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Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal Paperback – November 12, 2002
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With all that said, though, I enjoyed the book quite a bit. The fact density means that you're learning new things every page, at least if, like me, you weren't really into the scene itself, just the music. And if the book had been as wordy as _Sound of the Beast_, it would have been twice as large without giving you much more information. I had no idea Gene Simmons was born Chaim Witz in Israel. Funny bits like Henry Rollins's description of how bad Venom was on tour ('I expected them to break into Sex Farm Woman at any moment') amused me quite a lot.
Furthermore, Konow's concentration on a smaller population of LA Bands gives this book more depth than Chistie's in several areas. _Sound of the Beast_ just mentions that Quiet Riot's first cd sold 4 million, their second 1 million. Finis. _Bang Your Head_ goes into all the scheming and politics behind this, why their second record doing 'only' 1 million was a disaster, and how Quiet Riot leader DuBrow shot himself in the foot repeatedly.Read more ›
Another disturbing aspect of the book is that Konow claims that Metal was wiped out by the Seattle scene. This is untrue. Konow ignores that Pantera's album, "Far Beyond Driven" debuted at number one the week it was released. Konow also fails to acknowledge that Slayer released some of their most ferocious work in the 90's. I will say that Metal was not as mainstream in the 90's, however to say that it was dead is preposterous. David Konow has written for Guitar World magazine, which I used to read. The late Dimebag Darrel once wrote columns for the magazine well in to the 90's. Dime once said something along the lines of, "Some people think that Metal is Dead, but Metal ain't all assed up yet." I would say to potential readers, that this book is fair. If you want a better read then first check out, "Sound of the Beast" first. That book covers all genre's of metal fairly well and you get more of a history as opposed to the tabloid feaud-like rivalry that "Bang Your Head" offers.
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I really like the way this was written, Very good info on all the bands. I recommend this book...Published 22 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 on September 2, 2013 by Charlie Goodrich
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 email@example.com
'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
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
I have read a lot of books on heavy metal, but I always missed a book that talked about how the 80's LA metal scene was like and this book is perfect because it focuses in this... Read morePublished on June 25, 2009 by Sheldon
this guy has nailed it, no need to go into huge detail simply put this is a book on a par with Motley Crue's The Dirt. Read morePublished on May 20, 2006 by P. goodwin