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The book seems to jump around, lobs a bunch of rumors and anecdotes without a coherent thread or narrative.
Instead, it's represented as some sort of exploration of heavy metal generally, which it most definitely is NOT.
As well it talks about Knac, MTV, the NWOBHM and the beginning of heavy metal and fall during the Grunge era.
I really like the way this was written, Very good info on all the bands. I recommend this book...Published 6 months ago by Michael Brennan
If you don't know much about the history of metal/hard rock music and want to get a decent general history then I recommend this book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Charlie Goodrich
Although I haven't read any other material on Heavy Metal music this book is great. It deals with the social, cultural, and economic factors that influenced this era in rock... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Byron C.
Okay, I knew this was an American view of Heavy Metal, so I knew there would not be any focus on Status Quo, but still, I thought a mention would be at least attempted. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by firstname.lastname@example.org
'Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal' is an entertaining read for anyone that is/was a fan of heavy metal/hard rock from the 70s and 80s. Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by Dan McKinnon
Its a shame when bands that don't fit into the genre, like Green day, get mentioned in a book on heavy metal, yet bands like Cannibal Corpse are mentioned nowhere in the book. Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by jesterxii
A very enjoyable read! The fact that this book is still in print (7th) in the summer of 2010 speaks for the value, relevance and importance of this volume. Read morePublished on August 27, 2010 by J. Sutton
This book is a great read since you learn many things about the band members that you never knew before. It flows very well. It is hard to put it down.Published on June 6, 2010 by D. Kangas
I got into this book because I thought it would help me better understand what made metal so popular and what changes made it fall. Read morePublished on July 30, 2009 by Andy R. Herman