Justice for All: The Truth About Metallicaby Joel McIver, Thomas Gabriel Fischer
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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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.
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.