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So What!: The Good, The Mad, and The Ugly Hardcover – August 17, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway; First Edition edition (August 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767918819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767918817
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This large and loud authorized book of Metallica memories and memorabilia presents a scrapbook of their history together, which began in Los Angeles during the early 1980s. According to Chirazi, who first met the band in 1984 as a 17-year-old journalist, Metallica is the "seventh biggest selling act in American history." His book documents many of the group’s famous concerts with collages of photos and narratives by the band about what it felt like to be on stage and on the road. Interviews include three talks with former bassist Jason Newsted—conducted by each of the remaining band members. The volume is packed with publicity and candid photos, as well as articles written by Chirazi and letters composed by the band. In the end, this bold, frenetically designed book is intimately in-your-face—just like the band. Their fans will love it.
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From Booklist

This is a fan scrapbook for Metallica devotees, compiled and written by band members and proffered as "the official Metallica illustrated chronicle"--a mixture of Tiger Beat-style teen gush, heavy-metal ambience, and the obligatory sprinkling of naughty words one expects of such packages. Persistently underestimated musically (by nonfans), Metallica has been around forever, and its fans are legion and multigenerational. Headbangers of all ages want the inside poop about the band's personnel changes, its risky decision to stay its bombastic musical course while sporting short hair, its militant antidownloading stance, and the heavy-metal lifestyle in general. A book fairly bursting with candid pics, Q&A sessions, and band members' personal manifestos--especially Metallica lifers James Hetfield's and Lars Ulrich's--will give the fans hours of pleasure and help libraries meet the needs of the underserved metalhead demographic. Mike Tribby
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Dawe on December 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book really could have been called "Written Sh*t: Binge and Purge", as it's really the literary equivalent to Metallica's live music box set. Like the box set, it's a bloated, excessive and sometimes self-serving overload to the senses, and it's up to the individual's tolerance for the personalities in the band that will determine whether or not that this a good thing or not.
The book is beautifully put together. Tons of pictures on high-gloss paper make this a feast for the eyes. The articles are of varying quality. Peppered between the yearbook and scrapbook looking sections -- usually put together using notes, pictures and art created by the band - are some of the best interviews of the band in the last 10 years (particularly the round table discussions which, in light of Jason Newsted's departure, are quite revealing). There are even glimpses of James Hetfield's struggle with his demons before going into rehab, that in hindsight should have been pretty obvious to everyone. Weak are the Q&A sections (the band never seems to give straight answers), a lack of great detail in events in the pre-Load era (understandable as these items are pulled from the fanclub magazine started in the mid-'90s), and Lars Ulrich making love to his ego (haters like to say how much the band has changed, but Lars and his ego have remained pretty consistent over the years, if you ask me).
Complaints are relatively minor. Metallica fans that have been members of the Metclub since it's inception will pretty much have all the items in here already (from So What!, the fanclub magazine). The magazines don't look nearly as good as the book though, but it may not be reason enough to buy this for some. At times, the self-indulgence can get a mite irritating, but the honesty and candidness makes up for a lot.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Corey T. on September 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book the first day it came out and it was well worth the $29.95 I paid for it. It starts you off by telling how the band formed, and actually takes you inside the minds and thoughts of one of the best metal bands ever. Included are some segments of Metallica's fan club magazine and full color photos from shoots and from concets. Each member of the band has a section all about them from birth - today including a whole section on the late Cliff Burton. If you are like me and love this band as much as I do, SO WHAT! is the perfect addition to your Metallica shrine.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J Sasso on September 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
290 pages of personal Metallistuff. Everything from never before seen introspective interviews, to amusing one-offs and doodles by some of the greatest heavy metal rockers of our time. Personal photos, letters, and some extensive QandA with fans, all collected here in this impressive hardcover volume. And when I say tons of photos, I mean TONS of photos. You get to see the boys in pics spanning all over their 20+ year history. Good stuff, with some truly excellent and even moving moments. Metallica has blazed a trail against the grain for over two decades now. From inventing thrash, to consistently giving everyone and everything a big F*** Y** and doing things their own way. Here in this book we get a broad view of our Metallicats, up close and personal. Not to be missed. -- Is it an awesome book??? - James would say, "Yeah Yeah!!"
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Hall on August 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought the book today by default because the mighty Metallica has always been my favorite band. But to my suprise this book was truly an awesome glimpse into the last 15 years of the greatest rock band of our time. buy buy buy it now or else!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anonymos on July 5, 2007
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Some people viewed this book as a bunch of hype or a bunch of BS from guys who are really full of themselves. I didn't feel it was that kind of book. I felt it was them looking back on how full of themselves they were and how much they had to learn and had learned. I thought the book was worth reading.
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