Scott Ian: I’m the Man (The Story of That Guy from Anthrax) (book review)

First of all Id like to say many thanks to Da Capo Press for the copy of this book. Check their books at http://www.dacapopress.com

And with the review:

Until now there has never been an official autobiography of Anthrax. Scott Ian is such a cool and down to earth guy that you feel he is right there with you telling you all these stories. This is not a book about drugs or groupies (well maybe some) but rather a compelling story about one of the coolest guys in rock n roll history.

I couldnt wait to get to reading this book because I was always fascinated by music from the “Big 4”. Especially Anthrax because to me they seem the less “popular” out of the four. Scott explains in details how he was there for some memorable moments like the death of River Phoenix, when Dave Mustaine got kicked out of Metallica, and also the death of Cliff Burton. I couldnt help but laugh out loud at the stories of Al Jourgensen from Ministry. LOL

Scott doesnt waste anytime setting up the stories in long paragraphs, he just gets right to the point, which I as a reader always appreciate. From his childhood to his marriages and divorces, and all the way to the Big 4 show in Yankee stadium, and everything in between. You really get an inside peak of his life and how Anthrax came to be who they are now! I noticed that whenever Scott made a mistake, he would own up to it and not blame it on somebody else. (Unlike other autobios i’ve read)

If you are a fan of Anthrax, thrash music, or just like to know how things really went down back in the 80s and 90s, then get this autobiography, you won’t be able to put it down.

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Publisher: Da Capo Press
Release Date: October 14, 2014
# of Pages: 392

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Anvil: The Story of Anvil (book review)

So like many of you I got this book because I wanted to know more about these 2 guys who inspired so many musicians. I wanted learn about the guys who made a pact to rock together forever. Their journey was long, hard, and at times hilarious.

This autobiography starts at the very beginning of their years, even before forming Anvil, and goes all the way up to when the movie was released. These 2 guys describe their story of tough touring conditions, making albums, and getting paid all while creating songs for their next album. Lips and Robb’s story is one that teacher everyone not to give up. Even when being at the lowest of the low.

They really do a great job at trying to explain in as much detail as possible the making of some of their most iconic albums and it gives the reader the impression that you are right there with them through the recordings and the touring.

As touching as their story is and as awesome as the movie is, there are a couple of things I found a bit upsetting with the book. One is that Robb mostly (sometimes Lips) refer to themselves as these “rock gods” that changed history, and while they did to a degree, they make it sound in the book as if theyve invented rock n roll and their genre. The second thing that bothered me the most was how they referred to other bands as “lame ass musicians”. They call bands like Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, and others lame ass when in fact theyve sold millions and millions of records and have fans all over the world. I also found odd how they kept calling their bandmates lame ass and how they didnt have any talent whatsoever.

With all that said, I recommend everybody to watch the movie and then read the book and compare for yourself. And take also in consideration that these guys influenced some of the biggest bands today, yet somehow they got lost in the shuffle and never quite made it as big.

With all of the above said, im still a big Anvil fan and their music never gets old, and I can understand why they were frustated at the time. Big respect to Anvil for sticking around for as many years as they have!

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Publisher: Transworld
Release Date: March 13, 2009
# of Pages: 320

Juanes: Chasing the Sun (book review)

I think this book, while is considered a memoir, I dont think is approppiate to be called that. It is more of like Juanes illustrated throughout the years. There are a ton (and I mean a ton) of pictures throughtout the book. There are more pictures than words in this book, and while I as a reader enjoyed them, I wish there was more text.

Juanes gives you a well explained description of his life growing up from roaming to streets of Medellin, Colombia to forming the band Ekhymosis (one of Colombia’s top heavy metal bands. Look them up). I knew of Juanes from when he was a solo artist and I definately didnt know anything about his heavy metal influences such as Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. And his upbringings of being in a heavy metal band.

While the book starts strong in the beginning, it starts to die towards the end. It is however a pleasent reading and gives you sneak peek into his life.

I should add it took me I think less than an hour to finish the entire book, so it should be a very easy reading for anyone.

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Publisher: Celebra
Release Date: April 2, 2013
# of Pages: 304

Personal Foul: The Scandal that Rocked the NBA (book review)

This is the story of Tim Donaghy and his account of what happened to him during his NBA scandal. I picked up this book because I years back when this happened I was intrigued by it, and I didnt know much about it back then.

Donaghy really does his absolute best telling you what happens. He recounts every little detail and all of the mistakes he made. And boy did he do some bsd stuff. I should clarify he did not “fix” games (which is what most people think), he bet on games based on the referees for that night, and he had a great percentage of winnings 70 to 80 per cent which is insane.

Donaghy goes on great detail telling you many inside stories about a lot of the top refs and players in the league. I couldnt believe what I was reading but Donaghy gave so many soecific details that is hard not to believe any of it. I found myself laughing at many of the stories and the stupid things referees would bet on.

Tim’s addiction did not start in the months leading to his arrest, he had been a gambler for a long long time. He started at a small scale and gradually graduated to the big time gambling (betting in pro sports) which is illegal for refs in the league. Everything he did he explains very well and you will just have to read the book to understand everything.

Such an amazing story and I hope Tim learned his lesson and wish him nothing but the best in the future.

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Publisher:Four Daughters LLC
Publication Date: June 29, 2010
# of Pages: 268

My Appetite for Destruction (book review)

I will try to keep this review short and sweet. Mainly because I’ve read both Slash’s and Duff’s autobiograohies and all of them are similar when it comes to the GnR debauchery.

This one was a very short read, Adler keeps you turning page after page with ease. He digs deep and tells you many amazing stories that havent been told before by Slash or Duff. This autobiography comes from a guy who has been through many rehabs, strokes, and near death overdoses, yet you still find yourself pulling for him all throughtout. Steven has nothing but nice things to say about his fellow bandmates. He explains thouroughly how he got duped into siging some papers and got kicked out of guns n roses. Steven ends his autobiography with a compasionate advice for people going through sobriety.

Between Slash, Duff, or Steven’ autobiography, this one is my favorite. Im surprised “My Appetite for Destruction” is not a NY Times best seller. Go buy this book and you will instantly fall in love with Steven Adler’s story.

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Publisher: It Books
Release Date: July 27, 2010
# of Pages: 304