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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.

Al Jourgensen Book Interview: Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen

Posted by on Jul.09, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments


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No normal human could survive Al Jourgensen’s life. Jourgensen himself died three times living it.  Fair warning for those who write rock memoirs, Jourgensen may never be topped in his tales of debauchery, yet somehow he still has a charm about him. How does he do it?

Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen takes the reader on a tour of Al’s intense life and lifestyle, from his immigration to the U.S. from Cuba as a child, through Ministry’s extreme morphing from synth-pop combo to industrial noise machine, culminating in Al’s plans for the future…with tons of interesting, often shocking, observations and revelations from Jourgensen, including things like his homemade prescription to fight V.D. from groupies (here’s a hint: external application to genitals of hot pizza may be involved).

Of course, the book will be interesting to Ministry fans, but Jourgensen is such an intriguing character that non-fans will find the book equally enjoyable, entertaining and insightful.  And did we mention shocking?

Maybe Jourgensen is like the John McEnroe of Industrial Metal. You may not like his shenanigans and outrageous behavior, but you have to respect his talent and ability to stay true to himself, which in a way, makes him accidentally inspirational for anyone else trying to do the same. Ultimately, like his wife Angie says,’He’s just a nice Midwestern guy.”

Here are some highlights of our interview:

“It’s no redemption story, it’s no cautionary tale, it’s none of the above.” (at the 1:54 mark)

Why he considers William Burroughs, Timothy Leary and Billy Gibbons “cool cats”. (4:00)

“The creation process is my thing. I love the studio. I hate live.” (6:00)

Find out Al’s favorite album of all-time (10:00)

“I made $75 one day busking, playing pedal steel and harmonica” (10:45)

“I’ve been working on a fiction book for 28 years” (10:53)

“I don’t have a crystal ball to see what’s in my future, but I do know this…Ministry is done” (13:06)

And listen for Al’s lecture tour and Ministry tour news at the very end of the interview.

Buy Ministry: The Lost Gospels of Al Jourgensen. Follow Al on twitter. Find Al on Facebook here and his family dogs too.

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Writing Memoir, Book Out Spring 2014

Posted by on Jul.02, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments



News came out today about the forthcoming memoir from Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe.

According to the press release, ” The memoir, which puts emphasis on the past year of his life, is an incredible, harrowing, heartbreaking, and redemptive story told in Blythe’s already well-recognized writing style. It seems that almost every major media outlet has attempted to righteously cover the story of Blythe’s arrest, incarceration, trial, and acquittal for manslaughter in the Czech Republic last year, but now, the man at the center of it all unveils the truths of the ordeal, personally detailing every aspect in his own words. No ghost-writers, no co-authors, just Randy Blythe, himself.”

Da Capo Press will be releasing the book and they also recently published the memoirs of heavy metal greats Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Rex Brown (Pantera), and Al Jourgensen (Ministry).

Blythe himself said about the book, “While I’ve dreamed of being a published author almost since I began to read, I never imagined my first book would center around such a sad topic. Sometimes though, life unexpectedly provides you a story that needs to be told.” “I believe this one does (for several different reasons, not just for the benefit of myself), so I will tell it with the respect and dignity all involved deserve. This will be a good read, I promise you, and I hope some good comes of it.”

Look for the book to come out in the Spring of 2014.




News Round Up: Legs McNeil, Beastie Boys, Rush, Metal And More

Posted by on May.01, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

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Have you checked out Legs McNeil’s epic new(ish) blog? It continues to be chock full of good stuff all the time.

- In support of their upcoming book, the original MTV VJ’s now have a website with their book signing dates and other stuff.

- The Merciless Book of Metal Lists is out now.

- Pre-order is now up for Rush: The Illustrated History by former guest of the show Martin Popoff.

- If you missed it, the surviving members Beastie Boys signed up for a memoir due out 2015

News Round Up: Nirvana, Punks, Brian Wilson And MTV VJ’s books

Posted by on Apr.26, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments


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-Bazillion Points Books announced its upcoming release Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge In Europe 1989 by Bruce Pavitt.

Bill Wyman’s Scrapbook Legacy Edition is now available.  Enter to win a copy here.

-Happy Punks 123, A Counting Book would make a cool gift for some hip new parents.

I Am Brian Wilson has been announced for 2015.

– Some early dish is being released from the upcoming MTV VJ’s book. Here’s a David Lee Roth coke story via The New York Daily News.

10 Rock Books To Put On Your Radar

Posted by on Jan.22, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

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.

Rudy Sarzo Talks Being Off The Rails With Randy Rhoads And Ozzy

Posted by on Sep.04, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

Rudy Sarzo and Randy Rhoads shared a unique musical kinship–they both played with Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne, but most importantly they shared a friendship. Rudy’s book Off The Rails was written to tell Randy’s story; from local musician to global superstar and the truth about the crash that took his life.

Sarzo speaks with honesty in the book, which was written from journals he kept during the “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman” tours.

In this interview, we talk about Randy’s legacy, what really happened the day of that tragic plane crash that took Randy’s life and Rudy’s new band Animetal USA

Buy Off The Rails (autographed copies available). Follow Rudy on Twitter. Find him on Facebook, Visit his website.

Final Summer Best Weekend Reads Are Some Classics

Posted by on Aug.31, 2012, under News No Comments

For the final summer weekend reads list, we wanted to highlight a few classics.

Get In The Van: On The Road With Black Flag by Henry Rollins.

The Dirt from Motley Crue.  Fifty Shades of Grey? Please.

Neon Angel: A Memoir Of A Runway from Cherrie Currie.

Head-On from Julian Cope.

Rip It Up And Start Again- Postpunk 197-1984 by Simon Reynolds.


And finally, yes, there is an Iggy Pop bobble head for sale.