A landmark release, this is the first of a two-volume biography of Metallica, the biggest metal band of all time, told via exclusive interviews with the band and their world.
The California quartet has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, won nine Grammy Awards, and had five consecutive albums hit number one on the US Billboard chart. Theirs is a tale about much more than sales figures and critical acclaim, though, and their journey from scuzzy Los Angeles garages to the world's most storied stadiums has been dramatic and painful.
Birth School Metallica Death is the definitive story of the most significant rock band since Led Zeppelin. It's a story about family, community, self-belief, and the pursuit of dreams, which unfolds through firsthand interviews with the band and those closest to it. In this epic saga, deserving of a broad canvas, the first volume details the band's rise to international fame while the second explores the challenges and tensions that accompany such status. Piece by piece, Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood reveal just how Metallica has stayed ahead of the competition for so many years.
©2013 Paul Brannigan, Ian Winwood (P)2013 Blackstone
I was expecting a lot of the early history to be glossed over and/or limited. As a fan of everything before the black album (yes, I'm one of "those guys") , I was pleasantly surprised how detailed their early days and even their upbringing were.
If you are interested in Metallica listen to this. The authors provide a ton of history on the band and Ray Porter is an amazing narrator.
I frequently read music biographies to learn the back stories behind my favorite bands or to give me insight into new music. Usually these books are interesting but not always well written. This book however is very well-written and very interesting. Some of the descriptions of songs were so well done that I knew exactly what he was referring to before he mentioned the title. This is the rare audiobook that kept me in the car in my driveway just to hear the rest of the chapter.
Great story and great narrator. Looking forward to listening to volume 2. After each section that covered an album, I listened to that album in its entirety. Knowing the behind the scenes stuff that went into each album offers a new perspective.
Incredible book, perfectly read by the narrator. This book does not deify the band nor does it function as a hatchet job. In depth and perfectly paced stories. The performance and content were so captivating that I finished this book faster than any other on audible so far. Magnificent.
British jokes and sayings delivered with an American accent is kind of jarring, and having a music biography without any music is kind of weird. It'd be great to play the songs being critiqued in the background.
The way the authors made the story of Metallica come to life. I really felt like I was there.
Difficult to pick just one. Many good anecdotes
A great book about the early years of Metallica.
First off, I love the narrators voice. He sounds a bit like Anthony Bourdain, which to me is a pleasant voice to hear for 8 hours.
The story itself is well wrote. Most hardcore Metallica fans won't learn to much, but it does go far more into detail than a TV documentary would. The only downside is the authors likes and dislikes are apparent and that includes with other bands. But a good enough story, well wrote and brutally honest at times (it's not all Metallica ass-kissing!). I won't be purchasing the second one when it debuts. For the simple fact that this book only confirmed my opinion of Metallica I've had for years- I'm a fan of the first 4 albums and after that- they've only disappointed.
Very well written with descriptions and sentence structures as complex as a Metallica song. A giant fan of Metallica and relished the time taken in the early years to describe situations and characters. Ray Porter's narration is brilliant and perfect for this book. I was on the fence before purchasing and by the first chapter, this has become one of my favorite books.
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