Marty Friedman will release an autobiography titled “Dreaming Japanese” in December

Author Benedetta Baldin - 15.5.2024

Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman is set to unveil his autobiography, “Dreaming Japanese,” which is scheduled for release on December 3rd through Permuted Press.

The 61-year-old musician, who has called Japan home since 2003, took to social media on Monday to announce the book’s completion.

In a recent interview with Blabbermouth, he stated:

We’re in the last editing stages. All the content is done. It’s extremely long. The point that we’re at is that ‘You got to cut out a lot of this.’ We’re cutting out things. It’s hard because it is extremely long. It’s too long. We’re cutting out certain things, but what I can say about it is it is by far the most detailed account of anything I’ve participated in in my life. Any little subject has the deepest details about it. There are little details and very personal details. Of course, a lot of people want to know about Megadeth. I made it very sure to give the most complete and honest account of all things that were never in any interviews. Interviews are usually where you’re talking about a topic and in ‘impress mode.’ But I wanted to get personal and talk about how things affected me in every little situation. All that is in great detail, as well as the transition into Japanese television and being the only foreigner in a world of completely Japanese people, as well as the pros and cons of that. It has all of the very important details that you can’t say in interviews, like private and personal things that don’t usually come out. I tried to keep that as the criteria: Did I talk about this in an interview? If so, it got cut. It’s all new stuff, and hopefully, by Christmas of this year, it will be available.

The book description is: The rollicking autobiography of the iconic guitarist who took thrash metal behemoths Megadeth from the edge of collapse to their highest peak before departing to Japan for the joy of J-Pop.

“Dreaming Japanese” transcends the typical rock memoir genre, offering a captivating narrative that delves into Marty Friedman‘s journey beyond his multi-platinum years with Megadeth. Detailing his remarkable resilience, the book chronicles his courageous leap into the unknown, leaving behind his American roots to navigate the bustling streets of Tokyo with little more than determination.

Struggling to find his footing in a foreign land, Friedman‘s narrative reads like a spy thriller as he immerses himself in Japanese society, mastering its language and customs. With vivid clarity, he recounts his gradual integration into the fabric of Japanese entertainment, ultimately rising to prominence as a household name and television personality.

“Dreaming Japanese” is a testament to Friedman‘s audacious spirit, documenting his unprecedented decision to relinquish global fame and forge a new path in a culture worlds apart from his own. Through his remarkable journey, he emerges not only as a celebrated solo artist but also as an esteemed ambassador of Japan, embodying the boundless possibilities of reinvention and cultural exchange.