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Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years. A Metal Band Biography. (66 & 2/3 Book 1)

Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years. A Metal Band Biography. (66 & 2/3 Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

D.X. Ferris , Albert Cuellar , Harald Oimoen , Georges Sulmers , Tim Tronckoe , Johnny Angell , Sean Benedict , Cameron Edney , Ester Segarra , Amy Weiser
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Edition v1.9, newly re-edited and re-formatted to address reader feedback, updated May 2, 2014: This timely rock biography answers burning questions, shatters popular myths, and uncovers new truths about Slayer, the iconic group that became the embodiment of heavy metal. This full-length, exhaustively researched account of the thrash kings' career recaps and reevaluates the years guitar hero Jeff Hanneman and drum legend Dave Lombardo were in the group. Over the course of 59 chapters, 400 footnotes and three appendices, it profiles the members and presents dramatic scenes from 32 years in the Abyss: A fresh look at the group's early days. Reign in Blood tours. A European invasion. The Palladium riot. The seat cushion chaos concert. Newly unearthed details from Lombardo's turbulent history with the band. Historical artwork and photos never seen in public before. The entire diabolical discography. Hanneman’s hard times. The Big Four’s big year. Lombardo’s final exit. The top 11 Hanneman tributes. The mosh memorial service. Untold stories. Updates. And relevant digressions, including a contrasting look at other contemporaries and cutting-edge extreme bands. Over decades, Slayer experience triumph and loss, but never defeat, whether it's at the hands of rivals, peers, America's most infamous church, or the United States government itself. In addition to extensive archival material, this book features original content from the band, key affiliates, and firsthand witnesses, including Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel, former tour manager Doug Goodman, engineer Bill Metoyer, former Metal Blade exec William "DJ Will" Howell, and cover artist Albert Cuellar (who went on to work with Tim Burton, Sublime, and Sir Mix-A-Lot). It also includes Jeff Hanneman's original diagram for the Live Undead picture disc (spoiler: it's a stick-figure sketch). Slayer fans will never see — or hear — the thrash metal champions the same way. 33 photos and 11 illustrations include lost artwork by Hell Awaits artist Albert Cuellar and stunning exclusive pictures by Harald Oimoen (of Murder in the Front Row renown). Written by D.X. Ferris, an Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Reporter of the Year and author of "Slayer's Reign in Blood," which is book no. 57 in Bloomsbury Academic's prestigious 33 1/3 series. The bargain-priced e-book edition features extensive interactive content, and can be read on any smart phone, tablet, computer, or portable communications device (with free Kindle software).

Digital version 1.9 and paperback freshly edited to remove typographical errors; new e-book edition features conventional image orientation, replacing features some readers had interpreted as formatting errors. If you purchased an earlier version, contact publisher for a complimentary update (see end of book for contact information).

About the Author

D.X. Ferris is an Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Reporter of the Year. He is also the author of "Slayer's Reign in Blood," which is part of Bloomsbury Academic's prestigious 33 1/3 series. Ferris writes for the A.V. Club (a little bit). His work has appeared in, Alternative Press, the Village Voice, Decibel, Metal Sucks, and other outlets. His Heavy Metal Game of Thrones Reviews most recently ran on Noisecreep. Popdose hosts his ongoing webcomic, Suburban Metal Dad. His collects thoughts on grammar, usage, ethics, writing, and the business thereof. He was thrown out of the South of Heaven tour when a misdirected crowd surf landed him onstage.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9099 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 6623 Press; v1.9 edition (25 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Die by the pen. 3 July 2014
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Well written and very informative, I remember the pre-Reign in Blood era and a lot of information about the albums Show No Mercy and Hell Awaits and the excellent Haunting the Chapel episode! It's a book that covers all eras of Slayer and very well researched!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good info, badly presented. 29 Mar 2014
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I've got to agree with the other reviews about the flow of this book; it doesn't.

To be honest, the first however many pages feel like a goddamn mess.

That said, the writing is good and lighthearted and funny and the journalism is solid, but man, this book is badly put together and edited.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good info, but... 27 Dec 2013
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Ferris has done a great job compiling 30+ years of info on Slayer. Being a die-hard fan, some of the info I knew but there was a great deal that I didn't. Learning about Lombardo's in & outs of the band (and reasons) were interesting and not as black & white as I thought. I also realized that maybe KK isn't as big of an a-hole as I suspected. My biggest issue with this book is that it is in severe need of an editor and a typesetter. There are countless misspellings, copy that is repeated and the overall flow of the book is choppy. It's almost written as if Ferris was finding info and just copying and pasting it. There's no flow and it keeps stopping and starting. Again, great book with a ton of info and links, but I wish Ferris would let an editor put the final touches on this if it goes to actual print.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories...Horrible Editing 10 Dec 2013
By lekoone - Published on
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Slayer fans will really enjoy the book. The intimate details of their rise to the top of the thrash metal mountain are very well researched, but the editing of the "digital" book leaves me discouraged and embarrassed for the author. I'm only halfway thru and I've counted at least 200 grammatical and format errors. Take the extra week before releasing this and properly edit your material!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Any Slayer Fan. 27 Nov 2013
By David M. Konow - Published on
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Having been a long time fan of Slayer, this book is the biography the band has always deserved. Slayer 66 2/3 goes in deep, covers an enormous amount of ground, and it was clearly a labor of love. Metal is an important part of music history, and Slayer will always be one of the most important bands in the genre. A book documenting the good, the bad, and the ugly without spin or sensationalism has been long overdue, and hats off to DX Ferris for getting it all down in this remarkable volume, which no Slayer fan should be without.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this classic. 9 Dec 2013
By Steve J. Halpin - Published on
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Awesome read! DX Ferris spins a great narrative of the band members and the time and places they came from. This book details the influences that shaped them and the legendary force they became in our world. This is not just for metal folks. All who relish an understanding of the personalities and forces that swirl together to create something timeless will enjoy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory reading if you're a Slayer fan 27 Dec 2013
By McG - Published on
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There's a lot of research in this book that traces the origins of Slayer from the very early days all the way through Jeff Hanneman getting sidelined due to illness, the onboarding of replacement guitarist Gary Holt and the seemingly abrupt departure of drummer Dave Lombardo. The tone of the book is light and the author's passion comes through loud and clear, but doesn't get in the way with first-person opinions about the band. Perhaps most puzzling is the tumultuous personal life of Dave Lombardo that it is reviewed in the book in a fair amount of detail and how stuff in his personal life drove him leaving the band on several occasions. The Kindle version of the book has lots of links to pics, videos and articles, so you can see videos of shows that the author references. Some great memories of real chaotic performances here. I was pleased with this book!
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