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Hell Bent for Leather: Confessions of a Heavy Metal Addict Paperback – August 16, 2005
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These observations on the metal scene are interspersed throughout what is actually a story about the author's ups and downs, on his quest to become a metal superstar. So while the commentary on the metal scene is more or less universal, the rest of this book is one man's journey.
It doesn't necessarily detract much from the book, but it will probably be disappointing to anyone who reads it, that it is ultimately a story about how the author got out of the metal scene, and not a celebration of it.
Hunter's life story parallels that of most metal fans. The book spans the author's history from the first time he heard ACDC's "Let's Get it Up" as a 10 year old, his introductions to all the various styles of metal as a teen, through various bands he played with, and eventually the crash when the realization that the career of Rock God has passed him by. Personally, I recall most of the same events in my own life, including the first time hearing Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" as a child, being mesmerized by it, expanding to Iron Maiden, Scorpions and Metallica in high school and then eventually joining a metal band in college, which ultimately went nowhere. For any of us with similar stories, this book is especially funny and interesting. However, Hunter's wry observations and dry English wit make this an entertaining read for just about anyone.
If you don't know anything about the metal subculture, you will by the end of this book, however, if you do, he really nails most aspects of what it means to be a fan of this type of music. When his band forced a keyboard player on Seb, over his protest, he points out the following: "Motorhead don't use keyboards.Read more ›
Like Klosterman's oft-compared _Fargo Rock City_, I didn't entirely agree with some of Hunter's judgements and statements. (Motorhead's _1916_ a concept album?) Maybe my background in Midwest America was different than his in England, but we both worshipped many of the same groups, so the common ground made this worthwhile. I also experimented with very amateur attempts to put together the next Metallica with bad instruments and worse musicians on a Sears tape recorder, so I applaud his ability to tell his story. This is good writing and a great bunch of episodes, although all came to a closing a bit sooner than I wanted it to. Overall, a good book if you've got a leather jacket in the back of the closet and still remember the pre-Nirvana days with fondness.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an awesome book if you are a fan of heavy metal or hard rock. Not to mention you learn about some of the best known bands and some of the unknown bands of our world.Published 5 months ago by Caitlin Clark
Hilarious, well-informed, and passionate, this book is the best inside-and-out portrait of classic heavy metal and glam rock imaginable. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Häkkinen Ville
According to the "customers who bought this book also bought" feature on Amazon, the people who bought Hell Bent for Leather: Confessions of a Heavy Metal Addict frequently... Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this book, but there seems to be some details that the author seems to have overlooked or admits to researching online in the book. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by xSlayer666x
Part memoir, part tongue-in-cheek pop culture analysis, Seb Hunter's Hell Bent for Leather is essentially Fargo Rock City : A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota from an... Read morePublished on February 11, 2011 by Justin G.
Although I'm just over half way through, I think I've now read enough in order to express a thought out opinion on this book. Read morePublished on February 4, 2009 by Caleb Williams
I've never even bothered to write a book review, but I read this one faster than any other in my life, so I figured I'd bother. Read morePublished on January 9, 2009 by broadwayron
Kind of a strange book. It seems that the only people who would be interested in this would be metal fans, yet the author seems to look down on metal and it's fans. Read morePublished on October 21, 2008 by James Hodge
I am currently half way through Seb's tale on Heavy Metal baby steps and enjoying every single page. Read morePublished on June 14, 2007 by Marcio Coelho