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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.

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

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


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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. 

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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!

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.

More Rock and Roll Books, More Interviews, More News. We’re Tweaking!

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


We’re improving the site and rolling out some new changes on Monday. It all starts with a great interview with Mike McPadden, author of  If You Like Metallica Here Are Over 200 Bands, CDs, Movies, and Other Oddities That You Will Love.

See you Monday!