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Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

    Reads like it was written by Beavis or Butthead

    I've just utterly wasted a couple of days reading this horrible collection of clippings from Creem, Rip, and other eighties metal magazines. The author gives absolutely no new information to those of us on the Strip in the eighties and has no sense of journalistic credability, treating known PR hoaxes as objective truth. The writer obvioulsy did poor research as several mistakes appear throughout the book. For instance, Permenant Vacation was NOT Aerosmith's first album after kicking drugs, though a writer more interested in Run-DMC than Aerosmith may think so; Done With Mirrors was Aerosmith's first come-back album. The writer's writing skills are horrible and the book reads like a tiger-beat story written for an illiterate fifteen year old. I don't think there is a multi-syllable word in the entire book. I am now dumber for having read this trash. The writer clearly was never inside the 80's metal movement, did no research, and writes on a 3rd grade level. Skip this book. The history of metal has yet to be written. This book is excrement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2002

    ..with a brick for buying this book

    I bought this on a whim thinking it might be interesting. It's ok but there's nothing new in here. If you grew up in the 80's/ early 90's listening to rock/metal/whatever and ever read a Circus, Rip or Metal Edge you already know everything in this book. It's like it was written for my mom or something. "Hi mom, I know you never understood why I liked that crazy heavy metal as a teenager, or still to this day, but here, this will help you figure it out." As another review stated, this reads like a magazine. That's because it is mostly excerpts and quotes from popular magazines not original thoughts, keen observations or personal opinions. The source notes are damn near 80 pages long!!! I could've gone through all my old mags and put this together. For a good read on rock/metal, and also the answer to this books sub-title "The rise and Fall of Heavy Metal" try Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman. Far better book because he tells why not just when and how. He also explains why it matters to those of us who love this stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2008

    brutal writing to say the least- just really bad writing skills

    I bought this book used for $2 and thought "ok- might be interesting, maybe... good reading for a short daily commute..." It has been brutal right from the beginning. I continued on hoping maybe it was just a rough start, however I'm now nearly 3/4 finished and I currently consider my fininishing this book as penance. The subject matter COULD have been interersting- it is the writing/author that is killing it. David Konow please don't write another book.

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