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Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  254 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Entertaining, crazy, and hilarious stories from Scott Ian of Anthrax

Scott Ian, famous for cofounding legendary thrash metal band Anthrax and only slightly less so for his iconic beard, has done and seen a lot in his decades of touring. Those of you who have read Scott's memoir I'm the Man may know the history of the band, but Access All Areas divulges all the zany, bizarr
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 12th 2017 by Da Capo Press
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Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Pretty much just a bunch of leftover stories from his last book, but without any of the context. Some were amusing - his story about breaking into Kirk Hammet’s house and sneaking a peek at Lemmy’s daisy dukes - but others either fell flat (I have no interest in his snowboarding escapades) or just interminably dull (I care even less about poker).

I like Scott Ian a great deal, but his first book was vastly superior to this one.
Jason Burkhardt
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
some great stories for metalheads... although i think everyone could do without replaying poker hands in detail. no one wants to hear that shit, not even your friends.
Larry Jones
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the hell out of the rock n roll stories .
But , Scott.
No one gives a shit about poker !
Those two LONG chapters really took a lot of the buzz out of the book
Steve Rabideau
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read. Very quick at under 250 pages, but well worth the time. I've read complaints from people saying "just a bunch of stories that didn't make his other book"......AND!?! SO WHAT!? His first Autobiography was great as well, what's wrong with another book of funny stories? As with his first book, this is a great and different read as it's not your typical rock star bio. Sure there are stories that involve drinking, but that's about the worst of it. just a fun lighthearted book. I hear ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: signed
Just ok

A collection of stories that were left out of “I’m the Man”, Scott Ian’s autobiography and 1st book. Some of them are good; however, most were cut from the first book with good reason. If you are a super fan of Mr. Ian, then this books for you. However, for most others, just stick to the first book - it’s much better.
Jason Weber
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Very easy read. I’m a fan of both Scott and Anthrax, and this book is worth reading, but in my opinion his first book was much better!
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Sebastian Bach story had me laughing my ass off.
John Hart
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
Not as good as I'm The Man, not enough Rock n Roll. ...more
David HK
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: atoz
This was one of those books that I tried to read slow in order to delay it's ending, but to no avail. I have been an Anthrax fan since I was in high school, and I had always enjoyed reading Scott's interviews in various magazines and viewing them on TV. I found Access All Areas to be a choice addendum to his previous Autobiography "I am the Man". I initially approached this book with caution because I was expecting to be another literary orgy of non stop backstage debauchery which bores me at th ...more
Patrick W.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good pick up and read

Well composed short stories that are great for reading in small sections. Lots of funny bits, and also lots of history on rock too.

Rob Howell
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun and easy read. Great book! Been a fan of him and Anthrax since the beginning and was fun to get some great stories. Scott Ian can write and keep you in the book even if you were not a fan of his or of one of the best bands in the world. The Dimebag/Sebastian Bach story was freaking hilarious as well as hearing the full Lemmy daisy dukes story!
Rob Howell
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book goes along great with his first one, I'm The Man. The stories made me literally laugh out loud like a psycho in front of strangers. Ian really has lived a rock star's life yet he's still humble. ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Did not enjoy this one as much as I did I'm the Man, but there was a couple of laugh out loud moments. I think most of the stories were ones that did not make the cut from his first book. Although, I have to admit, the Lemmy story was hilarious.

Now, I find the whole concept of watching people play poker (in person or on television) mind-numbingly boring. Yes, I understand it is popular, but I just do not personally see the joy in it. So, when over 20% (two lengthy chapters) of this book is devot
Mike Balsom
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Scott Ian comes across as the kind of guy you'd love to hang out with in this, his second collection of "stories" from his life in heavy metal band Anthrax. From growing up loving Kiss, to hanging with Madonna, to breaking into Kirk Hammett of Metallica's house in the middle of the night, to stumbling into Lemmy from Motorhead playing Ms. Pac-man in a pair of Daisy Duke shorts, there's lots to keep you laughing. He lost me a bit with his long descriptions of his professional poker-playing days, ...more
Tara Montague
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Scott Ian is a great storyteller. After listening to I'm the Man, I just wanted to hear him tell more stories (listened to both on audiobook, which is 100% my recommendation) because the music and the mayhem, and the "characters" are all so familiar to me and my childhood, it was like listening to an old friend tell the stories about all my other old friends. The stories about breaking into Kirk Hammett's House, Dime and Sebastian Bach, and (OMG) Lemmy's Daisy's Dukes had me cackling. There is, ...more
Lance Lumley
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Access All Areas" is a entertaining book on road stories and other events told by the guitar player of metal band Anthrax. The book is an easy read, and filled with wild, and humorous stories, that music fans would like-even if you are not familiar with Scott Ian (which I only knew small details about him). The book also talks (in depth) about his love of poker, and playing in tournaments (these parts are the longest chapters of the book). The book is under 250 pages, so there is not much fille ...more
Laurel Zito
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is definitely not as good as the book that proceeded it. I have just a few comments to make about it. I liked the stories about Rock and Roll, but quite of a few of them were not very interesting. Snow boarding, gambling and being a zombie in TV show are not what I wanted to read about. I could not understand the point of Ian not allowing some guy into a night club. I did not find it funny or interesting. I returned the audiobook, but I still giving it three stars based on the strength ...more
Stephen Hines
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I'd give this a five star rating but I'd already heard a couple of stories in Scott's spoken word performance DVD. The rock n' roll stories were hilarious and I was hoping the whole book would be full of material like that. The chapter about his horror show and cameo in The Walking Dead was great but I really didn't care much about his adventures as a poker player. ...more
Damian Hope
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read, felt like a good balance of short stories and stuff which wasn’t appropriate for the biography. I bet Scott has more of these that are just as funny! It is well written and I found it such an easy read. I loved I’m the Man and this book is a great follow up! Great second book!
M a r t i n
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick and fun read. The story about “Sebastian Bach, motherfucker” was hilarious! The poker stuff... not so much.
Dan Richmond
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Scott Ian is the "Forrest Gump" of rock! Entertaining stories but I concur a little heavy on poker.
steve hunter
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Great read, totally different from I'm the man. Thoroughly enjoyed it, roll on the next tour. Here's to Dime 🤘🤘
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too much poker.
Sean Rowell
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth it just for the Dimebag story

Had me laughing away to myself. Honestly the Dime story alone would be worth the purchase. Then, there's the Lemmy one. Classic.
Tony Matthews
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great selection of stories. Some excellent, the Madonna one and the dimebag one being the best two. The two poker stories I plodded through.
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I don't know much about this guy and not quite sure how I picked up the book. He's funny and seems like a nice person. Also a good counterpoint to the other, brutal books I've been reading lately. ...more
Shayne Bates
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
Not as good as I'm The Man. ...more
Nicole Steele
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Would've been a 4 if the poker chapters were not so in depth. Otherwise very funny. ...more
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-ebooks
Some great stories in there
Daniel Eady
May 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Purely good for the Lemmy story and drunkenly breaking into Kirk Hammets house 😂
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