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Heavy Duty

Days and Nights in Judas Priest
Narrated by: Maxwell Caulfield
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (132 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Memoir by the cofounder and former lead guitarist of heavy metal giant Judas Priest.

Judas Priest formed in the industrial city of Birmingham, England, in 1969. With its distinctive twin-guitar sound, studs-and-leather image, and international sales of more than 50 million records, Judas Priest became the archetypal heavy metal band in the 1980s. Iconic tracks like "Breaking the Law", "Living After Midnight", and "You've Got Another Thing Coming" helped the band achieve extraordinary success, but no one from the band has stepped out to tell their or the band's story until now.

As the band approaches its golden anniversary, fans will at last be able to delve backstage into the decades of shocking, hilarious, and haunting stories that surround the heavy metal institution. In Heavy Duty, guitarist K.K. Downing discusses the complex personality conflicts, the business screw-ups, the acrimonious relationship with fellow heavy metal band Iron Maiden, as well as how Judas Priest found itself at the epicenter of a storm of parental outrage that targeted heavy metal in the '80s. He also describes his role in cementing the band's trademark black leather and studs image that would not only become synonymous with the entire genre, but would also give singer Rob Halford a viable outlet by which to express his sexuality. Lastly, he recounts the life-changing moment when he looked at his bandmates on stage during a 2009 concert and thought, "This is the last show." Whatever the topic, whoever's involved, K.K. doesn't hold back.

With the band at the beginning through his retirement in 2011 (and even still as a member of the band's board of directors), Downing has seen it all and is now finally at a place in his life where he can also let it all go. Even if you're a lifelong fan, if you think you know the full story of Judas Priest, well, you've got another thing coming.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Ken Downing Ltd. (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A rare look into life behind the scenes with his former band." (The Hype)

"Downing, guitarist and founding member of the British heavy metal band Judas Priest, delivers a thoughtful account of his 40-year career with the group.... Downing's detailed and earnest look at Judas Priest's career successfully shows how it achieved its main artistic goal - to empower its audience with a 'sense of freedom and power' through its music." (Publishers Weekly)

"[Downing] demolishes the myths and reveals a man - and a band - in constant turmoil. There are many revelations.... A curious, cathartic read." (Planet Rock)

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Excellent

As a big-time Judas Priest fan and musician, I loved the insight into how it all unfolded from KK’s viewpoint. All the things you hope to hear about are in there.

The narrator was perfect. His midland accent is perfect for this book, and his reading and inflections ore superb.

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The Blonde Bomber

I have been a fan of Judas Priest since the 1982 release of Screaming For Vengeance, I have bought everything they have ever released including the two studio albums and the two live albums during the Ripper era when Rob Halford was doing his solo gig, So its really great to hear stories about all of my favorite albums and tours over the years and to hear KK version of his story, if your a fan check it out.

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An abused Oliver Twist roller coaster story

The narrator, Maxwell Caulfield, sounds just like KK and read beautifully & naturally. (only 1 mispronunciation)
Insights into the workings of the band and KK's experience answered a lot of questions about which I'd wondered over the years, including his reasons for leaving Judas Priest.
Fascinating stuff for a 40+ year fan.

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Without a doubt, a legendary person, and guitarist

I have admired K.K. Downing ever since I first saw Judas Priest in 1980, It was great to listen to a story of his life (the good and the bad) I also feel that I like him even more after finishing this audio book....a must listen for fans of the band.

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one of the best heavy metal music audio books!

excellently written and read! I would recommend this to any rock n roll or metal fan!

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Amazing Book

Amazing Story. Kept me interested, Well rounded. Beginning of his life to his farewell to Priest. One of the best autobiography’s I have red about a rock person.

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  • B Hammy
  • Rochester Hills, MI USA
  • 11-09-18

Great book.

I loved it! It was very interesting and fun to hear. Thanks KK for telling your story.

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Revealing

The good, bad and the ugly. Honest stories of
life on the road-even the fun times.

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  • R. Dack
  • St. Louis Park, MN United States
  • 10-19-18

CONGRATS KK Good story, Good narration

Definitely better than Steve lukather book, biography. Some biographies tend to go ut of order and skip around when it comes to a chronological storyline. This book is great. It stays with the storyline without jumping around too much. A very easy read. Congrats to KK Downing for writing a book that most people can appreciate. Ranks up there with Paul Stanley's book Face the Music.

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Fantastic!!

so informative, so interesting, well written and simply addictive. Heres wishing you peace and happiness..God Bless ya KK!

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