Into the Black

The Inside Story of Metallica, 1991-2014
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (243 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The final chapter of Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood's in-depth coverage of Metallica details the latter half of the band's extraordinary, decades-long career.

The second volume of Metallica's definitive biography opens as the band breaks through to mainstream with its fifth album, Metallica (a.k.a. The Black Album), topping the Billboard charts and its hit single "Enter Sandman" dominating the airwaves. By 1993, after a two-year tour, Metallica had become the biggest hard-rock band in the world. Success naturally brought new challenges, and the band ran the risk of alienating its original fans. It was beset by controversy over stylistic shifts, concessions to the mainstream, its stance on file sharing (in Metallica v. Napster), even the band members' haircut decisions. By the end of the century, they were a band teetering on the brink of self-destruction. A stunning return to form awaited, however.

Brilliantly chronicled by top UK music writers Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood, this is a masterful conclusion to an epic rock tome.

©2014 Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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I was hesitant to purchase..

...this volume as it covers the period of the band I am least interested in. Suffice it to say, this book turned out to be more engaging than the music it covers. Volume 1 was fantastic, surprisingly this volume is no less so. Give it a shot. It's not like it's going to make you listen to St. Anger, et al., but the stories during the makings of these latter albums still contain enough to keep even the most jaded Mwtallica fan eager to hear more.

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Follow Up To An Amazing First Book

Not anyone's favorite era in their legacy but well done writing. GET THE FIRST BOOK!

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I would like to get my money back

The author seems to be angry. Doesn’t seem to like Metallica or other bands from 80’s and 90’s. Not an enjoyable read.

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Not a fan

I got the impression the writer did not like Metallica very much. Hard to listen to.

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second half of history

The second and more interesting half in the history of Metallica. The story following the black album, from 1991 two 2014 is more interesting than the first half. Metallica have come a long way and at this point they seem to have positioned themselves at the same level of artistry and Fame as U2 and the rolling Stones before them. great story about a great band

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long time fan

good book but didn't find anything that hasn't been well covered by tv and others. but still like it over all.

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Well Written but boring

Easy book to listen to if you are a fan. This chapter in Metallica is a bit dull compared to the story of thier inception.

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it was very good and interesting.

it had many stories I've heard, and many I haven't. Good insight into the band I love

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The life of Metallica what more could you ask.

I'm a long time fan of theirs. so it was awesome to here the inside story.

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Interesting Book, Ray Porter is great

I am a long time Metallica fan and I felt like this book was definitely written by fans. So listen with that in mind. Still, it was an interesting read with a cacophony of cool insights into the band while also shining a light on a relatively unseen sector of the music industry and the rise of a dominant metal force that truly put this brand of music out there for all to see and appreciate.

Worth a read whether you like Metallica or not.
My only gripe is that the album LuLu should've been mentioned in maybe 2 sentences - it is a disgrace to ALL music and truly unlistenable and nothing can be said go salvage its existsnce. Unless you were to remove Lou reeds contribution (vocals) and pawned it off as an album of instrumental songs only it is in my opinion (and most everyone's) by and large the groups biggest misstep that even they swept under the rug as soon as was possible.