Mustaine by Dave Mustaine & Joe Layden


By Dave Mustaine & Joe Layden

  • Release Date: 2010-08-03
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 88 Ratings
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New York Times Bestseller

Founding member, singer, and lead guitarist of Metallica and Megadeath shares the ultimate, unvarnished story behind his involvement in the rise of two of the world’s most influential heavy metal bands in history. 

Dave Mustaine is the first to admit that he’s bottomed out a few times in his dark and twisted speed metal version of a Dickensian life. From his soul-crushing professional and artistic setbacks to his battle with addiction, Mustaine has hit rock bottom on multiple occasions. April 1983 was his lowest point, when he was unceremoniously fired from Metallica for his hard-partying ways. But, what seemed to be the end of it all was just the beginning for the guitarist.

After parting ways with Metallica, Mustaine went on to become the front man, singer, songwriter, guitarist (and de facto CEO) for Megadeath—one of the most successful metal bands in the world. A pioneer of the thrash metal movement, Megadeath rose to international fame in the 1980s, and has gone on to earn seven consecutive Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance.

In this outrageously candid memoir, one of heavy metal’s most iconic figures gives an insider’s look into the loud and sordid world of thrash metal—sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll included.  


  • Dave's Home

    By Indrud Cold
    Understand the man that some people labelled arrogant and egotistical. There is no denying the impact Dave Mustaine has and continues to have on the world of metal. At times an easy target for the media to impose their generally one sided opinion of, with his violent and angry outbursts towards the music industry and past and present band members. In this book Dave opens up the door and allows the reader to experience the turns in his life that have led him to where he is today. With God's grace he has been able to take a moment, to appreciate how blessed he truly is. Keep it up Dave.....
  • Awesome

    By MetalheadChick94
    I love this book! You know that phrase "sometimes truth is stranger than fiction"? Well that phrase is true when it comes to this book. If you are a fan of thrash metal or Megadeth, then this is a must read for sure. Through this book we really get to hear dave's side of the story on many topics including his infamous firing from Metallica. You will not be able to put this book down!
  • Great Insight to Rock and Roll

    By JT '73
    Dave tells all, a great read for any type of music fan.
  • Great Book!

    By Punk Forever!
    If you grew up banging your head to Thrash, you will love this book. The Founding Father of Thrash enlightens the reader about the early bands and their connectedness. Also, this book outlines the history of Megadeth and Dave's complicated relationship to the music business. Great Book!
  • Vabz

    By Jahjxj
    Ok, I've read a few memoirs on rockers before this one and i can truly say without prejudice that it was one I couldn't put down. I want to also say the author has an unrelenting spirit and passion for his craft. A great rock n roll ride!
  • Worth the price

    By Skippy St-H
    As a fan of both Metallica and Megadeth. I can honestly say that you see James in a new light, and Lars in a more antagonistically than ever seen before. Read it!
  • Mustaine

    By Francktic
    Must read if your megadeth fan
  • Awesome

    By ChoopsDiablos
    Fantastic Read.
  • Great book

    By Easyofff
    Great book, thank to share your life Dave.
  • Mustaine book in a nutshell

    By Z05m
    Its always nice to see so much honesty written. Yes, its one side of the coin but after reading the whole book I really got to see all the demons that Dave had and still has. Its a nice perspective on the business from both the positive and many negative sides. I found that the book is well written and well laid out. I love biographies and have read so many rock biographies that it isnt even funny. If you like hard rock or metal, read this book, you'll have a hard time putting it down. Definitely worth the price. I wish Dave, Pam the best and also their children. -Ken