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Metallica: The Early Years And The Rise Of Metal Paperback – 26 Apr 2012


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Music Press; 1st edition (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906191212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906191214
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,421,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Based in the UK, Neil Daniels has written about rock, metal and pop culture for a wide range of magazines, fanzines and websites.

He has penned books on Judas Priest, Robert Plant, Linkin Park, Bon Jovi and Journey, and co-authored Dawn Of The Metal Gods: My Life In Judas Priest & Heavy Metal with original Judas Priest singer/co-founder Al Atkins. His third book on Judas Priest is Rock Landmarks: Judas Priest's British Steel.

His acclaimed series, All Pens Blazing: A Rock & Heavy Metal Writer's Handbook Volumes I & II, collects over a hundred original and exclusive interviews with some of the world's most famous rock and heavy metal scribes. His other duel collection, Rock 'N' Roll Mercenaries - Interviews With Rock Stars Volumes I & II, compiles over sixty interviews with many well-known rock stars and rock writers.

His books have so far been translated into Brazilian, Bulgarian, Czech, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish and Swedish with more foreign titles in the works.

2012 saw the publication of his books on Metallica, Iron Maiden and You Me At Six.

2013/14 saw the release of his books on AC/DC, Pantera, UFO, ZZ Top, Bon Jovi and Iron Maiden.

It's not just rock 'n roll. Matthew McConaughey - The Biography was published in November 2014 by John Blake Publishing. 2015 will see the release of more film biographies, including a book about actor Martin Freeman.

His Createspace books include AOR Chronicles, Rock & Metal Chronicles, Hard Rock Rebels - Talking With Rock Stars, Rock 'N' Roll Sinners - Volumes I, II & III, Rock Bites, Love It Loud and the fictional rock 'n' roll novel, It's My Life, amongst several more weighty tomes. And then there's a book on former American Idol contestant turned Queen frontman Adam Lambert. Also, In A Dark Room - Exploits Of A Genre Fan collects his articles, features and reviews on books, comics, TV and film and is also published by Createspace. His 'Casual Guide' series (also published by Createspace) includes titles on Neal Schon, Bryan Adams, Richie Sambora, Rob Halford and Brian May. Further Createspace works are planned for 2015/16.

His reviews, articles and interviews on music and pop culture have been published in The Guardian, Classic Rock Presents AOR, Classic Rock Presents Let It Rock, Rock Sound, Record Collector, Big Cheese, Powerplay, Fireworks, MediaMagazine, Rocktopia.co.uk, Get Ready To Rock.com, Lucemfero.com, musicOMH.com, Ghostcultmag.com, Drowned In Sound.com, BBCNewsOnline.co.uk, Carling.com, Unbarred.co.uk and Planet Sound on Channel 4's now defunct Teletext service.

He has also written several sets of sleeve notes for Angel Air and BGO Records.

He can be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Tumblr. He has author pages on both Amazon US and UK sites. Further details can also be found on Wikipedia.

His primary interests are music, films and books. He has a degree in Film Studies.

His official website is www.neildanielsbooks.com.

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About the Author

Neil Daniels has written about classic rock and heavy metal for a wide range of magazines, fanzines and websites. He has written books on Judas Priest, Robert Plant, Bon Jovi, Linkin Park and Journey. He also co-authored Dawn Of The Metal Gods: My Life In Judas Priest & Heavy Metal with original Judas Priest singer/co-founder Al Atkins.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. W. Latham on 9 May 2012
Format: Paperback
Whilst there are a veritable library of books about Metallica currently available- including some excellent ones by Mick Wall and Joel McIver, various photo books (including those by Bill Hale and Ross Halfin), as well as Dave Mustane's own- Mr. Daniels provides an account of the early days of Metallica.

It begins with a foreword by Diamond Head's Brian Tatler (talking of his friendship with Lars Ulrich), before re-treading Metallica's early roots, and going on to discuss the early albums (Kill `Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets and Justice). It also includes an appendices featuring a chronology of the band's albums post-`Justice', a number of bios of thrash bands from the Bay Area, and some information on timelines and discographies (amongst other things). It's a useful book with some good graphics work- and some of the factual anecdotes are interesting even if you're not a die-hard fan.
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By Marty McFarty on 2 May 2012
Format: Paperback
Metallica - The Early Years Of Metal... is a hugely enjoyable, tight, well written book about not only the birth of the greatest American metal band ever but also the thrash metal genre. Daniels writes enthusiastically about the band's first four albums which are rightfully regarded as all time classics and still to his day the band's best work and he also gives a fairly detailed albeit potted history of Metallica's albums post Justice. I really enjoyed this book and there's a cool foreword from Lars Ulrich's hero, Brian Tatler of Diamond Head. There graphics are good with lots of photos of vintage Metallica memorabilia and there's a detailed timeline and a chronology of Bay Area thrash bands. Having read some of Daniels' other books I can say this is one of his best. This is a nifty fans handbook of Metallica's golden years, 1981-1989. Recommended.
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