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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: No Sleep 'til Sudbury (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987715909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987715906
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,163,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His story is engaging and he comes off as knowledgeable and quite likeable.
Christopher Long
This is not a simple book to classify and unlike anything else I have ever read.
Rod O'Connor
It's all about Metal and this guy's opinion of music growing up in a small town.
Dylan C Adams

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rod O'Connor on February 4, 2012
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I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud reading a book. This book had me in stitches at moments and then minutes later, deeply lost in nostalgia and examining the impact of music on my own life. At first I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. Was it an autobiography? Was it an academic dissertation on metal? A comedic rock journalist writing an autobiography? This is not a simple book to classify and unlike anything else I have ever read. Perhaps if Nick Hornby's High Fidelity were focused around metal or if Cameron Crowe had been from Espanola, they would have written something along these lines...

Brent Jensen does a great job capturing the bleak and pop-culturally isolated life of small town Northern Ontario. At times it is highly personal and self-reflective, while also weaving an encyclopedic tapestry of metal culture and speaking to the general impact music has on our lives. It is a highly entertaining and witty book with sections that are written in an intimate style that makes you feel you are leaning in close to hear a story from an old friend.

All in all, a hilarious book full of fascinating information about 80s metal and interesting anecdotes around music and small town Canada. A highly entertaining and thoughtful glimpse into the mind of a metal head from Northern Ontario.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ----((- on February 4, 2012
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....."I learned a lot, I smiled and giggled throughout it as well! I definitely related to this story. It took me back to a time in my life when everything was so carefree."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian on March 24, 2012
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As longtime host of radio's Metalshop during Metals heyday, all I can say is that this book nails it. Not only my favorite on the musical genre, but a really fun read as it's personalized in a smart, witty way. Reminds me of Klostermans book, and just as good if not better. Since I spent a good many years growing up in Canada (PEI), I couldn't help but laugh out loud at too many stories contained within to mention. Still having a number of rockstar pals in the hard rock/metal community, this is a no-brainer Christmas gift for them. And Jensens encyclopedic knowledge of Metal, and bringing up so many obscure bands that I'd forgotten about, I can safely say that Eddie Trunk and myself have met our match.
Nice job Brent....
Ian O'Malley
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It takes a true wordsmith and a master storyteller to create a compelling read based on a subject that (in hindsight) was inherently dumb. But author Brent Jensen is passionate and well-read and he chronicles his lifelong obsession and connection to heavy metal music with candor and wit. His story is engaging and he comes off as knowledgeable and quite likeable. In fact, I felt as if Jensen was a long lost friend who I would have spent countless hours with back in the day, hanging out in record stores, going to concerts and swapping bootleg tapes. He refers to Mötley Crüe's "Shout at the Devil" album as "a stupid record for stupid young people" and he thinks that Stryper is "gay." Hilarious stuff to be sure. Bold, honest, insightful, entertaining and VERY well-written, "No Sleep 'Til Sudbury" is a "must read" for anyone who also has felt a personal connection to this iconic music.
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More About the Author

Brent Jensen is a Canadian freelance writer and rock critic who lives in the Toronto area. He is the author of No Sleep 'Til Sudbury: Adventures in 80s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Deconstruction (Edwards Press, 2012), in which he reflects on his teenage life and the important role music played as a means to make sense of the world that surrounded him as he navigated the challenges of small town adolescence. As Jensen puts it, "It's the rock and roll book I could never find in the bookstore".

In his newest book, Leftover People: A Journey Through Post-Rock & Roll America (Edwards Press 2014), Jensen recounts in graphic detail the surreal events that take place during a promotional book tour of the southeastern United States in support of No Sleep 'Til Sudbury. As Jensen comes into personal contact with a colorful assortment of intensely dedicated music fans that make up his readership over the course of the tour, he is forced to consider the deeper implications of his own fandom for the music of his youth through that of his readers. Leftover People balances tales of the tour's hazy escapades from city to city against a darker subtext illuminating the eternal struggle between the head and the heart, and of living in the moment versus living in the past.

Jensen maintains Facebook and Twitter pages to network with his friends and readers. His website address is http://nosleeptilsudbury.wix.com/brentjensen.

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