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Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years. A Metal Band Biography. (66 & 2/3 Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

D.X. Ferris , Albert Cuellar , Harald Oimoen , Georges Sulmers , Tim Tronckoe , Johnny Angell , Sean Benedict , Cameron Edney , Ester Segarra , Amy Weiser
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Edition v1.9, newly re-edited and re-formatted to address reader feedback, updated May 2, 2014: This timely rock biography answers burning questions, shatters popular myths, and uncovers new truths about Slayer, the iconic group that became the embodiment of heavy metal. This full-length, exhaustively researched account of the thrash kings' career recaps and reevaluates the years guitar hero Jeff Hanneman and drum legend Dave Lombardo were in the group. Over the course of 59 chapters, 400 footnotes and three appendices, it profiles the members and presents dramatic scenes from 32 years in the Abyss: A fresh look at the group's early days. Reign in Blood tours. A European invasion. The Palladium riot. The seat cushion chaos concert. Newly unearthed details from Lombardo's turbulent history with the band. Historical artwork and photos never seen in public before. The entire diabolical discography. Hanneman’s hard times. The Big Four’s big year. Lombardo’s final exit. The top 11 Hanneman tributes. The mosh memorial service. Untold stories. Updates. And relevant digressions, including a contrasting look at other contemporaries and cutting-edge extreme bands. Over decades, Slayer experience triumph and loss, but never defeat, whether it's at the hands of rivals, peers, America's most infamous church, or the United States government itself. In addition to extensive archival material, this book features original content from the band, key affiliates, and firsthand witnesses, including Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel, former tour manager Doug Goodman, engineer Bill Metoyer, former Metal Blade exec William "DJ Will" Howell, and cover artist Albert Cuellar (who went on to work with Tim Burton, Sublime, and Sir Mix-A-Lot). It also includes Jeff Hanneman's original diagram for the Live Undead picture disc (spoiler: it's a stick-figure sketch). Slayer fans will never see — or hear — the thrash metal champions the same way. 33 photos and 11 illustrations include lost artwork by Hell Awaits artist Albert Cuellar and stunning exclusive pictures by Harald Oimoen (of Murder in the Front Row renown). Written by D.X. Ferris, an Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Reporter of the Year and author of "Slayer's Reign in Blood," which is book no. 57 in Bloomsbury Academic's prestigious 33 1/3 series. The bargain-priced e-book edition features extensive interactive content, and can be read on any smart phone, tablet, computer, or portable communications device (with free Kindle software).

Digital version 1.9 and paperback freshly edited to remove typographical errors; new e-book edition features conventional image orientation, replacing features some readers had interpreted as formatting errors. If you purchased an earlier version, contact publisher for a complimentary update (see end of book for contact information).


Editorial Reviews

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"D.X. Ferris' engrossing Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years tells the real story behind the greatest modern metal band's most crucial era. Enter to the realm of Satan!" -- Steven Blush, author/filmmaker, American Hardcore

"This book is the biography the band has always deserved. Slayer 66 2/3 goes in deep, covers an enormous amount of ground, and it was clearly a labor of love. Metal is an important part of music history, and Slayer will always be one of the most important bands in the genre. A book documenting the good, the bad, and the ugly without spin or sensationalism has been long overdue, and hats off to D.X. Ferris for getting it all down in this remarkable volume, which no Slayer fan should be without." -- David Konow, author of Bang Your Head and Reel Terror

"A crucial Slayer bio, a coffee table book, and an a Slayer history TV channel all in one." -- Metal Sucks Podcast host Godless (about the the e-book version, which features hyperlinks to non-copyrighted material)

"When I hosted Mohr Sports on ESPN, Slayer was the only musical act that needed the entire stage to play their music. I wound up interviewing Sugar Ray Leonard in a tiny corner of the studio in small director's chairs. Once Slayer started playing, we knew why. We were tiny, small and insignificant compared to the hurricane that came out of Slayer's city of amplifiers. Slayer kicks other metal bands in the nuts. Finally someone like D.X. Ferris puts down on paper how Slayer never sold out, never compromised and never, ever turned it down." -- Jay Mohr, Jay Mohr Sports & Mohr Stories

"This book should sit on your shelf alongside Led Zeppelin tome Hammer of the Gods and [Mötley Crüe tell-all] The Dirt." -- Michael Nirenberg, Huffington Post

About the Author

D.X. Ferris is an Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Reporter of the Year. He is also the author of "Slayer's Reign in Blood," which is part of Bloomsbury Academic's prestigious 33 1/3 series. Ferris writes for the A.V. Club (a little bit). His work has appeared in RollingStone.com, Alternative Press, the Village Voice, Decibel, Metal Sucks, and other outlets. His Heavy Metal Game of Thrones Reviews run on Diffuser.fm. Popdose hosts his ongoing webcomic, Suburban Metal Dad. His Pentagrammarian.com collects thoughts on grammar, usage, ethics, writing, and the business thereof.  He was thrown out of the South of Heaven tour when a misdirected crowd surf landed him onstage.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5888 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 6623 Press; v1.9 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GM5HSLQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good info, but... December 27, 2013
By El Dopa
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ferris has done a great job compiling 30+ years of info on Slayer. Being a die-hard fan, some of the info I knew but there was a great deal that I didn't. Learning about Lombardo's in & outs of the band (and reasons) were interesting and not as black & white as I thought. I also realized that maybe KK isn't as big of an a-hole as I suspected. My biggest issue with this book is that it is in severe need of an editor and a typesetter. There are countless misspellings, copy that is repeated and the overall flow of the book is choppy. It's almost written as if Ferris was finding info and just copying and pasting it. There's no flow and it keeps stopping and starting. Again, great book with a ton of info and links, but I wish Ferris would let an editor put the final touches on this if it goes to actual print.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for any slayer fan January 4, 2014
By Garrett
Format:Kindle Edition
This was an informative and entertaining bio piece on Slayer. The interviews and timeline make the price of entry more than worth it. That said, I would have liked to have seen more on their songwriting process, not just who was credited with each song. As has been noted by other reviewers, the e-book is riddled with typos and repeated sentences. Maybe the editor was too busy ripping seat cushions and moshing? If so I'm willing to forgive 'em.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories...Horrible Editing December 9, 2013
By lekoone
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Slayer fans will really enjoy the book. The intimate details of their rise to the top of the thrash metal mountain are very well researched, but the editing of the "digital" book leaves me discouraged and embarrassed for the author. I'm only halfway thru and I've counted at least 200 grammatical and format errors. Take the extra week before releasing this and properly edit your material!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Any Slayer Fan. November 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Having been a long time fan of Slayer, this book is the biography the band has always deserved. Slayer 66 2/3 goes in deep, covers an enormous amount of ground, and it was clearly a labor of love. Metal is an important part of music history, and Slayer will always be one of the most important bands in the genre. A book documenting the good, the bad, and the ugly without spin or sensationalism has been long overdue, and hats off to DX Ferris for getting it all down in this remarkable volume, which no Slayer fan should be without.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory reading if you're a Slayer fan December 27, 2013
By McG
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There's a lot of research in this book that traces the origins of Slayer from the very early days all the way through Jeff Hanneman getting sidelined due to illness, the onboarding of replacement guitarist Gary Holt and the seemingly abrupt departure of drummer Dave Lombardo. The tone of the book is light and the author's passion comes through loud and clear, but doesn't get in the way with first-person opinions about the band. Perhaps most puzzling is the tumultuous personal life of Dave Lombardo that it is reviewed in the book in a fair amount of detail and how stuff in his personal life drove him leaving the band on several occasions. The Kindle version of the book has lots of links to pics, videos and articles, so you can see videos of shows that the author references. Some great memories of real chaotic performances here. I was pleased with this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get this man an editor! March 23, 2014
By Rich L.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I REALLY wanted to love this book. It's a good read, and essential for Slayer fans, but it's a mess! It has typos galore, and is badly laid out. It's as if D.X. turned in a rough draft for the eBook, and they used that for the printed version. Pictures turn up chapters after they've been discussed, and again, the typos are multiple. It's a shame, because his first Slayer book (his 33 1/3rd entry on the "Reign In Blood" album) is great. However, that series (despite its many flaws) is professionally edited and layed out. And I understand that this is more of a self-published indie effort, but that doesn't justify the book's sloppiness. He does state that if you find errors in the printed version he'll send you an updated eBook for free. I appreciate that offer, but I don't buy or read eBooks-that's why I bought the printed version!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Slayer fans! January 3, 2014
By Bret
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Are you a Slayer fan? If so, then you are required to read this book. Enough said. Enjoy it. I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It's Slayer! The word alone means that it's incredible. That said, author DX Ferris has more than spun together a collection of dates and times like so many unauthorized biographies do. Instead, it's clear that there's an ungodly amount of research that has gone into this book to ensure that the full story is told. Bravo DX Ferris - you have written the ultimate book about the ultimate band in the history of the ultimate musical genre - METAL!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Pretty good book overall. If your a slayer fan this is a must have. Reading this book really reminds me of the huge loss of Jeff, one of the best metal guitarists of all time.
Published 7 days ago by Brian Cebula
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
DX is a friend of mine and has penned a great book about a great band
Published 16 days ago by smartbassist
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read n write n cleared up many issues n questions
Awesome read n write n cleared up many issues n questions I have had over the last 30 years pertaining to the band SLAYER TILL I DIE
Published 17 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
SLAYER!!!!
Published 21 days ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great product at a great price with super fast delivery! Thanks!!!!
Published 1 month ago by ernesto j. cuellar jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written!
This book had strong potential, but it fails. There are many grammar mistakes throughout the entire book. It repeats content almost word for word in many chapters as well. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ratdog
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. I'm glad I purchased.
Published 3 months ago by DM
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book, not quite enough third party stories that make for a good band bio book.
Published 4 months ago by dominic ieraci
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Great book. Well written. Funny and not too opionionated. I learned a bunch about a band I thought I already knew a lot about.
Published 6 months ago by David Ackerman
4.0 out of 5 stars At Dawn They Read
Great insight into a great band. My only negative was the lack of editing in certain chapters, and mixing up of certain names, taking you out of the story so you could figure out... Read more
Published 7 months ago by armand rosamilia
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More About the Author

D.X. Ferris is an Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Reporter of the Year. He is also the author of "Slayer's Reign in Blood," which is part of Bloomsbury Academic's prestigious 33 1/3 series. Ferris writes for the A.V. Club (a little bit). His work has appeared in RollingStone.com, Alternative Press, the Village Voice, Decibel, Metal Sucks, and other outlets. His Heavy Metal Game of Thrones Reviews run on Diffuser.fm. Popdose hosts his ongoing webcomic, Suburban Metal Dad. His Pentagrammarian.com collects thoughts on grammar, usage, ethics, writing, and the business thereof. He was thrown out of the South of Heaven tour when a misdirected crowd surf landed him onstage.

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