Birth School Metallica Death: The Inside Story of Metallica (1981-1991) Volume 1


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Da Capo Press
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5.4 X 8.7 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

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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.


"Brannigan and Winwood dig deep into the band members'' formative years...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."

Kirkus Reviews, 12/1/13

"[An] ambitious undertaking...The authors' enthusiasm for their subject is infectious. They'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."

Mojo, December 2013

"It's hard to imagine the tale of San Francisco metal behemoths Metallica being told more authoritatively than it is here...Gripping reading.", 4/22/14
Classic Rock (UK), October 2013

"Introduces us to the boys who went on to be metal kings...[Brannigan and Winwood] have worked closely with the band over the years, and it shows, both in the access they've gained, the anecdotes they witnessed first-hand and the warmth they afford their subjects. No stone is left unturned as the band's insane life is meticulously researched."

Q Magazine, October 2013

"Roach shows how thoroughly she has researched her subject...while also giving modern readers something to think about in our own days of social and political witch hunts. Six Women of Salem...will provide a greater sense of the real-world lives of those who engaged in and were victimized by those events."

Metal Hammer

"The Metallica story has been told many times before, but seldom as entertainingly or as smartly as this...Ian Winwood and Paul Brannigan's vivid prose makes this well-worn saga seem somehow fresh and fascinating again."

Publishers Weekly, 11/1/13