Book Review: “Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life” by Scott Ian

“Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life”
Author: Scott Ian
Da Capo
Hardcover: 243 pages

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Anthrax guitarist and co-founder Scott Ian has seen his share of dive hotels, dirty tour buses and decrepit green rooms. “Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life” is a collection of his craziest stories recounting Ian’s life on the road as a touring musician. Along the way the guitarist shares his experiences and encounters with celebrities like Kirk Hammett, Dimebag Darrell, David Lee Roth and Steven Spielberg to name just a few.

As the follow up to his autobiography “I’m The Man” guitarist Scott Ian takes readers even further into the depths of the heavy metal underworld. Unlike Ian’s first book which was a more biography than tell all where “Access All Areas” is the total opposite recounting in detail some of the writers more interesting encounters. Very rarely do you get to hear let alone read in published form stories like those shared by the veteran guitarist. From his experiences as a Pro Poker player playing alongside Kiss’s Ace Frehley and ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill to a confrontational meeting with REM front man Michael Stipe. Easily my favorite excert from the book was that where Ian sets the record straight about his guest appearance on “Married with Children” which was to include a story line featuring Christina Applegate.

Over the course of “Access All Areas” 243 pages readers are treated to a bevy of laughable stories that have not been shared before. As I made my way through the book I just kept thinking that even having one or two of these experiences in a life time would be enough for most people but to be able to compile enough for a book was mind blowing. Scott Ian has certainly to this point lived quiet an interesting life full of off the wall experiences which he has candidly detailed in this book. You don’t have to be a fan of heavy metal to enjoy this book as there are plenty of other colorful characters outside of the music world that you will surely recognize making “Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life” a great pickup for any and all.

JAWSFest: The Tribute General Access Bracelets Now on Sale!

For fans planning to attend the upcoming JAWSFest: The Tribute on Martha’s Vineyard this coming August, General Access Bracelets are now on sale.  The current “early bird” cost is $45.00 for adults and $35.00 for youth (ages 13-18).  Children under 13 will not require a bracelet to attend General Access events.  On June 1st the prices raise to $75.00 and $50.00 respectively.

The General Access Bracelets INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

OPENING CEREMONY: Bracelet Holder Access to JAWSFEST opening ceremony on the front steps of the Old Whaling Church with VIP’s and special guests.

BEHIND THE SCREAMS: A museum-quality display of private collections of JAWS photographs and memorabilia from the filming, including items from the private collection of Robert Shaw and other never before seen items.

SHARK IN THE PARK: Join the fun at our Shark in the Park fan and family reception where VIPs, family and crew will join with fans and the MV Sharks baseball team for collegiate baseball, family games, autographs, and more. Followed by ‘The Making of JAWS’ presented by Jeffrey Kramer, Joe Alves & Carl Gottlieb.

SHARKS, ARTS & CONSERVATION: This 2-day “event within an event” includes the opportunity to meet with globally recognized shark experts including Dr. Greg Skomal and members of Discovery Channel Shark Week. Leading conservation organizations, including Shark Savers, join with Wendy Benchley and conservationists from around the country, to teach us about sharks in our oceans today. Artists, who share a love and appreciation for the beauty and importance of sharks, display their work and share stories of inspiration. Based in Oak Bluffs, Sharks Arts & Conservation will include interactive displays, exhibits, educational videos, science demonstrations, kids’ activities and much more.

THE TRIBUTE & JAWS ON THE BIG SCREEN AT OCEAN PARK: Our grand-finale on beautiful Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs, with very special intros and our full roster of VIP’s present. General Admission bracelet holders will have a forward reserved area in the park (behind VIP bracelet holders, sponsors and cast & crew).

Tickets are on sale now at
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