Please allow me to write an unofficial (aka 'straight to the comments section') addendum to counter what I feel is an obnoxiously-negative and dramatic tone on my part. Writing this book was not some untethered hell-ride or perfect storm of trauma like I seem to repeatedly imply during this interview. Lots of positive things happened during the writing of this book, both of the temporary and permanent variety. I became acquainted with some of my heroes, I worked extensively with a core group of self-less, genuine, and unbelievably accommodating sources...folks who never even thought twice about donating a great deal of time to (essentially) a stranger on the other end of a phone-line. I was given a great and venerable forum in which to assign cultural credit to the deserved and overlooked people/artistic entities, and that's one of my all-time favorite causes. I was hired to write a book about a band that I've always loved, and as for the aspects that turned out to be intensive, challenging, or sources of great stress, I claim responsibility for the majority. Ok, that will have to do for the point-making before this turns into a short novella.
Scott Ian as guitarist is something I've always known, and this was just one of those stupid mistakes...the brain misfiring...
Very embarrassing. It also ruined the only bit of humor I was able to muster for the feature.
By Richard Alley
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