Entertaining, crazy, and hilarious stories from Scott Ian of Anthrax
Scott Ian, famous for cofounding legendary thrash metal band Anthrax and only slightly less so for his iconic beard, has done and seen a lot in his decades of touring. Those of you who have read Scott's memoir I'm the Man may know the history of the band, but Access All Areas divulges all the zany, bizarre, funny, and captivating tales of what went on when the band wasn't busy crafting chart-topping albums.
In his more than thirty years immersed in the hard rock scene, Scott has witnessed haunting acts of depravity backstage, punched a legendary musician, been a bouncer at an exclusive night club, guest-starred with Anthrax on Married with Children, invaded a fellow rock star's home, played poker professionally, gone on a non-date with a certain material girl, appeared on The Walking Dead, and much more.
Access All Areas allows its readers to do just that. With humor, candor, hindsight, and writing chops that would make Stephen King jealous (nope, not even on Bizarro world), Scott Ian takes his fans along for the ride at all the parties, hot spots, and behind-the-scenes shenanigans they will never hear about from anyone else. And none of it would have happened without a bit of divine inspiration from KISS. (No, seriously. Read chapter two.) Best of all, Scott seemingly lacks the ability to be embarrassed, making Access All Areas howlingly funny, self-deprecating, and every bit as brash and brazen as one would expect from one of the original architects of speed metal.
Scott Ian is cofounder, rhythm guitarist, and chief lyricist of Anthrax. He is an AC/DC fan and lives with his wife and son outside Los Angeles.
In this follow-up to I’m the Man—which chronicled Ian’s life over the past 30 years as cofounder and guitarist of Anthrax—Ian presents another selection of off-the-wall stories from the road and beyond, including a stint as a zombie on the TV show The Walking Dead. Mostly, his humorous anecdotes capture the esprit de corps of his many touring musician friends, such as the late guitarist from Pantera, Dimebag Darrell, who had a habit of pulling off incredibly complex practical jokes. In another hilarious chapter, Ian writes of “looking at the perfectly tanned back and legs of an almost naked person” wearing Daisy Duke shorts, only to realize it was his hero, the legendary Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. He also relays some disturbing and disgusting backstage stories, such as a gathering after a 1994 Nine Inch Nails concert that involved beer enemas and bowls of Fruit Loops. Elsewhere, Ian is self-reflective, such as when he describes his life as a teenage Kiss fanatic: “They were my religion, and I was a radical extremist.” With this outing, Ian has proven his writing chops. (Dec.)
"Off-the-wall stories from the road and beyond...[Ian's] humorous anecdotes capture the esprit de corps of his many touring musician friends...With this outing, Ian has proven his writing chops."Publishers Weekly
"Born storyteller Scott Ian recounts his craziest collection of takes of life on the road as a touring musician."Music Connection
"Full of anecdotes from the man's nearly four decades on the metal frontline...Scott's natural role is as a storyteller...This is a job he does superbly, with warmth and wit, sharp insight and no end of banter."
"A collection of assorted tales from one man's journey in the world of music-the highs and lows of fame, personal brushes with natural events, brief forays into acting and most importantly-musical madness!... Scott's stories have a real gripping feel to them-when you read them, it almost feels like you're sat at a bar with him, nursing a pint and hanging off of his every word!...Highly amusing, a great read."
"You don't have to be a fan of heavy metal to enjoy this book."Media Mikes
"Captivating tales of life on the road...Filled with personal and hilarious stories...[A] fun and enjoyable read. You will feel like you are best friends with him and are just bullshitting at the bar having a nice cold one. He has a great sense of humor whether it is him joking around with a celebrity or poking fun at himself. This is a book for anyone whether you know who Scott is or not."KNAC.com
"This book covers a lot of ground from the moment Ian got the bug to be a performer to the many unbelievable stories that have highlighted his more than 34-year career."Pure Grain Audio
"[Ian] proves to be the ultimate storyteller. His remarkable memory, attention to detail, and ability to make almost everything funny-ranging from mildly amusing to downright hilarious-keeps the reader enthralled and entertained. The tales recounted are so realistic, it almost seems like you were there when the debauchery went down."
"The instantly recognizable guitarist and cofounder of the pioneering thrash-metal band hasn't forgotten what it's like to be a fan even though he's long been a star. Anything but a career chronicle, Access All Areas is-as its subtitle promises-a collection of stories, many of them memories of bands he loved as a kid (Kiss ranks number one) or of meeting his heroes (Black Sabbath)."Milwaukee Shepherd ExpressFrom the Publisher