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Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Paperback – April 1, 2011
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About the Author
Eddie Trunk has been sharing his love of hard rock and heavy metal with fans for more than twenty-five years. He is the host of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show and is also heard on two weekly radio shows: Eddie Trunk Live, which airs on Sirius/XM radio's Boneyard channel, and the FM-syndicated Eddie Trunk Rocks, heard live in New York City on Q104.3 and various affiliates. He lives in New Jersey.
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Having lesser known bands like Accept, Overkill, Exodus, etc. was a great idea. These bands deserve the exposure! The problem is that a lot of the material for each band is Eddie's patting himself on the back and taking credit for their success. This is typical though as anyone who has listened to his radio shows knows. It's definitely worth the time to read, especially for metal fans who are not already familiar with these bands. I was expecting more.
If you enjoy watching "That Metal Show" this book is just an extension of the TV series. A lot of the bands in this book are the ones that are talked about on VH1 Classic. Eddie discusses 35 bands in limited detail. This isn't an extensive background on these bands but it gives you some ground work and if you are interested maybe it'll give you chance to listen to some of these bands. Eddie list 35 bands mostly the staple ones besides Alice Cooper like AC/DC, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Kiss, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen to name a few. There is an ending chapter titled "More Essentials" which Eddie covers a few more bands in a paragraph or 2.
Also good to point out the many rare photos taken from Eddie's friend Ron Akiyama. Forward by Judas Priest Rob Halford.
Much of the background info presented is well known to rock fans. Get the book for Trunk's great personal anecdotes about the band's and artists. I gave the book 4 stars, but it tends to be about 3 in many areas. For that reason, I won't be buying the second volume.
Eddie, please write a book about the making of That Metal Show. That surely will contain lots of unknown facts about one of the most curious shows on television.