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Cargo Art magazine (Australia)
"Not just a book for Metallica fans or even heavy metal fans, what Brannigan and Winwood have produced here is a joyfully insightful read about one of the most significant bands in music history."

New York Post, 11/5/14
“Spills everything including the bad-boy days and bad haircuts.”

Alibi.com, 11/6/14
“A readable, engaging biography.”

Parade Magazine, 11/16/14
“Authors Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood detail how one of the world’s biggest metal bands was forged.”

Dead Rhetoric, 11/18/14
“Written in an articulate, vocabulary-enhanced method (read: both gentlemen have a marvelous grasp of the English language), the way in which this era (or ‘eras’) of Metallica is presented is that of respect, and at times, with a critical eye…In totality, a marvelous read, probably one of the best on the band.”

Examiner.com, 11/20/14
“With comprehensive analysis of Metallica’s artistic development and songs, and a walk through the evolution of collections like ‘Death Magnetic,’ Brannigan and Winwood shed light on the Hall of Famer’s highs and lows on the rock and roll world stage.”

The Real Rene, 11/22/14
“A well researched book…Paul Brannigan and Ian Windwood were present at a lot of Metallica’s most famous moments and have a tremendous collection of interviews with all the members of the band…A really good book for any Metallica fan, and if you are not a fan, well get this book and be educated.”

My Big Honkin Blog, 12/9/14
Into the Black provided a great reminder of just how much crap these guys were on the receiving end of simply because they created music that attracted a huge audience…Because they were afforded the extraordinary access during the timeframe in question, Brannigan and Winwood are able to offer up a real time perspective on the recording, writing, performing, promoting and personalities that are constantly at play within the band. Forget about a historical look back, this one is being detailed as it happens which offer a unique perspective on everything.”

Examiner.com, 12/17/14
“The definitive story of Metallica.”

About.com, 12/21/14
“There is no shortage of Metallica books, with several published over the past few years. While some take more scholarly approaches, making the recording process, albums and songs the primary focus, Brannigan and Winwood hone in on the people and personalities…Metallica’s story since 1991 is an interesting one, and the book does a good job relating it. The authors didn’t just cobble together other media reports to write the book, they have firsthand experience with the band…A breezy and interesting read, featuring both behind the scenes gossipy nuggets and enlightening moments in the band’s history.”

Oakland Press, 12/19/14
“Covers some dramatic years…An illuminating read.”

Milwaukee Shepherd Express, 12/24/14
“Written with piercing British wit and critical acumen.”

No Echo, 1/14/15
“Offers up an exclusive look inside Metallica's career in the last three decades, through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted group's soaring highs and crushing lows. Even if you've followed Metallica closely since the early '90s, Into the Black delivers the kind of insider knowledge only members of their inner-circle would normally be privy to…A must-own for any hardcore fan.”

Times of London, 1/10/15
“This story will survive like their music, because few testimonies to the psychopathy of rock bands have been as witty, literate and loving.”

TeamRock, 12/19/15
“A good and thought-provoking read.”

Portland Book Review, 1/6/15
“If you’re any kind of fan of Metallica, then you must read Into the Black.”

This Is Books’ Music, 1/4/15
“A worthy book for those who like and love Metallica.”

The National (United Arab Emirates), 1/8/15
“Erudite and witty…Anything but hagiography.”

ShuIzmz.com, 2/2/15
“This book actually has a great deal of insight to offer its readers because the authors actually were physically present and granted behind-the-scenes access to some very private and important periods in the band’s career…[Brannigan and Winwood] really dug deep into analyzing the major events, and did not just note them in the course of the book’s timeline…[An] incredible book…The epitome of what any book chronicling a band’s history should be modeled after.”

Midwest Book Review, February 2015
“Provides a fine survey of the band's evolution…Chapters analyze Metallica's development, its songs, and its recordings and make for a powerful survey recommended for any popular music history holding.”

Neufutur Magazine, 2/25/15
“You’d be hard-pressed to find a more definitive scholarship of Metallica, one of metal’s most polarizing bands, than the massive two-volume set by music journalists Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood…The duo have a knack for giving an insider’s view of the band without slipping into biased fawning…Regardless of how you feel about Metallica’s music, through their conversational writing style and exhaustive research, Brannigan and Winwood have managed to pull together such a compelling look at the band that even their biggest detractors would have a hard time putting the book down.”

Internet Review of Books, 3/27/1
“This book will no doubt appeal to those who like Metallica.”

Examiner.com, 12/30/15
“If you’ve read part one, you’ll like want to tackle part two. The book also stands on its own.”

About the Author

Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood are two of the world's foremost music writers. A contributor to Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, 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!, and the BBC. Together, they authored the predecessor to this volume, Birth School Metallica Death: The Inside Story of Metallica (1981-1991). Both authors live in London.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306821885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306821882
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a lifelong Metallica "Fan-Girl" since forever (I'm about the same age they are) although I admit I prefer their music from BEFORE "The Black Album". I've stuck with Metallica as a fan all these years in much the same way I've stayed friends with old mates from College...though we've all changed, and perhaps grown apart somewhat in our lifestyles and interests, I still care about them and am always curious what they are up to! So I was keen to read this book on the more recent "second half" of their career, as I have read pretty much everything else ever written on Metallica's 1980's incendiary thrash metal glory years already.
That being said...if you have seen "Some Kind of Monster" and have read any of the Classic Rock Magazine Metallica issues over the years, there is really no "new" or revelatory information here that will surprise or shock you. What IS here however is a very erudite, fun, intelligently written and cohesive story of Metallica's career since "The Black Album", with a touch of that dry British humor very much in the style of Mick Wall (if you haven't read HIS book, Enter Night, I highly recommend that one too!) So if you enjoy anything and everything Metallica, this book is a great addition to your collection. Enjoy it!
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Recycled interviews and articles by "journalists" with a clear axe to grind. They were cut loose by Metallica and are no longer part of the "inner circle" and it's very evident. Poor sales from their first book resulted in them hitting the interview circuit claiming Metallica was losing money. It was a cheap and underhanded attempt to get a few days' worth of publicity. With any hope, it shifted focus onto Metallica and not on their book.
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By Thomas U. on January 18, 2015
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Kinda boring in parts, but overall lots of good insider info. I wish it would have focused more on the music than the soap opera.
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One of the better Metallica Bios I've read, and I'm a junkie for rock and entertainment bios. Can't wait to read the second book.
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Bought it for my brother and he said he really enjoyed it.
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