James Hetfield: The Wolf At Metallica's Door Paperback – 22 Apr 2010
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James Hetfield is born. Metallica release an album, they tour a lot. Metallica release another album, they tour a lot. Metallica release another album, they tour a lot...
That's really all there is to it. I expected an account of James Hetfield's life, not a vague history of Metallica. Each track on every album is commented on, yet only 2 or 3 have any significance to Hetfield's life story, the rest is just there to fill pages.
Also, I expected an impartial viewpoint throughout the book, but it's clear that the author is a thrash metal fan who was unwilling to accept the style of their later music, and so just slags the band off left, right and centre when telling the story of their later years. If I wanted to hear opinions on their albums, I would have bought a music review magazine, not a biography.
The only original parts of the book that aren't lifted from past interviews are where the author has spoken to the people close to Hetfield. However, he must have asked the same vague question to every person - "What do you think about James Hetfield?" Every response is also the same - he's a very quiet person who finds it difficult to trust people, and not like the beast he portrays on stage. I got bored of reading this view point after the 5th time.
Overall, I really gave this book a chance to get good, but found reading the second half of the book a chore. Every chapter is just a repeat of the previous one and I don't feel like the book progresses through Hetfield's life at all. It just vaguely follows Metallica, and every now and then throws in a comment from someone about James.
Reading the Wikipedia article about him is more informative, enjoyable to read, and free.
If you read joel mciver's (justice for all) there is hardly any point in buying this, even though joel is very narrow minded when it comes to metallicas music he did have a lot of good facts in his book.
The thing that dissapointed me the most was the repitition of the frase " james was really shy when he was young but really grounded" this frase or something similar is repeated all over the book and becomes very annoying. Mark Eglington does have a true love for his subject and that shows, but he just don't have enough material to write a book about James Hetfield.
Im sorry for having to give this rather bad review of the book but it just don't hold water, credit to the author should be given for the fact that a portion of the profit will go to cancer research.
1. The "author" considers "The Thing That Should Not Be" a bad song
2. The "author" states that "Stone Cold Crazy" is a Motorhead song!!
Mark Eglinton seemed to do was lift comments & articals from other peoples books & DVD's. I managed to get half way through the book before it became a bit of a farce, repeating the fact that Hetfield was "down to earth" over and over again. It brushed over major points in his career but going in to detail on songs that the author didn't like like some digruntaled music critic that didn't get a free ticket for a show. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
that seller was great but the item overall was a hugh let down.
you can not say this is a biography of james hetfield at all in no way shape or form!!! yeah you hear about his childhood which i already knew about after reading enter night. but after his childhood all he ever says about james is everyone elses opinions on him when they first met and the only thing he says is that he is quiet in hundreds of different ways.
this book should no where near be this big as in every chapter the author is not talking about the personal life of james he is just going on about each track in every album and how bad all the tracks are after the black album.
he does mention what james has done eg kids marriage rehab but he doesnt go into depth with anything about james which in my opinion is what a biography should be not about the songs they wrote.
i havent even finished the book im on the 14th chapter out of 17 and i got so angry at the author with the way he slags off the songs that i had to tell everyone not to buy this book it awful.
i was expecting this book to go into great detail about the feelings of the events of what has happened over the time of being with metallica eg the tragic death of cliff burton r.i.p and the passing of his mum and dad and later his marriage kids and especially when he went into rehad but nothing just the mention of it as if its like of and this year james went to rehab then all about the songs again.
anyway i will be finishing the book only because i have got this far and not stopping but i will never be reading a book from this author ever again and i hope metallica see it and are extremely angry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
HETFIELD IS THE BEST FRONTMAN IN THE WORLD, LOVED READING THIS BOOK, A MUST FOR ANY METALLICA FAN, WISHED THERE HAD BEEN MORE PHOTOSPublished on 24 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer
All you need to know about the best frontman, rhythm guitar player, lyricist, songwriter, the list could go on for a while! Insights to all aspects of Jame Hetfield's life. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2013 by Entropia
Although I had NO interest in Metallica whatsoever other than a few of their songs, a friend convinced me to buy this book whilst I was in Edinburgh for the long flight home. Read morePublished on 8 May 2012 by WrittenWordLover
I wish I had taken note of the negative reviews and not bought this book. It's not very well structured and it isn't about James Hetfield but more about the history of how... Read morePublished on 29 April 2012 by Amazon Customer
I think this is something most metallica fans may want... however the information i found in this book i already knew, it is mainly all mainstream news. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2011 by Kierang
This badly written book is a disgrace to journalism. The author continually gives his opinion of Metallica songs as if they are fact, he's entitled to his opinion but I did not get... Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2011 by kotg2
First of all, this is my first book by Mark Eglinton, but I guarantee it won't be the last! I've been a huge fan of Metallica and most of all - it's driving force, James Hetfield,... Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2011 by Jarno Ukkola
Just completed reading Mark Eglingtons book and must say,really enjoyed it.It wasnt a book that you cant put down,however when I did pick it up again,you always remembered where... Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2010 by Andy King