Synopses & Reviews
Birth School Metallica Death
is the definitive story of the most significant rock band since Led Zeppelin, covering the band's formation up to their breakthrough eponymous fifth album, aka "The Black Album." The intense and sometimes fraught relationship between aloof-yet-simmering singer, chief lyricist, and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield and the outspoken and ambitious drummer Lars Ulrich is the saga's emotional core. Their earliest years saw the release of three unimpeachable classics (Kill 'Em All
, Ride the Lightning
, and Master of Puppets
), but it was the breakthrough of ...And Justice for All
that rent the fabric of the mainstream, hitting the top of the charts without benefit of radio airplay or the then-crucial presence on MTV. And in 1991, with the release of "The Black Album," Metallica finally hit the next level with five hit singles and their first album atop the Billboard
Veteran music journalists and Metallica confidants Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood detail this meteoric rise to international fame in an epic saga of family, community, self-belief, the pursuit of dreams, and music that rocks. Told through first-hand interviews with the band and those closest to them, the story of Metallica's rise to the mainstream has never been so vividly documented.
Classic Rock (UK), October 2013
and#147;Introduces us to the boys who went on to be metal kingsand#133;[Brannigan and Winwood] have worked closely with the band over the years, and it shows, both in the access theyand#8217;ve gained, the anecdotes they witnessed first-hand and the warmth they afford their subjects. No stone is left unturned as the bandand#8217;s insane life is meticulously researched.and#8221;
Q Magazine, October 2013
and#147;Roach shows how thoroughly she has researched her subjectand#133;while also giving modern readers something to think about in our own days of social and political witch hunts. Six Women of Salemand#133;will provide a greater sense of the real-world lives of those who engaged in and were victimized by those events.and#8221;
and#147;The Metallica story has been told many times before, but seldom as entertainingly or as smartly as thisand#133;Ian Winwood and Paul Branniganand#8217;s vivid prose makes this well-worn saga seem somehow fresh and fascinating again.and#8221;
Publishers Weekly, 11/1/13
and#147;Brannigan and Winwood dig deep into the band membersand#8217;' formative yearsand#133;As former editor of Kerrang!, Britain's popular heavy metal magazine, Brannigan had the opportunity to interview a number of those in Metallica's orbit over the years, this special access and familiarity adds breadth to the book. This objective study is a refreshing approach to the traditional music biography. Even the most knowledgeable fans will eagerly await the second volume.and#8221;
Kirkus Reviews, 12/1/13
and#147;[An] ambitious undertakingand#133;The authorsand#8217; enthusiasm for their subject is infectious. Theyand#8217;re well-placed to show how Metallica learned from their British New Wave of heavy-metal forebears and, in true Oedipal fashion, killed the fathers to create something new. For metal heads and most fans of hard rock.and#8221;
Mojo, December 2013
and#147;Itand#8217;s hard to imagine the tale of San Francisco metal behemoths Metallica being told more authoritatively than it is hereand#133;Gripping reading.and#8221;
and#147;The detail and admirable amount of passion that these British authors lay down in these pages is incredible. Not only have they unearthed mind-blowing tidbits of information that aren't all over every other Metallica biog, but the sheer amount of research they've done for this book is astoundingand#133;It's hard to stop reading Birth School Metallica Death, Volume I once you get started, which is huge praise for a book about a band that has already been so documented.and#8221;
Aquarian Weekly, 12/17/14
and#147;The book captures a time before the internet when groups relied on word of mouth, fanzines and self-distributed cassettes and EPs to spread their music across the world. Birth, School, Metallica, Death touches on all the major momentsand#133;Despite being apparent fans themselves, the writers pull no punches in detailing the less-favorable elements contained in the Metallica/Alcoholica saga.and#8221;
The first part of the definitive, two-volume biography of Metallica, the biggest hard rock band in the world
A landmark release, the first of a twovolume biography of Metallica follows the band and its world from 1981 to 1991 via exclusive interviews.
The first volume of the definitive twovolume story of the most significant rock band since Led Zeppelin covers Metallicas formation up to its breakthrough eponymous fifth album. While the bands earliest years saw the release of three unimpeachable classics that took hard rock to new heights, both artistically and commercially, it was the breakthrough of
And Justice for All that rent the fabric of mainstream culture. In 1991, with the release of The Black Album,” Metallica hit the next level.
Told through firsthand interviews with the band members and those closest to them, the story of Metallicas rise to the mainstream has never been so vividly documented. At the sagas emotional core is the intense and sometimes fraught relationship between lead singer James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich.
About the Author
Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood are two of the UK's foremost music writers. A contributor to Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, Q, and Metal Hammer magazines, Brannigan is the author of the acclaimed This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl, while Winwood has written for Rolling Stone, the Guardian, Mojo, Kerrang!, NME, and the BBC. Both reside in London.