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Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade (Anglais) Relié – 15 août 2014

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Martin Popoff has been described as the world’s most famous heavy-metal journalist. He has penned more than 40 books on hard rock, heavy metal, and record collecting, including Voyageur Press’ Rush: The Illustrated History. He has also worked in film and television, his most recent projects being Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and VH1’s Metal Evolution. He lives in Toronto with his wife and son.

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16 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
with a cool introductory portion of the book 11 août 2014
Par Julian A. Schulz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Martin's always an exceptional writer & reviewer of all things metal
and hard rock, yet i had no idea we'd get something (for the most part) devoted
to "Hair metal."
Let's face it: You either look back on the era fondly, or with embarassment.
But Popoff digs deeper, with a cool introductory portion of the book, connecting
artists from the 60's & 70's planting the seeds of what would become an atomic
bomb on the sunset strip, further down the road into the 80's.
From the trend setting visuals of the New York Dolls, to the blazing musical
pyrotechnics of early Van Halen, you witness the mighty formation to come,
in it's earlier, less diluted stages.
At a certain point, Brilliance becomes gimmick, but in the end, everyone just
wanted to get laid...

Popoff lays it all out in a "year by year" format, effectively covering the rise, fall,
and all points in between.
He also shares insight & direct quotes from some of the lesser celebrated (but
well worth checking out) bands like Starz & Dangerous Toys.
The big guns get their due, as well, with lots of content on Van Halen, Ratt,
Dokken, Motley, Quiet Riot, and just about every other band sprouted from the LA scene,
and beyond.

I will say this book was a pleasant surprise!

My local Barnes & Noble had a stack of these on a featured table, with other
music related titles, and after thumbing through, i had to plunk down my
hard earned cash.

Like the music itself, this book was tough to resist!
14 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Love Hair Metal? You Have to Have this Book 12 août 2014
Par Steve 1967 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This book is fantastic if for no other reason than its depth. Everything about the genre is covered - I especially love the pre-history that shows how hair metal rose up and was influenced by hard rock in the decades before the 80's.

But what I really love is that Popoff really covers it all! Not just the huge bands and albums from the usual suspects (Motley Crue, Ratt, etc.) but the bands that didn't quite get to those heights (but should have) - bands like Y&T, Black N' Blue, Keel, and many others are included.

The timeline format is terrific, going year-by-year until 1991 - when the hair metal era effectively ended with the explosion of grunge. And the book doesn't just focus on L.A. or the U.S.A - it also documents the U.K.'s and Europe's contribution to the hair metal scene

The narrative is all by the artists themselves, with stories and comments culled from the author's hundreds of interviews. The depth here is pretty staggering - its not just the guys from Crue, Poison, etc - its those bands plus members of Britny Fox, Whitesnake, Extreme, Quiet Riot, Warrant, Firehouse, and producers and label A&R guys as well.

Get this book, put on a Faster Pussycat album and dive into the music that you still love.
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Call the music what you want, this is the definitive title on the genre 3 septembre 2014
Par T. Skylar - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Let me begin by stating that Martin Popoff is one of the most reputable rock writers there is. The man has been writing books about Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music for over two decades now and he's earned much respect from covering artists like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest (along with volumes dedicated to decades, 70's, 80's, 90's and 00's) in such a scholarly and passionated way. That said, Popoff never seemed too fond of what has come be called Glam-Metal, Hair-Metal, or sometimes simply "80's Metal". I'm talking of course about bands like Motley Crue, Poison, Ratt and countless legions of bands wearing (in retrospect) ridiculous amounts of hairspray, makeup, spandex, leather and animal print. Popoff never dismissed Glam but never seemed to be enthralled by it either. In fact, l recall reading one of his books where he reviewed albums of the era and he rated a lot of those releases by so called "Hair Bands" quite low. Perhaps the author has discovered or re-discovered an enjoyment for 80's candy sugar coated rock and power ballads. All l can say is if you're a fan (secretly or otherwise) of Hair Metal (love the music, just not particularly crazy about the term) then this book will bring back memories and offers a very good retrospective and insight into the era of big hair rock.

What l like about Popoff is that he is opinionated and human about whatever he writes at the moment. For instance, he states that he is not a fan of Bon Jovi even though they have plenty of coverage in this book. In a way it's almost like having a conversation (i.e. Debate) about some of your favourite bands with a friend.

Now l'll admit on the surface the book looks a little cheesy and maybe even too much like an entry level book to hair metal. But once you pick it up and look through the volume you realize there's a lot more to it than you thought. Of course it DOES serve as a beginner guide to 80's Metal, but it offers a lot that will make it appealing and worthwhile to an older fan as well. The chart positions, releases dates and insights into the albums are great but mostly for newbies. Fans get stories from various interviews, insights into recordings, decisions, record companies, touring etc. Some l have read previously, some l have not. Put altogether The Big Book of Hair Metal does a superb job at being a damn near definitive 80's Hair Metal guide. If it appeals to new, old and casual fans then you know you've done something right. The damn least it will do is make someone pick it up and go "Oh wow look at this! I completely forgot about that band!" Or "Look at that album cover!". I left it on my coffee table and you'd be surprised how much of an interesting conversational piece it has become.

The really big bands like Motley Crue, KISS, Van Halen and Def Leppard get plenty of coverage, but lesser known bands like Stryper, Danger Danger, Keel, Kick Axe and Dangerous Toys also get their 15 minutes. Big releases like Pyromania and Appetite for Destruction get a bit more coverage but you'll almost always find yourself learning or reading something you haven't before. It is such an entertaining book, it's hard to put down and such fun to flip through over and over again and notice things you might have previously missed. It's a visually compelling book to look at.

The book is build on a timeline format which works very well for a retrospective-type book such as this. It begins long before the 80's with coverage of influences on Hair Metal dating to the 50's and 60's and gets more and more important around the 70's with proto-glam and seminal Hair influences arise. Everything is where it should be. At times l wish there was a bit more for say, 1983 but the book focuses on a genre that really exploded around 1985 so the content seems to get bigger and more as it goes on. The lengthy index section comes in handy is also much welcomed for quick search or reference.

I wish the book didn't end with the year 1991. That is really my only complaint. Popoff himself states that he thinks some of the best Hair Metal came out in 1992, and he is not wrong. Even though it was a dying genre in terms of popularity, plenty of good albums, events and stories could have been added if he chose to add just that one more year. Maybe it's because he felt Nirvana killed glam with Nevermind in '91, but it didn't die instantly. lt was still acceptable and even in the mainstream in '92. Even Vince Neil put out a very enjoyable album that would be classified as Hair Metal in 1993.

For anyone who likes the catchy anthemic metal of the 80's and early 90's, The Big Book of Hair Metal offers a great insight into this much maligned (but such a guilty pleasure and enjoyable) genre. The pictures alone almost make the price of admission worth it. Album covers, tickets, tour programs,guitar picks, shirts, backstage passes and the pictures of posters and adds from the era make for splendid time capsules. When it comes to 80's Hair Metal l've just about read it all and The Big Book of Hair Metal sits as one of the best if not the. Chuck Klosterman's Fargo Rock City is also highly enjoyable look at the music from a fan's perspective, and Louder Than Hell is a great, although more general look at Heavy Metal. Eddie Trunk's books are also not bad for a newbie but are more like introductions to the music. Have no shame, forget about being embarrassed, embrace the glory, fun, enjoyment and silliness of it all. Pull out those cassettes and turn it loud, we're all friends when it comes to this subject! 4 1/2 out of a possible 5 stars, much recommended.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Behind The Hair Metal Scene 19 février 2015
Par Raven Shaddock - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
A very colorful hardcover that reminds me of a school book w/ the gloss cover spec size of a magazine over 200 pages. The inside is filled w/ photos of bands, flyers, album covers, ADs and other 80's paraphernalia. This book is a documentary as the writer collects interviews of these 80's artists and what they are thinking at the time these albums were coming out. They even talk about the make up, wardrobe, stage show, videos and hairspray. It's just a fun book to flip through or read whenever you get a chance. It's not one of those books you have to read from start to finish right away. It's more of a casual read. This does cover a lot bands and some I haven't listened to then that makes me search on Spotify now.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Excellent coverage of the eighties glam metal scene 4 février 2015
Par Rockstar - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Wow, this brings back the memories! All the bands who shaped the eighties metal scene are covered here, from Twisted Sister to Van Halen, Ratt, and the Crüe. But the second tier also get plenty of coverage, such as Black n Blue, Keel, Warrant and the like. The pictures are great, the quotes interesting, and it isn't all kiss ass but honest and insightful. Reading this book has put me in a spin of digging out the old bands on vinyl and CD and listening to them all over again. I almost feel twenty years old again...Hail, hail rock n roll!
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