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Slayer, Aphex Twin, Martin Popoff and Elvis!: Books You Want

Posted by on Mar.28, 2014, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

While we were on hiatus, here are a few books you may have missed—- but shouldn’t.


 Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years  is the book Slayer fans have waited for or as David Konow, author of “Reel Terror” and the metal history “Bang Your Head”, puts it: This is “the biography the band has always deserved… A book documenting the good, the bad, and the ugly without spin or sensationalism has been long overdue, and hats off to D.X. Ferris for getting it all down in this remarkable volume, which no SLAYER fan should be without.”  We’re also thrilled to announce that Ferris will be a guest on the show soon!

aphex twin

Way ahead of his time, Aphex Twin created electronic music suitable for ravers, nerdy music intellectuals, and casual listeners alike. Join author Marc Weidenbaum as he “takes an academic, thematic and philosophical approach to ambient music in context of the album and places the album in context of rave/massive and early Internet culture at time of album’s release.”

Martin Popoff 900 records book

 Friend of the show Martin Popoff has a new and improved version of his previous work Smokin’ Values: A Headbanger’s Guide to 900 NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) Records. It’s classic Popoff with reviews, tons of pictures and a look at virtually every record in the genre between 1979 and 1983.

shades of elvis book

What if you looked through the most famous sunglasses in the world? Shades of Elvis answers that question in book form with over 75 celebrities trying Elvis’ sunglasses on with fun and often compelling results. (Note: Sideburns not included)

Nirvana, Detroit Rock City, Al Jourgensen & The Pixies in Rock Books

Posted by on Jun.24, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

Detroit Rock City is released tomorrow and it’s amazing. Also featured in this episode is Al Jourgensen news, upcoming releases about Nirvana, The Jesus and Mary Chain and a history of 4 AD. Plus, the Pixies book has been funded through Kickstarter and we tell you how to get an autographed copy and your name in the book.

Bruce Springsteen Songs Star In New Book

Posted by on Jun.05, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

Bruce Springsteen and The Promise Of Rock 'N' Roll Book Cover

Marc Dolan was a guest on the show last year and is back to talk about the new paperback version of Bruce Springsteen and The Promise Of Rock ‘N’ Roll which includes a new chapter.

The New York Times recently called Dolan’s book a “superbly detailed portrait”, and it stands out from others by looking at Springsteen through his songs and music.  

In this interview, we talk about the new chapter which includes the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the 12-12-12 concert, what future Bruce tours might look like and we take a look at the Norwegian version of the book…just because. 

Buy Bruce Springsteen and The Promise Of Rock ‘N’ Roll. Follow Marc on Twitter.

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

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

please-kill-me book cover

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


billy wyman scrapbook

-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.

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

Rock Book News: Rex Brown Book, Punk Press, Peter Hook and more

Posted by on Jan.11, 2013, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments


rex brown punk

-Here’s two to put on your radar for March: Punk Press: Rebel Rock in the Underground Press, 1968-1980 out March 5th, and Pantera’s Rex Brown tells all in Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera.

-Check out some of the interesting choices of music books on Rocket 88 Books, including the first English translation of Pink Moon, the first biography of Nick Drake which until now had only been available in Danish.

-Brooklyn Vegan reports that a second book talk with Peter Hook has been added at Strand Books in NYC January 29th.

-Two friends of the show and friendly Springsteen sparring partners, Caryn Rose and Marc Dolan, will be doing a joint discussion at Word in Brooklyn January 21st.

-Supernatural Strategies For Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Band from Ian Svenonius is described  as “an instructional guide, which doubles as a warning device, a philosophical text, an exercise in terror, an aerobics manual, and a coloring book”.  We’re intrigued.


Rock Book News and New Releases With Willie Nelson, John Fogerty and more

Posted by on Nov.16, 2012, under News No Comments

-The new Willie Nelson and Kinky Friedman collaboration Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road is now available.  Sadly, Willie hasn’t caught up with Snoop Lion’s smokable book technology and the book is only available in regular or e-book form.

-We’re looking forward to reading about one of our old NYC haunts, The Peppermint Lounge, in Peppermint Twist: The Mob, the Music, and the Most Famous Dance Club of the ’60s, which takes a look at the club when it was a gangster hang.

– Miles Davis is the subject of another great coffee table book from Voyaguer Press. Take a look at Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History.

-There’s a new Kraftwerk book called Kraftwerk Publikation by David Buckley. It’s only available on Amazon UK and here’s a brief interview with Buckley and more information on the book.

-Earlier this week, John Forgerty announced his plans to put pen to paper and write his memoir.  It’s set for release in 2014.

News Roundup: Dave Grohl, 33 1/3 New Stuff, Rick Springfield, Best Sellers, And Jimmy Page

Posted by on Nov.12, 2012, under News No Comments

- Four rock books are in the top ten on the New York Times Best Seller List. Unfortunately, Heart’s book Kicking and Dreaming and Cyndi Lauper’s memoir are not faring as well.

-Peter Criss was in the top ten a few weeks ago and continues to sell well.

-33 1/3 books announced twenty new books to their upcoming 2013-2014 lineup.

- Former guest Sean Yseult finally sees her signature coffin bass come to market.

-Here’s an excerpt from the excellent new book Light & Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page by Guitar World editor-in-chief Brad Tolinski.

-Rick Springfield’s book Late, Late At Night was a best seller.  Read more and see the trailer for the new Springfield documentary “An Affair Of The Heart”.

-Dave Grohl’s Sound City Movie will be out soon. Here’s a clip (that won’t be in the movie) of Rick Springfield talking about the first song that got stuck in his head.

Rock Book News: Ric Ocasek, Green Day, Ke$ha and more

Posted by on Nov.02, 2012, under News No Comments

We’re still without power but hoping things will be back up and running soon. We have a really fun interview with Scott Heim ready to go next week, so check back on Tuesday for that.  In the meantime, here’s a little news….

- Ric Ocasek just released his first book Lyrics & Prose that brings together the lyrics from all The Cars’ songs, his solo albums and additional poems, prose and original photographs.

-It’s the 25th anniversary of Green Day (feel old yet?) and coming out next month, is this amazing super-charged coffee table book about the band.

- Pulitzer prize winning author Ke$ha is putting out an illustrated memoir called My Crazy Beautiful Life on November 20th Her thoughts, reflections and photos are all included!

- The hilarious book Portlandia: A Guide For Visitors is out November 13th.  Fred and Carrie rock!