“For The Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records,” by Brian Slagel and Mark Eglinton, is a great audiobook primed to satisfy metal fans everywhere with its detailed examination of the illustrious history of metal’s founding record label.
In simple terms, JP Ahonen’s Belzebubs is a mockumentary. Imagine a black metal version of Spinal Tap, with the silliness and humour turned up to 11. If you know anything about metal, though, you’ll appreciate the wry humour, which clearly comes from a deep-seated love of all things kvlt.
Published by Da Capo Press, Forever Nerdy: Living My Dorky Dreams and Staying Metal is a comedic memoir from Brian Posehn about his experience as a nerdy, metalhead kid who grew up to live his dreams as a Hollywood celebrity.
Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest is a decent read with a lovely overview of the early history of a legendary heavy metal band.
Michael Hebb’s Let’s Talk About Death (Over Dinner), published on October 2nd by Da Capo Lifelong Books, is a great read with lots of practical information about a taboo subject, and it is sure to leave readers with much to think about.
As CRASH not only taught me a lot about artists that I have been following for decades, but also looks stunning, this may be my favorite book of 2018.
Other than lines such as “All I wanted was to be warm and noticed”, The Rogue To Nowhere contains little about Jason’s music; this is all about the drugs, girls and addiction. A stand-out memoir from a musician who has spent much of his career in the background.
This is absolutely more than a book about a rock band. It’s a tale of discovery and about carving one’s own way while not exactly knowing what you’re carving into.
Francesca Lia Block’s The Thorn Necklace is a good read with useful information for using your past experiences and the power of the pen to exorcise your demons and, hopefully, affect the lives of your readers as well.
Check out our review of Mia Michaels’ A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys and find out whether you’re a magical fairy tale creature or a steadfast beast of burden.
Take a very short, sort-of-spiritual journey by reading our review for Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search for Something to Believe In, Anjali Kumar’s down-to-earth, funny, and honest quest to find a faith or principle that she can believe in and pass on to her daughter.
If you are a fan of behind-the-scenes info and/or you are a sick and twisted voyeur of sorts, than this book is for you.
If you are a fan of Jim Florentine's irony-skewering comedy, this book is a guaranteed A+!
Tero Ikäheimonen weaves together a timeline that reads almost like a blackened family tree.
So, long story short, buy this book for the smart, humor-having metalhead in your life.
Unlikely most Bowie biographies you will find, Bowie: The Illustrated Story captures Bowie's career through the end, including the aforementioned Blackstar album.
Just in time for the 'xXxMas' season comes this seminal punk tome that is a true delight to read.
With Willie Nelson: American Icon, you have yourself an inspiring, good-looking, historically-accurate piece of literature that may be hard to put down.
If you are a hoarder of all things Frankenstein, this book via Reel Art Press is an essential addition to your collection.
If you want to learn more about AC/DC, this is an essential purchase. It is interesting, easy to read and will look great on your coffee table.