Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Dave Mustaine

Narrated By: Tom Wayland

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: August 2010

Duration: 11 hours 41 minutes


The fall and rise of a heavy metal icon

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.

Impoverished, transient childhood? Check.

Abusive, alcoholic parent? Check.

Mind-fucking religious weirdness (in his case the extremes of the Jehovah's Witnesses and Satanism)? Check.

Alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness? Check, check, check.

Soul-crushing professional and artistic setbacks? Check.

Rehab? Check (seventeen times, give or take).

Near-death experience? Check that one, too.

James Hetfield, with whom many years ago Mustaine founded a band known as Metallica, once observed, with some incredulity, that Mustaine must have been born with a horseshoe up his ass. That's how lucky he's been, how fortunate he is to be pulling breath after so many close calls. And Hetfield is right. Mustaine has been lucky. He has been blessed. But here's the thing about having a horseshoe lodged in your rectum: It also hurts like hell. And you never forget it's there.

Mustaine has battled through it all to achieve dizzying heights. From the early, heady days of Metallica, being unceremoniously let go only to become a world-famous rock star, founder, front man, singer, songwriter, and guitarist (and de facto CEO) for Megadeth, one of the most popular bands in heavy metal, Mustaine's is a story that will inspire, stun, and terrify.


  • Mario AndrĂ© Maximili Couto Ferrari

    Great book if you're a Megadeth and Mustaine fan.

  • Neal Rosenblat

    Great book. Really enjoyed hearing the back stories of the songs I've been listening to since I was a kid. Dave Mustaine has had a lot of ups and downs and has come out ahead. Inspiring. The narrator seemed to try to impersonate Dave Mustaine to an annoying level. Didn't ruin the book but I had to consciously remind myself to get over it on a few occasions.

  • Barry Cole

    Very good read I love getting inside a heavy metal guitar god It was very insightful to his past, present & future. I recommend this book to anyone who is a heavy metal junkie. Narration was very good

  • kyle akaloo

    If your a fan of Dave Mustaine and Megadeth this is the one for you.This biography has everything you need.Highly recommend.