Birth School Metallica Death
Birth School Metallica Death: Vol I, by Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood, tells the Metallica story – from scuzzy Los Angeles garages to the stages of the world’s biggest stadia.
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Metallica have sold in excess of 100 million albums and won seven Grammys. Their journey from scuzzy Los Angeles garages to the stages of the world’s biggest stadia has been an epic and often traumatic one, and one of the few truly great rock ‘n’ roll sagas.
No music writers have been afforded greater access to Metallica over the years than Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood, two former editors of Kerrang. Having conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with the band, they have between them gained an unparalleled knowledge of the group’s history and an insiders’ view of how their story has developed: they have ridden in the band’s limos, flown on their private jet, joined them in the studio, been invited to the quartet’s ‘HQ’ outside San Francisco and shared beers and stories with them in venues across the globe. There are countless memorable stories about the band never before seen in print, tales of bed-hopping and drug-taking and car-crashes and fist-fights and back-stabbing that occur when you mix testosterone and adrenaline, alcohol and egomania, talent and raw ambition.
Perceptive, emotionally attached, and intellectually rigorous, Birth, School, Metallica, Death will be the essential and definitive story of this extraordinary band. Volume I takes us from the band’s inception through to the recording and eve of release of their seminal, self-titled, 1991 album.
The scrupulously researched story of the band's early days with deep detail gleaned from over two decades of first-hand exposure to the guys and new interviews with key supporting figures.
It's hard to imagine the tale of San Francisco metal behemoths Metallica being told any more authoritatively than it is here.
Journalists Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood have worked closely with the band over the years, and it shows, both in the access they've gained, the anecdotes they witnessed first-hand and the warmth they afford their subjects. No stone is left unturned as the band's insane life is meticulously researched ... Volume 2 will pick up the baton next year to complete the picture. On this evidence, it'll be worth the wait.
Big, and impressive, and, like its subject, irresistible.
This first part of the band's story is so definitive that, when it comes to the topic of the band's early days, nothing else matters.
A chronicle of rare authority with exclusive access ... The superstar years will doubtless make even more entertaining reading.
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