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A 'Best Of' Mick Wall
on 25 April 2015
'Appetite for Destruction' is such a must-have book for any self-respecting fan of rock/metal's golden era. Mick Wall might be best known these days for his books, which have included authorised biographies of Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden, Status Quo's autobiography, as well as critically acclaimed titles on rock stars such as AC/DC and Lou Reed. But in 1983, Wall was one of 'Kerrang!' magazine's main journalists, the star cover story writer for nine years. So this man knows his rock-and-roll artists like the back of his hand. This excellent book is kind of a 'best-of' compilation of the now historical, insightful interviews that he conducted with some of rock music's biggest names for 'Kerrang!'.
There are 28 interviews in total, spanning 1985-1995. From Ozzy Osbourne speaking shortly after being charged with the attempted murder of his wife Sharon, Motely Crue's Mick Mars' dishing out some dirt on the band after cancelling their UK tour dates, Jon Bon Jovi at the start of a solo career, and conversations Jimmy Page, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Def Leppard, Nirvana ..., it's all here. As well as this, Mick writes new forewords and aftermaths for each, and his reviews of 1985's Live Aid, Rock in Rio, and Moscow Peace in 1989 are also included.
'Appetite for Destruction' was one book that I truly hated to have to put down because of the rude interruptions of life. It's very easy to read, full of drama, action, humour and insight into the world of rock music. Well done Mick, and many thanks!