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Thrash Metal: the Eighties Phenomenon That Grew out of Punk Rock and Its Influence on the American Youth Sub-culture of the 80's Paperback – 19 Jun 2013

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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition (19 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490486852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490486857
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,130,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Javier S. Medina has been involved with the Heavy Metal & Punk Rock scene from the 1970s & 80s. Much of his knowledge came from working at record stores in NYC and playing with bands from Thrash to Pop music so he gives you the inside dirt from behind scenes from a scholarly perspective. Medina is a student of Historical Studies at SUNY University in Manhattan, NY.

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Badly written ,The author claims to know his stuff but clearly doesnt ,he doesnt understand thrash or punk and ass for the seco=ond part of the book ,Homosexuality in metal WTF !!! stay away and keep your money ,if i bought this as a paerback it`d be straight in the bin.
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Without doubt the poorest written book I have read. Spelling and grammar are atrocious in what should be an interesting book. The proof reader needs firing (if there was one) and English must be the author's third or fourth language.
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This book has a few good points but then towards the end focuses on sexuality, when the music should take the main focal point.
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HASH(0xa364e540) out of 5 stars Tells it like it was 16 Oct. 2013
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Prefacing this book with his personal experience, the author gives a chronology from the '70s to the '90s, peppered with anecdotes and fanzine-style illustrations (if you were there, they'll warm your heart, trust me) that show the gradual metamorphosis from raw punk (complete with quotes from acts like Tuff Darts, for you NYC'ers) to thrash metal, and how it reflected the sociopolitical climate of the day. From fan dress codes to anti-establishment acts selling out, this book paints the line from east to west coast thrash metal (all of which you probably love if you're reading this), noting some unique proto-crossover elements in things like Paul Dianno's voice, scene rifts created by bands like Guns n' Roses, and even the disco-styled drum beats of Mercyful Fate's Kim Ruzz. Even Mordred get a mention in the slow downhill fall to nu-metal.

This book is very New York-based, so you'll read about the demise of indie record shops throughout the five boroughs where bands got vital press & promotion. Names like Perialis and Zazula crop up, which no metalhead should need explained. Having worked in metal shops myself, this section hit closest to home, as these stores were truly "modern day cathedrals" to the music and its message. Perfectly said.

This little volume closes with an interestingly subversive take on Rob Halford's homosexuality, and how it should have come as no shock, considering the flamboyance of many bands meant to antagonize Tipper Gore's PMRC; this thread is traced back to the New York Dolls, David Bowie's sexual preferences, and Freddie Mercury's theatricality with Queen.

A good read with vital information for all metal and rock fans, by someone (for once) who was actually there. For an indie publication, this was $5 well spent.
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HASH(0xa36bbe7c) out of 5 stars Speaking the truth 5 Sept. 2013
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Finally someone with the balls to speak the truth about the first wave of American thrash metal. Yes kiddies, there were more bands than the big 4.
This is like the blueprint of everything that followed. If you want to learn about the true history of thrash metal, read this book!
HASH(0xa36bbdc8) out of 5 stars This Not For The Metalli - Close Minded 1 Sept. 2013
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First off all this is not your traditional story of sex, drugs and rock & roll excess. You will not find Niki Sixx or some other rock star complaning about the rigors of stardom or giving you a sobby story about them been bully at school or beaten up by their parents. For me who grew up in the streets of New York during this amazing period going to every dive that reek of thrash and punk bands playing, this book is certainly a flash back to what was realy happening in the scene. The author of this book also shares some of the old underground music stories of the east coast scene, unkown to the rest of the American underground. Overall, the book is a good reading for those who what to be introduce to the world of punk and thrash beginings and eventual demise, as well as those looking for a new output on the music and its influences.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa36cab94) out of 5 stars Boring and poorly written 31 Aug. 2013
By Matt - Published on
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Wait, this isn't this author's first book?? I love Thrash Metal, and buy every piece of Literature on the subject I can find. I'm sorry, but I'm not sure what book the other reviewer read. This book is boring, gives about 5 "new" pieces of insight to these bands (which I'm not even sure is accurate), and was so poorly edited it gave me a headache trying to figure out what some sentences meant. I'm seriously angry. Ten of my friends could have written this (and they might have actually proofread the book before they released it; seriously, if there was an "Editor" for this book, he must have been asleep or drunk). Whoever felt they could release this and charge people money should be ashamed.
HASH(0xa36caa14) out of 5 stars This book was not what I expected. It does ... 5 Aug. 2014
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This book was not what I expected. It does contain a lot of Thrash Metal knowledge, but it seems the author was writing from notes and journals, oppose to the actual experiance of the genre. The entire ending of the book focuses on homosexuality and music which I felt was unneeded. This book has now become a bottom of the pile bathroom read.
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