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.
Unlike many of the biographical works in have read/listened to, this one does not shy away from being critical of the band and it's members when it is called for. That's not to say the authors bash Metallica the way you'll hear from certain 'fans', the authors come across as intelligent, we'll versed in the genre, and honest. I enjoyed part one and look forward to downloading part two.
I really wanted to like this book. I'm halfway through and I just can't take it anymore. It's obvious that it's written by two different writers. One is tolerable but the other is abysmal. Run on sentences. Passive voice. Using plural verbs with collective singular nouns. Lars Ulrich as "the Dane". I could almost tolerate that but for the ridiculous flowery language and the minute detail. I don't need to know about *every* gig in 1981-1982. I see where they thought this would fill two volumes. Not for me. This one is going back.
The title says it all. If you really want to known all the close details about the band and their creation and music then listen.
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