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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Zomba Books; 1st edition (Nov. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946391556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946391554
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 829,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim Sonksen on 23 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
A good easy to read book on Sheffield's finest export article (apart from steel, that is). It is nice to see little snippets and articles of past and present but this also makes the overall reading a bit 'messy'. There is too much going on on each page and I find myself drifting away from the text ever so often....
Overall a fine book but I am still waiting for an up-to-date biography that takes us beyond the Mid-/Late 90ies
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Def Leppard shot to fame in the UK and US with their fourth album Hysteria in 1987. David Fricke takes us through what has become a rollercoaster ride for this Sheffield rock group. The book covers the band members childhoods, the heartache caused when Rick Allen lost his arm that fateful New Year in a car accident, how the band coped with the pressures of popularity, a discography of the band, and a huge number of photos, both on and off stage. This book shows what it took for Def Leppard to become the successful group that they are today, the title of the book says it all, they needed "Animal Instinct" to survive. This book has to be the best rock biography l have ever read, well worth purchasing if you ever get the opportunity.
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Def Leppard shot to fame in the UK and US with their fourth album Hysteria in 1987. David Fricke takes us through what has become a rollercoaster ride for this Sheffield rock group. The book covers the band members childhoods, the heartache caused when Rick Allen lost his arm that fateful New Year in a car accident, how the band coped with the pressures of popularity, a discography of the band, and a huge number of photos, both on and off stage. This book shows what it took for Def Leppard to become the successful group that they are today, the title of the book says it all, they needed "Animal Instinct" to survive. This book has to be the best rock biography l have ever read, well worth purchasing if you ever get the opportunity.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elia Regina Cortes Fernandes on 26 Oct. 2013
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It was a great choice! The book came quickly and in pristine conditions! Couldn't let go of it until i read it all!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
DEF LEPPARD'S ACCURATE HISTORY TOLD 17 April 1999
By LGB6668@AOL.COM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I BOUGHT THIS BOOK BACK WHEN IT WAS FIRST RELEASED, AND I BELIEVE THAT I READ IT IN AS LITTLE AS 4 HOURS!!! THE PREVIOUS PEOPLE WHO HAVE REVIEWED THIS BOOK ARE CORRECT IN SAYING THAT ONCE YOU PICK IT UP, YOU WILL NEVER WANT TO PUT IT DOWN AGAIN!
INFORMATIVE, FUNNY(EVEN DOWNRIGHT HYSTERICAL AT TIMES-THANKS PHIL AND STEVE!!!), PERSONAL AND EVER HONEST, THIS STORY BY DAVID FRICKE IS THE MOST THOROUGH AND CONSISTANTLY ACCURATE BIOGRAPHY THAT COULD'VE EVER BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT THIS BAND. AND THAT SAYS A LOT SEEING I HAVE BEEN A FAN SINCE 1980 AND HAVE READ PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING THAT COULD BE WRITTEN ABOUT THEM!!
DAVID FRICKE SPENT A WEEK WITH THE GUYS IN HOLLAND INTERVIEWING THEM AND GETTING TO KNOW THEM (LUCKY GUY!!!) AND THE READER CAN TELL FROM THE WAY THAT HE TELLS THEIR STORY. GREAT JOB DAVID!!! NEXT TIME CAN I BE YOUR ASSISTANT AND DO THE INTERVIEWING?! OK, OK, BACK TO REALITY!! LOL
AS FOR ROSS HALFIN'S PICTORIAL, WELL ALL I CAN SAY IS THANKS FOR THE AWESOME AND SOMETIMES INTIMATE PICS(JOE IN THE BATHTUB FOR EXAMPLE), THEY WERE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!! I HAVE LOVED ROSS'S PICTURES OF THE BAND EVER SINCE THE EARLY 80'S IN CIRCUS AND HIT PARADER MAGAZINES AND HE JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER AS THE YEARS GO ON. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, ROSS!!!
THIS BOOK IS A MUST HAVE FOR EVERY DEF LEPPARD FANS COLLECTION, NO MATTER THE PRICE IT IS TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!
ANYONE WHO WANTS TO TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK OR DEF LEPPARD FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME! I LOVE TALKING ABOUT THIS BAND!!!
AND IF YOU NEED A HOME MORTGAGE LOAN, EMAIL ME TOO! INTEREST RATES ARE AT AN ALL-TIME LOW RIGHT NOW! SORRY, NEED TO PLUG THE BUSINESS ANYTIME I GET THE CHANCE!!!
LORI
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Animal Instinct - The Best Rock Book Ever! 8 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Animal Instinct is the best rock book I've ever read. It's filled with great photography courtesy of Ross Halfin, and the author, David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine, has done a superb writing job. Not only has he done exhaustive research, but he's injected the tragedy-ridden story of this band with healthy doses of good humor throughout.

I've read this book over and over again, and it's still entertaining. The chapter on "The Terror Twins" (who are, of course, Steve Clark and Phil Collen) is absolutely hilarious. And Mr. Fricke's way with words in describing the birth of Def Leppard, the recording of Pyromania, Rick Allen's accident, the band's struggles to record Hysteria both with and without Mutt Lange, and everything in between, leaves you feeling as if you've lived through it along with them.

There are other Def Leppard biographies, but there's not one to compare with Animal Instinct. If you're a Def Leppard fan and have not read this book, beg, borrow (but please don't steal my copy) or buy it for yourself. You must read it!

And if you're not a Def Leppard fan, beware - once you read this book, you will be!

- Laurie Compton
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Animal Instinct, the best book I've ever read! 20 Mar. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Def Leppard fans, you must purchase this book! It is by far the greatest book on this planet. It tells the complete story of Def Leppard, from their early days in a Sheffield spoon factory up to their fourth album, Hysteria. Author David Fricke has done an incredible job writing this book. It is clearly written and very informative. The photos, courtesy of Ross Halfin, are amazing. Once you pick this book up, you will not want to put it down. Your Def Leppard collection is not complete without Animal Instinct!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Rock Book 6 April 2011
By lilpaagan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
For the first time I have found a book on a group that wasn't filled with tired old lines from interviews we have all read a hundred times, or filled with basic facts that we all knew anyways. This book was candid and insightful and I enjoyed that so much. It's one book I wont part with.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 1 Jan. 1998
By CNJ112391@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
By far, the best comprehensive book on Def Leppard! A must have for fans! I purchased the book approximately nine or ten years ago, and I love to look at it still!
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