upon the autobiography of Mustaine at a book store, I just had to buy it immediately (admitted – I did not pick it up then and there; I came home and ordered it cheaper from an online seller). This book is a must-have for every single fan of Megadeth. Mustaine has covered his entire life …. tumultuous times….the crazy “sex drugs and heavy metal” life… the battles with bands and band members…rehab…et al….with all the gory details. He especially goes into a lot of detail of his early years – how he started playing music and how things evolved (and then fell apart) with Metallica. Anyone who knows even a little bit of Megadeth and Mustaine know about his unceremonious sacking from Metallica and how that left Mustaine angry and competitive for years. You just get lot more details here…straight from the horse’s…ughh... Mustaine’s mouth. Regarding his decadent life (???)-style, gosh it is a miracle he lived to tell the tale. Having dabbled with almost every kind of drugs and alcohol (sometimes doing it even inside a rehab centre), it is quite shocking that his body took it all and survived. Then, of course, there is the most traumatic phase in Mustaine’s life when his left hand suffered a nerve problem and he could not move it properly (leave alone play guitar); how painful it was to recover and re-gain his life, becoming a born-again-Christian, making amends with his wife and children, etc. is very well articulated. Ultimately, this is an in-depth autobiography for the fans of Megadeth – nothing more, nothing less. I have seen lot of this material in interviews and articles and videos earlier. However, to have it all captured in a single book…and that too coming straight from Mustaine is a great experience. A tout le monde (To everybody) A tout mes amis (To all my friends) Je vous aime (I love you) Je dois partir (I must leave) (Megadeth – Youthanasia – “A Tout Le Monde”)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Darrell Reimer

    It's hard to believe now, but there was a time when Metallica was scary. Not “discomfiting,” “unpleasant,” “grating” or “annoying” — scary. This was a pre-merch era, when kids cut the arms off their jean jackets and used a Bic pen to emblazon that scary band logo on the back. If there was any ink left in that crappy plastic tube, it was applied to the pants. After that, they might add some scary Metallica lyrics to the ink-heavy covers of their notebooks. Today that might be the equivalent of ta It's hard to believe now, but there was a time when Metallica was scary. Not “discomfiting,” “unpleasant,” “grating” or “annoying” — scary. This was a pre-merch era, when kids cut the arms off their jean jackets and used a Bic pen to emblazon that scary band logo on the back. If there was any ink left in that crappy plastic tube, it was applied to the pants. After that, they might add some scary Metallica lyrics to the ink-heavy covers of their notebooks. Today that might be the equivalent of taping a Ziggy cartoon to your locker door. But back then listening to Metallica was enough to send three kids to death row for murders that they clearly had nothing to do with. “Today's noise,” as DEVO once said, “is tomorrow's hootenanny.” As their recent Saucy Jack hoe-down with Lou Reed confirms, Metallica is very much in the hootenanny business. It's been a long and steady descent for the band, but most headbangers would identify the point of egress as being that early morning when Lars and James roused their severely-hungover lead guitarist and co-writer, Dave Mustaine, and sent him packing. A quarter-century later Metallica fetches either critical nods or giggles, while Mustaine's music continues to set off alarm bells. Mustaine readily admits he's not the easiest guy to hang with, and that a long history of substance abuse exacerbated the worst of his many character flaws. But there remain, at least to his way of thinking, many matters on which the record needs to be set straight. This desire fuels the bulk of his music, and makes him an endlessly interesting interview subject. How does it play out in his memoirs? It's a mixed affair. He touches on most of the hot-button topics that fans of his music and story are familiar with, but laces the narrative with considerably less vitriol than he has in interviews. It seems that Mustaine, as he approaches the half-century mark clean and sober, with what appears to be a strong marriage and a healthy family life, has grown somewhat circumspect. While I don't begrudge the poor bastard his contentment, I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss the fury he so frequently unleashed in his more wounded state. But until there is a collection of his interviews with Revolver magazine, this memoir will suffice as an account of the many tribulations that served as fodder for his still-disturbing music.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarahjane

    Even I couldn't get behind this. The only thing he admits he failed at in his entire life is bedding Belinda Carlisle.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    My impression of Dave Mustaine before this book was based almost exclusively on two things: his appearance in the rock star deconstruction piece Some Kind of Monster and his appearance on VH1's Rock N Roll Jeopardy. I'll get to the book in a minute, but those are really worth watching: Some Kind of Monster clip Rock N Roll Jeopardy clip Pretty smart guy, eh? Granted, there are first semester ESL students that would have bested Frank Zappa's kid, and George Clinton's pregame ritual clearly failed My impression of Dave Mustaine before this book was based almost exclusively on two things: his appearance in the rock star deconstruction piece Some Kind of Monster and his appearance on VH1's Rock N Roll Jeopardy. I'll get to the book in a minute, but those are really worth watching: Some Kind of Monster clip Rock N Roll Jeopardy clip Pretty smart guy, eh? Granted, there are first semester ESL students that would have bested Frank Zappa's kid, and George Clinton's pregame ritual clearly failed him, but still, Mustaine knew his stuff. This is the guy Metallica kicked out? Yes they did, and you can see the after effects lingering 15 years later in the other clip where Dave again appears not only smart (witness "stultify" used correctly) but also sober and reflective. To this day I know a few lines of Sweating Bullets, but beyond that I have no recollection of any of Megadeth's work. I picked up this book because I was interested in the man, Dave Mustaine. What drives a metal head to succeed? What of this Metallica-Megadeth feud that shed so much ink? Was Mustaine Ahab? I was curious and it looked like this book was written at the metal head level so I could finish it in a few lunch periods. It feels good to finish a book. So, what of it? It's a good book, at least as good as Slash's book reviewed elsewhere in my books. When I heard it was going to be released within a couple weeks of Steven Adler's book, I had this to say on Facebook: Charlie Hess just found out *both* Dave Mustaine and Steven Adler have memoirs coming out in the next two weeks. Promoted as tell-alls, here are a few things I don't expect to be told: • I totally deserved to get kicked out and the guys handled my departure with the utmost respect and professionalism. • I still love my former band mates like brothers and would gladly give them a foot rub, a kidney, or my girlfriend if asked. • Of course my contribution to their future success has been wildly overstated. • I never liked Jack Daniels. Or cocaine. • This is a wig. Point by point, the book reveals, yes, he was a bit out of control in those early Metallica days, and yet he felt very close to his band which made the betrayal so much harder. He's spent a lot of time dwelling on what he lost in 1983 when he got kicked out, but by the last few chapters it's clear he's found some measure of peace/middle age. Obviously he considers himself a vital part of the genesis of Metallica and defends his contribution repeatedly. But it turns out he was more of a beer guy. And cocaine. And heroin. His hair deserves its own paragraph. Unlike the Metallica of 1996 that showed up in the liner notes of "Load" looking like some variation of U2 (Anton Corbijn had a lot to do with that), it seems Dave Mustaine has never cut his metal hair. You can see the contrast in that Some Kind of Monster clip where Lars is looking a lot more like dad. Image was very important to Mustaine. People he would audition for spots in Megadeth either had it, had it forced upon them, or were dumped without even playing a note. Odd considering he spends a fair bit of time talking about how the LA scene was so much about image which made moving to Bay Area that much easier where they cared more about the music. But credit to Dave, he largely tackles accusations of hypocrisy head on. He dumped band members as unceremoniously as he was once dumped, but he says he's a believer in second chances, and indeed, several members of Megadeth have left and been invited back. He's at least a little more somber about his drug past and not-quite-abstinence sobriety than Slash was. I enjoyed the book. It has lots of pictures. The message is optimistic overall. He could have spent most of the book ripping his former friends, but it's more measured criticism than that and a lot it self criticism. Dave matures from smart and violent to mostly just smart. It's nice to see people grow up. For the rest of us, here's a video that cracks me up every time I watch it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Scarlet Cameo

    English review at the bottom Este es Dave Mustaine El líder de una “pequeña” banda llamada Megadeth (view spoiler)[ más de 50 millones de álbumes vendidos, ejecutor del tema que presentaba MTV News en los 90’s y parte de los cuatro grandes del Trash Metal (hide spoiler)] ex-miembro de otra “pequeña” banda llamada Metallica(view spoiler)[Miembros del Salón de la fama del Rock y más de 120 millones de álbumes vendidos (hide spoiler)] , y uno de los guitarristas y compositores más influyentes en la e English review at the bottom Este es Dave Mustaine El líder de una “pequeña” banda llamada Megadeth (view spoiler)[ más de 50 millones de álbumes vendidos, ejecutor del tema que presentaba MTV News en los 90’s y parte de los cuatro grandes del Trash Metal (hide spoiler)] ex-miembro de otra “pequeña” banda llamada Metallica(view spoiler)[Miembros del Salón de la fama del Rock y más de 120 millones de álbumes vendidos (hide spoiler)] , y uno de los guitarristas y compositores más influyentes en la escena del heavy metal. He aquí la parte más conocida de su trabajo: Sweating Bullets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu1qH... Peace Sells: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qmCu... Holy Wars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d4ui... A tout le monde: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEHNv... Hangar 18: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGvU-... Una vez ya presentado a todos hablemos de su autobiografía. Cuando se trata de este tipo de trabajos siempre queda en evidencia el carácter y las obsesiones del autor, en este caso Mustaine está obsesionado con las drogas, rehabilitación y Metallica, y su carácter es generalmente errático e impulsivo. Y básicamente en esos tres aspectos se enfoca este libro, junto con un poco de Megadeth hacia el último tercio, otro poco de su vida, y muy muy muy poco acerca de la música. Esa es mi gran decepción, yo admiro a Mustaine, es un hombre que logro explotar su talento, salir de su trabajo como dealer y combatir el fanatismo religioso. Un hombre que se enfocó en hacer letras muy distintas a la típica banda de este genero. Realmente cuando te habla de su vida y su música, de cómo fue tratando de adaptarse a los tiempos y circunstancias, te das cuenta que nos pudo contar su historia desde otros ángulos y no centrarse en lo que podemos encontrar en prácticamente cualquier biografía de alguien dentro del mundo de la música. No crítico su vida, sólo hablo de lo que él quiso mostrarnos en este libro. Para mi este hombre es un genio, y como todos los genios tiene algunos desaciertos cofcofSuperCollidercofcof, que pudo aprovechar las cartas malas que le dio la vida para hacer lo que le gusta y Dios, sí que lo hace bien. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dave Mustaine is one of the most prominent musicians of Heavy Metal, has been highlighting not only as a guitarist but as a composer. His life marked by drugs and alcohol, anger at his family (musical and inbred) became the inspiration of his career in the "small" band he built: Megadeth. In this book we can see his battle with drugs (many, many drugs), the emphasis that has the relationship with Metallica in his life and a little about his personal situation and his music. I can’t say that this story impress me, because I knew a couples of things, so my disappointment is that there is so little focus on the musical aspects.If you are fan of Mustaine and Megadeth probable you won’t find new things here, but if you wanna know about the genius that created some of the more iconic songs of thrash metal from the mouth hand of the man that created it, probably it would interest you.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Randolph Lalonde

    I've been a fan of Megadeth since Peace Sells. My love for David Mustaine's sound (he is the lead guitarist, singer, and writer for the band - also the only original member), redoubled when the album "Rust In Peace" came out. I idolized the drummer of that period, Nick Menza, and when the lineup changed again, leaving him out of the band with other members, I found myself asking a lot of questions. Those questions were left mostly unanswered until I read this book. It's carefully written, and whi I've been a fan of Megadeth since Peace Sells. My love for David Mustaine's sound (he is the lead guitarist, singer, and writer for the band - also the only original member), redoubled when the album "Rust In Peace" came out. I idolized the drummer of that period, Nick Menza, and when the lineup changed again, leaving him out of the band with other members, I found myself asking a lot of questions. Those questions were left mostly unanswered until I read this book. It's carefully written, and while David Mustaine's story is driven by his music career, it has been haunted by his struggle with drugs. I've never been a drug addict myself - with the mild exception of cigarettes, but reading this book helped me understand what that reality is like a little more. David Mustaine's story is candid, but he's not telling this story to shock his audience. He lays his life out, especially the hard bits, and I found myself hoping that he could beat his drug problems. This book didn't put me off Mustaine or Megadeth, not at all. I know why Nick Menza didn't continue on with the band now, and have an improved understanding of Mustaine's journey - not a complete one, I'm sure - but a better one. The piece of him that he's given us with this book provides a perfect example of someone who became successful in one aspect while failing in others. It's a story worth learning from, whether you're a Megadeth fan or not, and this book teaches without preaching. The story told by Mustaine is also entertaining in its own right, though that's not the reason why I picked this book up. It's also important to note that there's a very honest look at the early rise of American Heavy Metal, which really got me reading. Randolph Lalonde

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chris Reading

    Warts and almost all. Despite his many public whinges, I'm a massive fan of Dave Mustaine. He is one of the most underrated guitarists and song writers out there. The guy has had a difficult and chequered past, through his childhood, to being kicked out of Metallica and rising like a pheonix in the form of Megadeth. The majority of this is covered though this well written and engrossing read. There is much about Dave's childhood and formative years, helping us discover what makes the guy tick. We Warts and almost all. Despite his many public whinges, I'm a massive fan of Dave Mustaine. He is one of the most underrated guitarists and song writers out there. The guy has had a difficult and chequered past, through his childhood, to being kicked out of Metallica and rising like a pheonix in the form of Megadeth. The majority of this is covered though this well written and engrossing read. There is much about Dave's childhood and formative years, helping us discover what makes the guy tick. We get his side of the story on 'Metallicagate', through the formation and ever evolving line up of Megadeth and his numerous trips into rehab. The only mildly frustrating thing is that just as certain stories are building up a head of steam, they stop dead and we move onto another chapter in Dave's life. You can tell this is where the lawyers got the editing shears out. But this does not deter from what is an excellent book. Fantastically written and brutally honest, its what I was hoping for. If there is a ghost writer, you wouldn't know as any fan of Megadeth will tell you, this is definitely the man himself talking!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    David Melbie

    Occasionally I like to read about musicians and their "war stories" and this is a very good story. I have always preferred Megadeth over Metallica, for reasons that have to do with the music itself. After reading this book, I am convinced that Metallica made a big mistake firing Mustaine. Of course, Mustaine still managed to gain success without them, so it all worked out. The important aspect of this story is the triumph of the will, surrendering and changing bad habits. Mustaine is a survivor, Occasionally I like to read about musicians and their "war stories" and this is a very good story. I have always preferred Megadeth over Metallica, for reasons that have to do with the music itself. After reading this book, I am convinced that Metallica made a big mistake firing Mustaine. Of course, Mustaine still managed to gain success without them, so it all worked out. The important aspect of this story is the triumph of the will, surrendering and changing bad habits. Mustaine is a survivor, despite his destructive behavior.

  11. 4 out of 5

    John

    Entertaining enough, but not exactly what I was hoping for. What I really wanted was an in-depth look into the creative process behind Megadeth's music; instead, what I mostly got was detailed account of Mustaine's battles with drug addiction and his revolving-door approach to hiring and firing band members. Megadeth has always been one of my all-time favorite bands, but I'm not the kind of person to take my fandom to extremes by joining a fan club, collecting live bootlegs, or arguing with hater Entertaining enough, but not exactly what I was hoping for. What I really wanted was an in-depth look into the creative process behind Megadeth's music; instead, what I mostly got was detailed account of Mustaine's battles with drug addiction and his revolving-door approach to hiring and firing band members. Megadeth has always been one of my all-time favorite bands, but I'm not the kind of person to take my fandom to extremes by joining a fan club, collecting live bootlegs, or arguing with haters on the internet. Therefore, prior to reading this book, I knew next-to-nothing about Dave Mustaine, apart from his songs. This was both a good thing and a bad thing. It was a good thing in that my lack of knowledge meant that everything in the book was new to me, and I didn't get bored reading about events that most die-hard Megadeth fans are already tired of discussing. I only vaguely knew of Mustaine's animosity toward Metallica, and had heard nothing regarding his conversion to Christianity. On the other hand, because I find Megadeth's music to be so smart and innovative, I have always imagined Dave Mustaine as someone I would look up to. This book sent that notion crashing into the ground, in that Mustaine generally comes across as your typically shallow, self-absorbed rock star. I respect his uniqueness in a lot of areas, and his music is simply incredible, but he certainly strikes me as an aggravating person to be around. As with many other books written by rock musicians, MUSTAINE: A HEAVY METAL MEMOIR is a tale of near-constant excess, albeit one that seemingly ends in spiritual fulfillment. If you like reading about rock star shenanigans, then this book is for you. Personally, I was disappointed that the focus wasn't more on the music. It also pained me to hear Mustaine sound so dismissive toward albums like CRYPTIC WRITINGS and RISK, since it was those CDs that got me into Megadeth in the first place. A good book overall, but I was expecting something more.

  12. 4 out of 5

    *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    I call Dave Mustaine the "Pete Best of Metallica." Just like The Beatles' Pete Best, Dave Mustaine was unceremoniously kicked out of Metallica on the eve of recording their first album. And he has been in mourning about that ever since. At times that becomes a burden to keep reading about. I knew Dave Mustaine had a drinking problem (the primary reason for his Metallica expulsion), but was unaware that he went on to have an even worse drug problem. His relapses and multiple rehabs were a constan I call Dave Mustaine the "Pete Best of Metallica." Just like The Beatles' Pete Best, Dave Mustaine was unceremoniously kicked out of Metallica on the eve of recording their first album. And he has been in mourning about that ever since. At times that becomes a burden to keep reading about. I knew Dave Mustaine had a drinking problem (the primary reason for his Metallica expulsion), but was unaware that he went on to have an even worse drug problem. His relapses and multiple rehabs were a constant throughout the book. I have read almost every biography of Metallica, but was curious about this original Metallica member to learn the full spectrum of his life- not just his short (but legendary) tenure in Metallica. He went on to lead a very successful thrash metal band Megadeth, but never felt satisfied being "number 2" to Metallica. While Metallica has longevity with its core band members, Dave's Megadeth seemed to have a revolving door of bandmates. His only mainstay was bassist Dave "Junior" Ellefson. While this book was well-written, it was the melancholy it left me with that made it hard to finish.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rod

    I've cheered him on for over 20 years...great musician - but what a retard. And this book is proof. I'm glad the book ended the way it did: Dave is still alive, still making music, still married, still learning about Christianity. Go Dave! I read this biography in 3 days. A fun fast romp through the dark side of the music industry. (is there even a light side?) I've read numerous music biographies: and they're pretty much all the same. Maybe someday Bruce Hornsby will write one; that would be diff I've cheered him on for over 20 years...great musician - but what a retard. And this book is proof. I'm glad the book ended the way it did: Dave is still alive, still making music, still married, still learning about Christianity. Go Dave! I read this biography in 3 days. A fun fast romp through the dark side of the music industry. (is there even a light side?) I've read numerous music biographies: and they're pretty much all the same. Maybe someday Bruce Hornsby will write one; that would be different. But Dave tells us many of the self destructive paths he took to the top. Pretty much the same ones all the rockstars take to get there. It was fun hearing about the band members that came and went though. I really wanted to know more about the music, the guitars, the special moments of musical passion. This stuff seems to get left out of every biography - mostly to make room for the generic sex, drugs and rudeness ("yawwnnnn") I Hope Mustaine and Megadeth are around another twenty years to write another book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    S

    Okay, so I kind of feel bad for giving this only three stars. I know, I know Dave Mustaine isn't a writer, he had help-- and my issue is not with the writing or the book, as it's pretty standard for random celebrity biography. It's just that Dave Mustaine comes off as overly fucking unmetal, in a bad way. I don't want anyone to think I want my rockstars filling typical male roles... but they don't have to spend over 100 pages convincing me (but not very convincingly) that they aren't egonmaniaca Okay, so I kind of feel bad for giving this only three stars. I know, I know Dave Mustaine isn't a writer, he had help-- and my issue is not with the writing or the book, as it's pretty standard for random celebrity biography. It's just that Dave Mustaine comes off as overly fucking unmetal, in a bad way. I don't want anyone to think I want my rockstars filling typical male roles... but they don't have to spend over 100 pages convincing me (but not very convincingly) that they aren't egonmaniacal dick faces who love fucking and drugs. shit balls, just own it dave mustaine.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Liam

    I was going to just give it three stars, and say "and a half" at the beginning of this review, but I reconsidered, and decided it does actually deserve the fourth star. This is (hopefully) going to be kind of a long review (if anyone is actually reading my reviews, I realise I've left several hanging with "More To Follow" or "I'll write a long review later" or whatever; hopefully that won't be the case this time), and it might take me several tries to finish it... In December of 1985, I had jus I was going to just give it three stars, and say "and a half" at the beginning of this review, but I reconsidered, and decided it does actually deserve the fourth star. This is (hopefully) going to be kind of a long review (if anyone is actually reading my reviews, I realise I've left several hanging with "More To Follow" or "I'll write a long review later" or whatever; hopefully that won't be the case this time), and it might take me several tries to finish it... In December of 1985, I had just been thrown out of Michigan Lutheran Seminary, a boarding school in Saginaw, Michigan, where I had gone to start the long, difficult road toward ordination as a Minister in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. In the WELS, at least at that time, one of the requirements for ordination was fluency (or at least a passing grade) in several different languages, both ancient and modern. In addition to English, these were: German, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic and at least one more modern language of the student's choice. The first translation exercise in our Latin textbook was titled "STULTUS ASINUS" which I of course translated colloquially as "Dumbass". In addition to that, I got in one of the first of many arguments (in this case with my English teacher, Professor Zeiger) about the purposeful mis-translation of Song of Solomon chapter 7, verse 2 which appears in the Bible (KJV) as follows: "Thy navel is like a round goblet which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like a heap of wheat set about with lilies". My understanding is that the translation of the second word in the verse was rendered as "navel" despite the fact that the original Aramaic word referred to a portion of the feminine anatomy located further South... Anyway, that argument ended with me being kicked out of Zeiger's class permanently; several fistfights didn't help either, and my defenestration (a word I learned in Latin class) followed rather quickly. I was soon enrolled in Huron Valley Lutheran High School, in the western suburbs of Detroit, which is where I was when I discovered Megadeth. This was appropriate in a weird sort of way; I only recently discovered that both Dave Mustaine & Megadeth bassist David Ellefson were baptised in the Lutheran faith (Ellefson was raised in and still belongs to the LCMS; I'm not sure about Mustaine- his mother was born & raised in Germany, and so presumably came from an EKD background, but that probably had little bearing on her choice of denomination here in the States)... I don't remember where I got it, or even which publication it was, but I was reading a music magazine one morning while waiting for school to start, and came across an article about this new band formed by the notorious original lead guitarist of Metallica, who had been defenestrated, so to speak, from that band immediately before they recorded their first album. Metallica were already at that time well on their way to becoming one of the most popular & well-known heavy metal bands ever. I had not heard any of the Metallica demos (which featured Dave Mustaine on lead guitar) at that point, only their first two LPs, and unlike many of my contemporaries I had not been particularly impressed. The reason I wasn't all that impressed by Metallica was probably the fact that my musical taste was just like everything else about me, i.e. not like everyone else. I've never consciously tried to be weird & eccentric & not fit in; hell, for roughly the first 13 years of my life it was the reverse. The simple truth is that I really sucked at conforming. I simply couldn't comprehend why everyone else didn't see things the way I did (they call it "high-functioning autism" now, a label with which I'm not exactly thrilled), and by the time I was 13, I figured I had two choices: 1.) continue trying, and spectacularly failing, at being "normal" (or pretending I was, usually failing at that as well); or 2.) make a final decision that my just barely teenage ass was right and everyone else was not only wrong, but totally fucked up in the head, and that the whole fucking world could go take a flying fuck at itself, and I should live by my own fucking rules from then on. I really didn't have much choice at all- option number one was a straight slide to hell, both literally & figuratively. The point of all this, though, is that unlike normal people my age (even most of my fellow musicians), my musical taste didn't go chronologically from oldies/classic rock, and, as I got older, to hard rock/heavy metal, and either stop or go from there to punk/hardcore. Unlike most of my friends' parents, mine didn't really listen to much rock'n'roll at all (not the "normal" kind, at any rate, though with one exception- my mother did turn me on to the Beatles). My father's musical taste was fairly eccentric; his favorite music was that of Leonard Cohen, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton, the Clancy Brothers, John Lee Hooker, Mireille Mathieu, Son House and a lot of other blues, folk, doo-wop (like the Platters, the Drifters, Frankie Lymon, Speedo & the Cadillacs) or just bizarre unclassifiable stuff. I ended up loving all of the above just as much as my father did. My mother, God bless her, owned two Miles Davis LPs, which she played for me one day when I was about 4 years old: 'Kind Of Blue' followed by 'Sketches Of Spain'. I was in absolute fucking awe; it was the most beautiful music I had ever heard, and I begged her to play those records again & again & again... When we were in the car, we either listened to a blues station from Chicago, or if that wasn't on, a pop/r & b station that played a ton of Motown artists along with the Impressions, Ike & Tina Turner, the Ronettes, Fats Domino, Mitch Ryder, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, early Beatles & 'Stones, the Chi-lites, the Stylistics etc. During the mid-to-late 1970s, when many kids my age were getting heavily into KISS, I was completely uninterested. Around 1980-81, I discovered funk, punk and the newborn illegitimate child from their miscegenation, rap. Aside from Black Sabbath & Motorhead, both of whom I had been exposed to through punk, I hadn't ever listened to heavy metal per se, or really even much hard rock (again, there were a handful of exceptions, one of which was a song that a local band called Force, in Dexter, Michigan used to cover. A couple of years ago I found out that the song, 'Hot Cherie', was originally recorded by a short-lived side project of Journey guitarist Neal Schon called Hardline). One of the reasons a lot of people in the punk scene, myself included, sort of looked down on heavy metal & its fans is that so many people in the metal scene seemed so stupid & ignorant; we were arrogant enough to think that we were far above them in terms of both taste & intelligence, and all the demons & sorcery type lyrics of metal artists like Ronnie James Dio or Cirith Ungol make me roll my eyes in exasperation even now (having said that, one of the few heavy metal albums I still listen to is the first one by German thrash-metal pioneers Kreator, 'Endless Pain'. Yes, the lyrics are hilariously bad, but they are great, too, in a strange sort of way; also, when Mille Petrozza, the band's vocalist/guitarist & leader wrote those lyrics, he couldn't speak English worth a damn. Even nearly a decade later, when I interviewed him during Kreator's 'Extreme Aggression' tour, his English was so bad that I had to use my equally bad German in order to conduct an interview. Somehow, we managed to communicate, but believe me, transcribing that tape was strange to say the least). Also, if you've been listening to Parliament and Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix and so on, the musicianship of even the most technically brilliant heavy metal bands is unlikely to impress you, especially if you do not have any real understanding of how hard it is to play music at that level. Anyway, there I was reading the magazine to kill time before school, and Dave Mustaine was describing Megadeth as "jazz-metal" and talking about how much he loved the band FEAR, who were one of my favorite bands at the time. That was surprising enough, but he also mentioned books he was reading and/or had read, stated that he wanted to inspire his fans to read books, and made a few incisive comments about politics & culture that really impressed me. I found all this enormously intriguing; it was as though someone had designed a thrash-metal band specifically in such a way that it would appeal to me. Later that week, I got some money from my bank account (I was making pretty good money delivering newspapers at the time), and bought a copy of Megadeth's first LP, 'Killing Is My Business... ...And Business Is Good!'. When I got home, and put the record on my father's old stereo (which he had just given to me), I was completely blown away. The funny thing is, I should have suspected as soon as I dropped the needle onto the record that Mustaine, at least, had a Lutheran background. Why? Because the very first section of the opening track, 'Last Rites', is a short instrumental piece that was essentially ripped off from Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Toccata and Fugue in D minor', which is used as "recessional" music by practically every Lutheran church organist in the world. I'm sure I must have heard that music literally thousands of times walking out of church while I was growing up. One of the amusing aspects of this is that I suspect most musicians (at least those of us who were exposed to the European classical tradition as children) have "borrowed", if not outright stolen, bits of music from Bach (or Beethoven, or Mozart, or Handel, or Paganini, or even Palestrina); I certainly did. In my case, I adapted a bit of music in almost exactly the same way Mustaine did, except that the source was one of the piano pieces in Bach's 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'. I haven't found a way to use it yet, but maybe I will some day... Anyway, as I was saying, I was completely blown away when I played the record. The songs were extraordinary, featuring breakneck changes played with blistering speed. Mustaine snarled the vocals like a punk singer, and his style of guitar playing was different from anything I'd ever heard before, absolutely unique and incredibly cool. Chris Poland's playing was brilliant, bluesy and totally unlike the usual metal lead guitar styles. From my perspective, one of the coolest things was David Ellefson's bass playing. One of the key differences between punk & metal is that, with few exceptions (like Black Sabbath & Iron Maiden), most punk is bass-driven, and most heavy metal is guitar-driven. Especially at that time, most metal bass players simply doubled the rhythm guitar part, or even worse simply played the root note of each chord, most often in the simplistic form of quarter notes. That was not the case with Megadeth; Ellefson did play the incredibly fast and complex riffs along with the guitars some of the time, but he also threw in a lot of quick, jazzy, staccato fills that were more reminiscent of Dave Holland or Miroslav Vitous (or even Jaco Pastorius) than anything in metal up to that point. As cool as Ellefson's playing was, however, easily the best thing about the music was Gar Samuelson's drumming. As a bass player, I consider myself to be something of a connoisseur of drumming & drummers, and the late Gar Samuelson (February 18, 1958-July 22, 1999; R.I.P.) is still one of the best drummers I've ever heard, and one of my favorite drummers even now, after 30 years. Not only did he play all over the kit with almost unbelievable speed & precision and punctuate the music with absolutely insane, intricate fills & flurries that were always dead-on in terms of timekeeping, but the really amazing thing was that no matter how fast the tempo or how intense & extravagant his playing was, he always managed to give the impression of a relaxed, loping feel- in other words, as formidable as his technical chops were, he had absolutely impeccable swing to match. Like the rest of the band, his playing had only minimal resemblance to anything else in heavy metal; it was much more reminiscent stylistically of Billy Cobham (unsurprisingly, I later learned that Cobham was one of his main influences) or Alphonse Mouzon. I'd like to say something here about the original cover design of that album. Both Mustaine & Ellefson have stated multiple times, including in their respective memoirs, that they always hated it. I find that somewhat amusing, because I've always quite liked it; I particularly like the font used for the band's name on the original cover. It may be due to the fact that my perspective was (and to some extent still is) that of a punk rocker, but the fact that the cover art looks "low budget" not only didn't bother me, but I thought it actually enhanced the band's credibility & "street credentials" to some extent. 'Killing Is My Business... ...And Business Is Good!' is still one of my favorite records all these years later (one of only a tiny handful of heavy metal albums I still listen to regularly), and I was actually disappointed in the re-mixed, re-mastered version which was released in 2002. I thought the more "modern" mix did a disservice to the original recording. I am not a big fan of the "modern" production style in general; my personal view is that placing the vocals way up front in the mix is not only lazy, but in many cases, such as this one, it is inappropriate and even destructive. The version of 'These Boots' with the lyrics beeped out was damned near unlistenable, and as much as I liked their version of the song and regretted its absence from the 1990 cd, including it in that ridiculous form was pointless and infantile. The replacement cover art was also not to my taste; I thought it was considerably worse, and looked even more "low budget" than the original. It was only nine months, but it seemed to my not-quite-16-year-old self that it took a really long time for the second Megadeth LP to be released; in the meantime I read everything I could find about the band (which wasn't much), and tried to find a copy of the Metallica demo, 'No Life Til Leather', which had been recorded in July, 1982 while Dave Mustaine was the lead guitarist in that band. Eventually I got my hands on a bootleg copy, on vinyl no less (it originally had only existed on cassette), pressed over some weird Euro-metal band's album and with artwork lifted from various legitimate Metallica releases. The sound quality was far from perfect, but it was certainly listenable; by bootleg standards not bad at all. The music itself was something of a revelation- after hearing it, I totally understood why it had made such an enormous impact and become so legendary. For starters, the songs (all of which were re-recorded for the first Metallica LP, 'Kill 'Em All', although several were slightly modified in an apparent attempt to portray Mustaine's contribution as minimal, and to obtain a larger share of publishing for Lars Ulrich & James Hetfield) were played noticeably faster, and even though the band is clearly still rough around the edges, and even with Ron McGovney on bass instead of Cliff Burton, the demos convey far more excitement than the more polished recordings on the LP. In large part, this excitement is due to the fact that Dave Mustaine's spectacular, right on the edge of out-of-control lead guitar work, even though his style was not yet fully developed, is so visceral & wild that it sounds as though the fret-board of his guitar might burst into flames at any moment. I've got nothing against Kirk Hammett; he has developed into an excellent guitarist over the years, with his own unique & interesting way of integrating blues influences into his particular approach to thrash metal lead guitar style. In addition to that, he is by all accounts a genuinely nice guy. However, when he took over the lead guitar chair in Metallica, replacing Mustaine, he was not yet up to the job. If you like Metallica but have never listened to 'No Life Til Leather' (or the other early recordings), take my advice- you ought to rectify that as soon as possible. All the early Metallica recordings are easily available in various places on the internet; do yourself a favor and check them out. (More to follow... This fucking diarrhea of the keyboard has a point, I promise!)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Teddy M.

    Dave Mustaine is proclaimed as the godfather of Thrash Metal. If you are a fan of Megadeth and the first Metallica album, Kill Em’ All, then this autobiography, Mustaine, is a must read. Dave goes through his life from point A through z listing his incredible journey from being a poor drug dealer to making his name known in the metal scene. Dave grew up in La Mesa, California, with three sisters and an alcoholic, abusive father. As a kid, he moved a lot because his mother was constantly running Dave Mustaine is proclaimed as the godfather of Thrash Metal. If you are a fan of Megadeth and the first Metallica album, Kill Em’ All, then this autobiography, Mustaine, is a must read. Dave goes through his life from point A through z listing his incredible journey from being a poor drug dealer to making his name known in the metal scene. Dave grew up in La Mesa, California, with three sisters and an alcoholic, abusive father. As a kid, he moved a lot because his mother was constantly running from her husband. As the years went by Dave became very interested in music and decided to pick up the guitar. Very soon Dave found himself playing In his first real band called Panic, which later bombed due to band morale and drug related problems. Reading through the newspaper, Dave found an add for a band looking for a guitar player. As he called Dave struck up a new friendship with Lars Ulrich, the drummer for Metallica. As Dave explored the metal scene with Metallica it wasn’t to long before the rest of the band kicked him out and picked up Kirk Hammet, the guitarist in the heavily preferred band Exodus. In the following years Dave, full of hatred, created “the prefect beast”, Megadeth, in order to be faster, louder, and meaner than Metallica. The way Dave words his story is incredible because he talks like a real human being. By this I mean that when something bad in his life happened he doesn’t try to sugarcoat it and make it seem that everything is okay but he comes out and says that it totally sucks to be kicked out of Metallica, and it sucks to have spent a big portion of his life a drug addict. Another thing I liked about this book is that Mustaine’s story is very real. There is a lot of adult content and mature topics, which for me is a breath of fresh air because so many of the books I read in school are all the same. Some kid starts school and then is bullied and then makes a lot of friends the end. No, the happy ending in this book is that Dave actually has a family, after all the years of addiction. In this book the chapters are broken down into important events that happened in Dave’s life. Also the book has pictures to enlighten the mood to a some what dark story. In conclusion Mustaine is a fantastic story and an excellent read whether u are metal head or just looking for an exiting story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Steve lovell

    With musical tastes ranging from the mainstream through to country, I have little knowledge of metal and had no idea who the 'dude' was whose photo graced the cover of this autobiography. So then why read a book about one of the founding members of Metallica and 'owner' of the Megadeth franchise? With a son-in-law who is heavily in to metal and who has managed to convince my daughter to veer into that territory too, when a respected colleague waved Mustaine under my nose and suggested I might li With musical tastes ranging from the mainstream through to country, I have little knowledge of metal and had no idea who the 'dude' was whose photo graced the cover of this autobiography. So then why read a book about one of the founding members of Metallica and 'owner' of the Megadeth franchise? With a son-in-law who is heavily in to metal and who has managed to convince my daughter to veer into that territory too, when a respected colleague waved Mustaine under my nose and suggested I might like to read it, I thought 'Why not!'. Now on any level Mustaine comes across as a self-centred, thoroughly righteous, vindictive, and somewhat obnoxious prat. That isn't taking anything away from his musical genius - of which I am in no position to judge. Of course his high opinion of his place in the history and 'art' of metal is a recurring theme throughout. But the book is more than a self-indulgent, glorifying ode to his own standing as an icon of the genre - you do have to admire the man. And this was a rollicking journey that I thoroughly enjoyed. Why admiration??? - well any person who could subject his body to the addictions he did (he'd give Keith R a run for his money) and live to tell the tale obviously is a figure not to dismiss lightly. For most of this read he had a gargantuan appetite for sex, drugs and alcohol.It took his genuine conversion to Christianity and the love of a good woman to turn his life around. The latter, as in all stories of 'bad boys made good' is , along with God, the true and under-acknowledged hero of 'Mustaine'. Reading such a book has given me an insight to a music and lifestyle that is foreign to me, and I am also sure that my own particular heroes, Gram Parsons and Townes van Zandt, were similarly 'self-centred,thoroughly righteous, vindictive, and somewhat obnoxious prats.' They significantly failed to survive their addictions For all his failings, writing a book such as 'Mustaine', albeit with a 'ghostie', took some amount of courage as the ugly side is well and truly laid bare. Despite the over-abundance of the 'f-bomb' word this book 'rocks' Thanks Noel

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    From one of my top 5 Thrash/Metal bands!!! <\b> <\i> This starts out from the middle a "realization" that what's going on HAS TO STOP!!! from there we go into the past of a very troubled Childhood/Teen life, to his now LARGER THEN LIFE self.. He tells the hardships of just starting out playing guitar, to the "Forming of Metallica, to his own FASTER, BETTER STRONGER <\i> band that came to be < b > MEGADEATH!!! <\ b > and is very candid with his life during it all From one of my top 5 Thrash/Metal bands!!! <\b> <\i> This starts out from the middle a "realization" that what's going on HAS TO STOP!!! from there we go into the past of a very troubled Childhood/Teen life, to his now LARGER THEN LIFE self.. He tells the hardships of just starting out playing guitar, to the "Forming of Metallica, to his own FASTER, BETTER STRONGER <\i> band that came to be < b > MEGADEATH!!! <\ b > and is very candid with his life during it all (the good the bad and the Drunk and Stoned times..) very upfront about his feelings(from jealously to anger..) drug and alcohol abuse, band-mate changes and everything else. I was VERY HAPPY with the book!!! I have read ALOT about "rock stars" and there books are always "I did this or that, I did drugs/alcohol, I went to rehab 1,000,000 times, I had a bad childhood, 1 BIG PITY PARTY!!! Everyone else is to blame, <\i> (even when they try to accept the blame they say something like I know I messed up BUT...if so and so wasn't.... I wouldn't have don't that... EXCUSE AFTER EXCUSE AFTER EXCUSE.... TILL YOU HATE THEM!!!!! or... they are books done JUST so they can manipulate how they want you to see them.. (check ANY WELL KNOWN MAINSTREAM/POP BIO!!!!) Like the book pointed out Metallica's Some Kind Of Monster it was basically the band BEGGING THE FANS TO SEE THEM!!! They TOTALY made the movie to be something completely different then it was portrayed... I enjoy Metallica as a band. (OLD STUFF NOT NEW!!! I have to admit Death Magnetic was ok...) But people wise THEY SUCK!!!!i think ALOT of others will agree with me on that.. < spoiler > I know it seems like I'm taking sides because Dave Mustange was in the band... But there a bunch of JERKS,look at any interview and soon as Lars Ulrich opens his mouth you want to drop kick it!!! <\ spoiler > (just really stupid when you think on it... But I was happy for the ending being told how it was. It put a nice touching story that so many people were genuinely rooting FOR!! I am so thankful for opportunities to see him and the band on Gigantour Fest every year in my home state. After this book STILL ONE OF MY TOP 5!!! (Maybe top 4...)

  19. 4 out of 5

    S©aP

    Lo stile è scontato. Così come molto di quanto vi si narra. Tuttavia non è un libro sciatto. Descrive impietosamente, a volte con disgustoso realismo, il cammino di un (ex) ragazzo californiano qualsiasi, con un'infanzia non troppo bella, che ha tratto il massimo dalla sua passione in modo fortunato e fortunoso, sempre camminando a braccetto con una perversa cupio dissolvi; e di come sia infine ... uscito a riveder le stelle. Il racconto ha un pregio di sottofondo: rappresenta in modo involontar Lo stile è scontato. Così come molto di quanto vi si narra. Tuttavia non è un libro sciatto. Descrive impietosamente, a volte con disgustoso realismo, il cammino di un (ex) ragazzo californiano qualsiasi, con un'infanzia non troppo bella, che ha tratto il massimo dalla sua passione in modo fortunato e fortunoso, sempre camminando a braccetto con una perversa cupio dissolvi; e di come sia infine ... uscito a riveder le stelle. Il racconto ha un pregio di sottofondo: rappresenta in modo involontario ma emblematico un certo vuoto etico, sconfinato, tipico di alcune fette della società americana. Ha il difetto capitale (dal mio punto di vista) di parlare poco di musica e di essere ripetitivo, indulgendo su temi di cassetta. The style is granted, as well as much of the story. However, this is not a sloppy book. It describes mercilessly, sometimes with disgusting realism, the path of a (former) any California boy who luckily made the most out of his passion, always walking hand in hand with a perverse and unconscious desire to dissolution; and how finally – rage after rage - he ... came out to see the stars . The story has a valuable background quality: it is, by accident, emblematic of a certain ethical, boundless, void, typical of some slices of American society. On the other hand, it has the capital defect (from my point of view) of talking too little about music, and to be repetitive, indulging on well selling issues.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Charlie McKittrick

    This was a great read. I had trouble putting it down and ended up flying through this book in less than a week; not my typical timeline. It was interesting to hear Dave's side of the story in regard to the early days and this departure from Metallica. He is very open about all of his relationships, alcoholism and drug use and admits as many faults as he does victories. A very exciting, up and down story of a man driven by passion and fired up by music. He definitely lead the Rock and Roll lifest This was a great read. I had trouble putting it down and ended up flying through this book in less than a week; not my typical timeline. It was interesting to hear Dave's side of the story in regard to the early days and this departure from Metallica. He is very open about all of his relationships, alcoholism and drug use and admits as many faults as he does victories. A very exciting, up and down story of a man driven by passion and fired up by music. He definitely lead the Rock and Roll lifestyle of excess in the form of sex, drugs and Rock and Roll. I enjoyed the optimistic end to the book, and personally found it to be somewhat uplifting. This to me is an as honest as can be account of all things Mustaine. A Heavy Metal Memoir indeed! \m/

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mattias

    Mustaine has always been in 2nd place to Metallica both in his head and in mine( well in mine he is much longer down the list). And he deals with that subject a lot through out the book. And tales of drugs and rehab, drugs and rehab and so on. It gets boring after a while and the book isnt very interesting. Its not over the top like "The Dirt" and it doesnt deal much with hte music he has written. Its just bland with a pinch of grey.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Farzan

    گروهی بزرگ و بسیار حیف که گیتاریست بزرگ این گروه مارتی فریدمن دیگر نیست

  23. 4 out of 5

    Camellia

    Straight to the point, no sugar coating, intense and insane- just what you'd expect from a heavy metal memoir.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Boz Reacher

    😂😂😂

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mark R.

    Excellent autobiography of one of heavy metal's most controversial front men. The book is co-written by a guy named Joe Layden, unfamiliar to me, but I get the impression that Mustaine put most of it together himself. He's a good writer. Megadeth fans already know that, due to his thoughtful, inspired lyrics from the past twenty-five years, but writing song lyrics isn't the same as writing a book--and here Mustaine proves that he's damn good at that too. The guy's got a reputation, at least in so Excellent autobiography of one of heavy metal's most controversial front men. The book is co-written by a guy named Joe Layden, unfamiliar to me, but I get the impression that Mustaine put most of it together himself. He's a good writer. Megadeth fans already know that, due to his thoughtful, inspired lyrics from the past twenty-five years, but writing song lyrics isn't the same as writing a book--and here Mustaine proves that he's damn good at that too. The guy's got a reputation, at least in some circles, as being a bit of a whiner, a grudge-holder, and an all around shit-talker. Some of that shows through here, but mostly I think it's a pretty honest, even look back on a life that was spent touring the world, sexing tons of women, doing serious drugs, and falling on very hard times, mostly self-inflicted--and more often than his ego winning out, he points out where he's fallen, how his flaws have hurt him, and how, after all that, his faith in Christianity and his wife helped pull him up out of the abyss and get to a place he feels comfortable. There's a decent amount of material regarding his separation from Metallica, a split that's been a source of contention for Mustaine ever since it occurred in 1983. He's honest about what happened, and unlike some interviews given in the past, he really lays out the things he did wrong, and how he was at fault in some cases. It's easy to sense a lingering bit of bitterness regarding the split, but he's honest about that, and more or less tells the reader, You can't possibly understand, if you've never been in a situation where you thought you were about to take over the world, only to have it pulled out from under you. OK, fair enough. I know he's on better terms with the Metallica guys these days, having recently played with, and hung out with them, on the European "Big Four" shows, and I wonder what they'd make of the book, which features some pretty serious conversations between Mustaine and Lars Ulrich, and to some extent James Hetfield. Similarly, it's unfortunate the book wasn't written late enough to include his reuniting with Dave Ellefson, co-founder of Megadeth, and his best friend until a falling out in the early 00's, featuring a pretty ugly lawsuit. Last year, Mustaine and Ellefson patched things up and Ellefson re-joined the band. The two of them then went on a tour promoting the twentieth anniversary of the classic "Rust In Peace" album, playing the album straight through on every date. It would have been nice if that could have been included in the book. My only complaint--and this is coming from the perspective of a big Megadeth fan--is that he doesn't spend much time discussing some of the albums. "The World Needs a Hero" and "United Abominations" get one or two sentences each, and even "Countdown To Extinction" isn't given a lot of focus. But then, I realize the book isn't intended to be a documenting of each of the band's twelve albums. It's more a story of, like the cover flap says, one man's fall and subsequent redemption.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    I had wanted to read this book for some time, but finally got around to buying the Kindle version when I was given an Amazon gift card for Valentines Day (thanks to my beautiful wife!). Since I'm in the middle of reading another book, I had intended to wait until I was done with that one before starting this one. But I decided to read "just one chapter" to get a taste of it, and ended up tearing through the whole book in just 3 days. I'm not a fast reader, so this is quite an accomplishment. For I had wanted to read this book for some time, but finally got around to buying the Kindle version when I was given an Amazon gift card for Valentines Day (thanks to my beautiful wife!). Since I'm in the middle of reading another book, I had intended to wait until I was done with that one before starting this one. But I decided to read "just one chapter" to get a taste of it, and ended up tearing through the whole book in just 3 days. I'm not a fast reader, so this is quite an accomplishment. For anybody who doesn't know, Dave Mustaine is the lead singer and founder of the heavy metal/thrash band Megadeth. He was also a founding member of Metallica, although he was kicked out of the band just before their big break. Metallica's first album uses four songs he wrote while in the band. His anger over being unceremoniously dumped from the band fueled his obsession with creating the baddest, wildest, most aggressive heavy metal band at the time. The goal: To be bigger, better, and more successful than Metallica. This book was published a few years ago, just before the release of Megadeth's 12th studio album, Endgame. In the book, he tells about his childhood, his mostly absent father, his brush with being involved with Jehovah's Witnesses, his legendary drug use and partying, the rise of Megadeth, his stints in rehab (17, I believe), and his eventual acceptance of Christ and becoming a born-again Christian. Dave does not sugar coat any of this. The book is full of drug use, promiscuity, violence and rough language, and he's not apologetic about it (although I know from reading his Facebook page that he is currently working on cleaning up his language, saying that he had watched some videos of concerts and interviews and was appalled at how much profanity he was using). However, the language and graphic descriptions of the depraved rock n roll lifestyle he was living serve to make the final chapters where he embraces Christianity and mends some fences all the more powerful. There were things I wish he had touched on more in the book. He states at one point that an attempt at using voodoo as revenge against a kid who was bullying him as a teenager led to a "very long and disturbing flirtation with the occult", but he doesn't really elaborate on that. He also, rather famously, OD'd on drugs at one point and died, but was resuscitated. I was interested to read about how this event played out from his perspective, but he just sort of off-handedly mentions it and moves on. But all in all, I thought this was a fantastic book. Dave Mustaine and Megadeth have a pretty sordid history, and it's very interesting to read about it from the point of view of the guy who lived it. Even if you're not a fan of the band, it's worth a read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Clint

    Of course you need to be a Megadeth fan for this book to have any value. But I'm a huge one, so here it is. Dave Mustaine obviously doesn't come across as the most well-spoken of dudes, but he does come across way better than any of his other thrash brethren. Dave was always the geek of the thrash world, he put things into words other guys were too cool or dumb to. I love Dave, but he's also a fucking arrogant child. First off, his goddamn obsession with Metallica. Ok, he was a very important fo Of course you need to be a Megadeth fan for this book to have any value. But I'm a huge one, so here it is. Dave Mustaine obviously doesn't come across as the most well-spoken of dudes, but he does come across way better than any of his other thrash brethren. Dave was always the geek of the thrash world, he put things into words other guys were too cool or dumb to. I love Dave, but he's also a fucking arrogant child. First off, his goddamn obsession with Metallica. Ok, he was a very important founding member of the band, they probably wouldn't have become what they did had he not been there to give them the giant push in that direction. He gets kicked out, and he makes a way way better band (in my opinion) which never would have existed had he stayed in Metallica. Metallica would have been better, for sure, but we would never have had Megadeth, which to me is a waaaaaaaaaay more important, creative, ass-kicking band. But Dave just seems to forget how much better the world is with Megadeth in it when he gets talking about Metallica. Which isn't actually as big a part of this book as I thought it would be anyway. I was HOPING the book would be about all the Megadeth albums, but that's also kind of an aside. This book is mostly about DRUGS. Alcohol, pot, cocaine, and most prominently heroin. Until I read this book, I thought the rumors about Dave's addictions were something created by Metallica to make him look like a loser, but this dude was SERIOUSLY fucked up. And, as a non-drug user, I got bored a little bit by his drug stories. It's like listening to guys talk about cars for me, when I don't give a fuck how cars work. But now it sounds like I'm talking shit about the book, but I'm not. This book kicked ass. It gives you play by play descriptions of every former member, and if you wanted to know what the fuck was up with Marty Friedman, it's here. And Gar and Chris Poland. And even Kerry King. Dave comes across as very arrogant, petty, sometimes as a buffoon (his "martial arts expertise?"), but overall as what I always thought he was: an insanely creative, talented, driven, and tortured musician. It drives me nuts that Dave doesn't see him getting kicked out of Metallica as the best thing that ever happened to thrash. Fuck the money, Dave, you have enough anyway. You created MEGADETH. I'd rather have Megadeth in the world than a Metallica that included Dave. Because that would still include Lars and James.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tarotemp

    I had the chance to meet Dave Mustaine (and the other members of Megadeth) at an after-concert gathering back in the later part of 1999 while the band was on the Risk tour. Of the four, I found bassist David Ellefson to be the most approachable (actually, he came over to our little group and introduced himself - virtually unheard of when we're talking about a celebrity!), with Mustaine coming in a close second. Even though my actual interaction time w/Mustaine was short - his "heavies" wanted to I had the chance to meet Dave Mustaine (and the other members of Megadeth) at an after-concert gathering back in the later part of 1999 while the band was on the Risk tour. Of the four, I found bassist David Ellefson to be the most approachable (actually, he came over to our little group and introduced himself - virtually unheard of when we're talking about a celebrity!), with Mustaine coming in a close second. Even though my actual interaction time w/Mustaine was short - his "heavies" wanted to keep the line moving - he came off EXACTLY as he does on camera and in interviews: articulate, thoughtful, politically and socially savvy with a dry sense of humor. A real straight-shooter who has no qualms yelling bulls**t when it needs to be said. Nothing at all like the highly combustible drinking-and-drugging Mustaine of the '80s who shot his mouth off a lot and paid the price over and over for it. Granted, the controlling ego is still very much there, that will never change; but he's more thoughtful now. More prone to naval-gazing as we all do when middle age hits. After reading Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir, many lingering questions and rumors that have been circulating around the metal world for 25-plus years have been answered or at least elaborated on to more fully explain the hows and whys of his actions - especially when involving the long feud with Metallica. Of the two factions, I'm firmly entrenched in the Megadeth camp. Despite their huge success, I always thought certain members of Metallica (Hello James and Lars) were always so smug and smarmy about their fame and when retelling how Mustaine was ousted from the band. Smarmy and rather asshattish about a lot of things, actually. Like it's a big joke you're not in on. Mustaine is none of these things. He's been through the worst (after 17 or so trips to rehab, how is this guy still breathing, anyway?!?) and has found his faith to be one way to remain clean and sober. A solid 4.5 stars despite the obvious passages where editors and/or lawyers muzzled Dave.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dudley Ledgister

    Possibly the book that I enjoy going back to the most. I'm a life-long Megadeth fan and I've read the book around 8 times, I like going back to certain parts to refresh my memory about a moment in time during Dave's many conquests. This review might be biased, but I'll try my best to keep it levelled. As you might have guessed, this book is a fairly in-depth autobiography on the life of Dave Mustaine. He tells of his troublesome and unstable childhood during which he suffered severe abuse at the ha Possibly the book that I enjoy going back to the most. I'm a life-long Megadeth fan and I've read the book around 8 times, I like going back to certain parts to refresh my memory about a moment in time during Dave's many conquests. This review might be biased, but I'll try my best to keep it levelled. As you might have guessed, this book is a fairly in-depth autobiography on the life of Dave Mustaine. He tells of his troublesome and unstable childhood during which he suffered severe abuse at the hands of his alcoholic father and dangerous devout Jahovah's Witness family members, as well as his early school life up until and around his discovery of music and drug use. About 60% of the book focuses on the Metallica arc, such as: his initiation into the band, his relationship with each of the members, his influence on their songwriting and the turbulent break up which had a profound affect on his musical journey and his life. The book also looks at the start of Megadeth and his legendary drug use that resulted in over 15 trips to rehab, one clinical death, his family life and his experience in the music industry and his flirtations with Christianity and Satanic Black Magic. Dave Mustaine has never been a stranger to controversy and in recent years his interviews have led him to be blackballed by many in the Heavy Metal community as a lunatic. If you don't like Mustaine, then it might be because of what you've heard from him, but his book itself might make you think a little differently or at least put him into context. Despite his shortcomings he proves to be a humorous and humble human being with many decent qualities. This book is recommended for biography enthusiasts and metal fans alike.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Raivis Šveicars

    Ļoti neviennozīmīgi vērtētais, gribētos teikt, ģēnijs - Deivs Musteins it kā atklāti un aizrautīgi stāsta savu diezgan brutālo stāstu par attiecībām ar narkotikām, "Metallica", reliģiju un paša rūpju bērna - "Megadeth" priekiem un bēdām, taču nepamet sajūta, ka Musteins to izdarīja pārāk politkorekti - gandrīz sev neraksturīgi (īpaši, runājot par Ulrihu un Hetfīldu). Turklāt beigas likās sasteigtas un ar karājošos turpinājumu gaisā. 21. gadsimta notikumiem pārskrēja pāri pārāk strauji, nopietni Ļoti neviennozīmīgi vērtētais, gribētos teikt, ģēnijs - Deivs Musteins it kā atklāti un aizrautīgi stāsta savu diezgan brutālo stāstu par attiecībām ar narkotikām, "Metallica", reliģiju un paša rūpju bērna - "Megadeth" priekiem un bēdām, taču nepamet sajūta, ka Musteins to izdarīja pārāk politkorekti - gandrīz sev neraksturīgi (īpaši, runājot par Ulrihu un Hetfīldu). Turklāt beigas likās sasteigtas un ar karājošos turpinājumu gaisā. 21. gadsimta notikumiem pārskrēja pāri pārāk strauji, nopietni pievēršoties vien savām likstām ar veselību. Musteins negaidīti bieži katrā iespējamajā vietā neraustās sevi pārādīt kā diezgan egoistisku nelieti, savas intereses stādot augstāk par citiem. Smieklīgas ir Musteina nemitīgās raudas par "Metallica" panākumiem un viņa centieniem par katru cenu "Metallica" pārspēt. Turklāt, nevis muzikāli, bet finansiāli un komerciāli, ko viņam neizdevās un nekad neizdosies izdarīt. Sāpīgākais, ka dzenoties pēc slavas, ar asins garšu mutē, "Megadeth" 90. gados sāka ražot vēl lielākus sūdus nekā "Metallica", kļūstot gandrīz par popgrupu un iedragājot savu slavu. Pats svarīgākais - muzikāli Musteins savus naidniekus apsteidza, jo gribētos domāt, ka "Rust In Peace" vismaz tehniski ir labāks albums nekā "Metallica" veikumi. Taču savu zvaigžņu stundu un galveno trumpi - dziesmas, albumus, to ierakstīšanas laikā piedzīvoto, Musteins atstājis novārtā.

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