This book got bad reviews from the band, etc, saying that the writer didn’t know practicly anything about the band and is full of untrue facts XD So don’t read it!
They were legends based on myths—myths of fantasy, power, and black magic. The tales of their tours were the most outrageous in the already excess-laden annals of modern music. The era of Led Zeppelin personified sex, drugs, and rock & roll.Based on interviews with the band’s musicians, friends, employees, and lovers, Hammer of the Gods tells the shocking story of Led Zeppelin’s successes and excesses in the 70s—when Zeppelin reigned as the industry’s biggest act.
Exclusive sources. Documents. Interviews. Photos. Revelations about a band—and an industry—at its shameless peak. Read it all, and see why Hammer of the Gods is a classic of rock journalism in its own right.
Benoît Clerc - Queen All the Songs
The newest addition to the bestselling All the Songs series, Queen: All the Songs details the unique recording history of the mega-bestselling and hugely influential rock band. Filled with fascinating photographs (some rarely seen), and juicy behind-the-scenes details, Queen: All the Songs tells the story of the band, album-by-album and track-by-track. A lovingly thorough dissection of every album and every song ever released by the beloved rock group, Queen: All the Songs follows Freddie, Brian, Roger, and John from their self-titled debut in 1973 through the untimely passing of Freddie, all the way up to their latest releases and the Oscar winning film, Bohemian Rhapsody. The writing and recording process of each and every track is dissected, discussed, and analyzed by author Benoît Clerc, and page after page features fascinating and sometimes rarely seen images of the band. Queen: All the Songs delves deep into the history and origins of the band and their music. This one-of-a-kind book draws upon decades of research and recounts the circumstances that led to the composition of every song, as well as the recording process, and the instruments used. Featuring hundreds of photographs, including rare black-and-white publicity stills, images of instruments used by the band, and engaging shots of the musicians in-studio, Queen: All the Songs is the must-have book for any true fan of classic rock.
Martin Popoff - Queen
A thoughtfully curated and gloriously illustrated retrospective of the band’s studio releases, Queen, comes just in time for the 45th anniversary of their debut LP and biopic. Formed in 1970, Queen went on to become one of the most popular—and most successful—rock bands of all time. Even following the untimely death of beloved and magnetic frontman Freddie Mercury, and nearly 50 years after their formation, interest in the band has continued, evidenced by scores of reissues, arena tours with surviving members, and a feature-film biopic. In this new installment in Voyageur Press’s Album by Album series, rock journo Martin Popoff convenes a cast of 19 Queen experts and superfans to discuss all 15 of the band’s studio albums (including their soundtrack for the 1980 film Flash Gordon). Panelists include Queen experts, rock journalists, musicians, and record industry figures. The results are freewheeling discussions delving into the individual songs, the circumstances that surrounded the recording of each album, the band and contemporary rock contexts into which they were released, and more. The engaging text of this beautifully designed book is illustrated throughout with rare live performance and candid offstage photography, as well as scads of rare Queen ephemera. The Album by Album series is a unique approach to the rock bio, injecting the varied voices of several contributors. The results have even the most diehard fans rushing back to their MP3 players (or turntables) to confirm the details and opinions expressed!
Jonathan Melville - A Kind Of Magic
The story of an immortal Scottish warrior battling evil down through the centuries, Highlander fused a high concept idea with the kinetic energy of a pop promo pioneer and Queen’s explosive soundtrack to become a cult classic. When two budget-conscious American producers took a chance on a college student’s script, they set in motion a chain of events involving an imploding British film studio, an experimental music video director still finding his filmmaking feet, a former James Bond with a spiraling salary, and the unexpected arrival of low-budget indie film company, Cannon Films. Author Jonathan Melville looks back at the creation of Highlander with the help of more than 60 new cast and crew interviews, including stars Christopher Lambert and Clancy Brown, revisiting the grueling shoot that took them from the back alleys of London, to the far reaches of the Scottish Highlands and onto the mean streets of 1980s New York City. With exclusive writer commentary on unmade scripts, a fresh look at contemporary production material, never-before-seen photos from private collections, previously unpublished storyboards and artwork, a glimpse into the promotional campaign that never was, and a look at the ever-expanding franchise, A Kind of Magic is the book no Highlander fan can be without.
Neville Marten - Jeffrey Hudson - Rock Lives
Rock Lives is a major new series which takes a fully illustrated in-depth look at major artists & bands which have contributed significantly to the development of r ock music. This title focuses on Freddie Mercury and Queen.
Rex Brown - Mark Eglinton - Official Truth, 101 Proof
Few heavy metal acts survived the turmoil of the early 1990s music scene. Pantera was different. Instead of humoring the market, the band instead demanded that the audience come to them by releasing a series of fiercely uncompromising, platinum albums, including _Vulgar Display of Power_ and _Far Beyond Driven_—two #1 albums that, like Metallica's _And Justice for All_, sold millions of copies despite minimal airplay. Rex Brown's memoir is the definitive account of life inside one of rock's biggest bands, which succeeded against all odds but ultimately ended in tragedy when iconic lead guitarist Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott was murdered mid-performance by a deranged fan. This is a lucid account of the previously untold story behind one of the most influential bands in heavy metal history, written by the man best qualified to tell the truth about those incredible and often difficult years of fame and excess.
Soledad Romero Mariño - Metallica
Behind-the-scenes stories and sophisticated artwork will give lifelong buffs and new fans alike a rare glimpse into the world of one of the most iconic rock bands ever, Metallica! From the day that Lars Ulrich stepped off the tennis court and into the record store, to his epic meeting with James Hetfield and their claim on pure Heavy Metal, Metallica has reigned supreme with their strength and explosive sound. Metalheads and new fans alike will shred through the story of Metallica, the power of their music, and their place as legends.
Mark Lanegan - Sing Backwards and Weep
From the back of the van to the front of the bar, from the hotel room to the emergency room, onstage, backstage and everywhere in between, SING BACKWARDS AND WEEP reveals the abrasive reality beneath one of the most romanticised decades in rock history - from a survivor who lived to tell the tale. When Mark Lanegan first arrived in Seattle in the mid-1980s, he was just "an arrogant, self-loathing redneck waster seeking transformation through rock 'n' roll". Within less than a decade, he would rise to fame as the frontman of Screaming Trees , then fall from grace as a low-level crack dealer and a homeless heroin addict. In SING BACKWARDS AND WEEP, Lanegan takes readers back to the sinister, needle-ridden streets of Seattle, to an alternative music scene that was simultaneously bursting with creativity and saturated with drugs. He tracks the tumultuous rise and fall of Screaming Trees, from a brawling, acid-rock bar band to world-famous festival favourites with and enduring legacy that still resonates. Lanegan's personal struggles with addiction, culminating in homelessness, petty crime, and the tragic deaths of his closes friends, is documented with a painful honesty and pathos. Gritty, gripping, and unflinchingly raw, SING BACKWARDS AND WEEP is a book about more than just an extraordinary singer who watched his dreams catch fire and incinerate the ground beneath his feet. Instead, it's about a man who learned how to drag himself from the wreckage, dust off the ashes, and keep living and creating.
Dudich Ákos - The Scrolls of Faith No More
In 1982, Faith No More rose from the ashes of Faith No Man, and has been a musical mainstay ever since. The band members divorced in 1998, but reunited in 2009, and, to date, FNM is still headlining music festivals around the globe. The San Francisco band turbocharged hard rock with rap, heavy metal and whatever they pleased. The unique voice and performance of their second singer, Mike Patton elevated the band to a whole new level and their breakthrough was near. When Patton was just an abstinent college boy fooling around with his childhood buddies in their band called Mr. Bungle – which he later revived in 2020 with musicians like Dave Lombardo and Scott Ian, and alongside original members Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn – he wouldn’t have thought that in a few years he will drink his own urine from a tennis shoe in front of four thousand people while running around on the stage of the famous Brixton Academy. The glam metal of the eighties had to be wiped out, and everyone knew that. The only question: which musical genre would be the first to pull the trigger? The answer to this was quickly provided by Kurt Cobain, who did the world a favour as head of Nirvana and the entire Grunge wave. However, some special, hard-to-classify bands such as Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and of course Faith No More were swept onto the edges. The common denominator of these bands is that they were able to incorporate practically anything into their music, criss-crossing from one style to another within a song without losing its structure even just a little bit. Heavy metal, hiphop, new wave, soul, punk, pop, and even Middle Eastern folk music are among the balls that FNM juggles. Plus, they do it in the most professional way possible, with an incredible degree of openness, talent, intelligence and laxity. The true story of the band was compiled by music journalist Ákos Dudich with the help of Faith No More bassist Billy Gould, and the exciting 84-page screenplay came to life thanks to Hungarian cartoon illustrator Gergely Oravecz.
Duff McKagan - It's So Easy (angol)
Mine's not really a Guns N' Roses book, where I think Slash's ('Slash') really was...and I haven't read (Adler's 'My Appetite For Destruction')," McKagan, who plans to publish the book in October, tellsBillboard.com. "I'm not saying one's better than the other. This is just my story. It's really my demise into addiction and stuff, and then my way out and my journey into things. My Guns N' Roses story is my Guns N' Roses story. My Velvet Revolver story is my Velvet Revolver story. It's my rock story, from my distinct viewpoint.
Neal Preston - Exhilarated And Exhausted
"I want the reader at the end of this book to feel like they've just spent a year on the road with Zeppelin with one day off, then six months with Guns 'n' Roses, with one day off and then five years with Bruce Springsteen. Exhilarated and exhausted." -Neal Preston Neal Preston is one of the greatest rock photographers of all time. Exhilarated and Exhausted is a no-holds-barred complete retrospective of his 40-year career. Produced in collaboration with Preston, this book marks the first time he has allowed unrestricted access to his legendary archive, which is considered one of the music industry’s most significant and extensive photo collections. This exceptional volume is a who’s who of rock royalty. Preston was the official tour photographer for Led Zeppelin, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and The Who, and has also extensively shot The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson and many more. The book includes his portraits, backstage moments, live performances, post-performance highs and lows, and outtakes. Preston’s photographs vibrate with a palpable and inimitable intensity. He is a true insider, and the images are brought alive by his accompanying text―a mind-bending insight into life on the road as a rock-'n-roll photographer. Los Angeles–based Neal Preston (born 1952) is considered the greatest rock photographer alive today. His career spans more than 40 years and his archive is one of the music industry’s largest and most significant photo collections. He has worked extensively with almost everyone in rock music, including Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and many more.
David Calcano - Lindsay Lee - Rush: The Making of A Farewell to Kings
RUSH, the well-known Canadian power trio, is one of the most influential rock bands of all-time, with more than 40 million records sold worldwide. This epic, fully authorized graphic novel chronicles the birth of Rush’s classic album “A Farewell to Kings”. Relive the trials and triumphs alongside Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart as they create the masterpiece of progressive rock that gave birth to “Closer to the Heart” & the majestic “Xanadu”. The book features artwork and storytelling from Fantoons, with new input from Alex Lifeson (Rush guitar player) and Terry Brown (the producer of the album).
Gary Herman - Rock'n'Roll Babylon (angol)
Gary Herman cuts through the PR spin to expose rock and roll’s long history of decadence and degradation. From the stars of the 1950s to the rappers, divas, and heavy metal icons of today, he details lurid scandals, outrageous antics, tragic deaths, and who got with, shot at, and shot up with whom. Included are the scandals surrounding Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain, Sid Vicious, Keith Richards, Tupac and Biggie, Whitney Houston, and many others, as well as over 200 rare and revealing photographs.
David de Sola - Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains were among the loudest voices out of Seattle. They were iconic pioneers who mixed grunge and metal in ways that continue to influence today's artists, and theirs is a story of hard work, self-destruction, rising from the ashes, and carrying on a lasting legacy. Four years after their first meeting at a warehouse under Seattle's Ballard Bridge, Alice in Chains became the first of grunge's big four - ahead of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden - to get a gold record and achieve national recognition. With the charismatic Layne Staley behind the microphone, they became one of the most influential and successful bands to come out of the Seattle music scene. But as the band got bigger, so did their problems. Acclaimed journalist David de Sola delves beneath the secrecy, gossip, and rumor surrounding the band to tell their full story for the first time. Based on a wealth of interviews with people who have direct knowledge of the band, many speaking on the record for the very first time, de Sola explores how drugs nearly destroyed them and claimed the lives of Staley and founding bassist Mike Starr, follows Jerry Cantrell's solo career and Mike Starr's life after being fired from the band, and chronicles the band's resurrection with new lead singer William DuVall. From their anonymous struggles to topping the charts with hits like "Would?," "Man in the Box," and "Rooster," Alice in Chains reveals the members of the band not as caricatures of rock stars but as brilliant, nuanced, and flawed human beings whose years of hard work led to the seemingly overnight success that changed the music scene forever.
Ismeretlen szerző - Bohemian Rhapsodies
Officially authorized by Queen's camp and will feature loads of exclusive commentary from those closest to FREDDIE MERCURY, including his longtime personal assistant, as well as rock and metal peers of Mercury's as well as the other members of Queen, Brian May, Paul Rodgers, and others recounting both funny, personalized stories they experienced first-hand playing alongside the legendary frontman and formidable musicians, and how, in many cases, the band influenced them in their own artistry. From the fan side, readers will be treated to many intimate stories from lifelong fans of Freddie's and Queen who were touched personally by the members of the band in one way or another, whether by their music or the fan's personal relationships with the singer.
Richard Bienstock - Aerosmith (angol)
With 40-plus years of flat-out, four-on-the-floor blues-based rock to their credit, Aerosmith are one of the greatest—and most mercurial—rock 'n' roll bands of all-time. This massive, illustrated celebration is the first of its kind to provide a front-row seat to the Boston Bad Boys’ entire career: scrapping their way across country in the 1970s, scrapping their way back to the top of the heap in the late 1980s, and scrapping with each other the entire way. Music journalist Richard Bienstock’s lively history of the band’s rise, fall, and rebirth is illustrated with nearly 400 photographs and collectibles, including gig posters, backstage passes, ticket stubs, 7-inch picture sleeves, and vintage T-shirts. The book also includes an extensive discography and assessments of each of the band’s studio albums, written by such distinguished rock scribes as Daniel Bukszpan, Neil Daniels, Chuck Eddy, Bill Holdship, Greg Kot, Martin Popoff, Bud Scoppa, Phil Sutcliffe, and Jaan Uhelszki. The result is a visually stunning portrait of the band many have called America’s best.
Mark Putterford - The Fall and Rise of Aerosmith
Within five years of their explosion on to the US rock scene, Aerosmith withered and died musically, only to return successfully five years later. The author draws on numerous interviews with the band and their associates over a 12-year period to recount the fall and rise of Aerosmith.
Phil Chapman - Dead Straight Guide to Queen
Few bands embodied the pure excess of the Seventies like Queen. Theatrical, brilliant, even mercurial – there has never been another band like them, or a frontman like Freddie Mercury. Their performance at the 1985 Live Aid Concert is the stuff of legend and ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are the Champions’ have become anthems at sporting events around the world. With one of the most iconic videos ever, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ achieved even greater recognition through inclusion in the movie Wayne’s World. Their 1981 Greatest Hits album has sold more than 25 million copies to date. Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands of the Eighties but the death of frontman, songwriter and producer Mercury at the start of the Nineties brought the band to a premature halt. This book tells the full story of the band and its members from pre-Queen to post Freddie.
Fieldy - Laura Morton - Got the Life
From Korn's legendary bassist comes a no-holds-barred look at the extreme highs and drug-and-booze-fueled lows of the biggest heavy metal band of our era. What have you got when you got the life? Reggie "Fieldy" Arvizu is the bassist for the massively popular nu-metal band Korn, which has sold more than 25 million records worldwide. He is now happily married to his wife, Dena, and has three children. Laura Morton has collaborated on a number of _New York Times_ bestsellers and lives in New York City. From the time he was an infant, music was in Fieldy's bones. Leaving his small California town after high school with a guitar and little else, he joined Brian "Head" Welch, James "Munky" Shaffer, drummer David Silveria, and Jonathan Davis in L.A. and together they formed a band with a completely new sound. When Korn exploded, skyrocketing to the top and fronting the nu-metal phenomenon, Fieldy became a rock star and acted like one—as notorious for his hard-partying, womanizing, drug-abusing, bad-boy behavior as he was for his one-of-a-kind bass lines. He was unfaithful, abusive, mean, sometimes violent. Fieldy had the life. But it took the death of his father, a born-again Christian, from a mysterious illness to save the son from total destruction. Fieldy found God . . . and the best part of himself. With never-before-seen photos, and never-before-heard stories, _Got the Life_ is raw, candid, and inspiring—the ultimate story of rock and redemption.
Max Cavalera - Joel McIver - My Bloody Roots
My Bloody Roots is the brutally honest story of life in two of the world's best-known heavy metal bands, Sepultura and Soulfly, by one of the global metal scene's most respected musicians. Much, much more than just another tale of rock 'n' roll debauchery, it's a story of heartbreak and loss--and, ultimately, triumph. In it, Cavalera offers an unflinching account of life growing up in hardship in Brazil--a country not previously known for heavy metal--and the multi-million-selling success, against all odds, of the band he founded with his brother, Iggor: Sepultura. Then, for the first time, he reveals the full story behind his split with the band--after which he did not speak to his brother for years--and the formation of his Soulfly, one of the most critically and commercially successful metal bands of the past two decades. He also goes into unflinching detail on the devastating impact of the deaths of his father, stepson, and grandson; his struggles with drugs and alcohol; and his eventual reunion with Iggor in The Cavalera Conspiracy. Max Cavalera has a unique and extraordinary story to tell, and My Bloody Roots is an autobiography like no other. This is essential reading for all fans of metal.