Louder Than Hell by Jon Wiederhorn
The Definitive Oral History of Metal

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...for metal fans this really is the only book you’ll ever need, and the most honest book about any form of music that this reviewer has ever read. If you are prepared to pick up a book this size, then you probably are enough of a fan to be glad that you did.
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The definitive oral history of heavy metal, Louder Than Hell by renowned music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman includes hundreds of interviews with the giants of the movement, conducted over the past 25 years.

Unlike many forms of popular music, metalheads tend to embrace their favorite bands and follow them over decades. Metal is not only a pastime for the true aficionados; it’s a lifestyle and obsession that permeates every aspect of their being. Louder Than Hell is an examination of that cultural phenomenon and the much-maligned genre of music that has stood the test of time.

Louder than Hell features more than 250 interviews with some of the biggest bands in metal, including Black Sabbath, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Spinal Tap, Pantera, White Zombie, Slipknot, and Twisted Sister; insights from industry insiders, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, and journalists; and 48 pages of full-color photographs.

 

About Jon Wiederhorn

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Jon Wiederhorn is a veteran rock journalist and a senior writer for Revolver magazine. He writes for major publications including Inked, Guitar World, Penthouse, and emusic.com, and his work has also appeared in SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Raygun, RIP, Alternative Press, Raw, Cosmopolitan, Teen People and Metal Hammer. Jon currently lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, down the street from legendary '80s/'90s metal club L'Amour. Jon's greatest accomplishment is teaching his four-year-old daughter to flash the universal heavy metal salute, "the devil horns."Katherine Turman is the producer for Alice Cooper's nightly syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper. Her writing has been published in major publications including Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, SPIN, Billboard, Marie Claire, Guitar World, Metal Hammer, Daily Variety. An LA native, she now lives in Brooklyn.
 
Published May 14, 2013 by It Books. 768 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Rhetta Akamatsu on Oct 20 2013

...for metal fans this really is the only book you’ll ever need, and the most honest book about any form of music that this reviewer has ever read. If you are prepared to pick up a book this size, then you probably are enough of a fan to be glad that you did.

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Excellent
on Apr 10 2013

Even if your metal collection consists of a couple of Kiss cassettes and an AC/DC CD, you’ll find this a killer read.

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