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Publisher's Summary

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Megadeth’s iconic record, Rust in Peace, from the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist.

When Rust in Peace was released in 1990, the future of Megadeth was uncertain. Fresh off their performance at the record-breaking Monsters of Rock festival, and with knockout new albums from Slayer, Anthrax, and Metallica dominating the charts, the pressure to produce a standout statement record was higher than ever.

In Rust in Peace: The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece, the band's lead vocalist and guitarist, Dave Mustaine, gives listeners a never-before-seen glimpse into the artistry and insanity that went into making the band's most iconic record. He recounts the arduous task of hiring the band and supporting cast, of managing egos and extracurriculars during the album's ensuing success, and succumbing to the pressures of fame and fortune - which eventually forced the band to break up.

And yet, Megadeth's demise was just the beginning; the birth pangs of the record were nothing compared to what came next. Alcohol, drugs, sex, money, power, property, prestige, the lies fed to the band by the industry - and the lies they told each other-threatened to eat away at the band's bond like rust, devouring it until only the music survived.

Featuring a foreword by Slash

©2020 Dave Mustaine (P)2020 Hachette Books

What the critics say

"You cannot discuss heavy metal without mentioning Dave Mustaine and Megadeth. I've known these guys since their beginning. We took them on their first national tour. This is one of the bands that sharpened the cutting edge of metal. This book tells the roller coaster story of their iconic album Rust in Peace and delves into their personal struggles to keep it all together while dealing with addiction. This struggle and eventual success is one of the things that make Dave Mustaine and Megadeth as a band so compelling. They went through it all and then some, and they came out the other end of it. It's one of the things we have in common. I am proud to have had a small hand in their sobriety during this period of their career. This book is a must read for metal fans. Herein lies their story - Glory, Destruction and Redemption." (Alice Cooper)

"Rust in Peace is an album that means so much to so many it's worthy of this book solely dedicated to it. And now I can't wait for the movie!" (Scott Ian of Anthrax)

"With a foreword by Guns n' Roses' guitarist Slash, and a who's-who of music industry participants, this rollicking history is a no-brainer for metal fans." (Publisher's Weekly

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Drugs drugs drugs

Disappointed. Not much talk about how the songs were formed other than some talk of lyrical inspiration. They were high alot. I get it. There are alot of different people's perspectives which makes it interesting. Bought the audible version

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  • david fawcett
  • 2020-09-09

Mustaine definitely exerts his control

some great stories, definitely glad its not all from Dave M's perspective, hearing the same stories from multiple points of view definitely helps to weed out some of the bullshit and ego, and have a better shit at seeing what actually happened. worth the listen, especially if you remember those days leading up to the RIP album, and the years after, or simply want to see the miraculous feat it was that such a perfect record could be made in such utter chaos and disarray.

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  • Robert Guill
  • 2021-03-24

Truth behind the Greatest Heavy Metal Album Ever

Dave Mustaine allows the truth to be told even though members still Don't agree. The members have truly agreed to disagree and that is ok. It is refreshing to hear this. It is powerful and eye opening on how Mustaine really is, even though you hear lies and BS told about him. You can hear its not true. This was great hearing this from the guys themselves.

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  • james wray
  • 2020-09-22

Amazing story

Great story to one of the greatest albums ever released. good to hear them talk about the history of that time. Wish Nick was alive to talk about it himself though.

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  • Dave Westphal
  • 2020-09-21

I love Megadeth

This book rocked!!!! I've read both of David's books and they were awesome as well. I love how
everyone talks in this book. Great job guy's

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  • Christopher Green
  • 2022-08-03

Great insight into the making of a phenomenal record

This was an incredibly insightful account of a record that changed so many lives. I do wish that all the members had spoken themselves as I think it's adds more sincerity, but after hearing the whole thing I totally get why that couldn't happen.

I only listen to music biography books and this is in my top 3.

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  • Melodee Herrera
  • 2022-03-26

Mustaine is a great big jerk!!!!!

I could not believe what a great big jerk Dave M was. I have been major Megadeth fan since 1985 but after him firing David Ellefson last year and now listening to his books, I am no longer a fan of his.

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  • Rusty METAL J
  • 2022-01-27

LOVEZ IT

I already have Dave's autobiography. I loved it. This was just as good. I love that this book was read by the people in it.

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  • Casey Downs
  • 2021-09-24

Wow! Amazing retelling from those involved

Beautifully Chronological!
Narrators perfectly timed in their recounts!
& Dave's inner voice always set his side straight .
Just Awesome

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  • Dayna
  • 2021-09-14

Another great one by Dave

This is a great book from start to finish. It even touched on what happened with the Rust reunion. Getting a close look on how the album and the band all came together. The detail is really in depth and at times you can picture what was going on.

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  • Cherith Cutestory
  • 2021-05-24

Who the hell is talking?

Good book but very confusing, because you have no clue who's talking. Someone recounts a story and you don't know if it's supposed to be Friedman or a producer or an old bandmate. Before anyone starts talking, they should say who's uttering the words.