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The biggest heavy metal band in the world in the early years of the 21st Century is Metallica, whose profile has now grown to the extent that they are no longer simply musicians. To their legions of fans, they are nothing less than gods: and after twenty years in the spotlight, it seems that they can do no wrong. Or can they? Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica is no simple biography. Although it tells the full story of this unique band to a level of detail never attempted before, it has a second purpose: ...
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Overview

The biggest heavy metal band in the world in the early years of the 21st Century is Metallica, whose profile has now grown to the extent that they are no longer simply musicians. To their legions of fans, they are nothing less than gods: and after twenty years in the spotlight, it seems that they can do no wrong. Or can they? Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica is no simple biography. Although it tells the full story of this unique band to a level of detail never attempted before, it has a second purpose: to reveal and debunk the myths that have sprung up around Metallica over the years, based on false information, rumour, hyperbole and good old-fashioned showbiz hype. For example, many people believe that Metallica are solely responsible for the rise of thrash metal in the early Eighties; that their pivotal record, Metallica (the 'Black Album') is a historically important and musically unsurpassable work; and that the band were wholly right (or wholly wrong) to attack Napster in 2000, which ultimately resulted in the company's liquidation. More simply, thousands of Metallica fans believe that their music has been of unacceptably low quality since the Black Album - or alternatively, that every note they have recorded since then is the sound of genius at work.

This book provides a balanced, supported analysis of these and other pressing issues and provides clear, unbiased answers to the questions which surround this equally loved and hated band. The author has not resorted either to a simple volume of hero-worship (although he loves much of Metallica's music with an almost unhealthy passion) or a book of false accusations and vented spleen - although the band have been the subject of both critical approaches in the past. This book is one of a kind. Justice For All is the first, and probably the last, biography to tell the Metallica story as it deserves to be told: with honesty, accuracy and courage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780711996007
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction xiii
Sources & Acknowledgements xvi
1 Before 1980 1
2 1980-1981 15
3 1981-1982 28
4 1982 38
5 The Truth About Thrash Metal 51
6 1982 66
7 The Truth About Cliff Burton 78
8 1982-1983 84
9 1983 97
10 1983-1984 113
11 1984-1985 124
12 The Truth About Master Of Puppets 140
13 1986 151
14 The Truth About Cliff's Death 162
15 1986-1988 172
16 1988-1991 188
17 The Truth About The Black Album 202
18 1992-1995 217
19 1996-1997 229
20 The Truth About Load And Reload 247
21 1998-1999 255
22 2000-2001 272
23 The Truth About Napster 296
24 2001-2003 309
25 The Truth About Metallica 337
UK Discography 352
Online Resources 354
Index 355
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2004

    Total Disrespect for a Rock Giant

    I could not believe anything I was reading. This mans story was based totally on his own opion with no supporting facts>hence he didn't even interview the band. I was disgusted. Not worth the money I paid for it. Even the used book store down the street only offered $5.00 for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2004

    A disappointing attempt trumpeted as revelatory

    Author subverts his own work by falling upon 'everything after the Black album is worthless' cliches in the later chapters of the book. This bio purports to be a truly even-handed, open-eyed take on a complex subject/band, but doesn't deliver. There are no original interviews with the band -- a fact the author weakly tries to cover by claiming that such would have been antithetical to the 'unauthorized' status of this bio -- and issues of personal taste/belief are presented as 'myth'-busting fact. All the more disappointing because of the potential evident in the writing.

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