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Most popular Heavy Metal music books

The most popular Heavy Metal music books currently available. Updated weekly.
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Metallica: The Stories Behind the Songs
Metallica: The Stories Behind the Songs explores the writing and recording of the band's greatest records, including classic albums such as Master of Puppets (1986) and Metallica ("the black album") (1991), right through to 2016's Hardwired...
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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...'
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Lords Of Chaos - 2nd Edition: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground
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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.
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Slash: The Autobiography
It seems excessive...but that doesn't mean it didn't happen.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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This Day In Music's Guide To Iron Maiden
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Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne
Immerse yourself in the glorious story of Black Sabbath with the stories of their classic songs, in one beautifully illustrated volume.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries
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History of Heavy Metal
A hilariously kick-arse tour through heavy metal by the UK's foremost metalhead stand-up comedian, Andrew O'Neill
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Deep Purple Family: Year by Year (- 1979)
Timeline of milestones to the day, looks at the band's influences, tours, recording sessions, charts, singles, break-ups, personal stuff, trivia, mixed with lots of quotes, turning the book into a smorgasbord of facts including Rainbow, Whitesnake, Gillan, Paice Ashton Lord, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Outlaws and all the other associations.
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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.
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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.
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Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult
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Metallica: Ride the Lightning Guitar (Tab Edition)
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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.
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Visions of Whitesnake
With a foreword by Whitesnake bassist Neil Murray, over 130 concert photos from UK gigs between 1978-81 and a superb range of studio and off stage photos from Murray's personal collection this full colour book, published to mark Whitesnake's 40th anniversary makes a wonderful addition to any Whitesnake collection.
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Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest
Memoir by K.K. Downing, co-founder and former lead guitarist of heavy metal giants Judas Priest.
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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.
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Metallica: Back to the Front: A Fully Authorized Visual History of the Master of Puppets Album and Tour
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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.
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Iron Maiden - Updated Edition: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Beast
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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
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My Appetite for Destruction: Sex & Drugs & Guns `N' Roses
From original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler comes a tale of sex, drugs, excess, hairspray and and intense 20-year struggle with addiction.
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Murder In The Front Row: Bay Area Bangers and the Birth of Thrash Metal
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Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore
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Led Zeppelin: All the Albums, All the Songs, Expanded Edition
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Led Zeppelin Song by Song
Led Zeppelin were formed in 1968 by guitarist Jimmy Page, vocalist Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. Their style of blues-based hard rock with psychedelic and folk influences made them the world's most successful group on stage and record until they split in 1980. This book examines each track from each album in detail.
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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.
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Bullet for My Valentine: Scream, Aim, Conquer
Scream, Aim, Conquer traces Bullet For My Valentine's story from the sleepy valleys of Wales to a seat at the table of heavy metal legends.
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18 and Life on Skid Row
NPR Best Books of 2017NOW IN GLORIOUS PAPERBACH AND FEATURING NEW PHOTOS18 And Life on Skid Row tells the story of a boy who spent his childhood moving from Freeport, Bahamas to California and finally to Canada and who at the age of eight discovered the gift that would change his life.
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Contract In Blood: A History Of UK Thrash Metal
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Iron Maiden: Dance of Death
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Slipknot
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I Am Ozzy
The bestselling autobiography of the Prince of F***ing Darkness!
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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.
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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.
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Youngs - The Brothers Who Built Ac/Dc
With sales of over 200 million albums, AC/DC is not just the biggest rock band in the world, it's a family business built by three brothers: George, Malcolm and Angus Young. This book tells the story of the trio through 11 classic songs and reveals some of the personal and creative secrets that went into their making.
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Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal: Completely Revised and Updated
From trailblazing acts Black Sabbath, Metallica and AC/DC to modern standouts like Killswitch Engage. This title roots in 60s-era rock, heavy metal has smashed eardrums and shattered musical boundaries, inspiring millions around the world to grab an electric guitar and crank their amplifiers up to eleven.
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Dark Days
Although legal experts told him not to return to the Czech Republic to face the charges, Blythe explained that he "could not run away from this problem while the grieving family of a dead young man searched hopelessly for answers that [he] might help provide."After a five-day trial, he was acquitted on March 5, 2013.
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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.
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Bruce Dickinson: Maiden Voyage: The Biography
Bruce Dickinson is the mighty voice behind heavy metal behemoths Iron Maiden, and many more things besides. This is the first biography on the rock legend and tells his story through exclusive interviews with those who know him best
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Micky Moody: Snakes and Ladders: My Autobiography
WHEN THE WORLD WAS BITTEN BY THE HARD-ROCKING, HARD-TOURING AND HARD-DRINKING WHITESNAKE, IT WAS MICKY MOODY'S GRITTY RIFFS AND SIGNATURE BLUESY SLIDE-GUITAR THAT HELPED PROPEL THEM TO INTERNATIONAL STARDOM, AS THEY SHOULDERED ASIDE CONTEMPORARY RIVALS, GOING ON TO SELL MILLIONS OF ALBUMS WORLDWIDE.