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The Art of Metal: Five Decades of Heavy Metal Album Covers, Posters, T-Shirts, and More Hardcover – November 15, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press (November 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760344930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760344934
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 10 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Malcolm Dome started writing about music, and metal in particular, for Record Mirror in 1979. He was part of the Kerrang! team in the 1980s, cofounded RAW magazine in 1988, and now writes for Metal Hammer, Prog, and Classic Rock, among others. Dome has also authored a number of books, including Encyclopedia Metallica (from which a certain band got its name), an official book on Bon Jovi, and histories of Van Halen, Aerosmith, and AC/DC. He has presented his own radio shows for TotalRock and has appeared in a number of documentaries, including the award-winning Anvil: The Story of Anvil.

Lemmy Kilmister is the lead vocalist, bassist, principal songwriter, and founder of heavy metal band Motorhead, as well as a former member of Hawkwind. www.facebook.com/pages/Lemmy-Kilmister/300294930093 www.imotorhead.com

Martin Popoff has been described as the world's most famous heavy-metal journalist. He has penned more than 40 books on hard rock, heavy metal, and record collecting, including Voyageur Press' Rush: The Illustrated History. He has also worked in film and television, his most recent projects being Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and VH1's Metal Evolution. He lives in Toronto with his wife and son. www.martinpopoff.com www.bravewords.com

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Martin H. Popoff on November 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Disclosure: I’m one of the overseers of this book.
Funny, I just read an article about these sorts of reviews and where they often come from.
Must respond to a few points:
1) it’s about as true an art book as any music art book. Stuffed full of hundreds of well-considered aesthetically pleasing sleeves and posters, sure, with the odd image chosen to represent style points.
2) it very often analyzes the art, but fair enough, we’ve got long bits about the genre and the music itself. There are some isolated features that bravely go off into flights o’ fancy.
3) the layouts rock, in my opinion; one of the best, most sumptuous and painstakingly considered layouts of the ten or so coffee table books I’ve been involved with.
4) the images are all of an utmost quality. In fact, this publisher is the only one who wouldn’t accept my scans done in my office because they weren’t lit well enough, hi res enough, clean enough of dust or whatever. They spend dozens of hours and days tracking down the perfect image. Spent tons on photographing and pro scanning and in many cases, tracking down originals.
5) Skimpy? It’s 224 thick (80 lb. gloss?), full colour, richly printed pages at a large page size of 10” x 11,” with lots of tiny print – every pages is bursting with pictures and writing.
6) Permissions? Again, they had a whole department dedicated to that. Ask any of the chapter writers, a lot of time and inquiry was put into tracking down rights, obtaining them, switching out shots where rights couldn’t be sorted. This is actually one of the larger jobs of a project like this and a ton of phone calls and emails was spent fretting over this “file.”
Goofy me rating this, but I guess I have to - ha ha, four stars?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jean M. Vogel on February 3, 2014
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A very comprehensive and beautiful volume! I was very pleased with this purchase and gifted it to my grandson who really enjoyed it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on January 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Still not the definitive book to discover the secrets beyond the some of the covers portrayed here (some of them are the greatest album covers of the genre) but definitely a good effort to understand the visual history of Metal music! This is great!
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6 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Possessed on November 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is not a true art book. It neither analyzes the artwork or displays it with any sense of aesthetics. The layouts are thrown together and the images are not high quality. This book is really skimpy in terms of content and is more like a creatively-challenged teenage girl's scrapbook. A teenage girl with a limited music collection that may or not even be metal at all. Lemmy's intro is a joke, he wrote a couple of generic sentences with barely any content and little meaning. This is hardly a book. I am surprised that the artists involved gave permission to use any of the artwork included- actually most of the photo credits go to Associated News--- what is that??
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