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I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax by [Ian, Scott]
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"Jewish Telegraph," 9/19/14
Scott writes with real honestyI m the Man stands up as a great insight into one of metal s leading figures. And you don t have to be a thrash or rock fan to enjoy it.
Cleveland Music Examiner.com, 10/7/14
Eye-openingThe hard-charging head-banger has assembled his best anecdotes into the revealing autobiographyFor every familiar factoid, Ian introduces two or three new nuggets even diehard Anthrax fans probably didn t knowDespite the shenanigans and chicanery of Ian s teens and twenties, the man who emerges here is surprisingly level-headed and articulate.
"Revolver," 10/14/14
[A] compelling memoirLike any good rock bio, I m the Man abounds with tales of debauchery, fisticuffs, and other insanity on the roadThe book is also full of revelationsAll this keeps the pages turning. But I m the Man is not just a tell-all. It s an inspiring tale of perseverance in the face of endless lineup and label changes, rehearsal room fires, and a fickle music industryand it s also a cautionary taleAnd Ian pulls no punchesmany, at himselfwhen discussing how the craziness of the touring life makes normal life almost impossibleI m the Man proves to be the perfect title for the book, because what ultimately crystallizes is a rounded picture of Ian, not as a metal icon, but as a man: one who tried and sometimes failed but always kept trying, and can look back on it all with honesty and clarity.
Heavy Metal About.com, 10/13/14
There aren t a lot of bands where the rhythm guitarist is the most high profile member of the band, but Scott Ian has always been the heart of Anthrax[Ian] isn t afraid to say what s on his mind, and the book reflects his willingness to tell it like it is, even if it sometimes doesn t put him in a very flattering lightIan really knows how to tell a story and the book is extremely compelling. It s a great blend of the events that shaped him and Anthrax, his personal life and crazy and hilarious tales from throughout his life. It s a must-read for any fan of Ian and Anthrax.
HornsUpRocks.com, 10/15/14
One of the best books you will ever read! It's honest, it's entertaining and full of stories of one of the guys to blame for Heavy Music being what it is todayWhither you are a veteran musician or you are just starting out, this is a book you must read and absorb as the amount of knowledge and lessons of perseverance that Scott shares will make you a better musician. Hell, this book will inspire any human being to have big goals and to never stop working in order to accomplish those goals.
NoEcho.net, 10/13/14
One of the most outspoken and ubiquitous figures in the heavy metal community, it was inevitable that Ian would someday write an autobiographyThe guitarist is a gifted storyteller, conveying each memory with an enthralling balance of humor, wit, and self-awarenessAlong with Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth, Anthrax are part of the "Big 4," and Ian offers up the kind of insider stories behind all the groups that trivia hounds will eat upIt doesn't matter if you're a devout Anthrax follower, or just a casual fan of the group, I'm the Man is a fun read, packed with juicy stories from Ian's colorful career on and off stageJust like the song it was named after, I'm the Man is irreverent, hilarious, and, at times, aggressive.
LithiumMagazine.com, 10/14/14
Scott Ian has, in his many decades as a touring musician, shared the stage with pretty much everyone who is anyone in hard rock and heavy metal. And he seems to have a photographic memory, as his power of recall has the uncanny ability to virtually bring the reader into the room with himI m The Man will please Anthrax fans. It will also please music fans who maybe don t know so much about Anthrax. The passion behind his band, perseverance over numerous hardships, and the ability to recount tales gone by with an often humorous stilt makes for an entertaining read.
Stereo Embers, 10/13/14
I m the Man isn t a typical rock star autobiography. Although it has its share of hilarious stories of drugs and partying, the book refreshingly focuses on the guiding light of Scott s life: music and, in particular, the music of AnthraxThe book is a thrilling ride through the ups and downs of being in a rock and roll bandMoreover, I m the Man will give you a greater understanding of how the Big 4 thrash bandsAnthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, and Metallicasomehow managed to change the course of heavy music, steering it away from the hair metal of the 1980s through sheer hard work, will, and perseveranceScott Ian really is the manand you d do yourself a disservice by not reading his thrilling autobiography.
This Is Book s Music, 10/18/14
You might read the book thinking it will be nothing but inside stuff about the band and the recording industry, and it does touch on all of this quite well. It also has Ian looking at the world from a personal perspective, to show how he loves his music but is also someone with a mind and a sense of humor.
The Real Rene, 10/14/14
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.
"San Antonio Express-News," 10/26/14
A quick, entertaining read that s often laugh-out-loud funny. Scott Ian is a natural storyteller and he offers a clear-eyed, ground-level view of the harder edge of metal that Anthrax helped pioneer.
Media Mikes, 10/20/14
"I m the Man" is much more than a collection of road stories as Ian delves deep in to his personal experience with love, life and all things Dimebag DarrellOver the book s 316 pages Ian is candid and unabashedA solid readFor newer fans and for those who have followed Scott Not Ian from the early days this book is for you.
Eternal Terror, 10/20/14
An interesting and inspiring readNo stone is left unturned in this book when it comes to AnthraxIan is brutally honest and tells it like it isA fast-paced, funny, revealing and at times tragic account of how a geeky boy from New York made it in the world of music and just how thin the line between devastating and triumphant really is, not just in the world of music, but in life in general. The book strikes a really nice balance between the uplifting aspects of being in a metal band as well as all the bullshit, backstabbing, setbacks and pain that ensue from it allOne need not be a fan of Anthrax, S.O.D. or even The Damned Things in order to enjoy this book. It is so well-written, humorous, heart-warming and even downright insane in places that one cannot avoid being moved by itA captivating and fascinating read. Highly recommended!
My Big Honkin Blog, 10/25/14
It is [Ian s] average Joe-ness that makes his story of struggle, determination and persistence, told in the new bio, "I m the Man," so interestingYou can t help but root for the guy. The fact that he didn t go out of his way to screw things up like so many rockers do also tends to make the story uniqueThis one is a great read whether you re a fan or not.
MediaBistro.com, 11/6/14
Fast-paced, funny, and revealing.
"Houston Press," 11/5/14
The book of course tells the complete history of the thrash-metal legends from their hardscrabble beginnings and cult status through the varying lineups, discography and playing huge stadiums with the rest of the Big 4 (Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer). But it's also about how this short Jewish kid from Queens, N.Y. basically got through life with the help of music.
NeuFutur.com, 10/31/14
The book is just as good as you d expect a book by Scott Ian would be. Often self-deprecatingfunny and more than a little revealing, "I m the Man" is one of the few books about metal that even those unimpressed by the genre can appreciate "I m the Man" manages to be one of those unique rock autobiographies that end up being about much more than rock and being in a band.
BackstageAxxess.com, 10/28/14
A great first hand account of the history of thrash.
"Parade Magazine," 11/16/14
Scott Ian describes what it s like to go from kid with guitar to thrash-metal pioneer.
"Creative Loafing Tampa," 11/7/14
The book chronicles the intensity of metal s commercial explosion in its heyday. That includes plenty of conflicts within the band and in Ian s personal life, and the book is being touted as a brutally honest confessional along the lines of Andre Agassi s Open.
Dead Rhetoric, 11/9/14
It s pretty honest stuff, especially when Ian details the band s and his personal life s low-points, which there are several, but hardly of the cliche varietyI m the Man is a killer read.
Glide, 11/18/14
[Ian] talks straight, never fails to lay blame on himself for certain actions, and comes across as nothing but honest.
Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, 11/21/14
Riveting, top notchFar superior to the glut of rock biographies currently available. In addition to the very revealing nature, this is a visual feast as wellThis book knows no limits, making it impossible to put downDon t hesitate, just buy! Guaranteed, this is an awesome readand would make a fantastic Christmas present.
Rock Pages, December 2014
A well-crafted autobiography...Da Capo Press has done an outstanding job in inserting various rare photos from Scott Ian s personal archive while it also added an Ian-penned comic with Lemmy being the protagonist.
John Shelton Ivany Top 21, Issue 445
Ian tells his life story with a clear-eyed honesty that spares no one, least of all himself.
"Oakland Press," 12/19/14
If you ve attended or heard any of Ian s spoken-word performances you know he s a natural raconteur, and that also comes through in this book, a memoir that s enriched by Ian s eye for smaller details that can be built into unexpected, captivating complements to the larger story he s telling.
Examiner.com, 12/24/14
Not just a chronicle of his band s life and times, the book is also a mix of a coming of age story for Queens Ian and a look at a historic time in heavy metalThis book [sits] comfortably among the best rock biographies to hit the streets in the last few years.
"Aquarian Weekly," 12/17/14
Hundreds of pages of raunchy, touching and incredible stories that make up the personality that helped move a street-grunge, sub-genre of metal into an empire"I m The Man" also provides interesting portrayals of the groundbreaking fusion of metal and rap that Anthrax helped to forge in the late 1980s, as well as the rise of the genre and the band s hand in helping to topple the hair-band fad[It] accomplishes the most important aim of any autobiography; to allow fans a rare glimpse into the motivation and inspiration of the artist.
Shulzmz.com, 1/1/15
The book is filled of a great deal of entertainment and history of Anthrax. Fans of the band will enjoy the book and fans of Scott Ian will enjoy it double.
Curled Up with a Good Book, 1/17/15
[Ian] is funny, bright, both self-amused and self-deprecating and most importantly, honest.

About the Author

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (14 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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An interesting insight into the life of Scott Ian and the history of Anthrax.

There where quite a few things written here I wasn't aware of, so for me, I learned a thing or two :-) Having previously read Dave Mustaine's autobiography it was also interesting to hear Scott's version of the infamous departure of Dave from Metallica.

I've saw Anthrax many times over the years however have recently had the pleasure of seeing them play their smallest gig in over 25 years, in Glasgow. The atmosphere was electric, and one of their finest performances in my eyes and I've had the good fortune to also see them play live in Chicago with Keanu Reeves in the audience :-)

Clearly this is a band that intends to stick around for a while yet, I can't wait to hear what they do next and would love for Scott to chart their progress over the next few years in another book.
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This is a very honest book written very clearly in Scott Ian's own voice. It was very interesting to see the interplay between bands like Anthrax, Metallica and Pantera in the early days, especially given Pantera and Metallica's relative massive success compared to Anthrax in terms of record sales. You do end up feeling sorry for Scott as Anthrax get screwed over by the record company again and again.

That being said, some of the sections came across as a little dull, perhaps a little whiny and left me a little unsympathetic towards Scott. You go in to a rock autobiography expecting a little more craziness, looking at Slash, Keith Richards or Nikki Sixx as examples. I read Duff Mckagan's autobiography around the same time which was similar in tone but was more engaging and enjoyable.

I get he has written a truthful and honest book and not exaggerated anything but if you don't have the hook of rock-star insanity to draw the reader in then focusing on the lack of marketing your record company did is probably not going to cut the mustard in my opinion. Perhaps more insight and depth in the other areas like the technical challenges in recording the albums might have helped, but those sections felt skipped over.

Anthrax fans will eat up the stories, those with a more casual interest might be disappointed.
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I was expecting a slag all off book but Scott Ian comes across as a very honest person. His sense of humour is brutal which suits me fine as I relate to it. His insights into a musician surviving the music business is honest and ball crushingly raw. If you're a massive thrash fan, you'll have to read this as Anthrax were right bang at the beginning of the explosion of this awesome form of metal and hardcore punk. Just when you think the book is over, you are greeted with a comic strip of an episode of Scott Ian meeting Lemmy Kilminster! Brilliant, brilliant stuff!!!!
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A great and honest insight into Anthrax. The honesty of the writing by Scott is what makes it - he comes across as a regular down to earth fella and what is interesting is that Anthrax, whilst they were a very big and influential band in Thrash and Metal never reached the heights of Metallica - nor appeared to have the quorum of support Megadeth and Slayer maintained. I particularly enjoyed the background around Joey and his exit and return - I was a fan that jumped off Anthrax for a number of years after Joey was fired. I think the insight into Anthrax not having the success of a Metallica "Black Album" (which as we all know was monstrous whether we preferred earlier albums or not) or Megadeths "Countdown to Extinction" which was double platinum or even the consistency of Slayer's lineup and dedication of their fans did impact Anthrax's ongoing successes. For me personally the loss of Joey was that impact which to a degree was recognised by Scott - admirably. Scott openly talks of these through out this book and looks back on each decision. While there are stories of drugs and debauchery - this isn't the focus - its more about the music. Great read - I couldnt put it down - has lots of insights into the glory days of metal - and the persistence of the bands that we love. Buy it!
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A wonderful insight not only into Scotts life, but also the history of Anthrax. He writes honestly..doesn't sugar coat his life, and also tells about some of the metal gods he's met. (Dimebag Darrell, Cliff Burton etc.) Written without ego...a rarity for a star.
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Great read from a fascinating character from the metal world. Scott Ian epitomises grit and determination in spades and this comes across perfectly in the this well written bio. Would particularly recommend for any budding musicians out there. This guy is an inspiration.
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An entertaining read for any fan of Scott Ian or Anthrax. A word of warning for Kindle readers - this book takes up a huge amount of memory compared to text only books. Presumably it's the photos and short graphic novel at the end. I could have done without both. They're really hopeless on Kindles.
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I wanted this to be a good book, but unfortunately the poor writing style and uninteresting content made for a below par read. I'm a huge Anthrax fan, but found this lacked depth when compared to Duff's book - Its So Easy.
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