Most popular Heavy Metal music books
The most popular Heavy Metal music books currently available. Updated weekly.
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...
`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...'
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.
It seems excessive...but that doesn't mean it didn't happen.
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.
"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.
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.
Immerse yourself in the glorious story of Black Sabbath with the stories of their classic songs, in one beautifully illustrated volume.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Popular physicist uses principles of heavy metal music to explain concepts in quantum physics in both a fun and informative way.
A hilariously kick-arse tour through heavy metal by the UK's foremost metalhead stand-up comedian, Andrew O'Neill
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.
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.
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.
A hard-hitting insight into the mind of one of the global metal scene's most captivating and controversial characters.
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.
Memoir by K.K. Downing, co-founder and former lead guitarist of heavy metal giants Judas Priest.
'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.
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.
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
From original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler comes a tale of sex, drugs, excess, hairspray and and intense 20-year struggle with addiction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The bestselling autobiography of the Prince of F***ing Darkness!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.