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I'm the man : the story of that guy from Anthrax
Ian, Scott.
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Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, [2014]
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xxviii, 316 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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ML421.A615 I26 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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I'm the Man is the fast-paced, humorous, and revealing memoir from the man who co-founded Anthrax, the band that proved to the masses that brutality and fun didn't have to be mutually exclusive. Through various lineup shifts, label snafus, rock 'n' roll mayhem, and unforeseen circumstances galore, Scott Ian has approached life and music with a smile, viewing the band with deadly seriousness while recognizing the ridiculousness of the entertainment industry. Always performing with abundant energy that revealed his passion for his craft, Ian has never let the gravity of being a rock star go to his shaven, goateed head.

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.

Author Notes

Scott Ian is co-founder, guitarist, and chief lyricist of Anthrax and Stormtroopers of Death. He is a Yankees fan and lives with his wife and son outside Los Angeles, California.

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 ,, eMusic, and He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children.



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." Excerpted from I'M the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax by Scott Ian All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Kirk Hammett
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Foreword: enter the Pitp. xiii
Prefacep. xx
Chapter 1 I'm the Boyp. 1
Chapter 2 Music is the Messagep. 10
Chapter 3 Rock and Roll All Nitep. 20
Chapter 4 The Birth of Anthraxp. 33
Chapter 5 Replacing Old Partsp. 44
Chapter 6 Watch The Beat!p. 53
Chapter 7 Soldiers of Metal Up Your Assp. 61
Chapter 8 Fistful of Headachesp. 70
Chapter 9 Turbin Failurep. 81
Chapter 10 Joey Belladonna: Take Onep. 88
Chapter 11 Sgt. D id Coming!p. 94
Chapter 12 A Lesson in Violencep. 102
Chapter 13 The Horror of It Allp. 110
Chapter 14 Mublanikcufecinp. 121
Chapter 15 Debauchery & Destructionp. 129
Chapter 16 Euphoria & Despairp. 139
Chapter 17 Starting Overp. 148
Chapter 18 Bring the Noisep. 157
Chapter 19 Tour Highs and Lineup Lowsp. 165
Chapter 20 A Bush in the Handp. 175
Chapter 21 No More Roomp. 184
Chapter 22 We Thought You Were Dead!p. 192
Chapter 23 The Last Regretp. 201
Chapter 24 Stomped Outp. 208
Chapter 25 Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?p. 217
Chapter 26 Volume Fadeoutp. 228
Chapter 27 The Perfect Pearlp. 236
Chapter 28 The Other Side of the Mikep. 246
Chapter 29 Total Schismp. 255
Chapter 30 My Kingdom for a Singerp. 263
Chapter 31 Belladonna and the Big 4p. 275
Chapter 32 Rock-A-Bye Babyp. 287
Epiloguep. 300
Indexp. 304