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I’m The Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax by Scott Ian with Jon Widerhorn (2015)

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I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax
by Scott Ian with Jon Widerhorn
Da Capo Press, 2015
376 pages

This book has been sitting on my shelf unread for far too long; I had no idea I would enjoy it as much as I did. Scott Ian, rhythm guitarist and cofounder of thrash metal legends Anthrax, one of the “Big 4,” delivers an entertaining look at a career in the music business, complete with backstage shenanigans and headstrong bandmates. As Anthrax approaches its 35th anniversary, I’m The Man is an honest look back at the group’s history.

In addition to details about Anthrax’s history, Ian delves into the early days of Metallica and his friendship with Kirk Hammett and Cliff Burton before their popularity exploded. Some of the most interesting anecdotes revolve around Metallica, including the devastating events surrounding Burton’s untimely death. Ian was also present at the Viper Room with River Phoenix overdosed, though he did not know the actor personally and was not with him when it occurred.

There is quite a bit of foul language in the book, but if you can overlook that you will get a behind-the-scenes look at a struggling rock star’s life. The only complaint I have is the omission of Ian’s experience with Sebastian Bach, Ted Nugent, and Jason Bonham in VH1’s reality show Super Group. Aside from that, the guitarist covers a lot of ground in his career in Anthrax.

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