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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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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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.
This is like the blueprint of everything that followed. If you want to learn about the true history of thrash metal, read this book!