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[書評翻譯]《Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir》

MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE never forgot that he was expelled from METALLICA years ago, and he won't let anyone else forget, seemingly unable to get through an interview without mentioning his former bandmates. It's also the tip of the iceberg for Mustaine, whose brashness, ego and flat-out craziness makes him one of metal's most fascinating figures, and makes his memoir a blast to read. "Meet the real me," indeed. Mgeadeth的Dave Mustaine始終無法忘懷他多年前被Metallica開除的事,而他也不容任何人忘記,幾乎很難看到他哪次訪談不提到他的那群前團友。這是Mustaine的冰山一角,他的自負、自大和瘋狂,令他成為金屬樂界中最吸引人的人物之一,並且令他的回憶錄精采萬分。「見識真實的我」,的確。 Calling Dave Mustaine a drama magnet would be an understatement. From growing up under an abusive father in California to a nearly-fatal amount of drug use to an arm injury that nearly ended his career, he's had anything but a smooth ride. He fires musicians the way that George Steinbrenner fired coaches, seems to get in at least two fistfights per chapter, tags groupies like he's competing with MOTLEY CRUE and stands by his refusal to play with Satanic bands. Somehow he finds time to lead one of the greatest metal bands in history and reshape modern music with albums like Rust in Peace, but music is secondary here–Mustaine focuses more on debauchery and an almost comical amount of trash talk. 稱Dave Mustaine是「戲劇性事件吸引機」還輕描淡寫了。從在加州生長於家暴父親陰影下的童年,到近乎致命的藥物濫用,以及差點終結掉他職業生涯的手傷,他的人生路絕非一帆風順。他開除樂手就像George Steinbrenner(譯案:紐約洋基隊的前任老闆)開除教練,書中似乎每個章節都要出現至少兩次與人打架的情節,上groupies(譯註:瘋狂追逐崇拜的明星、名流,並渴望與對方發生關係<通常是肉體上>的族群,主要是青少女)像在跟Motley Crue比賽一樣,外加拒絕與撒旦教樂團同台(譯註:指Dave於05年時在歐洲的音樂祭上因為信仰的關係拒絕與黑金屬樂團Rotting Christ、Dissection同台所引起的風波。在不願得罪大牌演出者得的情況下,主辦單位最終取消了這兩團的演出)。然而他仍撥得出時間來領導史上最偉大的金屬樂團之一,並且創作出像《Rust in Peace》這些重塑現代音樂的作品。但音樂在書中只是次要──Mustaine更專注於談論他放蕩的生活,和幾乎多到誇張的嗆聲謾罵上。 Few characters make it to the end of the book unscathed. AEROSMITH, Howard Stern, BILLY RAY CYRUS (!?) and scores of bandmates, girls, producers and music biz folks are subjected to Mustaine's venom, and poor DAVE ELLEFSON is labeled "a pathetic, ungrateful asshole." Some of Mustaine's rants seem fair (imagine JELLO BIAFRA being a long-winded moonbat!) and some of them probably aren't (the infamous "Hetfield kicked my dog" story is here in all its gossipy glory), but it never stops being entertaining. 但一些要素使得這本書瑕不掩瑜。Aerosmith、Howard Stern(譯案:美國著名的談話性節目主持人)、Belly Ray Cyrus(!?)(譯案:美國著名的鄉村歌手),以及一堆的前團員、女人、製作人和音樂工業人士都是Mustaine批評攻擊的目標,而可憐的Dave Ellefson被他稱為「一個可悲、不知感恩的王八蛋」。有些地方Mustaine的大放厥詞顯得合理(想像看看Jello Biafra變成長翼蝙蝠的模樣!),有些則不然(那則著名的「Hetfield踢了我的狗」在書中長篇大論到了極點),但始終都充滿趣味。 Of course, there's plenty of bitterness about the other "M" word. Mustaine can't resist calling "Enter Sandman" a ripoff, enlightening us that he banged KIRK HAMMETT's "semiserious" squeeze, reminding us that he wrote the best songs on Kill 'Em All and going out of his way to detail more unflattering James and Lars stories than necessary. Maybe he needs to let go, but remind yourself that his desperate need to compete with Metallica resulted some astonishingly great music. Could there be a Rust in Peace if he weren't trying to outplay ...And Justice for All, or a Countdown to Extinction is he weren't trying to outsell the Black Album? 當然,書中充斥著對另一個「M」團的怨懟。Mustaine忍不住要說〈Enter Sandman〉是抄襲之作,忍不住要告訴我們他上了Kirk Hammett「半認真」交往過的一個女友,忍不住提醒我們他寫了那些《Kill 'Em All》上最棒的歌,忍不住離題去大費筆墨詳加描述James和Lars不堪的往事。也許他真的需要學會釋懷,但別忘了他極度想要打敗Metallica的渴望,也造就了一些驚人的音樂傑作。若是他不曾企圖超越《...And Justice for All》,《Rust in Peace》會存在嗎?難道他不是想靠著《Countdown to Extinction》,在銷量上贏過《Black Album》嗎? Unlike The Dirt or I am Ozzy, Mustaine isn't revelatory enough hold much interest to anyone who isn't already a fan. But for those of us who grew up in awe of MegaDave's talent and embarrassed by his tactlessness, Mustaine is a perfect summer read. 不同於《The Dirt》或《I am Ozzy》,《Mustaine》爆的料並不足以吸引粉絲以外的人。但對於自小崇拜MegaDave的才華,並且著迷於他乖張性格的讀者,《Mustaine》是本完美的暑期讀物。 (高仕艷 譯) 久未翻譯,翻篇小書評練練筆。 個人認為這本Dave的這本自傳非常好看,不過還是稍微提醒一下有興趣但還沒買的朋友:這本書中大多數的內容在他歷年來的訪談中都有說過了,雖然我覺得經過系統性的整理和補上細節後,依然相當有趣,不過恐怕不是每個人都會這樣覺得。 另外就是Dave向來蠻坦然於向人展現他是個混帳的(但他同時也是個不斷和混帳在搏鬥的天才,雖然這混帳就是他自己),這本書當然也不例外,讀之前有個心理準備比較好。會這樣說是因為我在Amazon的迴響區看到有人說,看了以後覺得怎麼會有人這麼惹人厭,氣到讀不下去……我想會去買這本的應該都是Megadeth的Fan,對他的性格應該都有基本的認識,不能接受的話花錢買書反而讓自己生氣,這是何苦。 書的優點部分就像這篇書評講的,Dave的人生很戲劇化,配上他本人犀利的說話風格和機車辛辣的幽默感,相當流暢有趣,紐時暢銷書不是當假的~ 最後就是建議買平裝版,不但比較便宜而且還比精裝版多了一個章節;不過因為當初精裝一出我就先收了,所以變成買了兩個版本……
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