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Stairway to Hell: 500 Best Heavy Metal Albums in the Universe [Paperback]

Chuck Eddy
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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: 2,271,712 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Chuck Eddy - metal expert.......HA HA HA HA HA 27 Mar 1999
By A Customer
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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1.0 out of 5 stars worthless 12 Jan 1999
By A Customer
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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish 22 Jun 1998
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars destined to be misunderstood in our lifetime 27 Aug 1999
By A Customer
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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1.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it 0 stars if I could 21 April 1999
By A Customer
Let me see: Poison is better than Metallica, Bryan Adams and Prince are heavy metal, and Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, the Scorpions, Judas Priest, and Megadeth (for starters)have no albums worthy of inclusion within the 500 greatest of all-time? Though his Lester Bangs wannabe style is slightly interesting, as a guide to picking music this guy is strictly an amateur who I can't take seriously. For a much better (and less obnoxious) guide, buy Martin Popoff's "The Collectors Guide To Heavy Metal."
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not fair to metal nor to truth 12 July 1999
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I knew right away that the book was worthless when the New York Dolls had one of the top ten "heavy metal" albums of all time. The NY Dolls are a GREAT -one of the GREATEST- punk rock/glam bands of all time, but they're simply not heavy metal. They, like the Stooges, Ramones, et al. are playing a million different variations of Chuck Berry only faster and more raw. It's got power, angst and everything else, but it IS NOT METAL. If someone of consequence, say a mainstream journalist uses this book as a reference (never happens...) there will be a lot of articles confusing metal with punk rock and all the rest of rock and roll. Granted, Led Zepplin IS metal (right?) and rightly deserve the praise they get in this book but Black Sabbath is THE band that got it all started. Eddy brushes off Black Sabbath like they were of minor significance. He also dismisses Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, all the death metal, speed metal, etc. that's been of tremendous significance in clearly defining what "heavy metal" is. It's not even a funny joke that P-Funk and the Osmonds are included in the book. What's the point in calling these bands/people heavy metal? I mean, rock and roll is a huge tent, but some parts of the tent simply do not mix and it is unfair to have included non-metal bands in this book. It is pointless to purchase it as it is of no value except as a novelty - which means "save your money."
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1.0 out of 5 stars Life? welcome...
If you want to do a book on music in general, do it. However, don't use the word "heavy metal" in the title if Iron Maiden and Judas Priest are dismissed. Read more
Published on 24 July 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless book !!!
I read this book from a friend. The writer of this book should be arrested !!! He doesn't seem to know what is heavy metal! Read more
Published on 5 July 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars What "Universe" does Chuck Eddy live in?
Missing from Eddy's pathetic book: Starland Vocal Band, Bay City Rollers, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. COME ON! Read more
Published on 27 May 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag - but evokes repeated readings
I appreciate his signficant nod to Black Sabbath (though I woulda put more albums on the list), but.......... Read more
Published on 30 April 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars metallica
i think metallica's album with the same name is the best metal album...
Published on 24 April 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of money
If you can't say anything nice......
Published on 16 Mar 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't whine Metal Heads -- pick up Uncle Chuck's 'Stairway'!
My dad has been carrying around a first edition copy of 'Stairway to Hell' ever since my uncle Chuck Eddy gave it to us. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A virtual Hard Rocking Bible...but somewhat tongue-in-cheek
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. Read more
Published on 21 Dec 1998
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