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I'm the Man

The Story of That Guy from Anthrax
Narrated by: Scott Ian
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)
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Summary

I'm the Man is the fast-paced, humorous, and revealing memoir from the man who cofounded 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 head.

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 more than 30 years.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Scott Ian (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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"Jabby, gabby, and metal-obsessed...exhilarating." ( New York Times)

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He Is Indeed "The Man"

This was a really enjoyable listen from the one and only Scott Ian who narrates virtually the whole thing in his own inimitable brash New Yorker way. He perhaps "over shares" in a few place (I could've done without the giving birth part) but on the other hand, he doesn't shy away from some of the frankly bone headed things he's done over the years (drink driving for example) so it comes over as a genuine "warts and all" tale.

I could take issue with some of his analysis about why some of Anthrax's albums failed (fact is, some of them just didn't contain many good songs) but this book is about what he thinks and he gives it with both barrels. He doesn't pull back...ever!

I'm probably making it sound like there isn't much humour in the book but there is plenty of that as well.

All in all, I highly recommend this book to anyone with a passing interest in Anthrax or even the history of "thrash" metal from one of the pioneers of the genre.

Warning: this book does contain quite a lot of profanity!



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Brilliant

Been a fan ofthe band from the beginning. It's good to get some behind-the-scenes insights to Scott's life.

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The title tells it all

Ithis ticks all the boxes tales from the inception of thrash metal right up to release of worship music. I'd just love to hear Scott's take on the release of for all the Kings.

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  • GP
  • 22-01-19

He's Seeing, He's Calling

Scott's enthusiastic delivery and unmistakeable voice brings an added dimension to the story. A great insight into Scott's passion, determination and commitment and one of the most fascinating and downright awesome periods in metal's history.

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Great guy great story

Very easy to listen to. Some great stories, doesnt shy away from some uncomfortable truths either.

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He is the man !!

Read with so much energy you cant help but get caught up in it all (caught in a mosh !!) very interesting .

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Amazing, Scott Ian, YOU ROCK!!!

I loved it Scott gave it balls and to hear him narrate it was Awesome! Been a fan since the begining and seen them many times. Anthrax.....Scott Ian......YOU ROCK!!! Thank you for my teenage memories and for sticking it out and giving me music to love and inspire my son.

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What a tale.

Brilliant and interesting listen from Scott Ian, who has honed his narrative style by touring his spoken words show, which was also amazing. If you love rock or metal, you'll love this one.

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Well Cool !

A great insight to Anthrax and the NOT man Scott Ian ! Well worth it !!

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The “Thrax”Boysz that make the Noise

I’m OLD SCHOOL and my favourite flavour has always been Motõrhead - right from the start. Been on the “piss with the boys etc.” Metallica came along in my circle of friends whilst skateboarding and for me it always has been 2 wheels and so I was the odd sod out ‘cause I was a BMX slave. Moved from Portsmouth in 1984 up to family in West Coast of Scotland for Work.
Anthrax came on the airwaves, my mates were overcome by the energy, the feel etc of the band and I TRIED SHUNNING new music because I’m old school. However, after much harassment from my Skateboard geezers I gave up and afforded half an hour to listen to “Spreading the Disease” and was totally bowled over. They, in my opinion are fresher, sexier and more energetic than two or three certain bands which I’ll not name as this is my personal choice other than to say SLAYER ARE NOT PART OF THAT EQUATION.

At the end of the day, Anthrax, like Motorhead (Lemmy R.I.P - and still owes me a “bar tab bill”) are survivors because the music boasts no bull***t - the music is as honest as the guys themselves. So chuffed Joey back home - that’s not to detract from the fact that Mr Bush is Awesome and should things go belly-up ever again, I’d suspect John would fill. In all, please please read this testament of one of the most iconic bands in “the heavy genre” and even better, do yourself a favour and educate your ears!!!! Thank you very much for the last 35+ years. You’re all awesome. God bless your lad as well 💀🤘🏼

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  • Brandon C. Wescoe
  • 10-11-17

YES!!!

Scott Ian IS the man! I've been an Anthrax fan from day one. This book served to open my eyes to a lot of things that went on that we, the fans, had no idea of, and to dispel more than a few rumors. This book came along at exactly the right time. Huge, HUUUUUGE, respect to Scott for bearing his soul to us.

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  • Jason Rose
  • 13-06-18

Awesome book!

Great book from a great dude. I've always been a huge Anthrax fan and really enjoyed Scott's story. I would recommend this to everyone, even if you aren't a metalhead. The struggles and triumphs Scott and the band faced were monumental.

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  • DBick
  • 31-01-19

Great memoir of heavy metal

I’ve been an honor roll with these kind of books lately. This one is well read by Scott in. He’s perfect with emotion and intent. Interesting stories that will keep you wanting more

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  • Jose G Encinas
  • 30-12-18

catch 22

its olmost 12 hours but it it seemed like 1. id hope it would have been longer, but it was an amazing read(listen). not only that, but it was scott ian himself doing the reading and it made it even more legit. the catch 22 phrase he mentions at the end is very true for a musician. family comes first but the passion for playing never leaves. its truly a book for anyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-12-18

Scott Ian Kicks all the Ass

Awesome stories from the Scott. As a former Anthrax fan I am now back onboard with a greater understanding of what the band went through.

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  • Buster D
  • 19-11-18

Scott Ian is the Man!

great book! Scott Ian is one of my favorite people of all time! I'm not a huge fan of Anthrax.

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  • Tommy Russell
  • 25-10-18

great until the end

I've always been anthrax fan. I was looking so forward to this book and it delivered 90% Has a great background of the band the early years the tough years and the rebound . great storyline. Scott does a great job Delivering the message I had no idea all the trials and Tribulations the band went through and it certainly gives great insight to the bands History . probably one of the better biographies until the end when Scott decided to get political and give us his Misguided ideas and beliefs on the Republican party. You will find yourself Wanting to reach through the speakers to choke him and say shut up and play your guitar. I don't give a shit about your Political views. especially since they are misguided and obviously influenced by others. Scott loses a bit of credibility due to his Republican rant and you start to question whether or not he is actually as smart as you thought he was thru the first 31 chapters or just a guy at the right place at the right time and should be thankful for befriending a young Metallica else their story may have been much different. still one of my favorite bands regardless of Scott's misguided political views.

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  • Francisco
  • 29-09-18

Awesome autobiography!

Great to know the sorry behind the music or one of my favorite bands, Anthrax. Scott Ian does such a great job of detailing everything out so well and including so much attention to telling a great story.

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  • james wray
  • 18-09-18

Awesome!

Amazing read. Gave me more insight into the man. Great stories that really held me there.

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  • Kevin Kesler
  • 27-08-18

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I loved all the stories behind some of my favorite music. Awesome job Mr. Ian!