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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2014
Taking its title from a classic T shirt, this book is a fans account of the story of Metallica. If you are a fan you will enjoy it. If not avoid.

The details of their story are set out chronologically as you would expect, starting with the obligatory childhood accounts. You will learn a lot about the band that you did not know before. There is detailed coverage of the recording of the albums, which is very interesting, and lots of coverage of gigs.

However all is not good.

Firstly, the sources for the book do not include interviews with the band themselves, except to the extent of historical published interviews. This is a serious weakness and you suspect that the bands own official autobiography awaits.

Secondly, in common with books like this it is run through with a vein of hagiography. If you are reading this book most likely you are a fan of the band (count me in) so this will not matter a great deal. But the British authors show their biases through general idolatory of NWOBHM (a lot of which is not good) and denigration of hair metal, yet the latter genre is important to Metallica, because it created a massed metal audience, included gems such as Motley Crue (a great rock band even if they were no Metallica) and eventually spawned Guns'n';Roses, if only as a reaction to the feminised excesses of its genre. You also wonder if Metallica would have risen to its late 80s prominence without the ashes of hair metal to lay burning at their feet.

The authors also need reminding that on its own Kill 'Em All is far from a classic.

Thirdly, the writing style is somewhat verbose, and starts to grate after a while.

I guess you know what you are getting with books like this. There is nothing here to embarrass anyone, which is a shame, contrast Motley Crue's The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band which is full of personal details to set it apart as a superior (and utterly outstanding) book.
Most similar to this is Hammer Of The Gods (about Led Zeppelin) which is also recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2013
This is a fantastic book, filled with fascinating stories and insights and really well written. You really get a view of the world of Metallica - and it is a lot of fun. Wonderful.
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on 10 June 2015
I'd heard so much about this book and being a fan I'm glad I did. A great even handed story of Metallicas early to middle years.
Never afraid to tell the truth, no fawning or claiming to be big mates with the band like other biographies, this is straight up , balls to the wall storytelling of possibly the last great mega rock band. Terrific read.
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on 19 March 2014
I bought this for myself and its one of the best biographys i have ever read i cant wait to read vol 2. i have learned more about my fave metal band reading this and enter night the biography. I recomend it for fans of metallica and the metal genre
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on 13 August 2014
If you're a fan of 'Tallica then you need this. Well written, well researched and better than any other Metallica bio. I'll be buying Vol 2 as soon as it's out, definitely.
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on 31 January 2015
Bought this for my partner he loves it
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2014
purchased for my brother for christmas. he loves it plenty of facts good hardback book, worth the money. if you are a fan you will enjoy.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2014
Very badly written book. The subject band are arguably the greatest band on the planet, yet the book fails to capture the rise and success. It is written without the help of the band and it shows. If you are a hardened Mettalica fan don't bother, it makes them sound like the spice girls.
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1 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2013
bought for a present as most of the books and CDS I buy from Amazon are, so cannot give a review. Please take this to fit all my purchasers.
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