In 2001, the hugely successful hard-rock/heavy metal band Metallica got together in a converted army bunker in San Francisco to record its first collection of new songs in years. Raw from the departure of their bass player yet determined to write and record together, the rock stars began group therapy with Phil Towle, a gentle-voiced therapist (or "performance-enhancement coach"). Far from hiding this image-smashing move, however, the band allowed acclaimed documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky to film, well, whatever. Even after Metallica lead singer James Hetfield slammed the therapy and left the recording studio, the creators of the brilliant documentaries Brother's Keeper and Paradise Lost were allowed to keep filming. What emerged two years later was a rock documentary, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, that is arguably as defining a portrait of the values and conflicts of our times as Gimme Shelter is of its time. In an absorbing narrative, Berlinger (with rock journalist Milner) describes just what it took—the myriad decisions and risks—to turn nearly 1,600 hours of footage into a story that delivers an emotional impact that is all the greater for being true. This book should be required reading for aspiring filmmakers because it reveals the huge difference between turning the cameras on a contrived situation that purports to be "reality" and making a cinema verité or nonfiction film. Berlinger shows that capturing truth is both art and science, and that the best efforts require that the filmmakers risk as much as their subjects. 75 b&w photos.
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This makes the band and their entourage (especially Phil Towle) seem much more human than the movie. Fascinating insight into Metallica and the film-making process.Published 5 months ago by i_like_cheese
This really adds to the movie, gives some background of the making and the thought process behind it.Published 11 months ago by lauren
This is a fascinating read behind the scenes and between the lines of the film. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I wish i had read the book immediately after seeing the film. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by James W. Matson
This Monster Lives; the follow-up book to Joe Berlinger's film-documentary Some Kind Of Monster.
When I picked up the hardcover version I had no idea that this book (or... Read more
Caution to those who want to read about Metallica (you won't get to with this book). Like others I was disappointed when I started to read this book and found out that soooo much... Read morePublished on December 18, 2007 by Charles D. Simpson
The book let me down in a lot of ways. I guess it just wasn't what I had expected. I was hoping for an inside account of how Metallica wrote the lyrics and created the music in a... Read morePublished on January 1, 2007 by Anonymous
I enjoyed the book where it was talking about Metallica but I have to agree with other folks comments about the writers going on and on about their past documentaries as if by... Read morePublished on May 6, 2005 by Larry M
the book completes the story told in the film. film is part 1 and the book is part 2 of some kind of monster.
**I saw megadeth live on april 3rd, 2005. Read more