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The Big Book of Hair Metal : The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade - Martin Popoff

The Big Book of Hair Metal

The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade

Hardcover Published: 15th August 2014
ISBN: 9780760345467
Number Of Pages: 224

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In the 1980s, heavy metal went mainstream. The dark themes and brain-busting riffage of bands like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple suddenly fell out of favor-replaced by a new legion of metalheads whose themes of girls, partying, girls, drugs, and girls were presented amid shredding solos and power ballads and who were somehow more acceptable to the masses.

In this ultimate guide to the subgenre, acclaimed heavy-metal journalist Martin Popoff examines hair metal in an all-encompassing oral history jacked up by a kaleidoscope of outrageous and previously unpublished quotes, anecdotes, photos, and memorabilia. The Big Book of Hair Metal features the observations of dozens of musicians, producers, promoters, label execs, and hangers-on in examining hair metal's rise and fall as well as all the bands that kept Aqua Net in business through the Reagan recession: Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue, Ratt, Warrant, Great White, Whitesnake, Cinderella, Vixen, Skid Row, L.A. Guns, Guns N' Roses, and dozens more.

In crafting a narrative of hair metal, Popoff also examines the factors that contributed to the movement's rise (including MTV, Reagan's "morning in America," and a general move toward prudish morals); the bands that inspired it (the Sweet, New York Dolls, Alice Cooper, and KISS, for a start); and the scenes that nurtured it (the Sunset Strip, anyone?). The ride finally ended circa 1991, when hair metal was replaced by grunge, but what a ride it was. Here it is in all of its primped-up glory.

About the Author

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.

Industry Reviews

."..wildly entertaining...Popoff makes a good book great thanks to his frank and hilarious asides."" - neufutur.com"


..".a wildly diverse appreciation for some of the best in under the radar music"" - New Noise Magazine"


..".wildly entertaining...Popoff makes a good book great thanks to his frank and hilarious asides."" - neufutur.com"


"the most elegantly and ingeniously designed Popoff book ever" - "Demolish Magazine"


..".a wildly diverse appreciation for some of the best in under the radar music" - New Noise Magazine


"the most elegantly and ingeniously designed Popoff book ever" - Demolish Magazine


..".wildly entertaining...Popoff makes a good book great thanks to his frank and hilarious asides." - neufutur.com

ISBN: 9780760345467
ISBN-10: 0760345465
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 15th August 2014
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 28.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.25

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