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Overkill: The Untold Story of Motorhead [Paperback]

Joel McIver
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3 May 2011
The seminal British band Motörhead have been rocking since 1975 and, led by the legendary Lemmy, show no signs of letting up. From early classics "Ace Of Spades", "Overkill" and "No Sleep Til Hammersmith" the band have racked up an incredible 24 albums, with the 25th due before the end of 2010.

"Overkill" tells the whole story of the ultimate rock 'n' roll trip, through original interviews with those that were there.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849386196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849386197
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Contact Joel at www.joelmciver.co.uk or www.facebook.com/joelmciver.

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About the Author

Joel McIver is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica (also published by Omnibus Press), a hard-hitting analysis which has now sold 30,000 copies in seven languages. He is an expert on the international metal scene, contributing to several magazines on the subject. See www.joelmciver.co.uk for more information.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more... 13 July 2011
Any book that features my favourite band is always a welcome addition and, when I saw the title of this one, I was really looking forward to reading it. Sadly, there are so many glaring mistakes and dodgy opinions from Joel McIver that I ended up fuming a few times before I'd finished it.
Fair enough, I enjoyed reading parts of interviews that I'd not come across before but I think that Mr. McIver is pushing it slightly to claim authorship. I reckon ''compiler'' would have summed his work up far better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a missed opportunity 22 July 2011
As a Motorhead fan of many years standing i was really looking forward to this book as very few books are available about the band as opposed to the Lem. Alan Burridges superb Babylon effort is now 30 years old and long out of print so if you don't own that ( thankfully, i do) you really have to buy this book to learn about the bands history/origins. Unfortunately the book is a disappointment as there are some very poor mistakes in it such as Noel Redding being Creams bass player ! the writer also seems to think that the UK had no motorways back in 1977 when he talks about Motorheads tour schedule at the time, unbelievable ! i would have thought that most 'authors' would have known that the network was well established by that time, in fact with some notable exceptions it was pretty much as it is now. My biggest gripe however, is with his interpretation/take on the band. In my humble opinion, Joel McIver is too 'modern metal' orientated to fully understand/appreciate a band like Motorhead. As all true fans know, Motorhead are a rock'n'roll band not a metal band and this difference is hugely important. Yes, i would accept that nowadays you could put them in the metal category but Lemmys presence makes them fundamentally different to most other bands in the genre as a read about his influences/background makes patently obvious. McIver is totally wrong about the bands relationship with Chiswick records when talking about Motorheads treatment by record labels inferring that Chiswick 'screwed' them over to some extent.Absolute rubbish, it is well known that Motorhead had a great relationship with Chiswick and Lemmy has often stated that if it weren't for that label the band would have split way back in 77. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish 8 July 2011
By Arbos
Probably the worse book ever written. It isn't a book, it is simply a series of already printed interviews, a number of which appear on the internet like Fast Eddie Clarke's. Absolutely atrocious.
Why is a book published on Motorhead with not one author interview of the band members?
There is no personal history: familial, societal whatever. Do not buy. I don't want to give it any stars but the review won't let me submit this without doing so. But one star is too much.
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