Dave Mustaine Wrote a Book About the Making of Rust in Peace
Dave Mustaine has written his second book.
Whereas the first, Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir (co-written by Joe Layden), covered the guitarist/singer’s entire life, Rust in Peace: The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece (co-written by Joel Selvin) will, as its title suggests, focus exclusively on Megadeth’s rightfully-revered 1990 album.
Says a press release:
“[Mustaine] reveals the process of establishing Megadeth’s lineup and hiring the band and supporting cast. He details the pains of trying to handle the ensuing success, and ultimately the pressure of fame and fortune that caused the band to finally break-up. He also takes a hard look at the music landscape of the late eighties-early nineties.”
Slash penned the foreword to the book. That seems like an incongruous choice, but, hey, he and Mustaine go way back, and his involvement will probably help sell more books.
Here’s a sample of Slash’s aforementioned foreword:
“Rust in Peace put the band on the map. It made Megadeth a household name… I certainly understand why every important Rust in Peace anniversary is celebrated as a pivotal moment for both Megadeth and for heavy metal.”
I tend to be suspicious of Dave Mustaine’s history of events. That being said, like, yeah, duh, of course I wanna read this. It’s Rust in Peace, bruh! It’s a deep dive on one of the best metal albums of all time but one of the people who made it. It’s like an extra-super-duper in-depth Decibel Hall of Fame only nobody other Mustaine gets to weigh in.
Still, I hope this kicks off a trend of metal musicians writing about one particular record. Let’s have Hetfield write about the making of Master of Puppets, Tony Iommi tell us about creating Master of Reality, and Halford taking us behind-the-scenes of Painkiller. Would anyone NOT buy those books???
But I digress.
Rust in Peace: The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece comes out September 8 via Hachette Books. You can pre-order it here.