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All Known Metal Bands Hardcover – May 28, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: McSweeney's (May 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932416927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932416923
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.9 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read about this book on the invisible oranges blog today. The author of that blog, Cosmo Lee, seems to think the book is plagiarized, and I agree with him. Is it foolish of me to want to post an Amazon review to spread the word? Maybe it's a little impotent. But a lot of people buy books here (duh) and so it seems like a reasonable place to complain.

Basically, the book is a printed version of the lists on the (much more) encyclopedic Metal Archives website, which is user edited and operated without profit. Dan Nelson claims to have researched the book's contents on his own, but that seems unlikely: Metal Archives is too prominent a source for him to be unaware of it, and too comprehensive a source to justify doing the legwork on his own. Metal Archives might be cited somewhere in the book--I admit, I should have checked--but I haven't seen it cited in any product descriptions, and so the ethicality of this book is suspicious to me. That's me being moderate: in fact, this book seems like a minor act of villainy. Academic careers have been ruined for less.

Admittedly, the book is nicely designed, and I understand the desire to have things in book form instead of having to read from a screen. I also understand how a list of metal band names could be considered a sort of cool found art object--I actually like that idea, and might be on board with it if the author were more upfront about where he got the names from. On the other hand, the cheap irony of this product annoys me. There's no way I could buy this and not feel like a jerk. Coffee table books aren't metal. Paying twenty bucks for free (potentially stolen) information is definitely not metal. Even if you dislike metal, this book won't help you articulate why. Save your money and go get a nice dinner or something. Or, if you really do like metal, donate a couple bucks to the Metal Archives (they need it) and be the bigger person.
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It's just a nicely laid out copy of the Metal Archives list of metal bands. Which means there are thousands of bands left out. It's good for quick reference if you aren't around a computer, or if you are a non-metalhead and need an ironic coffee table book.
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Metal fans don't need their band explained, or photographed, or archived; they just relate and love. Dan Nelson found a simple, pure way to express some respect for the genre while memorializing a force that may not pass this way again. Thanks, Dan!
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I got this book as a present from a friend. The SECOND I opened the book I realized that the list is 100% plagiarized from the [...] metal band list. For those who don't know, [...] is a user driven metal encyclopedia like Wikipedia and you can list all the bands with one click of a button. On top of this, the "author" of this book must have missed an ENTIRE page in the A section while he was copy/pasting the contents of [...] into his "book", because there is a humongous chunk of A-bands missing. Unbelievable!

I am considering writing to his publisher and letting him know they've been had by this "author." Ridiculous.
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I recently bought this book and was disappointed. Basically this book is nothing but a HUGE list of band names, that's it. No information about the bands, pictures, NO ANYTHING. Save yourself some money and look for band names online instead. The one good thing about this book is the cover design is AWESOME. However, the fun ends as soon as you open this book up. Would only recommend this book for the Metal Head that has everything.
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Dan Nelson is one of the unsung heros of our generation. This book isn't meant to be read cover to cover, or at least it isn't in our house, but a random page will result in an hour of soul lifting infotainment.I imagine a few new metal bands have snuck into the lexicon since it's publishing, but you are very hard pressed to stump AKMB!
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i got this for my girlfriend for our anniversary. she is a metal goddess, so for a few years, any time either of us said a particularly evil, disgusting or brutal word or phrase, i would ask her if a metal band had taken it as a name. now she has a truly definitive source (there are at least fifteen different bands named death, fer chrissakes!). we've spent countless hours since saying the most horrible things to each other and then running to this beautifully bound and printed book in the hopes of stumbling across a heretofore undiscovered vein of crushingly brutal metal band names. quite possibly the most entertaining book about metal ever. buy it and don't look back.
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