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Rust in Peace

The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece
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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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Critic Reviews

"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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Not entirely what it claims to be

The first 1h 35m is spent talking about how wasted the band were. While they touch briefly about the recording of the album more time was spent on Mustaine’s pining for his wife, drug taking and attending AA (or the drug equivalent) or his drug support person who he thought was cool cos they’re an ‘ex’-criminal. In classic fashion, everybody else is to blame while this drugged up genius fumbles through the work and others don’t get any credit. Mustaine biography was a better read...as is Ellefson’s. Ellefson is a great public speaker too, if you get the opportunity to see his spoken word tour/s then you should go. Pity the classic lineup didn’t get together, also unfortunate that if Marty was making that much cash in Japan and Dave couldn’t afford to pay him so he wasn’t going backwards then the least he could have done was acknowledge that the Megadeth machine can’t afford the services, rather than bad mouth him in the in the book because ‘Megadeth is a behemoth’. A real lack of humility and common sense....but then having read and seen hundreds of interviews, that shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody. Great riff writer...and love that Ellefson is back in the band. I will always like MegDeth and purchase the albums...but mustaine is not good at self promotion (or keeping things in check). Also, the intro ‘with the mustaine snarl...written by Dave Mustaine’ then proceeds to plays at least 2-2.5 hrs of interviews from other people. Hardly ‘written by’. I recall seeing Dave do something similar about the biography...now I’m a New Yorker times best seller...>insert I’m amazing self kudos’.... hurry up and release some new music...let that do the talking.

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A great listen

Always love hearing the author(s) narrate their own stories. If your a Megadeth enthusiast this title is a must.

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Entertaining

A fascinating look at a landmark album. It is candid and sincere. I liked the way each players honest opposing observations, feelings and views are juxtaposed. In particular I gained a profound respect for Junior holding the band together in recording the album, and sad that he didn’t get the credit he deserved. Very enjoyable and entertaining, but one for the fans.

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  • david fawcett
  • 09-09-2020

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
  • 22-09-2020

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
  • 21-09-2020

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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  • steven shurak
  • 22-10-2020

Another good one.

Dave is God ,and Megadeth rules! Can't wait for the next book to come out.Trump 2020

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  • Smarquezjr
  • 21-10-2020

Great album dissection

As an 80's teenage Metalhead Megadeth weren't my favorite band, but their style and sound were up there with the best. This album is raw from start to finished. We need more books like this one, with input from more sources. It's a great listen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-2020

Awesome book!

It was a great book that gives you insight on how rust in peace was made, what was going on in there lives, and the demons that they faced. I loved the fact that they all used there voices along with SLASH!!! Absolute 100% recommend this book if you are a music lover of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal 🤘

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  • Jeremy Ackerman
  • 14-10-2020

On par with Dave's other book

Really gets into the bands emotions, struggles and triumphs during the time period leading up to the recording. Briefly explained where the songs came from which was my favorite moment in the book

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  • Daniel
  • 05-10-2020

interesting all the way to the end of the book.

I love the book very interesting. keep my interest all the way to the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-2020

Dave Mustaine is as fantastic as they come!

Loved the read and such a clever way to honestly write the passage of time. "Rust In Peace" is my favorite Megadeth record and this book had so much information that should not be overlooked. Much respect to all the contributors behind creating this.

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  • LINDA
  • 30-09-2020

Megadeath undead

love this story as told by all band members, no holds barred. Rock on dudes.

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  • Rob E
  • 06-10-2020

Great Metal Memoir

Really good, full cast of Megadeth related people reading their own memories. Great insight into the making of a great record!

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  • Amjid H.
  • 13-09-2020

not as detailed as I'd wanted

too much focus on the drug taking not as much on the actual recording of the album.

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  • Mr. J. Cole
  • 11-09-2020

Great insight into the world of metal

Im a big Megadeth fan. Have been since 1990. And even though being a fan I knew some of these events, it was still fascinating to hear how things came about. Love the way the book leads in from the end of the So Far So Good tour cycle, the getting clean to how the Rust line up came about and the events after. It's a great balance and brings back a lot of memories for me of that period as I lived it as a fan. Even if you're not a metal or Megadeth fan, the story of recording while getting sober is good enough alone. You could say this is as much a book about getting over addiction as much a book about one of the greatest records of all time.