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Def Leppard: The Definitive Visual History Hardcover – 1 May 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 01 edition (1 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811879305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811879309
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.5 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It's refreshing to see that the guys behind "Pour Some Sugar On Me" don't take themselves too seriously, and it makes this book a pleasure." --Metromix jersey Shore

About the Author

Photographer Ross Halfin began his career working for Sounds magazine in the 1970s, shooting various artists on the punk scene, including The Clash, The Jam, The Sex Pistols, 999, The Adverts. Halfin moved on to working mainly in the United States with bands like AC/DC, UFO, Rush, Journey, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath. He started Kerrang! magazine in 1980 with Geoff Barton and produced images of bands from that era, including Metallica, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, and Van Halen. In the VH1 series Behind the Music, Halfin was one of the most common people interviewed. He has shot numerous album covers and published several books on bands, including Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Black Crowes, Iron Maiden, Metallica. Halfin spends most of the year travelling the world but is still based in England. Def Leppard has sold over 65 million albums worldwide, most notably their two RIAA diamond certified albums Pyromania and Hysteria. They have a loyal fanbase that supports their recent albums and tours, and is (interestingly) a bit more female than the standard rock act. The band themselves would characterize themselves as hard rock rather than heavy metal, though they are often considered together with other metal acts. Emerging in the late '70s as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, the group actually owed more to the glam rock and metal of the early '70s, as their sound was equal parts T. Rex, Mott the Hoople, Queen, and Led Zeppelin. By toning down their heavy riffs and emphasizing melody, Def Leppard was poised for crossover success by 1983's Pyromania, and skillfully used the fledgling MTV network to their advantage. The musicians were already blessed with photogenic good looks, but they also crafted a series of innovative, exciting videos that made them into stars. They intended to follow Pyromania quickly but were derailed when their drummer lost an arm in a car accident, the first of many problems that plagued the group's career. Def Leppard managed to pull through such tragedies, and they even expanded their large audience with 1987's blockbuster Hysteria. As the '90s began, mainstream hard rock shifted away from Leppard's signature pop-metal and toward edgier, louder bands, yet the group maintained a sizable audience into the late '90s and were one of only a handful of '80s metal groups to survive the decade more or less intact.

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Great Book
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I don't normally buy books about musicians (although I also have Animal Instinct), but made an exception for this as it was meant to cover all era's of the band.

The book doesn't disappoint and does exactly that, starting with some of early shows from 1979 in Sheffield, right up to present day. There is a mixture of formal, informal, live, backstage, on the road, the studio, and even in the bath! Obviously you would expect a high standard of photos from Mr Halfin, but more than that, they are carefully arranged and commented (by the band) to give you some insight to life in a rock band. Through the pictures, you get at least a glimpse of how they changed, matured, and grew up (and old!) together.

A good pictorial history and well worth the cash.
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I was (am) a massive fan of the Lepps from their very first album right up to Adrenalize. I hated Slang, enjoyed Euphoria and chucked X in the bin. Since that time I lost interest in Sheffield's finest musical export since that time but that lost interest was rekindled by the release of Viva Hysteria and then I came across this "people are also buying..." Recommendation from Amazon. Ross Halfin's association sold me (as I have Ross' book on Maiden).

This book was a real trip down memory lane for me as I've seen the Lepps a lot over the years and seeing these top quality, bird's eye view of the band brought my childhood flooding back. During my band days, we used to practice Leppard numbers all the time including many from their excellent first two releases, and dreamed of living their lifestyles as we imagined them. Halfin's photos give us a glimpse at what that lifestyle might have looked like in reality as we only imagined it. Thanks Ross for the memories and what is a terrific book full of great insights into what is one of the most interesting, if inconsistent, rock bands to hail from the Sceptred Isle.
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This book goes back to the early days. It is a very good insight to the bands history. I have been a fan for many years and have enjoyed looking back on some of the photos of the band and how they have changed. This book is a must have.
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Bought this as a present for my mum's birthday and she loves it. Its a must have for any Def Leppard fan and is worth every penny, the photos are fantastic.
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The clue is in the title not much verbal lots of pictures
Interesting though what you do get although twice or three times of much would have been appreciated as you can never have to much leopard
What a career they've had an well deserved
Loved the book it's leppard what's not to like
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