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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: ECW PRESS (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550228765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550228762
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,155,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having known of Bill Hale's work, I was not expecting disappointment. Personally, I have given the book 5 stars because there is excellent understanding of the early Bay Area thrash scene and it's awesome to see Metallica playing shows before they hit the mainstream. I can't wait for Hale's next release!
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By Gex on 16 Aug. 2013
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Really cool book. The pictures are not top notch, but when your in the mosh pit you can't take pristine pictures. These are very unique as they mark an era for the greatest heavy metal band of all time!
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A Must For All Hard Core Metallica and MegaDave Fans! 26 Mar. 2009
By Michael Cosyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bill Hale does it again in this cohesive and exclusive collection of photos documenting Metallica's rise towards their legendary metal czar status while cutting their teeth in the club circuit. For those like myself who didn't get to be there, this is as close as we'll get.

Megadeth fans should obviously pick this up as well, as there is a huge dose of Dave throughout this incredible photo compilation.

I look forward to seeing more of Bill Hale's work.

5 STARS!!!
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AWESOME 18 Mar. 2009
By Edwin Jamieson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Kudos to Bill Hale for a back stage look at one of the greatest bands. Its igreat to see them as not the huge rock stars they are, but as young kids trying to make it and have fun doing it. I can only hope more books like this come out from other great bands in rock. A must for any Metallica fan. How about a sequel with Megadeth?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Cheerz to the Old Dayz! 11 April 2009
By Rico - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In 1982 there was an underground movement in San Francisco that was born on the concepts of the NWOBHM, but taken to a whole new level, and Bill Hale was there to document it. Most people have heard the tales and stories of Metallica during the early years, but only have a few pictures and a grainy video to go on. If you were lucky enough to have been a fan in those dayz, Master of Puppets dayz, Black Album dayz, or have just discovered Metallica today, this book is a MUST! The pictorials are so real and raw, that it would even have "The Old Bridge Militia" jaws dropping with amazement. The book is based around 6 gigs starting in September of 1982 to September of 1983. Five out of the six shows are with Dave Mustaine on guitar and the first three are with Ron McGovney on bass and it kind of makes you wonder, "Hey Bill where are the shots with Lloyd Grant?"(Just Kidding). Some of the live shots that he took of the crush of the crowd against the stage, especially at The Old Waldorf show are so intense, that he actually captured a moment in time that makes you feel the energy and passion that Metallica had created between themselves and the Bay Area Faithful....Simply Amazing! One of the special moments in the book is the photo documentation of Cliff Burton's first gig with Metallica. Bill Captured the bell bottomed free spirited bass player back stage moments before he took the stage for the first time! That is not only Metallica history, but that is Rock & Roll history! "The Young Metal Attack" was just about to be transformed and ready for takeoff and it was all caught on film. Another very notable shot, which is almost like catching KISS without their makeup on in the 70's, is Dave Mustaine and Kirk Hammett backstage together, when Kirk was in Exodus and they were opening for Metallica. The beginning of the book starts with a few memoirs, most notably with Ron Quintana from "Metal Mania" fame. This is the man who coined the term Metallica, which now is a household name. It was great reading his recounts on the early dayz. Lastly, this book is just as much Rock & Roll history as when The Beatles played The Cavern Club all those times in their early dayz, but the only difference is, unfortunately for The Beatles, Bill Hale was not there to document the ride!

Thank You Bill Hale for opening up your vault! MUYA!
Peter Rod-New York
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I Bought This Book... 28 Aug. 2009
By PtH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
...for the same reason I don't "read" Playboy. I admit it: I am a voyeur. Bill Hale must be one too because he takes an awful lot of pictures. Metallica (at least in the days that most die-hard fans I know lament) must have approved of "voyeurism" because they didn't seem to mind being looked at. In fact, the unique relationship they exhibited with their one-man, personal Paparazzi is what sets this collection apart from any other, aside from the rarity of the subject matter.
I don't own a coffee table, but when the hard-bound version gets released, this may be the impetus I need to justify going out and buying one to accommodate my many voyeuristic friends.
Aloha.
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A Rocker 29 Jun. 2012
By piedpiper86 - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book & the content immensely. It was sad seeing the pics of Gar Samuelson & Cliff Burton. Wish they were both still with us. Both Dave & James were so messed up, meaning, strung out, loaded, whatever you want to call it!!! It just amazes me that either one of them were able to pick up a guitar & play the correct end of it!!! It's Hilarious!!! I've seen some of the videos from The Stone, etc., and mostly, as per par it was Dave Mustaine that held The Great Metallica "together" during their stoned, drugged, drunk, hung-over days NOT Mr. James Hetfield!!!!! And, at that time, he COULD, actually, SING!!!! But, I guess, he was or had microphone fright????? Who knows???

Thank Goodness for Dave Mustaine & his ability to relate to the fans, sing, play one fantastic outstanding guitar, AND THROW A BIT OF COMEDY IN ALSO!!! HE IS AN AWESOME MUSICIAN!!! I CAN'T SAY THE SAME FOR HETFIELD. HE CAN PLAY A GUITAR, , but I've never seen him relate to his fans in any videos, not a bit of cutting-up or comical attitude about him, nor does his singing come ANYWHERE CLOSE TO DAVE MUSTAINE'S!!!
Lars is one hell of a damned good drummer & I would've LOVED to have heard Cliff Burton as I understood he sounded like Hendrix.

Overall, I enjoyed the book & pictures. Thanks for the Memories!!!!
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