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Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years Book Interview With D.X. Ferris

Posted by on May.21, 2014, under Current Shows No Comments


D.X. Ferris has written the book on Slayer before with Reign In Blood for the 33 1/3 book series. This time, he had a few ideas in mind for a new Slayer book, but a series of unforeseen circumstances, including Jeff Hanneman’s untimely death, spun his book idea in a new direction and Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years rose from the ashes. It’s a well done bio that although lengthy, general music fans can also enjoy, because Ferris dissects Slayer’s  dynamics and personalities, allowing the reader to completely understand the band, it’s quirks, and history.

There’s a lot to talk about in this interview including Rick Rubin’s legacy now that Slayer has split with him for good, predictions for the upcoming Riot Fest performances of Reign In Blood, why the band could never “Metallica-It-Out” and defense of the argument that it’s Slayer’s world and we’re all just living in it.

Buy the book. Here’s the book website. Find Ferris on Twitter.  The book on Twitter.

Scott Ian /Anthrax Memoir And Heavy Metal Movies — Books Coming Soon!

Posted by on Apr.02, 2014, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments


scott ian book I'm The Man

Scott Ian of Anthrax has finally put together his memoirs. Set for September release from Da Capo Press, I’m The Man: The Official Story of Anthrax will look at Ian’s dysfunctional home life and his escape through the turbulent world of heavy metal. It also chronicles the complete history of Anthrax.   Ian got an assist from co-author Jon Weiderhorn who always does a great job of helping musicians find their literary voice. 

Weiderhorn co-wrote the excellent Louder Than Hell with Kathryn Turman, and they will  celebrate the release of the paperback version at Book Soup in L.A. in May with a special appearance from Ian. 

heavy metal movies Mike McPadden

The fine folks from Bazillion Points Books  have us all pumped up to read HEAVY METAL MOVIES: Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos & Cult Zombies Amok in the 666 Most Ear and Eye-Ripping Big-Scream Films Ever!, by Mike “McBeardo” McPadden. Lavishly illustrated, gruesomely executed, and featuring well over 1000 of the most intense and headbanging movies ever produced, HEAVY METAL MOVIES is the ultimate guidebook to the complete molten musical cinema experience.

The book is now available for pre-order and will ship out in May. It includes some of the best pre-order swag ever– a bonus fabric patch and artisan barf bag! An ARTISAN BARF BAG!

New And Future Releases From Questlove, Ray Davies, Metallica, And More

Posted by on Jun.19, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

In this super sized edition of the news, we look at new and recent releases from Questlove, Nathan Rabin, Darlene Love and Iron Maiden. Then we look at ten of the over 150 books coming out between now and New Year’s.

Rock Book Show News!

Posted by on Jun.12, 2013, under Current Shows, News No Comments

It’s our first episode with new releases, book news and Father’s Day ideas.

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

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


louder than hell book cover

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:


By Jon Wiederhorn & Katherine Turman


“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.”

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

“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

E Street Shuffle, Nick Cave, AC/DC Dirty Deeds And More Eddie Trunk

Posted by on Jan.18, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments


The Art Of Nick Cave, out this week, paints a picture of Cave through a collection of essays.

E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Springsteen and the E Street Band, looks at the darker side of Springsteen and the band. Written by Clinton Heylin, check out one of his older books From the Velvets to the Voidoids: The Birth of American Punk Rock.

- One you might have missed: Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll, by Joe Oestereich, tells the tale of kind-of-sorta making it in the business and learning to live with a different level of success.

- Mark Evans was nineteen when he joined the biggest band to come out of Australia. His story is now told in Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC.

- Eddie Trunk’a book, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal, was so successful that the sequel, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Vol. 2 will be out later this year. Now everyone left out of the first edition can stop being mad at Trunk.

Best Rock Books 2012 As Picked By Some Of Our Guests

Posted by on Dec.14, 2012, under News No Comments


We asked some of our former guests what their favorite rock books were this year, and this is what they said:

Mike McPadden—(author, If You Like Metallica, Here Are Over 200 Bands, CDs, Movies And Other Oddities That You Will Love)

We Got Power: Hardcore Punk Scenes From Southern California- David Markey and Jordan Schwartz

David Markey directed two of my all time favorite rock movies: Desperate Teenage Lovedolls (1984) and Lovedolls Superstar (1986).Now, with We Got Power, he has co-authored my all-time favorite book
about my all-time favorite mode of punk: early ’80s Black Flag-Redd Kross-Circle Jerk-Germs SoCal. It’s an invaluable artifact of “you-are-there” zine reprints and never-before seen photos, with wise,
weird, and rib-tickling reflections from those who endure.

My Cross to BearGreg Allman with Alan Light

In 2012, I grew my hair long, quit trimming my beard, upped my barbecue intake, and set my Spotify playlists to (more or less) full-time southern rock. I also read Gregg Allman’s My Cross to Bear
on a trip to North Carolina last spring. Coincidence? I reckon not.

Eddie Trunk—(author, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal)

Peter Criss’s From Makeup to Breakup

I feel it’s the best book on Kiss yet. Peter wears it on his sleeve so it was no surprise he was this forthcoming and he is as hard on himself as others. A great read for Kiss and non Kiss fans.

Scott Heim—(author, The First Time I Heard…(David Bowie, The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush, New Order/Joy Division, Cocteau Twins– E-Book Series) 

Talent Is An Asset: The Story Of Sparks- Daryl Easlea

The music book I read this year that I most enjoyed was TALENT IS AN ASSET: THE STORY OF SPARKS by Daryl Easlea.  I think the book was released in Europe prior to 2012, but it’s been pretty difficult to get over here, so when I was in the UK early this year, I made sure to head right to the music section at a Waterstone’s, and luckily, I found a copy.  I’ve loved Sparks for many, many years, in every one of their forever-changing incarnations; being a Sparks fan is like being in an exclusive club for eccentrics, and reading this book made me feel even cozier within that club.  Ron and Russell Mael have been making brilliant, weird, and thrilling music for over 40 years now, and the TALENT IS AN ASSET book helps give them a little bit of the recognition and respect they so deserve.

Caryn Rose—(author, Raise Your Hand: Adventures Of An American Springsteen Fan In Europe)

The One- RJ Smith

This is not only one of the best rock books of 2012, it’s one of the best rock books ever written, and is for some reason criminally ignored. This biography of James Brown is an astounding, lyrical piece of work that doesn’t just show and tell, it makes you feel the story. It candy colors nothing about Brown’s life, good or bad, but is still a story full of deep, deep respect for the man’s music, work and effect on history. It will not only teach you about James Brown, but about U.S. history, about early rock and roll, about the fledgling days of the music business, about the Civil Rights movement, and about rhythm and blues. If you consider yourself a serious fan of rock music you need to read this book.

Commando – The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone

At this point there are no secrets left in the Ramones camp, between all of the books, good and bad. I knew I had to read this but I was dreading doing so; it was bad enough that I already thought Johnny was a jerk, I wasn’t sure that I needed it confirmed by Johnny himself. I’m glad I persevered because this book helped me see him through different lenses. I still think he was more than a little bit of a jerk, but I also feel like he made no bones about that, ever. His life was fascinating and his perspective on life, rock and roll and his work was extraordinarily interesting. The other element is that Johnny is one of these figures in rock and roll who wrote everything down and kept track of absolutely everything. I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you what’s in the book as a result of that habit but you can imagine the results.

Earl Douglas-(author, Black Rock Volume 1)

Bettye LaVette – A Woman Like Me

Singer Bettye LaVette pens the ultimate story of how it took her over 40 years to become an overnight sensation.  Loaded with tales of sex, drugs, good times and bad (with or involving music’s biggest movers and shakers), ‘A Woman Like Me’ is THE rock n roll survivor’s tome.  A must read.

Pete Townshend – Who I Am

The long awaited memoir by The Who frontman is everything you would expect: Insightful, colorful, brutally honest and meticulously detailed.  This is a well rounded look at one of rock’s most beloved artists.

Marc Dolan—(author, Bruce Springsteen And The Promise Of Rock ‘N’ Roll)

How Music Works- David Byrne

Raise Your Hand:Adventures Of An American Springsteen Fan In Europe- Caryn Rose

So many great music books have come out this year, almost too many for one person to keep track of (except Kimberly, of course). Of the ones I have read, I would pick one from a performer’s perspective and one from an audience member’s perspective.The performer’s book is David Byrne’s How Music Works, which for me actually bags the brass ring after which Dylan, Richards, and Young were all grasping in their books. It’s not a book you read for the cameo appearances, the substance abuse, or the greatest hits. It uses the specifics of the author’s life to talk about music in general, which is a much harder trick to pull off than you’d think.

The audience member’s book is Caryn Rose’s Raise Your Hand. It’s an EP, not an LP, but it perfectly captures what intelligent fandom is like, how someone who may seem simply obsessed to an outsider is actually logical, critical, and just extremely well-informed. It also reminds me of Greil Marcus’ book on Van Morrison a few years back, about how ephemeral but glorious certain moments of art can be.

Both Byrne and Rose have strong points of view, and I don’t agree with either of them on everything, not by a longshot. But those two books do what all great works of criticism do–they make you want to pull the music down off the shelf and give it a fresh hearing.

Joe Bonomo—(editor, Conversations With Greil Marcus)

Every Day I Take A Wee: The Beastie Boys And The Untimely Death Of Suburban Folklore- Christopher R. Weingarten

Who I Am: A Memoir- Pete Townshend

Commando- The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone

Every Day I Take A Wee: The Beastie Boys And The Untimely Death Of Suburban Folklore (Christopher R. Weingarten) and Who I Am: A Memoir (Pete Townshend). The former is part of Singles Notes, Rhino Records’ e-book series. Former SPIN editor Weingarten tells a funny tale of growing up white and suburban and navigating the sometimes tricky cultural landscape of hip-hop and geeky Beastie Boys fandom. Weingarten’s smart and doesn’t take himself too seriously, thoughtfully exploring NYC romance and the increasing divide between old-school record collectors and current downloading music fans. Townshend’s book sprawls, unsurprisingly from a man who speaks in paragraphs, but is a detailed, engrossing account of what it was like to be the cause of, and in many ways the victim of, the aural and cultural storm that was The Who. Townshend’s honest in the book about his shortcomings as a songwriter and a man, and at times his bafflement in the face of his own philandering and general ill behavior gets tiresome and predictable. But overall Who I Am is an idiosyncratic, valuable look at coming of age as a songwriter in the 1960s and 70s and of truly believing Rock’s promises for a better world.

Johnny Ramone’s autobiography Commando is exactly what I expected. His voice is dry and forthright (you can hear the Borough accent), lacking in self-interrogation but with the occasional self-criticism. Ramone’s not shy about exposing some bad decisions and poor judgement, especially in his reckless, aimless adolescence, but Commando is hardly his end-of-life mea culpa, an opportunity to sensitively, unsparingly essay his life for telling contradictions and graphic self-awareness. Essentially, what governs Commando is a late-life shrug: we did what we did as best we could. I’m a little surprised at—and a bit uneasy with—how appealing I find Ramone’s voice. I think that I would’ve loved talking to him; we could have discussed baseball and rock and roll all night long, and when the subject turned to politics I would’ve dodged the issues on which I knew we wouldn’t agree. But I would certainly have known where he stood. Our shared ground might have been broader than I would’ve guessed. Judging from people I’ve spoken with who knew Ramone, his stubbornness and narrow-mindedness could be wearing. Confined between book covers, his personality is appealing, if odious at times. Entertainingly predictable. I laughed a lot—you know what you’re getting, and what’s coming, with Ramone.

The Bermuda Quadrangle: New Releases This Week From Neil Young, John Taylor, Weird Al And Kirk Hammett

Posted by on Sep.27, 2012, under News No Comments

Something for everyone appeared in the week’s new releases.

-Neil Young’s memoir Waging Heavy Peace was called by Rolling Stone the “memoir only Young could write. Honest, moving and kind of all over the place.”


Weird Al released Weird Al: The Book, a comprehensive look at his thirty year career in pictures, tweets and so much more.


John Taylor’s In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran should please fans with tales about the excess of the 80’s.



-Metallica’s Kirk Hammett gives a rare view into his massive horror memorabilia collection with Too Much Horror Business.  Hammett spent two years working on the project and the result is stunning.

Heavy Metal And Hard Rock Secrets Revealed In “Tales From The Stage”

Posted by on Sep.25, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Michael Toney’s Tales From The Stage is a collection of fifteen interviews with famous heavy metal and hard rock guitar players in what he plans to be a series of books.  The interviews goes into new and unusual territory and yield surprising answers.  Its a fun and informative read with some jaw-dropping honesty from quite a few subjects.

In this interview we talk about Toney’s choice of money and politics questions, why there aren’t any bass players in the first edition and why Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P. should write a book.

Part of the proceeds of the book benefit the Ride For Dime organization.  Read excerpts, find bonus material and buy the book here. Find Michael on Facebook.

Metallica Meets Mr. Skin’s Mike McPadden In This New Book

Posted by on Jul.30, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Meet Mike McPadden; music writer for over twenty years and head writer for Mr.Skin.com.  McPadden’s new book is the latest in the Backbeat Books “If You Like” series,  If You Like Metallica…Here Are Over 200 Bands, CDs, Movies and Other Oddities That You Will Love.

For this interview, we caught up with Mike via Skype, and our conversation focused on Metallica…but we also found ourselves talking about encased meats and why “Call Me Maybe” is not your average pop song.