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Meet the Author: J. Marshall Craig

January 31 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Meet the Author: J. Marshall Craig

March 2nd, 2019 @ 10:30 am12:30 pm

Join us for a book signing/sale with local author J. Marshall Craig! He will be signing/selling his latest book, Megalife: The Autobiography of Nick Menza. This event is part of our Saturday Meet the Author series. Free to the public. Stop by to talk books and writing and get your copy personalized!

Book Description:

The uncensored story of one of rock’s greatest drummers who died doing what he loved best.

With Nick Menza behind the kit, Megadeth transitioned from celebrated cult band to international superstars.  Rust in Peace , the first album to feature Menza and Marty Friedman, was instantly considered a classic, sold over a million copies, got nominated for a Grammy Award, and established what many consider to be the definitive Megadeth lineup. It was the beginning of a remarkable run in which the band would release three career-defining albums and tour the world many times over.

Success was a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows: sobriety and addiction, peace and tension, laughter and anger. Until one day it all came crashing down. Despite his contributions to the band’s most iconic and enduring work, when Menza was forced to seek treatment for a debilitating tumor in his knee, he awoke from surgery to learn he was being fired from the band by the man he considered a brother and mentor, the ever-enigmatic Dave Mustaine. The devastating news sent him into a spiral of anger and frustration, followed by a dark period of self-medication that nearly killed him.

Megalife: The Autobiography of Nick Menza  is an unflinching look at life inside of one of metal’s most successful bands, from the back of the stage to the bunks on the bus, as well as a blow-by-blow account of the tumultuous, complicated relationship between Menza and Mustaine. It is also the singular story of a self-taught musician who achieved his dreams through sheer will and determination, watched it all disintegrate, and then rebuilt himself from scratch.

Author Bio: Canadian-born J. Marshall (Jeff) Craig is best known for his New York Times Review of Books acclaimed work as author of Eric Burdon’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and The Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell’s “Between Rock and a Home Place.” He has been published in a half-dozen languages all over the world. His novel “Eh Mail” and World War I historical non-fiction book “You’re Lucky If You’re Killed” were also critical successes. Jeff’s work also appears in various literary collections with Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, Jack Kerouac and others (“The Outlaw Bible of American Literature”); Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger, Che Guevara and others (“She’s A Bad Motorcycle”) and former CNN talk show host Larry King (“Remember Me When I’m Gone”). His books include “Guilty By Association,” a biography of acclaimed hip-hop producer Damion “Damizza” Young and West Coast rap, and the environmental study “Growing A Better America: Smart, Strong and Sustainable” with Chuck Leavell. His memoirs of controversial former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker, “Rocker: Scars and Strikes” was another critical success. His latest book is MEGALIFE: The Autobiography of Nick Menza, which is currently a best-seller in Amazon presales and will be released worldwide Dece,mber 11, 2018.

After a lifetime in Hollywood, Jeff now lives on Cape Cod and commutes when he has to make movies & music videos. He is a producer and second unit director of (and makes an appearance in) “Remembering Nigel,” which has won honors for Best Foreign Film, Best Film and Best Soundtrack at several international film festivals and is coming soon to Amazon Prime. Craig is also prominently featured in the documentary “The Nigel Diaries: The Making of Remembering Nigel,” which won Best Documentary at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. Craig is also screenwriter and director of the documentary “One Man’s Treasure,” featuring living descendants of notorious 17th-Century pirate Captain Sir Henry Morgan. He is the screenwriter of the feature film “Knighted Pirate,” which chronicles the historically documented exploits of Captain Morgan. His first book, a narrative cookbook called “Playing With My Food,” is said to have amused several people.


January 31
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


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