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Product Details

  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879309830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879309831
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric Danville (New York City) has (literally) made a career of sex, drugs, and rock n roll. As managing editor of High Times, he contributed the music column High Notes and later wrote the rock column Aural Fixation for Screw magazine, where he was senior editor.

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Eric Danville has spent 25 years in the field of outlaw journalism. His career began with a stint as Managing Editor of notorious pro-marijuana magazine High Times in the late '80s before a seven-year stint working for Al Goldstein as Senior/Managing Editor of Screw, where he also contributed the weekly news column Sex Scene and the monthly music column Aural Fixation. In 1998 he joined the Penthouse family of publications, where he's now the Managing Editor of Penthouse Forum and The Girls of Penthouse.

His books include The Complete Linda Lovelace (original basis for the film Lovelace, for which he served as Consultant; the revised and expanded reissue of TCLL will be published soon) and The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists (BackBeat Books). He has also contributed to The Encyclopedia of Prostitution and The Official Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll Book of Lists, and most recently edited the first Penthouse Forum eBook, Penthouse Forum Presents The Swinging Seventies.

Customer Reviews

I bought this book for my boyfriend and he thought it was a very interesting read.
J. Reyes
I don't think this book of lists was made in order to offense anyone love Metal music and its one of my passions but I can also laugh at how over the top it can be.
Tommy Skylar
Danville could have made this book much better had he bothered to critique the music itself, the only list that comes close is the forefathers of metal.
Scott Hedegard

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Bloch on October 6, 2009
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If you're into metal, this book is totally essential--you cannot be without it. But even if can't bear to listen to Zeppelin, Cooper, or Roth, this is one of the most compulsively entertaining books you'll ever own. The kind of thing you can dip into anytime and immediately discover a fact that will change your life--or at least amuse you greatly!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Skylar on July 9, 2011
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This book has been classified by some other reviewers as "Bathroom reading" and I suppose it could very well be. Eric Danville's The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists obviously wasn't made in order to make anyone smarter, the content is basically just fun facts put together in the form of lists, facts that you may or may have not already known. I like the introduction by Lemmy, to have him give his approval certainly gives the book some credit. That and the contributions from numerous musician which really contribute in making this book an entertaining read. What's great is you get a paragraph or a comment that explains or goes into detail for every single number on the lists. Often those comments are very funny and tell interesting stories about Hard-Rock/Metal musicians. Some of these lists are hilarious, unpredictable and some are fairly accurate and the content and subject differs from one list to another. Before long you'll find yourself looking for that funny list you read the other day or showing a particular list to your friends. The table of contents is a nice addition, that way you can quickly spot your favorite lists. The drawings that accompany the lists are very well done; they really do look like the artists even if they are done in a comical way. This book of lists is divided into 7 sections that cover a specific subject (except the last one): drugs and alcohol, occult, violence, sex/obscenity, noise, on the road and whole lotta lists. One thing is sure, even the most hardcore metalhead will learn at least a few things he didn't know previously (and also probably some other things he didn't want to know about).

One small complaint aside, it doesn't seem that every sub-genre of Heavy-Metal has been covered or covered adequately like Thrash, Black or even Nu-Metal.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Orbach on October 8, 2009
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A plethora of offbeat facts and anecdotes (some written by the band members themselves) dealing exclusively with the loudest, most rebellious, and most outrageous music know to man - HEAVY METAL! Simply a riot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrsjonesb on March 6, 2013
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Absolutely love this book!
Would most definately love to get others and would refer to all my friends!
Would llove more!
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By Mark L. Center on December 13, 2014
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A worthy bathroom book. Easy to read, could have been twice as big I suppose. Don't expect any groundbreaking info here but... buy it for a gift, read it first and then give it away.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Reyes on December 21, 2009
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I bought this book for my boyfriend and he thought it was a very interesting read. He likes to take books with him to read while on the toilet (why do men do that?) so this book was a perfect gift for him. A relatively short read, but it isn't really the type of book that you can read all the way through but rather just bits and pieces at a time. Beware there is some of the vulgar content though, but for a metal head that's nothing.
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