A history of heavy metal / Andrew O'Neill.
Publication year: 2017
Media class: Book
Publisher: London : Headline, 2017.
ISBN: 9781472241443 (pbk.) :
Here Andrew O'Neill tells the fascinating story of the larger-than-life characters who have influenced the most perennial of music genres, heavy metal; from the household names of Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to the brutal notoriety of the underground Norwegian black metal scene; from Satanists and murderers to stadium-touring billionaires and toilet-circuit journeymen.
xxiv, 296 pages ; 24 cm
As a lifelong metalhead, I fundamentally agree with the author's assessment that "there are two types of people in the world: people who like heavy metal and dicks." Amen! Andrew O' Neill has an intimate understanding of the heavy metal scene and is able to describe it in all its glory - the fun, the camaraderie, the dedication and the firm conviction by rockers that metal is the only form of music worth listening to - a belief which would be arrogant were it not completely justified! Starting with the birth of metal, the author follows its ebbs and flows for the last 50 years from proto-metal to the contemporary scene. I particularly enjoyed the section about Norwegian death metal in the 1990s with its tales of suicide, murder and Mayhem. Heavy metal is, of course, a very serious subject but O' Neill as a comedian is able to describe the history and sociology of metal in a way which is both informative and funny. Highly, highly recommended.
Glasgow - old
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