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Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir
Dave Mustaine and Joe Layden
It Books
400 pages
August 2011
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine's eye-opening autobiography finally sheds light on the heavy metal frontman's storied past. As one of the original members of Metallica, he helped define the metal genre. When the remaining members unceremoniously gave him the boot, he sought out greener pastures and formed his own Megadeth legacy.

Here he talks about forming Metallica, then being kicked out of the band he helped establish. Mustaine reveals his lifelong struggles with drugs and alcohol and a revolving-door lifestyle with rehab. As the son of an abusive and alcoholic parent, the guitarist was soon immersed in a life fueled by cocaine and heroin. When high, Mustaine turned into the type of person you wouldn't want to be around. On these pages, he describes that character at some length.

Mustaine takes us through the history of the Megadeth recording catalog and talks about performing at the Big Four shows with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. In the book, he finally gets sober—finds God—and remains married to his longtime wife and mother of his two children. It is a fascinating tale and an honest one, and that's pretty rare in rock 'n' roll biographies.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Steven Rosen, 2011

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