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Machine Head: Inside The Machine

Machine Head: Inside The Machine [Kindle Edition]

Joel McIver
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Over 17 years and eight albums, heavy metal band Machine Head have sold millions of units, earned a Grammy nomination and won personal awards from Metal Hammer and other magazines. The story is a classic rise, fall and rise again scenario -- they exploded onto the metal scene in 1994, enjoyed a successful string of albums and then lost their way in the nu-metal era. Now they are in the middle of one of metal's most acclaimed comebacks.
Joel McIver has interviewed all the band-members several times and has a unique insight into their rollercoaster story, which includes alcohol addiction, inter-band brawls and therapy, sackings, near-splits and two decades of the heaviest music known to man, delivered all over the world.

About the Author

Joel McIver is the author of 20 books on music. His best-known book is Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica (Omnibus Press, 2004), a European bestseller which is available in nine languages. He contributes to several British and American music and film magazines and often appears on radio and TV. More info:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1430 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (15 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009R8DM9C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #369,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joel McIver (born 1971) is a British author. The best-known of his 21 books to date is the bestselling Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica, first published in 2004 and selling close to 50,000 copies in nine languages since then. McIver's other works include biographies of Black Sabbath, Slayer, Ice Cube and Queens Of The Stone Age. His writing also appears in many newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Classic Rock and Rolling Stone, and he is a regular guest on music-related BBC and commercial radio.

In the introduction to a 2009 collection of rock writing, McIver was described as "probably the top [rock] scribe in the world", and in a book review in April 2012, Classic Rock magazine labelled McIver "by some distance Britain's most prolific hard rock/metal author".

As well as writing his own books, McIver also co-writes the memoirs of rock musicians, notably that of sometime Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes, whose autobiography was published in May 2011, and of Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy), whose book will appear in 2013.

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4.0 out of 5 stars machine read 7 May 2013
I'm a huge fan of this band so I was really excited when this book was published. Joel Mclver does an excellent job in bring the MH story to life, , it's written in a very easy to read format, mainly using interviews from the bsnds career intertwined with their personal life stories. Overall this book is a must read for fans of MH or metal in general.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Imperium... 24 Jan 2013
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Joel McIver has written a lot of heavy metal books and articles over the years so I was chuffed to see that he had done the Machine Head biography. It's reasonably short but still manages to pack in a lot of interesting facts and interviews. It made me respect Machine Head even more; they have clearly been through a lot of crap together but their love of music has always given them a positive energy to continue and enabled them to create awesome albums like "The Blackening". I also enjoyed the way McIver explored their issues with Kerry King, Arch Enemy and Limp Bizkit...Robb Flynn once stated the Slayer guitarist "looks like Right Said Fred with a beard" haha! I've given it 4 stars for the simple fact that I know the author is capable of more...his Black Sabbath biography was twice the size, more in depth (about the band and heavy metal in general) and it was basically just an amazing book. That said, it was everything I was hoping for and definitely worth a shot if you're a Machine Head fan.
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2.0 out of 5 stars None 19 Jan 2013
By kendall
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poorly researched, bland writing. google machine head, and you will find all the content of this book. lazy writing which is a shame. avoid.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the casual fans, maybe a bit of a letdown for the hardcore ones 7 Jun 2014
By Stefan Topuzov - Published on
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Machine Head is probably my favorite band ever. And I have been following them very closely for about a decade and a half now, reading all the available interviews they had given, digging old news articles from their earlier periods, building up a ridiculously extensive collection of old magazine scans, live bootlegs, TV appearances and what not...

And maybe because of that, this book was a bit of a let down for me because it didn't provide anything that I didn't already know. In fact, a few times I actually felt I knew more than what was actually in the book.

Then again, I gave the book to my father, who's also a fan of rock and metal. He read it, loved it, and decided to look deeper into the band and now he blasts The Blackening and Burn My Eyes every now and then.

So, basically, how much you'll like this book – or if you need to purchase it – depends on how deep into the band you are. If you are relatively new to Machine Head and want to have one source of information about what they are about, well – this is it.
5.0 out of 5 stars MACHNE F******* HEAD!!! \m/ 17 Jun 2013
By Danielle Serpica - Published on
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Any Machine Head fan or metal fan should read this book!!! Much love and respect for these guys and their struggle to become permanent fixtures in the Bay Area and Heavy Metal scene!!!
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the most critical read 4 Feb 2013
By Hague Gobby - Published on
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While it was quite interesting to get a succinct history of this band, I felt that it was written from too much of a fan's and not a critical perspective. The failings of the band and the personalities within were glossed over, whilst their achievements were explored much more fully.

Because of this, there didn't really seem to be a huge amount of balance. While Machine Head are no doubt a premier band in metal, their fans know this (and that's why they're fans!) so it would have been far more interesting to go into the pitfalls they experienced and how they bounced back from it rather than simply pat them on the back for all the good things they've done.
5.0 out of 5 stars Machine Head Insight 13 Jan 2013
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A good insight into one of the biggest metal bands of the last 20 years.
A must for all Machine Head fans.
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