Anthrax, formed in 1981 by rhythm guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker, is an American heavy metal band from New York City. They were one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the East Coast (along with Overkill and Nuclear Assault). The band has released 11 studio albums, 26 singles, and numerous other albums. 1).
The band is named after a deadly illness caused by the Bacillus anthracis bacterium. Scott Ian got the idea when he learned about anthrax in his high school biology class. 2).
Anthrax is a member of the “Big 4” of North American thrash metal, along with Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth. In the 80s, they were an instrumental part of the genre's growth in popularity. 3)
The only Anthrax members to perform on every studio album by the band are guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante. 4)
Their third album, Among the Living, is dedicated to Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed in a bus crash in Sweden on September 27, 1986, and was a close friend of the Anthrax members. On their Master of Puppets tour, Anthrax opened for Metallica at the time of Burton's death. 5)
I'm the Man is not another typical rockstar autobiography. Although Scott Ian's giddily paced and humorous account of his part in many amusing situations, such as his experiences with drugs and his wild partying, the book nevertheless focuses and tells the story of the music, especially the music of Anthrax, in a refreshingly detailed way. 6)