Sound of the Beast: Metallica and the Metal Years [NOOK Book]

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The definitive history of the first 30 years of heavy metal, containing over 100 interviews with members of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, Slipknot, Kiss, Megadeth, Public Enemy, Napalm Death, and more.


More than 30 years after Black Sabbath released the first complete heavy metal album, its founder, Ozzy Osbourne, is the star of The Osbournes, TV's favourite new reality show. Contrary to popular belief, headbangers and the music they love are more ...

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Overview

The definitive history of the first 30 years of heavy metal, containing over 100 interviews with members of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, Slipknot, Kiss, Megadeth, Public Enemy, Napalm Death, and more.


More than 30 years after Black Sabbath released the first complete heavy metal album, its founder, Ozzy Osbourne, is the star of The Osbournes, TV's favourite new reality show. Contrary to popular belief, headbangers and the music they love are more alive than ever. Yet there has never been a comprehensive book on the history of heavy metal - until now. Featuring interviews with members of the biggest bands in the genre, Sound of the Beast gives an overview of the past 30-plus years of heavy metal, delving into the personalities of those who created it. Everything is here, from the bootlegging beginnings of fans like Lars Ulrich (future founder of Metallica) to the sold-out stadiums and personal excesses of the biggest groups. From heavy metal's roots in the work of breakthrough groups such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to MTV hair metal, courtroom controversies, black metal murderers and Ozzfest, Sound of the Beast offers the final word on this elusive, extreme, and far-reaching form of music.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062042989
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 616,788
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Ian Christe grew up in the metal strongholds of Switzerland, New Mexico, Indiana, Germany, and Washington. He moved to New York City in 1992, and has covered emerging technology and fringe culture for Reuters, Wired, and Salon.com. His hundreds of articles on heavy metal have appeared in Spin, AP, CMJ, Metal Maniacs, and the Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock and been cited by The New York Times.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Metal Heads

    Great book for the Metal Head. The author really likes to use over the top adjectives, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2005

    Heavy Metal Bible

    This book is essetial for every Heavy Metal fan. It gives the complete history of not only Heavy Metal itself, but of the sub genres. It covers it all. Every Metal fan needs to go out and buy this book...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2004

    Spritual Healing

    This book is a bible for metal fans, and saves a lot of time explaining the ins and outs. When somebody comes to me with tons of questions about this or that, I hand them Sound of the Beast and say 'get it back to me in three days or I'll kill you.' The heaviest book I own, very well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2004

    Should be 'The rise of Metallica'

    It's a disappointing book that focuses most of its attention on the darker side of metal and how Metallica was a central point of metal in the 80s and 90s (may or may not be true). I think that Christe tries to hit too many bands in such a short amount of time. I would have liked a book that was solely devoted to the rise of hard rock/heavy metal, covering bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Jimi Hendrix, etc. Then, another book on the popularization of heavy metal with bands like revised Black Sabbath (Dio), Iron Maiden, etc. The book looks, primarily at the thrash side of metal more so than the popular side of metal and could have spent more time talking about what made metal popular and why in the 80s. I would argue that 'lite metal' was what was really popular in the 80s, not part of any subculture. They may be the ones who 'sold out' as Christe comments several times, but that opinion doesn't negate the legitimacy that lite metal gave heavy metal. I think that next book should really target the revival of the 80s bands. I still listen to the music and go to the concerts whenever they come to town and am amazed at the number of burnouts (myself among them) who turn out. Pretty soon I expect I'll hear Rime of the Ancient Mariner in a Safeway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2003

    I Became Metal-Possessed, Admitedly Once Again

    I gave up on heavy metal along with my learner's permit and smoking habit, but it turns out those five solid years spent listening to Testament, King Diamond, and Obituary count for something. This book came to me via a Barnes and Noble gift certificate, and I have to say it worked a number on me like Viagra or laser eye surgery. I felt like a teenager again, bouncing off the walls and ready to blow my top. Spent more than my allotment on heavy metal CDs afterward (I recommend Haunted, Voivod, and Iron Maiden) and I realize there's a lot of value in this stuff. From one metal- loving MBA to the world: Heavy metal rules!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2003

    The Straight Scoop!

    If you think you know everything about metal music, I guarantee that this book will happily point you to music you've missed,personalities you never knew lurked behind the glorious noise, and insider music biz info that will open your eyes. A fascinating read that covers the enormous world-wide scope of head-banger music. At last!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2003

    Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal

    I am extremely skeptical of books that purport to tell the story of heavy metal, but yowza! This book wraps your head around Celtic Frost, then unwraps it to twist you around glam metal and grindcore. Wow, I really appreciate this. for the first time, I tell a publisher thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2003

    Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal

    I have been waiting a long time for the story of heavy metal, and have been very happy to find this magnificent example. There are about three generations of music here, from the hard rock in the 1970s, the thrash/speed metal in the 1980s, and black metal and even new metal in the '90s. All of it belongs in the story of heavy metal, and this BEAST does it right. It is like a great novel, where the main character is not a person, but a kind of music. I thought the reviewer above was mistaken. This is the perfect book that explains heavy metal: if he wants a book about misogyny and drug abuse, yes he should read a book about his beloved funk, rap or punk. Iron Maiden and Metallica have too much respect for their audience to sing about these things. Obrigado!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2003

    Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal

    Nothing seems to be left out in this excellent book. It tells of the different sub-genres of metal and the bands that fall into those categories. Everything about metals history from the birth of metal at the hands of black sabbath to this generations nu metal. Inside there are color photos and a timeline. I really appreciated this book because i didnt grow up in the 80s when metal was at its strongest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal

    This book is excellent if you want to learn more about metal especially if you didnt grow up when metal was started and at its best. It lists differnt sub genres of metal and groups and it gos thru each phase of metal. Its worth every penny and the cover art is sweet as hell!!

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