Scott Ian’s I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax is a book I cannot recommend enough.
Growing up a fan of heavy metal music, Anthrax was one of my favorite bands and still is. I can vividly remember seeing them in high school opening up for Iron Maiden. A metal fan’s dream show and one of the best I have ever been to.
They were unique in the sense that they were thrash metal with an amazing singer (Joey Belladonna) who did not growl the whole time and has a terrific singing voice.
Scott Ian was always the standout though with his look, his comic book fandom, and his energetic stage presence, even though he always seemed very mellow off stage.
As soon as I heard he was coming out with this book it was a must buy and was worth more than the cover price.
It is a very quick read so if you do not want to read anything too intensive this is the perfect choice.
He talks about living the rock and roll lifestyle, his limited time with drugs and alcohol, and his 3 marriages including his current wife, who is clearly the woman he was meant to be with, and the recent birth of his son.
Learning about his difficulties growing up, the struggles he experienced starting (and continuing) Anthrax, and his multiple life stories like getting drunk with Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead fame and somehow surviving, fill this book with a ton of tales to tell your friends after reading it.
If you are already an Anthrax fan you probably have already read the book and if you were on the fence then you need to read this book immediately. There are some touching stories regarding his life and a lot of humor throughout.
You will not be disappointed.