The Truth About Metallica: Justice for All Hardcover – 10 Apr 2004
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Very professional - I get asked to sign copies of this book all over the world.' Lars Ulrich, Metallica'McIver has left no stone unturned to discover the truth - exactly the weighty tome Metallica deserve.' Record Collector'McIver is exhaustive in his research - a book for the [Metallica] obsessive.' Q --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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For over two decades Metallica have been testing the boundaries of speed, heaviness and volume with their music, selling over 85 million albums in the process and becoming the seventh biggest musical act in American history. Their early years were a blur of drunken club dates, endless tours and on-the-road misdemeanours; later they became one of the world's most respected extreme metal acts despite the tragedy of losing their bass player, Cliff Burton; and later still they settled comfortably into the stadium-rock mainstream, attaining a level of radio-friendly popularity that no-one could have believed possible 20 years before. The early years of the new century have seen Metallica engage in the infamous legal tussle with Napster, lose a longtime member and go through rehab and therapy to emerge from the other side a new and wiser band. Theirs is a story like no other. But there are many grey areas in that story: areas which the public has never really known about until now. Fans have always asked the following questions: Were Metallica the first thrash metal band? What was Cliff Burton's real role in Metallica? What really happened on the night of the 1986 coach crash which killed Burton? What's the truth behind Metallica's 'alternative' (read: dull) mid-1990s albums, Load and Reload? Were Metallica right to sue Napster? Are Metallica the world's greatest heavy metal band? But there have been no answers -- until now. Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica is no simple biography. As well as telling Metallica's story with a level of detail and eyewitness veracity which has never been attempted before, the author has exposed the biggest myths about the band and told the simple truth about how they originated and what the real facts are. He has interviewed over 75 prominent musicians, producers, writers, band associates and other related personnel to get to the truth behind what really happens in the world of Hetfield, Ulrich and Co. Giving praise where it is due but pulling no punches when necessary, The Truth About Metallica is the book that Metallica deserve, and makes an eye-opening read for anyone who likes their music brutal and their facts straight.See all Product Description
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Where the book falls down big time is the author's attempts at analysis of either the band members, their motivations or the band's songs themselves. For instance, rather than investigating the meaning or motivation behind songs and albums, most analysis concentrates on the speed and complexity of the guitar parts or how the songs were recorded. So, rather than in depth analysis of songs such as 'god that failed' or 'mama said' the reader is left with a quick description of how the song sounds and what pretty much sounds like extended production notes.
Even worse, where some analysis is attempted this is often simply the author's opinions on the songs or developments in the bands career. This can often be as little as whether he likes it or not (since 1996 mostly not). For a book claiming to be the 'truth' about metallica this is pretty poor. This sometimes goes to absurd levels when the author attempts to prove (or not) so called myths about the band. In these sections the previous plodding prose morphs into an extremely tedious drone as opinion and counter opinion is spouted to no particular end.
The overall impression I had of the book was that it was the work of an over earnest disgruntled ex-fan. A lot of it reads like either a fanzine or the letters page of the metal mags of old. Even this would be fair enough if the story had been conveyed with a certain amount of style and a sense of excitement about the subject matter. Unfortunately it has not.
This, I'm afraid, is one of those occasions where it's best to reach for something authorised, as this tome has all the flavour of a late-night easy-watching 30-minutes biopic, in which people who once met the band's tea-lady are called upon to dispense their 'wisdom'. A shame indeed, and a rather expensive shame.
Its a real shame about this, if the second half was as good as the firsthalf then I would recomend this book, but as it is, only buy if you canget it in a sale.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, still reading it but definitely worth it so far!! So many details for the best metal band ever!Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by Entropia
After reading Mick Walls "Enter Night" i must say this was much more enjoyable even if the second half is like other reviewers here mention not as good as the first. Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2012 by Gaute Tangen
Details, vision, scope, clarity, depth, this book has it all. metallica themselves never knew their story went so deep. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2004 by King
I couldn't put this one down, and it's a pretty heavy read! The book go into every detail a dedicated Metallica fan could hope for, from the music that shaped their lives when they... Read morePublished on 13 May 2004
You can never be too hard on Metallica because they ARE the Led Zeppelin of our generation...Joel McIver has done a tremendous job on "Justice For All". Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2004 by Dan Lorenzo