Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Review: A Must Read Book For Metal Music Fans Summer Reading List

Here is one book that needs to be on every classic heavy metal music fan's list is "The Big Book Of Hair Metal - The Illustrated Oral History Of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade." It tells the complete story of this sub-category of metal music, straight from the mouths of the artists that lived it.

The book could be read two different ways, one way is to read the timeline facts, beginning in 1951 with the release of "Rocket 88," the first unofficial rock 'n' roll song recorded. Then continuing through the sixties and seventies until Quiet Riot's "Metal Health" tops the album charts in November 1983, becoming the first "metal" album to do so. It highlights the major album and single releases that made an effect on this musical genre and why some of them are significant to the development of "hair metal." The other way the book could be read is reading the thousands of quotes that author Martin Popoff has gathered together to help explain the history of this music phenomenon. It's great to hear early insight from Dave Davies (The Kinks) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) as to what was happening in the sixties and seventies to help develop this brand of music. The greatest quotes come from right in the heart of the book, when members of Motley Crue and Poison and Twisted Sister and tons more talk about their albums, tours or even clothing and make-up.

If that doesn't keep you coming back for more, then the tons of memorabilia pictures, album covers and photos will. Just flipping through the pages brought back so many memories of that era of music that I could not stop examining every little thing. With over 200 pages of information, this book could be considered the encyclopedia of "hair metal." As with all good things, they must come to an end as this era of metal music did with the September 1991 release of Nirvana's blockbuster "Nevermind" album.

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