A Heavy Metal Memoir

by Dave Mustaine, Joe Layden

On Sale: 08/09/2011


A Heavy Metal Memoir

by Dave Mustaine, Joe Layden

On Sale: 08/09/2011


About the Book

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.  

Critical Praise

“Entirely awesome.” — Washington Post

“One hell of a story” — Crawdaddy

“Dave Mustaine’s memoir is the narrative of a struggling, hard-won music career. It is also a story of survival, redemption and faith... Transcending simple religion and music, Mustaine’s Heavy Metal Memoir will leave you moved and inspired.” — Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“Remorseless.” — Rolling Stone

“A fascinating and sometimes eye-opening look at Mustaine the man as well as Mustaine the rock star... A must read for Megadeth fans, and highly recommended for metal fans in general.” —

“(Mustaine’s) memoir is honest, certainly - and not without that trademark bite - but there is also considerable maturity in his words.” — The Quietus

“A must-have for all fans and haters alike” —

“[MUSTAINE] is more tenacious, more introspective, and ultimately more relevant than you’d expect.” —

“A frank and detailed account of the life and times of the infamous vocalist/guitarist/song writer…Mustaine’s account of Megadeth’s early years is told with humor and with real honesty… A riveting read.” —



Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061714405
  • ISBN 10: 0061714402
  • Imprint: It Books
  • On Sale: 08/09/2011
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : MUSIC / Essays
  • BISAC2 : MUSIC / Lyrics
  • BISAC3 : HISTORY / Essays
  • BISAC4 : RELIGION / History
  • BISAC5 : ART / History / General
  • BISAC6 : RELIGION / Faith
  • BISAC7 : MUSIC / Printed Music / General
  • BISAC8 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Composers & Musicians
  • BISAC10 : MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Rock
  • BISAC11 : MUSIC / Musical Instruments / Guitar

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