A Heavy Metal Memoir
Dave Mustaine & Joe Layden
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The fall and rise of a heavy metal icon
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.
Impoverished, transient childhood? Check.
Abusive, alcoholic parent? Check.
Mind-f*****g religious weirdness (in his case the extremes of the Jehovah's Witnesses and Satanism)? Check.
Alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness? Check, check, check.
Soul-crushing professional and artistic setbacks? Check.
Rehab? Check (seventeen times, give or take).
Near-death experience? Check that one, too.
James Hetfield, with whom many years ago Mustaine founded a band known as Metallica, once observed, with some incredulity, that Mustaine must have been born with a horseshoe up his ass. That's how lucky he's been, how fortunate he is to be pulling breath after so many close calls. And Hetfield is right. Mustaine has been lucky. He has been blessed. But here's the thing about having a horseshoe lodged in your rectum: It also hurts like hell. And you never forget it's there.
Mustaine has battled through it all to achieve dizzying heights. From the early, heady days of Metallica, being unceremoniously let go only to become a world-famous rock star—founder, front man, singer, songwriter, and guitarist (and de facto CEO) for Megadeth, one of the most popular bands in heavy metal—Mustaine's is a story that will inspire, stun, and terrify.
First thing I must confess - I am an unabashed Megadeth fan. Their music has been the soundtrack to my life for over 20 years. I bought Peace Sells in college and that album is, in my humble opinion, the best 40 minutes you can spend on a single album. The next 3 albums were solid and I have no regrets saying this is what metal is supposed to be. Then came the mediocrity. I was a good fan and bought them all. A fan of not what I heard, but the memories of what Megadeth had done in the past. That has changed. While I can drift off into hyperbole, the book doesn't capture what an insane return to form Endgame is.... I feel less like a lawyer of 15 years and more like an unburdened 20 year old in college just connecting to the music. With my love of Megadeth restored, I bought my first and - to date - only book for my iPad. The book is like Dave, hard to embrace and hard not to find compelling. A great artist is not necessarily a good person. Whether intended or not, the book is unflattering and real. Hubris and denial are rampant. Like so many, I want to like Dave. He just makes it hard. Ultimately, I concluded that I have to accept the musician who makes the music that has defined and colored my life is like my family. I dislike much of what he does, but in the end, there is a bond I cannot ignore or severe. Not that I want to.
This book explains the life of a rock star and how dangerous this journey is!!!
Dave mustaine is a legend!!!
Dimebag is the reason I picked up a guitar, and Dave is the reason I never gave it up. Thanks guys.
Great read by the way. Love the Clockwork Orange quote at the begging.
Go Braves \m/