The definitive oral history of heavy metal, Louder Than Hell by renowned music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman includes hundreds of interviews with the giants of the movement, conducted over the past 25 years.
Unlike many forms of popular music, metalheads tend to embrace their favorite bands and follow them over decades. Metal is not only a pastime for the true aficionados; it’s a lifestyle and obsession that permeates every aspect of their being. Louder Than Hell is an examination of that cultural phenomenon and the much-maligned genre of music that has stood the test of time.
Louder than Hell features more than 250 interviews with some of the biggest bands in metal, including Black Sabbath, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Spinal Tap, Pantera, White Zombie, Slipknot, and Twisted Sister; insights from industry insiders, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, and journalists; and 48 pages of full-color photographs.
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About the Author
Jon Wiederhorn is a veteran rock journalist who wrote the authorized biography Ministry: The Lost Gospels of Al Jourgensen and is currently working with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian on his memoir I'm the Man, due in 2014. In the past, he has worked on editorial staffs at Rolling Stone, Guitar magazine, and MTV. He is a senior writer for Revolver magazine and regularly writes for major publications, including Guitar World, emusic.com, and SPIN. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Katherine Turman is a journalist and the producer of Alice Cooper's syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper. She was the editor of RIP magazine and the LA Alternative Press and is a frequent contributor to the Village Voice. She formerly produced the live radio show Rockline, and was a music producer for The Sharon Osbourne Show. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Table of Contents
Foreword: in my World by Scott I an ix
Prologue: Heavy Metal Thunder 1
1 Kick Out the Jams: Proto Metal, 1964-1970 7
2 Masters of Reality: Sabbath, Priest, and Beyond, 1970-1979 29
3 British Steel: New Wave of British Heavy Metal Shapes the Future, 1980-Present 73
4 Youth Gone Wild: Metal Goes Mainstream, 1978-1992 121
5 Caught in a Mosh: Thrash Metal, 1981-1991 191
6 The Age of Quarrel: Crossover/Hardcore, 1977-1992 267
7 Far Beyond Driven: Thrash Revisited and Revised, 1987-2004 307
8 High-Tech Hate: Industrial, 1980-1997 365
9 All for the Mookie: Mu Metal, 1989-2002 407
10 Hammer Smashed Face: Death Metal, 1983-1993 459
11 In the Mightside Eclipse: Black Metal, 1982-Present 505
12 When Darkness Falls: Metalcore, 1992-2006 557
13 New American Gospel: Millennial Mental, 1992-Present 615
Conclusion: The End Complete 681
Afterword: Defender of the Faith by Rob Halford 685
Cast of Characters 687
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