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I m not really able to write this review without a bit of autobiographical background for context I am lucky to have grown up in one of the most exciting times in rock music history Born in 1964, the year the Beatles first hit American shores, I was washed in sounds from the time I was little My mother in particular was a music fan, and she was young and curious enough to explore all of the musical counterculture of the day As I grew older it seemed like I always had a little AM radio glued I m not really able to write this review without a bit of autobiographical background for context I am lucky to have grown up in one of the most exciting times in rock music history Born in 1964, the year the Beatles first hit American shores, I was washed in sounds from the time I was little My mother in particular was a music fan, and she was young and curious enough to explore all of the musical counterculture of the day As I grew older it seemed like I always had a little AM radio glued to my ear In 1973 I was cognizant of my first exposure to what might be called heavy rock, Alice Cooper s No More Mr Nice Guy from the Billion Dollar Babies album In 1976 I saved my lawn mowing money and made a beeline to the record store to pick up the first Boston disk Then it was Deep Purple, the Stones, Bowie, Queen.goodness, so many great bands By 1977 I had begun to discover the magic of punk with the Sex Pistols and The Ramones, and in 1978 my world was changed by Van Halen s debut album Fast forward to the early 80s and my college days, and there was a serious musical movement on to reconcile the DIY ferocity and speed of punk with the power and virtuosity of heavy metal This moment in time would give birth to what would be called thrash metal, and the bands who would be responsible for popularizing this trend would be Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax And there is where I stop this trip down memory lane, for I could write my own book of how I came to be literate in so many camps of rock music Surely I missed my calling in my youth, I do believe in my heart that I was truly destined to write for Creem magazine, swilling beers and doing some sort of a Hunter S Thompson impersonation and oh, to hell with it Nowadays I still listen to all the stuff I grew up with, a graying metalpunkhead but now with added jazz tendencies And I m also lucky enough to now live in era when so many of the artists who fed my ears and my head back in the day are writing chronicles of their lives and adventures Good grief..I just read that intro paragraph back to myself What a windbag I am There is no way to distill 4 decades of musical history into a paragraph that makes any sort of sense And I also forgot to give my brother Gerold enough credit My mother surely guided my early years, but it was he who opened my eyes to glam and punk and the Stones New York City gave birth to the band Anthrax in 1981 They released their first album, Fistful of Metal in 1984 Rather than burden you down with background information that you can easily get on the internet or by reading I m the Man, I will stop there Scott Ian, the rhythm guitarist for the band as well as principal lyricist, gives us the full story of the band in this book, co written with author Jon Wiederhorn It seems pretty obvious that Wiederhorn did a good job of transposing the notes and or audio recordings that Ian provided for this memoir Having read and heard enough interviews with Scott Ian over the years I will say that it certainly SEEMS like his genuine voice and reminiscences driving the narrative Ian begins the book with his birth and some early familial background He documents his formative years in school and tells of his early attempts to form cover bands and imitate his idols in KISS and Iron Maiden From there he expounds upon the formation of Anthrax and the already much chronicled meetings with first manager Jonny Z and a bunch of scruffy unknowns from the West Coast who called themselves Metallica He hurtles headlong into the first few albums and the creation of the thrash metal scene Then onward through the lineup changes and the record company disputes that always seemed to plague the band It s a solid history of Anthrax, especially interesting if you really don t know much about them That said, there really isn t much here that hasn t already been written elsewhere It s a sort of long form written version of a VH1 Behind the Music episode, which is fine I suppose That s what most of these rock memoirs end up being, anyway In that sense they are great for the average fan who might benefit from a detailed look behind the scenes, but for those of us who have followed these bands for decades.well, not so much Ian carries the story of the band through the low times and on into the current renaissance of the group, through to the comeback album, Worship Music The memoir REALLY bogs down when Ian goes into depth regarding his personal relationships Between two failed marriages and a lot of dalliances in between, the reader is treated to an exposition of Scott Ian s love life, which I suppose is fine from an autobiographical standpoint I personally found all of the relationship material sort of burdensome and a distraction from the meat and potatoes of the book The highlight of the book for me was actually a section dropped into the middle, fortunately between chapters Illustrated comic book style, this fun part of the book details an adventure that Scott had during his first meeting in England with the mighty Lemmy, of Motorhead fame It s bawdy, disgustingly honest, and downright hilarious I almost wish that the entire book had been done this way Fortunately there is not an excess of excess in this memoir There is copious alcohol, and an interesting ingestion of psychedelic mushrooms The chapter describing Ian s attempt to become a professional alcoholic by trying to keep up with Pantera s guitarist, Dimebag Darrell, is by turns sad and funny, and it s as close as this book gets to derailing itself on backstage craziness Yes, there are the usual groupies, and the usual tales of hotel room demolition, but thankfully they never overshadow the main thrust of the narrative.Ian usually comes off as something of an overgrown adolescent His decision making is often impaired, but he seems to be lucky to eventually recognize his mistakes and take personal responsibility for them He appears to be a basically honest and stand up kind of guy There is no doubt whatsoever that he has an incredible drive and commitment to his band, and that has allowed Anthrax to continue standing some 36 years later as a respected and active originator of one of heavy metal s most important subgenres End result It s a fun book if you are a casual fan, where a lot of this material will seem fresh and new to you If you have been following the band for decades, as I have, it will just feellike a rehash of stories that you already know I guess it s nice to have it all in one place, and I will admit that I enjoyed the two photograph sections I somehow missed seeing Anthrax in their first heyday, but I was lucky enough to be able to take my daughter to see them last year when they toured with Lamb of God They tore the stage up and were everything that I expected and needed them to be That was a five star night for my daughter and I, and I m The Man is a solid three star effort from Scott Ian Keep on rocking, guys Though it sabout the subject matter than anything else, I could not put this book down So fascinating to read about the formative years of Anthrax and a lot about other bands too especially Metallica Here are just a few of the things I found really interesting State of Euphoria, Anthrax s 4th record which came out when I was in Jr High was rushed and the band was never really happy with it, outside of a few songs They were offered a spot touring with Maiden a tour I attended at R Though it sabout the subject matter than anything else, I could not put this book down So fascinating to read about the formative years of Anthrax and a lot about other bands too especially Metallica Here are just a few of the things I found really interesting State of Euphoria, Anthrax s 4th record which came out when I was in Jr High was rushed and the band was never really happy with it, outside of a few songs They were offered a spot touring with Maiden a tour I attended at Rosemont Horizon on the condition that they had a new album to promote I found this really interesting because I d always felt State of Euphoria was not great and a disappointment after the masterpiece, Among the Living The way success as a musician is defined To my mind, at age 13 well, and now success as a musician was and is being able to make a living with your music and have people hear and respond to the things you create But Scott Ian regrets some of the decisions Anthrax made and feels it cost them chances at even bigger successes making a video for one song and not another one, the crappiness of State of Euphoria see above Some people Scott estimates 30% absolutely would not follow the band once they changed lead singers The funny thing is I was one of them, but it wasn t because I loved Joey Belladonna s voice so much It was that it felt to me like they were on the decline, and changing singers was a pretty clear indicator In the 80 s, the thrash metal bands the Big 4 Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax seemed to be in the driver s seat they were in perfect control of the genre, knew its conventions, pushed the conventions, and came out with 4 of the best heavy metal albums of all time Reign in Blood, Peace SellsBut Who s Buying, Master of Puppets, and Among the Living respectively Things changed in the 90 s with the rise of grunge The metal bands no longer seemed to know what they were doing and they seemed reactive and unsure The collaborative nature of their songwriting They didn t write like the Beatles where everyone brought in a complete song But they didn t just jam like the Deftones until they had a song They had a strange divide and conquer Charlie the drummer wrote the riffs Scott wrote the lyrics and arranged the riffs Charlie had written He d also work with the singer on the vocal melodies This worked out well early but with Persistence of Time, because they were deeply personal, he was frustrated by how Joey sang the songs It s hard to remember that, even with intimate material, you are in a band of different people, not 4 or 5 copies of you Scott began to feel silly performing I m The Man and thought Would Metallica be doing this He also didn t like Dan Spitz s cartoon heavy outfit for the Antisocial video I remember wondering that too How silly can you be and still be serious There s an odd section where Scott talks about auditioning an unknown vocalist, then tells the reader to check Wikipedia as accurate or inaccurate as that may be WTF Things I didn t find interesting The biggest snoozer of any autobiography is when the author describes his current relationship It s always in the most glowing terms, and it s always perfect, and they re always so in love and barf, barf and bullshit First checked this book out from the library cause I really liked Anthrax and it always seemed as though Scott Ian had so much energy on stage I really loved the book To have someone who has had so many experiences in their life, many of them negative ones, and to continue to persevere is just amazing You can really feel his frustration at times as well as making mistakes that anyone could make Some of it seemed like he was learning along the way I was just able to connect with his passion First checked this book out from the library cause I really liked Anthrax and it always seemed as though Scott Ian had so much energy on stage I really loved the book To have someone who has had so many experiences in their life, many of them negative ones, and to continue to persevere is just amazing You can really feel his frustration at times as well as making mistakes that anyone could make Some of it seemed like he was learning along the way I was just able to connect with his passion for his music and his drive to be the best I would highly recommend this book It took me quite a while to read it, but I don t mind I loved every word here The way Scott talks about the past makes me wanna be there and experience it all And I am an introvert I am not doing crazy things like that The history of Anthrax and thrash metal in general is very interesting I loved learning new things about the band and this whole scene Metalhead inside me is very, very happy right now Can t wait forbooks written by Scott He s the best Also kudos to Robert Fili It took me quite a while to read it, but I don t mind I loved every word here The way Scott talks about the past makes me wanna be there and experience it all And I am an introvert I am not doing crazy things like that The history of Anthrax and thrash metal in general is very interesting I loved learning new things about the band and this whole scene Metalhead inside me is very, very happy right now Can t wait forbooks written by Scott He s the best Also kudos to Robert Filipowski for amazing translation My full review I have been an Anthrax fan since I first heard them back in 1984 I have followed them through the Neil Turbin years, the Joey Belladonna years, the John Bush years, and now onto the return of Joey Belladonna to the fold.Scott Ian, is a very driven man Sometimes a jerk Sometimes irresponsible Sometimes a spoiled brat He is a musician in a band, so that kind of goes with the territory One thing for sure though, he has always been passionate about his band and has never, ever given up on Anth I have been an Anthrax fan since I first heard them back in 1984 I have followed them through the Neil Turbin years, the Joey Belladonna years, the John Bush years, and now onto the return of Joey Belladonna to the fold.Scott Ian, is a very driven man Sometimes a jerk Sometimes irresponsible Sometimes a spoiled brat He is a musician in a band, so that kind of goes with the territory One thing for sure though, he has always been passionate about his band and has never, ever given up on Anthrax He is, I think, open and fairly honest about his past good or bad and hasthan one funny or humiliating story to tell.This was a very easy read Knowing most of the people he talks about, along with almost every one of the bands he mentions, makes for some very interesting background into why certain things have happened throughout the years when it comes to the history of Anthrax.I learned a great deal about what happened with various band members leaving and joining the band, and also had a few things clarified or outright corrected from what I had thought had transpired onthan a couple of matters I love hearing about the backstage and off stage antics, but thankfully it wasn t all just about sex, booze, and drugs yet he does talk openly about most of those topics too This is however, one man s take on the history of his band and the relationships and battles the band has had with various band mates, managers, record executives, other musicians, family, friends, etc so take it for what it is worth One can never tell for sure if all of what you read in autobiographies, biographies, and memoirs is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.So, if you are an Anthrax fan, or just want to read a pretty decent autobiography from a guy that helped start what is considered one of the BIG 4 of thrash metal bands, pick this one up and give it a read Enjoyable read Big fan of the John Bush Sound of white noise era and don t really care about the other eras singers of the band This book did not disappoint with respect to the recording and touring for that period. Anthrax founder Scott Ian s thrash metal memoir mostly moves at the speed of his native NYC and Anthrax, itself at times, it stalls out, like a Queens bound 7 train, and gets stuck in inconsequential details Even so, Ian comes off as rabidly congenial, and personality plus His glass half full his words gestalt seem to sustain him through his band s many set backs, usually at the hands of a mercurial and corrupt music industry Ian s personal life is equally rocky he sloppily cheats h Anthrax founder Scott Ian s thrash metal memoir mostly moves at the speed of his native NYC and Anthrax, itself at times, it stalls out, like a Queens bound 7 train, and gets stuck in inconsequential details Even so, Ian comes off as rabidly congenial, and personality plus His glass half full his words gestalt seem to sustain him through his band s many set backs, usually at the hands of a mercurial and corrupt music industry Ian s personal life is equally rocky he sloppily cheats his way through a couple of failed marriages At one point, he s also on a mission to become a full blown drunk under the tutelage of Pantera s Dimebag Darrell Ian has an impressive memory for the origins of thrash and all its players, like Anthrax s musical colleagues, Metallica, who drive out from San Francisco to rehearse and congeal in the same decrepit Queens based music warehouse Anthrax comes to fruition in Just in time for Passover, readers interested in contemporary American Jewish identity, particularly of the male variety, need to pick this book up Ian, unlike many in this industry, full on embraces his ethnic inheritance, in spite of deleting his last name This book s also notable in that this is the first time I ve read a depiction of KISS s self aggrandizing Gene Simmons as the consummate mensch Just to be clear, I m not giving this 5 stars because Scott is a pillar of literature But his rocker s memoir is great Scott is an intelligent man that wrote a very fascinating memoir about himself and his band Anthrax The most interesting stories are those of Anthrax the working band, peppered with the career slumps or pitfalls that are muchthe norm than typical rock bioslike a general the Rolling Stones story Sure the rock icon stories are fun, but Scott Not Ian is not that H Just to be clear, I m not giving this 5 stars because Scott is a pillar of literature But his rocker s memoir is great Scott is an intelligent man that wrote a very fascinating memoir about himself and his band Anthrax The most interesting stories are those of Anthrax the working band, peppered with the career slumps or pitfalls that are muchthe norm than typical rock bioslike a general the Rolling Stones story Sure the rock icon stories are fun, but Scott Not Ian is not that He sinteresting His band had ups and downs They made bad decisions and not cliche drug problems Scott and Anthrax weren t about drugs or heavy drinking This book illustrates the life of a musician In the rock world How to face a bad album, or a changing audience What is exciting about a band that keeps gettingandfamous Where is the drama or the tension Anthrax helped start a whole sub genre of heavy metal and never really went away They had some low moments, but they clawed their way back to success A great read {E-pub} ì I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax ⚻ 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 headIan 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 EuphoriaAlong 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 BurtonIn 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 than thirty years Solid read and not a lot of filler Dude has had an interesting life and career.