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Heavy Metal Movies Book Interview With Mike “McBeardo” McPadden!

Posted by on Jun.23, 2014, under Current Shows No Comments

 

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Mike “McBeardo” McPadden’s new book Heavy Metal Movies: Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos and Cult Zombies Amok In The 666 Most Ear-And-Eye-Ripping Big-Screen Films Ever! should live on every movie fan’s shelf.  McPadden injects humor, passion and some giddy delight into sharing these curated treasures with the masses, and it’s infectious. A conversation with Alice Cooper, The Godfather of Heavy Metal Movies, helps set the tone at the beginning of the book and McPadden is more than capable of taking it from there.

While you’ll certainly debate the contents with friends (and possibly mortal enemies), you’ll keep turning the pages for more mayhem and hidden gems.

In this interview we talk about which movie came the closest to making McPadden puke, why werewolves can’t get the same love as vampires and zombies, and how Leonard Maltin’s’ “Bomb”s fueled his passions.

Buy Heavy Metal Movies. Follow McBeardo on Twitter. Check out the Heavy Metal Movies website.


Louder Than Hell Book: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal Interview With Jon Weiderhorn And Katherine Turman

Posted by on Aug.22, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

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It’s not going out on a limb to say that Jon Weiderhorn (Senior writer for Revolver) will most likely have co-written two of Rock Book Show’s favorite books of the year. The first, was Al Jourgensen’s memoir Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen and now, the incredible Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal.  Katherine Turman (producer for Alice Cooper’s radio show- Nights With Alice Cooper) is the perfect partner in crime to complete this over 700 page monster.

The book is a chronological history looking at the most early roots of Metal to recent innovators Slipknot, Mastodon, and Lamb of God,  with as many genres of metal that could be squeezed into the pages as possible. Some bands and genres didn’t make the cut, but there is still plenty to read and discuss. In true well-written oral history form, even if  you’re not a fan of the genre of music, you can still easily be sucked into the stories.

In this interview we cover Weiderhorn and Turman’s collaborative process that started back at RIP magazine, how Metal and theatrics feed on each other, the most pungent band in Metal and what bands they just can’t agree on.

Buy Louder Than Hell. Follow Jon on Twitter. Follow Katherine on Twitter. The official Tumblr is here. Like the Facebook page.


What You Want Is In The Limo In 1973 With Led Zeppelin, The Who, And Alice Cooper: Interview

Posted by on Jul.31, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

 

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Forty years have passed since 1973, but it remains one of the most fascinating years in rock history. The list of bands on tour that year is astonishing, CBGB’s and The Roxy opened, and rock and roll excess became the norm.

Author Michael Walker dissects the seminal rock and roll year of 1973.  Using the record-breaking tours of The Who, Alice Cooper and Led Zeppelin as a jumping-off point, Walker talks us backstage, in the limo, and everywhere in between.  This book gives incredible insight into how some of the most famous bands rolled back in the day.

In this interview we talk about why the 60’s didn’t have the infrastructure to handle the giant tours of the 70’s, how the backstage pass was born, and what unexpected turns the biggest bands in music took after the year ended.

Buy What You Want Is in the Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born. Follow Michael on Twitter. See Michael’s author page on Random House.


Dick Wagner Talks Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and more in new book

Posted by on Apr.24, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

 

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Not Only Women Bleed by Dick Wagner is a great rock memoir – funny, poignant, and full of great stories from an impressive career.  Wagner takes the reader through his early days in Detroit and rising to the top of that music scene, touring with Lou Reed, and then Alice Cooper with whom he wrote some of Cooper’s biggest hits (including “Welcome To My Nightmare” and “Only Women Bleed”). Wagner also got to produce his hero Little Richard, and that recording session devolved into something so crazy, it’s one of the funniest stories in the book. And there are plenty more stories where that came from. Wagner fans will also love all the little known stories and tidbits, including details on the time he auditioned to be the lead singer of Blood, Sweat and Tears.

One more reason this autobiography really works is the style of the book. It’s set up in a series of vignettes which makes it extremely readable and enjoyable.  More rock memoirs could benefit from using this style, just sayin’…

In this interview, which like Wagner’s book is a series of vignettes, we talk about working with Little Richard, writing “Welcome To My Nightmare” on the beach with Alice Cooper (of which there’s a performance with that piece of the interview) and working with Lou Reed and Steve Hunter.  There’s also talk of a possible film version of Wagner’s life, which after reading the book, would be likely be wonderful.

Buy Not Only Women Bleed: Vignettes from the Heart of a Rock Musician [With 2 CDs]. Visit Dick’s website (where you can also read an excerpt from the book). Find Dick on Facebook.


Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal Book Out Soon

Posted by on Apr.23, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

 

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Metal fans will love the new book Louder Than Hell. Look for it to release on May 14th. And, here’s what the press release had to say:

LOUDER THAN HELL

THE DEFINITIVE ORAL HISTORY OF METAL
By Jon Wiederhorn & Katherine Turman

BASED ON HUNDREDS OF ORIGINAL INTERVIEWS WITH METAL LUMINARIES INCLUDING LEMMY/MOTORHEAD, MEMBERS OF BLACK SABBATH, MEGADETH, KORN, PANTERA, LIMP BIZKIT, METALLICA, MARILYN MANSON, VAN HALEN, AND MANY MORE!

“Essential.” —REVOLVER (4/4 stars review!)

“An indispensable oral history of an often misunderstood musical genre.”
—KIRKUS REVIEWS (a starred review!)

“I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then Louder than Hell is a must-read.”
—ALICE COOPER

“…the authors’ inclusiveness give this examination a weight that is just as heavy as the music.”
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“This is the best oral history I’ve read since Please Kill Me. Louder than Hell is the first book that really delivers the brutal truth from the mouths of the artists and key players themselves!
I couldn’t put it down.” —MATT PINFIELD

Compiled from over 400 interviews conducted by respected music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal (It Books; May 14, 2013; Hardcover; $32.50) is a chronological history of heavy metal, told through the words of the men and women who created it, played it, re-invented it, and continue to rock it.

Revolver senior editor Wiederhorn and Nights with Alice Cooper producer Turman dug deep into their extensive list of contacts to uncover never-before-heard stories, eye-opening admissions and the truth behind metal’s most explosive legends. Candid and confessional commentary comes straight from icons of the genre, including: Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Eddie Van Halen, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Lita Ford, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield,

Axl Rose, Slash, Corey Taylor, Dave Mustaine, Chuck Schuldiner, Lemmy Kilmister, King Diamond, Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Slayer’s Kerry King, Phil Anselmo, Rob Zombie and more. With an introduction by Scott Ian of Anthrax and an afterword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and with two 16-page photo inserts, with some never-before seen candid shots by celebrated rock photographers Stephanie Cabral and Robert Matheu, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.

The many musicians interviewed by these veteran journalists offer their take on their influences, touring, the music business, and songwriting, as well as their often-traumatic upbringings, battles with substance abuse, and bizarre sexual exploits. Industry insiders (including managers, record label executives, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists, and porn stars) provide additional insight.

From the creation of Black Sabbath in the late 1960s, to Judas Priest’s development of the leather-and-studs look, to Metallica introducing the world to thrash, to the inception of Ozzfest, to Faith No More accidentally creating the first hybrid of rap and metal, to the provocative exploits of the Sunset Strip scene, to the death and destruction surrounding Norwegian black metal, LOUDER THAN HELL gets to the meat of the metal matter:
Rob Halford of Judas Priest reveals how he kicked cocaine and alcohol in 1986 after tragically witnessing his boyfriend’s suicide and sought solace in spirituality, which has helped the Metal God stay clean to this day.
Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose talks about the early days of Guns N’ Roses, the making of the 36-million-copy-selling debut Appetite for Destruction, and how Robert Willams’ graphic cover art was censored.
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi explains how he lost parts of his fingers while working a day job in a factory – and created homemade prosthetics so he could play guitar, which changed the tonality of the instrument and the sound of heavy metal forever.
Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson shares how he dug through his own vomit in search of the balloon of heroin he’d swallowed to avoid being arrested by the police, and then used that heroin to celebrate his victory over not getting busted.
Members of Metallica and Anthrax detail the horrifying events of 1986 when Metallica’s tour bus crashed and tipped over, crushing bassist Cliff Burton beneath it while the rest of the members escaped relatively unscathed.
Alice Cooper reveals how it was really wheelchair-bound members of his AUDIENCE who tore the live chicken apart during his fateful concert in Toronto, while Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne give first-person accounts of Ozzy biting the head off a dove while wasted during a high-level record company meeting, and decapitating a bat onstage during his Diary of a Madman tour.
Hellhammer, drummer of Norway’s pioneering black metal band Mayhem, talks about ex-vocalist Dead committing suicide and how guitarist Euronymous used a chunk of Dead’s brain to make a Mexican stew.
Biohazard guitarist Billy Graziadei details how gang bangers stabbed a member of the group’s posse with a hunting knife while shouting, “Payback, Motherfucker!” and how the band vowed to retaliate. Vocalist Evan Seinfeld also recounts his graphic sexual liaisons while on tour, and how they led to his career in porn.
Slipknot bassist Paul Gray (who died of an overdose at age 38 during the writing of LOUDER THAN HELL) discusses the evolution of the lineup; physical fights between band members, and his own struggles with addiction.

LOUDER THAN HELL explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal—from metal progenitors such as Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and the MC5 to current day innovators including Slipknot, Mastodon, and Lamb of God—LOUDER THAN HELL is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres.

About the Authors:

Jon Wiederhorn is a senior writer for Revolver who also writes for Guitar World, Yahoo.com, eMusic.com, and SPIN.com. His second book, the authorized biography of Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, is scheduled for release in August. His work has also appeared in SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Raygun, RIP, Alternative Press, Raw, Cosmopolitan, Teen People and Metal Hammer. Jon currently lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, down the street from legendary ‘80s/’90s metal club L’Amour. His greatest accomplishment is teaching his two pre-teens to flash the devil horns long before they discovered Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

Katherine Turman is the producer for Alice Cooper’s nightly syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper. A former editor of RIP magazine and producer at TV’s The Sharon Osbourne Show as well as radio’s Rockline, her writing has been in major publications including Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, SPIN, Billboard, Marie Claire, Guitar World, Metal Hammer, Village Voice and Daily Variety. A Los Angeles native, she now lives in Brooklyn.

Advance Praise for LOUDER THAN HELL:

“Louder Than Hell comes straight from the twisted minds of rock icons and flows seamlessly through various eras of heavy metal. You hear from the guys that were there on the stage, in the pit, puking in the gutter. It brought back memories, and I even learned a few things I never knew. I really dig this book.” —Riki Rachtman, DJ, VJ

“Books on the history of even something as cool as metal can be a bit antiseptic and boring—not this one. It’s the story straight from the horse’s mouth. Even better is when the horses have experimented with drugs and black out occasionally. . .” —Brendon Small, creator of Dethklok and Metalocalypse

“Who likes rock n roll here?? Well if you do, this is the book for you! Every rock has been overturned, every band has been analyzed, quoted, and lionized and every page offers a new fact or figure that you probably didn’t know. This is the definitive chronicle of all that is heavy metal and I’ve read them all!” —Chris Jericho, Fozzy

“Katherine Turman and Jon Wiederhorn know metal. Louder than Hell is an amazing gathering of different breeds of heavy metal rockers telling the tales metal fans want to hear.”
—Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine

“This is the book every metal fan should own. A fascinating high-octane chronicle of metal mayhem that takes readers on a wild ride, from metal’s earliest days to the head-banging present. I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then Louder than Hell is a must-read.”
—Alice Cooper

“Louder than Hell is a love letter to the misunderstood genre of heavy metal music, written by trusted companions who had a front row seat on the devil’s rollercoaster. The definitive chronological testimony by the people who were there, including some who are no longer with us.” —Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray and co-host Extra

“An amazingly comprehensive book on all eras and genres of hard rock and heavy metal. The stories and attention to detail make it an instant must for anyone who ever was or is a fan.”
—Eddie Trunk, DJ and host of “That Metal Show” on VH1 Classic