OK, you can all consider this a shameless plug for two writers I know and used to work with on a podcast years ago for Noisecreep. It was at that time that Katherine Turman and Jon Wiederhorn initially landed the book deal and would talk about their book with me, making me think I, too, could get one.
I tried; I failed. I had an idea for a book called “The Mothers of Metal,” which would feature pictures and interviews with the moms of various metal legends. Too bad I told my idea to a cunt publicist and she fucking gave it to Decibel to steal. But, that’s neither here nor there.
“Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal” will be issued by It Books on May 14, 2013, on hardcover for $32.50.
The book was assembled from more than 300 interviews with members of Metallica, Megadeth, Korn, Pantera, Limp Bizkit, Van Halen, and many others, conducted over a 25-year span.
Turman and Wiederhorn dug deep into their extensive list of contacts to uncover never- before-heard stories, eye-opening admissions and the truth behind metal’s most explosive legends. With an introduction by Scott Ian of Anthrax and an afterword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.
Icons of the genre offer candid and confessional commentary, including: Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Eddie Van Halen, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Lita Ford, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Axl Rose, Slash, Corey Taylor, Dave Mustaine, Chuck Schuldiner, King Diamond, Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Kerry King, Philip Anselmo, Rob Zombie and more.
The many musicians interviewed offer their take on their influences, touring, the music business and songwriting, as well as their often-traumatic upbringings, battles with substance abuse and bizarre sexual exploits. Industry insiders (including managers, record label executives, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists and porn stars) provide additional insight.
Just not me. Jerks.
“Louder Than Hell” explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal — from metal progenitors such as Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and the MC5 to current day innovators including Slipknot, Mastodon, and Lamb of God — “Louder Than Hell” is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres.
“Katherine Turman and Jon Wiederhorn know metal,” says Tom Morello. “‘Louder Than Hell’ is an amazing gathering of different breeds of heavy metal rockers telling the tales metal fans want to hear.”
Alice Cooper added: “This is the book every metal fan should own. A fascinating high-octane chronicle of metal mayhem that takes readers on a wild ride, from metal’s earliest days to the headbanging present. I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but…if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then ‘Louder Than Hell’ is a must-read.”
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