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N.W.O.B.H.M. ENCYCLOPEDIA [Paperback]

Malc MacMillan
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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: I.P.VERLAG JESKE/MADER GBR (1 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3931624161
  • ISBN-13: 978-3931624163
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 15.1 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At last...The first comprehensive, English-language guide to the revered New Wave of Heavy Metal phenomenon, revealing the true extent and significance of a musical force which shook a small nation two decades ago, paving the way for a global heavy metal revolution in later years. Discover how, where, and why it all started, and why so few of those aspiring hopefuls became household names while countless small-town wannabes simply disappeared into oblivion. Marvel at over 500 eventful stories which unfold in lurid detail. The individual entries range from the genre-busting successes (Iron Maiden and Def Leppard) to such esoteric acts as Stormqueen and Masterstroke. In each case, informative discographies provide an invaluable, easy-to-use guide for collectors. Fully illustrated throughout, with unpublished photographs, sleeve reproductions and concert material of the period, and featuring contributions from many of the key musician themselves. This is a fascinating and absorbing read for enlightened aficionados and curious newcomers alike.

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5.0 out of 5 stars marvelous! 7 Aug 2008
This book is probably the most comprehensive (if a little outdated now) guide to the New Wave of British Heavy metal. It's not just boring biographies but a very colourful and amusing tome that goes into great lengths to explain what was going on back in the early eighties. Malc is a very entertaining writer; I love the little anecdotes and one-liners that are spread throughout the book, and the extremely honest tone he puts across in his writing. Be warned though, this isn't an easy book to just pick up and read as you really should have some knowledge of at least a few of the artists mentioned, and as I said earlier it is now slightly outdated; As one who keeps up with the NWOBHM scene, a lot of the bands have actually reformed, or put out newer albums than the ones listed (it only goes up to about 2001) so just bear that in mind if you feel slighty disappointed one of your favourates no longer exist; they just might've got back together since this was writen!

It is an excellent book though, the basic structure of listing every EP, Single and album (although, frustratingly not demos or cassettes, but these are usually mentioned in the descriptive bio's) makes it perfect for collectors to hunt down that elusive album.

Overall, if you have a passion for this kind of music, or you're just getting into it and hanker for more (like I was) then this book is perfect to get you going.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best NWOBHM companion...so far! 15 Nov 2012
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If you are a NWOBHM follower then you shouldn't by any means lose the chance to get this book. There are tons of bands listed here, and the information regarding each one - even the most obscure ones - is literally enticing. i was looking for this book for a long time, I do not know if it's really to being sold out (or already sold out) but it's definitely worth its money...and more. Do not expect to read it at once, no way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot to discover 14 Mar 2014
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When it's was in color, he get's 5 stars.
Nice to see what's happened in these good years of Heavy Metal.
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