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Not just a blanket discussion on metal, this book offers essays on the 50 heavy metal bands that had the biggest influence on building a scene that perplexes, thrives and provokes deep into the rock 2000's.
Author Martin Popoff (The Collector's Guide To Heavy Metal, Goldmine Heavy Metal Record Price Guide) offers persuasive and often argumentative and explosive essays on each act, ranked within the three separate decades of metal's existence: the 70's, the 80's and the 90's.
In addition, each essay is peppered with fascinating and often lengthy and heartfelt direct quotes from the music-makers themselves, as well as discographies of their work, just in case you want to run out and buy up what all the fuss is about!
Finally, Martin offers instructive appendices on the following: Influence By Genre - a list of close to 1000 bands qualified by style of metal. 15 Amazing Bands Too Unique To Make The List - along with succinct descriptive write-ups on each. 25 "Almosts" - once more with arguments on their each impact on the scene. Heavy Metal's Top 100 Most Influential Albums Of All Time - the hallowed recorded works laid out in chronological order. The Pre-History Of Metal - an essay on metal's trace rumblings through the 50's and 60's. The Top 15 Tribute Albums Of All Time - each offered with a short review. The Future Five - a look at five bands, who are taking metal to new places in the 2000's.
An entertaining and provocative read for anybody who wants to learn more about the most creative and fearless of metal pioneers, 20th Century Rock And Roll: Heavy Metal is sure to spark metal debate long into the loud night. Hail!