Book Review: Scott Ian – I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax

I’m the Man is the fast–paced, humorous, and revealing memoir from the man who co-founded Anthrax, the band that proved to the masses that brutality and fun didn’t have to be mutually exclusive.” That man’s name is Scott Ian – founding member and figurehead of one of the most legendary metal bands in the world.

I’ve been a fan of Anthrax since before I grew hair on my chest. My record player used to wake me up for school by playing the band’s 1988 masterpiece State of Euphoria for most of my school days in the 1990s. Their songs have always appealed to me in regard to intensity and creativity, and the lyrics seemed to tell my life’s story. No wonder I was always interested in the band’s history. However, living in rural Switzerland and not having internet until the late 1990s, I didn’t have much possibility to do research on Anthrax and their members. I only knew what Vanessa Warwick told us about the band on MTV’s Headbangers Ball Europe or what I found in German metal magazines.

Fast forward almost two decades, and Scott Ian releases this wonderful, unaltered recount of all ups and downs in Anthrax’s history. As a fan, this was the perfect opportunity to listen to the entire catalogue while reading ‘I’m the Man’ and learning all about the band and their members. But you don’t have to be a fan of the band to appreciate the stories told in this book. If you’re a metalhead, it will tell you everything you need to know about Anthrax. If you like reading interesting biographies, this book will entertain you to the max. And if you’re an Anthrax fan, well, then you simply ‘must’ read this book.

I’m the Man depicts the struggles and accomplishments of a smart and brave metalhead, who knows exactly what he wants to do with his life and does everything in his power to make his dreams reality – even if he keeps falling flat on his face. At least he learns from his mistakes and accomplishes what many only dream of. I tip my hat. Scott Ian is the ultimate Soldier of Metal.

Go out and buy this book, and while you’re at it, pick up Anthrax’s new single, Evil Twin.

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“‘I’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.” Karen Green, revolvermag.com

“With I’m The Man, Ian has built a solid home for the band’s history. I’m sure others will have their own stories to tell but Ian has written this without a bone to pick with anyone. He talks straight, never fails to lay blame on himself for certain actions, and comes across as nothing but honest. As well as the ultimate Anthrax fan.” Leslie Michele Derrough, glidemagazine.com

“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.” John B. Moore, newnoisemagazine.com

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We had the great pleasure to interview Scott Ian for #fhtz during Anthrax’s tour with Slayer in late 2015. Check it out:

Sebastiano Mereu

YouTuber + host of the #FHTZ online music show with co-producer @simonkurt + marketing & digital content producer + university lecturer