Sound of the Beast by Ian Christe
The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal

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The definitive history of the first 30 years of heavy metal, containing over 100 interviews with members of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, Slipknot, Kiss, Megadeth, Public Enemy, Napalm Death, and more.

More than 30 years after Black Sabbath released the first complete heavy metal album, its founder, Ozzy Osbourne, is the star of The Osbournes, TV's favourite new reality show. Contrary to popular belief, headbangers and the music they love are more alive than ever. Yet there has never been a comprehensive book on the history of heavy metal - until now. Featuring interviews with members of the biggest bands in the genre, Sound of the Beast gives an overview of the past 30-plus years of heavy metal, delving into the personalities of those who created it. Everything is here, from the bootlegging beginnings of fans like Lars Ulrich (future founder of Metallica) to the sold-out stadiums and personal excesses of the biggest groups. From heavy metal's roots in the work of breakthrough groups such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to MTV hair metal, courtroom controversies, black metal murderers and Ozzfest, Sound of the Beast offers the final word on this elusive, extreme, and far-reaching form of music.

 

About Ian Christe

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Ian Christe grew up in the metal strongholds of SwitzerlaIan Christe grew up in the metal strongholds of Switzerland, New Mexico, Indiana, Germany, and Washington. He moved tnd, New Mexico, Indiana, Germany, and Washington. He moved to New York City in 1992, and has covered emerging technologyo New York City in 1992, and has covered emerging technology and fringe culture for Reuters, "Wired", and Salon.com. His and fringe culture for Reuters, "Wired", and Salon.com. His hundreds of articles on heavy metal have appeared in "Spin" hundreds of articles on heavy metal have appeared in "Spin", "AP", "CMJ", "Metal Maniacs", and the "Trouser Press Guide, "AP", "CMJ", "Metal Maniacs", and the "Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock" and been cited by "The New York Times". to '90s Rock" and been cited by "The New York Times".
 
Published September 7, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 436 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, History. Non-fiction

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Christe discusses nearly all of it with a sense of uncritical wonder, mostly ignoring the seamy side of a genre notorious for misogyny and substance abuse, yet finds little positive to say about arguably more important forms like punk, funk, and rap except when they intersect with his beloved metal.

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There is little argument that heavy metal began in earnest with Black Sabbath (though the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is considered by some to be the first heavy metal song), and Christie holds to convention and begins his metal timeline in early 1970.

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Using descriptive genre boxes scattered throughout the book: UFO (1970 protometal), Raven (NWOBHM), Anvil (power metal), Coroner (German speed metal), Bolt Thrower (grindcore), Kyuss (alternative metal), Cannibal Corpse (death metal), Pan-Thy-Monium (avant-garde metal), and Fear Factory (nu metal).

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