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Publisher's Summary

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

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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.

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great

I saw them on the kill em all for one tour in bpt CT this brought back memories

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Do it!!

What did you love best about Birth School Metallica Death, Volume 1?

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.

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  • GBM
  • Orlando, FL United States
  • 09-17-15

Come for the metal, stay for the writing

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.

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Excellent

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.

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Great Book

Metallica has been my favorite band for over 20 years and I still love them to this day. yes I've heard a lot of the things that they talk about in this book before however this book ties everything together perfectly for me and gives a little bit of clarity to just some of the rumors or stories that I have heard.

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Good but I question some of be info.

It's good and very detailed for the most part, but being an unofficial biography, I question some of the material. The first thing that made me wonder the accuracy of the facts is when he mentioned that a North American tour started off in my hometown of Toronto. After looking up the show (to research the tiny venue which is now down the street from my current home), I found out that it wasn't even close to being the start of the tour, as they had been covering the area for months. Not a huge deal, but made me wonder how credible all the author's facts were. He also seemed to have a very very low opinion of Lars, the drummer. Which is fine, as many in the industry have disliked the guy... but this should be a biography, not a personal opportunity to insult the guy for 11 hours straight.

Overall an entertaining listen for any Metallica fan.

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Different in a Good Way

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.

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Too much BS,not enough substance. As if they spent 2 months scrambling through a Thesaurus to sound really smart and pad the length of the book

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  • Sara
  • FORT WAYNE, IN, United States
  • 09-10-16

Disappointing

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.