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Stairway to Hell: 500 Best Heavy Metal Albums in the Universe Paperback – Apr 1998


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc; 2Rev Ed edition (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030680817X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306808173
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,887,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This irreverent and hilarious guide to all that's loud, vulgar, fast, violent, pissed-off, and adolescent in the music of the last forty yearsthe first book to prefigure the emerging "alternative" culture of the 1990shas now been updated with the hundred best metal albums of the decade.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar 1999
Format: Paperback
Picture this : bitter nerd who collects vinyl thinks that by defining his own pathetic record collection as "heavy metal" he has an instant licence to cool.....
IT DOESN'T WORK!!! On nearly every count Eddy reveals his ignorance of the genre. From the laughable inclusion in the "Nineties" appendage of a series of eighties hard rock collections, to the listing in said section of a Suzi Quatro retrospective!! I CAN speak with authority on "metal" having run the Australian subsidiary of Roadrunner Records for four years (the world's most successful "metal" label), and this guy is genuinely clueless. Not trying to reveal my own loyalties, but how can you have a "heavy metal" countdown without the inclusion of acts such as "Iron Maiden", "Judas Priest" or new cutting edge acts such as "Fear Factory" or "Coal Chamber"....
I'll tell you how this could happen....Chuck Eddy, despite claiming to be an authority, has either not heard of these bands or is scared of their music. When half his collection is wimp-out AOR records and other soft American "rock lite", you really must wonder about the integrity of his conclusions.
As a fan, and (if I may say so) a relative expert on the genre of "metal", I urge you not to buy this book. However, if Europe's "Final Countdown" has you air-guitaring in the bedroom, Eddy's book is a must......
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan 1999
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This book has to be the biggest pile of garbage I have ever "read" in my life. Eddy's definition of "heavy metal" is so distorted that it includes Miles Davis, the Osmonds, Parliament/Funkadelic, and much that would be considered FM "classic rock." Overall, there is too much emphasis on 80's glam rock/pop metal to make this a complete listing of the "best in the universe." I sure am glad I only checked this out of the library; had I spent good money for it I would be incensed beyond belief. Don't waste your time with this...
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By A Customer on 17 Oct 1998
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The first edition of this book (which I got in 1992 when it first came out - I like to brag about this because it's the ONE thing I was into before everyone else) more or less formed my sensibilities RE: what I like about pop music, so, yeah, I'm a little biased. I just about wet my pants when I saw the 2nd ed. in my not-so-local bookstore, and snapped it up instantly, and it did not disappoint. If I knew someone who wanted to get started on some kind of weird "Great Books About Rock n Roll" program, I'd give 'em this, Chuck's "Accidental Evolution of Rock N Roll", and R. Meltzer's "Aesthetics of Rock." Chuck is one of the smartest and funniest humans writing about r'n'r (or anything else); reading one of his books (or reviews) is more akin to listening one of your weird, obsessed friends ramble on without restraint about a topic they truly love (maybe that's why I keep using the dude's first name, as if I knew him or something). I much prefer that feeling to that of being lectured at or talked-down to that I get from other r'n'r books. I have a feeling that the very thing that I - and others - love about this book is the same thing that will alienate a lot of the plebians who will cry 'foul' upon discovering that Priest and Maiden don't make the final cut, to wit: the willingness that Chuck has to challenge, provoke, irritate, confuse, or SOMEHOW get SOME KIND OF REACTION FROM the reader. You may hate this book, but it will NOT put you to sleep. Instead of telling the metal fan what s/he wants to hear, Chuck tries to - gasp! - expand their horizons somewhat by - choke! - throwing a few actual IDEAS their way!! If you feel you're up to the challenge, give STAIRWAY a try. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jun 1998
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This publication is testatment to how out of favour metal is in North America. The past five years have seen some of the best metal ever, yet very little recent material is included in the book. I believe that virtually any metal fan would agree that bands the author leaves out (e.g. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest)are absolute archetypes of the genre. I pity the unsuspecting metal fan who runs out and buys P-Funk thinking they are 'one of the best' of all time. 'Stairway to Hell'is embarrassingly....out of touch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun 1998
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Chuck Eddy's complete lack of knowledge on the subject of heavy metal astounds me! Anyone that would consider Suzy Quatro, the Osmands, and P-funk as heavy metal shouldn't be allowed to speak about the genre, let alone write a book claiming to list it's 500 greatest albums! Please! Where is Judas Priest? Where is Iron Maiden? Honestly, Chuck, is this a joke? Fans, don't waste your time or money.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug 1999
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were more listeners to adopt eddy's ethos (in spirit if not in personal choices) the music world would be a less straitjacketed, reductive place than it is today - and as for all the Priest /Maiden fans, they'll grow up one day I'm sure.
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I've read the reviews and I've owned this book since the fall of 1991 (i.e. the first printing), so now it's time for my two cents' worth. Eddy is an incisive writer whose musical tastes run the metal gamut (in fact, many of the albums included, like those by Prince, Neil Young, Teena Marie, and Donnie Osmond are about as heavy metal as saying that Bill Clinton is a Republican), but his sense of humor and history is impeccable. Buy this book; it WILL send you to the cutout bins looking for rare stuff by Sir Lord Baltimore, Dust, Bang, and, er, Prince. A caveat for those who already have the first edition: the second edition is basically a reprint of the first with no changes, plus an extra chapter on the best HM albums of the 90s.
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