Cemetery Gates: Saints and Survivors of the Heavy Metal Scene

Cemetery Gates: Saints and Survivors of the Heavy Metal Scene

by Mick O'Shea


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Tread carefully for here lie: Ronnie James Dio, Bon Scott, John Bonham, Peter Steele, Cliff Burton, Dimebag Darrell, Paul Gray, Layne Staley, Dead, Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan, Lemmy Kilmister, Ozzy Osbourne, Nikki Sixx, Dave Mustaine, Axl Rose, Trent Reznor, Slash, Marilyn Manson, Varg Vikernes and Corey Taylor.

Between genius and madness, this world and the next, there’s nothing but the faintest flicker of a pulse and the cemetery gates — as these twisted metal icons know all too well. Purveyors of the sickest, slickest sounds on the planet, they’ve more demons between them than Dante’s Inferno. Whatever their deadly sin, these prodigiously talented hellraisers have all come dangerously close to the edge. Tragically, not all of them have returned.

Uncovering the crazed antics of each, Cemetery Gates is the ultimate tribute to the stoical survivors who dragged themselves back from the abyss — and the sainted icons who weren’t so lucky. Gifted with mind-blowing musical prowess, the likes of Dio and Dimebag may be gone. But this book — a riotous epitaph to men who’ve lived day as if it was their last — ensures they'll never be forgotten.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780859654838
Publisher: Plexus Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Established rock scribe Mick O'Shea is the author of music books, including Only Anarchists are Pretty: The Early Days of the Sex Pistols (Classic Rock described it as "Genius"), the Guns N Roses Encyclopedia, and most recently The Anarchy Tour.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Symphony for the Devil 7


Ronnie James Dio 17

Bon Scott 29

John Bonham 41

Peter Steele 51

Cliff Burton 63

Dimebag Darrell 73

Paul Gray 85

Jayne Staley 97

Dead (Per Yngve Ohlin) 107

Jimmy ?The Rev' Sullivan 117


Iemmy Kilmister 129

Oeey Osbourne 141

Nikki Sixx 155

Dave Mustaine 165

W. Axl Rose 179

Jrent Resnor 191

Slash 203

Marliyn Manson 217

Varg Vikernes 233

Corey Jaylor 243

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