List: Scott Ian of Anthrax Shares Three Favorite Books
Mon, 09 Jul 2012 06:36:42
"I'm a pretty big reader," smiles legendary Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian.
The iconic axeman is quite erudite. He's always had a clear vision for Anthrax, and it comes through the loudest and clearest on the group's latest masterpiece, Worship Music. Whether it be fighting zombie hordes on "Fight 'Em Till You Can't" or staring down vampires on "The Devil You Know", Worship Music comes to life like a gripping film.
While in the midst of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Scott Ian of Anthrax spoke to ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino about some of his favorite books in for this exclusive feature.
3 Favorite Books From Scott Ian
George Orwell — 1984
"I'm trying to think of things that left a big stamp as a kid. I'll say 1984. That would be one. The future of mankind that book posited was something I could imagine. Every year, it seems like humanity proves Orwell more and more right. Sometimes, it makes me think, 'Did this guy have a time machine? What did he know we didn't? How did he know this shit when he wrote this book?' It felt very real to me. I didn't feel like I was reading science fiction. I felt like I was reading history. It keeps proving to be real too." [at Amazon]
Stephen King — Salem's Lot
"Stephen King has obviously been a big part of my life. It's hard to pick one of his books. It'd be easy to say Carrie because it was the first one I read. However, I guess it'd be Salem's lot. I know a lot of people say The Stand or The Shining. Of course, I love those books. I'm really into horror and, to me, Salem's Lot is the greatest vampire story. It's even better than Bram Stoker's Dracula. As a kid, I couldn't really appreciate that book. For lack of a better expression, it was a little too 'highfalutin' when I read it. Revisiting it in my twenties, I had a whole new respect for Dracula. I was able to understand it a little bit more—even the style of the writing. There was something about Salem's Lot. For me, it's almost like a zombie story. It's got all the elements of horror I love. There's such a sense of hopelessness in that story. When I read that, I was still relatively young when it came out. It really scared the shit out of me. It felt like I was reading something that could absolutely happen. I know it came out a few years ago, but I just read Full Dark, No Stars with the four stories in it. In King's afterword, he talks about how he likes putting ordinary people in extraordinary situations. He's really good at doing that and making the unreal seem mundane almost. He's fantastic at creating that environment." [at Amazon]
J.R.R. Tolkien — The Lord of the Rings
"If anything, the three Lord of the Rings books might be the most important in my life. I've read that trilogy probably half a dozen times in my lifetime." [at Amazon]
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