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Most popular Heavy Metal music books

The most popular Heavy Metal music books currently available. Updated weekly.
Metallica: The Stories Behind the Songs
Tells the fascinating stories behind each of the songs from every one of Metallica's studio albums.
White Line Fever: Lemmy: The Autobiography
"When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn't complain. It's been good!". The updated autobiography of the greatest frontman of the loudest rock band there has ever been. Accept no other story from journalists. This is Lemmy's story from his own mouth.
Death Archives: Mayhem 1984-94
Mayhem are the most influential Black Metal band in the world, and obviously no strangers to controversy. Death Archives offer never before seen photographs and unique insight into one of music's most extreme subcultures.
This Day In Music's Guide To Iron Maiden
Slash: The Autobiography
It seems excessive...but that doesn't mean it didn't happen.
A Fast Ride Out of Here: Confessions of Rock's Most Dangerous Man
By turns hilarious, heart-rending, mordant, scabrous, self-lacerating, brutally honest and entirely compulsive, Pete Way's autobiography, A Fast Ride Out of Here, will be a monument to rock'n'roll debauchery on an epic, unparalleled scale.
Smokin' Valves: A Headbanger's Guide To 900 NWOBHM Records
Popoff has undertaken the task of documenting virtually every record large and small from heavy metal's most fabled period (beginning essentially in `79 with a hard stop at 1983) providing catalogue information, mini reviews as only he can do, plus thumbnails of those wonderful 7" picture sleeves and LP covers.
Who Invented Heavy Metal?
The most detailed, well argued, complete, most lively and readable telling of the early history of heavy metal yet with all the facts and figures one needs. The book provides the very history of heavy metal's origins through events inside the genre but, surprisingly, many events outside of its own reverberations
Defenders of the Faith: The Heavy Metal Photography of Peter Beste
The most thorough and thoughtful treatment of the Heavy Metal dress code and the culture it lives and breathes to date.
You're Making Me Hate You
In his first book, front man of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Corey Taylor took on the Seven Deadly Sins, pulling them apart to reveal all that is irrelevant and wrong about the vices in the modern world through his own uniquely hilarious yet ferocious style.
Confessions of a Heretic: The Sacred and the Profane: Behemoth and Beyond
A hard-hitting insight into the mind of one of the global metal scene's most captivating and controversial characters.
Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne: The Stories Behind the Classic Songs
This book tells the story of the band and all their classic songs, as well as the hugely popular hits from Ozzy as a solo artist.
Birth School Metallica Death: Vol I
Metallica have sold in excess of 100 million albums and won seven Grammys. Their journey from scuzzy Los Angeles garages to the stages of the world's biggest stadia has been an epic and often traumatic one. This title features stories about the band ranging from the tales of bed-hopping, drug-taking, to car-crashes, and, fist-fights.
Slipknot Dysfunctional Family Portraits
Following a hugely successful touring exhibition throughout 2011-12, Paul Harries, Britain's pre-eminent rock photographer, has now selected the best of his stunning Slipknot photographs for a new book.
Saxon - Never Surrender (or Nearly Good Looking): An Autobiography
What Does This Button Do?
The first print run of the UK hardback edition will have black sprayed edges. In order to guarantee your copy, pre-order before the 19th October. A long-awaited memoir from the larger-than-life, multifaceted lead vocalist of Iron Maiden, one of the most successful, influential and enduring rock bands ever.
What Does This Button Do?
'I was spotty, wore an anorak, had biro-engraved flared blue jeans with "purple" and "Sabbath" written on the thighs, and rode an ear-splittingly uncool moped. Oh yes, and I wanted to be a drummer...'
When the Uncertainty Principle Goes to 11: Or How to Explain Quantum Physics with Heavy Metal
Popular physicist uses principles of heavy metal music to explain concepts in quantum physics in both a fun and informative way.
Svartmalmur: Icelandic Black Metal
Iron Maiden The Reading Performances
With a large collection of photos by Alan Perry and memorabilia from the gigs plus narrative from Iron Maiden biographer Neil Daniels, this book is a wonderful celebration of Maiden's unforgettable appearances at the Reading Festivals of 1980, 1982 and 2005.
History of Heavy Metal
A hilariously kick-arse tour through heavy metal by the UK's foremost metalhead stand-up comedian, Andrew O'Neill
Swords & Tequila: Riot's Classic First Decade
A tale of opportunities missed, of a band ahead of the curve & from which both its classic era lead singers Guy Speranza & Rhett Forrester are now dead. As is Mark Reale, a quiet man who wanted to just play his heavy metal. A New York institution that is perhaps the shining example of the term, "honorary New Wave of British Heavy Metal" band.
Music's All That Matters
This Means War: The Sunset Years of NWOBHM
Popoff blasts through all of the big events from `81 to `84, in this action-packed book that serves as concluding volume to Wheels of Steel: The Explosive Early Years of the NWOBHM. Packed with historical images and substantive text. The two together serve as a grand and exhaustive study of this momentous metal movement.
Murder In The Front Row: Bay Area Bangers and the Birth of Thrash Metal
John 5: Book Of John (Book/Online Audio)
Seven Deadly Sins
'I was 22 years old, a hard-on with a pulse: wretched, vice-ridden, too much to burn and not enough minutes in a hour to do so'The action begins in West Des Moines, Iowa, where Corey Taylor, frontman of heavy metal bands Slipknot and Stone Sour, systematically set about committing each of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Runnin' with the Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen
Yngwie Malmsteen Anthology
Kiss and Make-Up
Gene Simmons has also acted in films and on television, has written and produced albums for other recording artists, has managed the recording career of, among others, Liza Minelli, and was founder and president of his own recording label, Simmons Records/RCA.
Swedish Death Metal
Metallica: Justice for All
The updated version of McIver's bestselling biography explores the aftermath of Metallica's comeback in the wake of 2008's Death Magnetic.
Death Metal and Music Criticism: Analysis at the Limits
In this book, Author Michelle Phillipov Combines original analyses of death metal with accessible overviews of popular music studies as a field. By doing so, Phillipov demonstrates how the premium placed on political engagement in popular music studies serves to circumscribe our understanding of the complexity and specificity of death metal.
Dave Grohl: Times Like His: Foo Fighters, Nirvana and Other Misadventures
Dave Grohl: Times Like His is the fully updated edition of the bestselling biography on one of modern rock's most influential figures, drawing on interviews with key figures in the Grohl story to create an intimate, insightful portrait of the man himself.
Bring Me the Horizon: Heavy Sounds from Steel City
Oli Sykes is not one to bite his tongue, and Bring Me the Horizon take no prisoners. One of the most polarising and eclectic bands to emerge from the UK rock scene, they have refused to sit still. For the first time, this book details their rise from hardcore shows in their native Sheffield to sellout arena tours across the globe.
Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore
Global Metal Music and Culture: Current Directions in Metal Studies
Black Sabbath: Song by Song
An in-depth look at the recording career of rock legends Black Sabbath, focusing on each song individually, album by album, with facts and critical assessment together with a look at the album art, chart positions etc. The book will cover every studio album recorded by the band, as well as looking at their live albums and DVD/video appearances.
Wheels Of Steel: The Explosive Early Years of NWOBHM
Charts headbanging through the late `70s, arriving at the first years of this flash phenomenon - 1979 & 1980. Popoff along with dozens of headbanging buddies tell the tale of the genre's birth & mischievous, defiant adolescence - heavy metal would forever be transformed. Wheels of Steel celebrates plainly & yet powerfully, all the reasons why.
How to Be a Man: (and other illusions)
A guide to the collective wisdom gained from fatherhood, business school, and some of the greatest rock bands of all time
N.W.O.B.H.M. Encyclopedia
Metallica: Ride the Lightning Guitar (Tab Edition)
Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal
Bringing Metal To The Children: The Complete Berserker's Guide to World Tour Domination
Zakk Wylde - the man, the guitar god, the legend - invites all who dare to follow onto the tour bus for tales of glory, debauchery and metal mayhem.
Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries
Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath
An electrifying tell-all autobiography from one of rock's greatest legends -- Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi
Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music around the World
This collection brings together cultural studies and pop music accounts of metal around the world, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, Brazil, Malta, Slovenia, China, Japan, Norway, Israel, and Easter Island. The volume is divided into sections covering the broader topics of gender, nation, racism, the music industry, and global and local perspectives.
Dead Straight Guide to Led Zeppelin
Kurt Cobain: A Montage of Heck
Published to co-incide with the release of the documentary A Montage of Heck in the Spring in over 150 UK cinemas.