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Featuring a foreword by Slash

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Megadeth's iconic record, Rust in Peace, by 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. 

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©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)

"The drug-fueled mayhem, the riots, the riffs. The triumphs and the tragedies, no holds barred. I already considered myself a knowledgeable Megadeth aficionado, but I could not put this book down! I thoroughly enjoyed taking the trip with 'Deth on a journey that, against all odds, leads us up to the rebirth of the band and one of the true masterpieces of the Thrash Metal genre." (Michael Amott of Arch Enemy)

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 2021-05-12

Dave is full of bs

Dave’s version of things is always suspect, it’s a good thing other people are there to chime in. He said one of the songs is based on the Van damme movie “time cop”, I’m 99% sure that movie came out like 5 years after RIP.

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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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  • Sunny
  • 2021-02-26

fun listen for metal fans

giving all 5's but it's actually not that out of the park. def fun history there's a lot of bullshit in all books of this type but you can probably fill in the blanks. would recommend

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2021-02-18

Another great Megadeth book

After the first Megadeth book I was excited to read this one.
It did not disappoint!

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  • chris
  • 2021-02-08

loved it

great listen. such an awesome band.. i got the hard autographed copy. megaseth rules yea

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  • SNAFU666
  • 2020-12-07

It's poop

Just Dave M. whining about how most of everything that went wrong is someone else's fault. Story telling and narration also suck.