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About the Author

Eric Danville (New York City) has (literally) made a career of sex, drugs, and rock n roll. As managing editor of High Times, he contributed the music column High Notes and later wrote the rock column Aural Fixation for Screw magazine, where he was senior editor.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879309830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879309831
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,402,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has been classified by some other reviewers as "Bathroom reading" and I suppose it could very well be. Eric Danville's The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists obviously wasn't made in order to make anyone smarter, the content is basically just fun facts put together in the form of lists, facts that you may or may have not already known. I like the introduction by Lemmy, to have him give his approval certainly gives the book some credit. That and the contributions from numerous musician which really contribute in making this book an entertaining read. What's great is you get a paragraph or a comment that explains or goes into detail for every single number on the lists. Often those comments are very funny and tell interesting stories about Hard-Rock/Metal musicians. Some of these lists are hilarious, unpredictable and some are fairly accurate and the content and subject differs from one list to another. Before long you'll find yourself looking for that funny list you read the other day or showing a particular list to your friends. The table of contents is a nice addition, that way you can quickly spot your favorite lists. The drawings that accompany the lists are very well done; they really do look like the artists even if they are done in a comical way. This book of lists is divided into 7 sections that cover a specific subject (except the last one): drugs and alcohol, occult, violence, sex/obscenity, noise, on the road and whole lotta lists. One thing is sure, even the most hardcore metalhead will learn at least a few things he didn't know previously (and also probably some other things he didn't want to know about).

One small complaint aside, it doesn't seem that every sub-genre of Heavy-Metal has been covered or covered adequately like Thrash, Black or even Nu-Metal.
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If you're into metal, this book is totally essential--you cannot be without it. But even if can't bear to listen to Zeppelin, Cooper, or Roth, this is one of the most compulsively entertaining books you'll ever own. The kind of thing you can dip into anytime and immediately discover a fact that will change your life--or at least amuse you greatly!
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A plethora of offbeat facts and anecdotes (some written by the band members themselves) dealing exclusively with the loudest, most rebellious, and most outrageous music know to man - HEAVY METAL! Simply a riot.
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Absolutely love this book!
Would most definately love to get others and would refer to all my friends!
Would llove more!
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In spite of the fact that I would definitely leave out some not interesting (and rather stupid) lists (I couldn't care less about a list of bands whose names have something to do with Death, Sex or Whatever) and replace them by more "interesting" stuff (List of bands whose members have never taken any drugs, for instance...Iron Maiden and Ted Nugent being two of them), the book is fun to read and the drawings are very good.
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A worthy bathroom book. Easy to read, could have been twice as big I suppose. Don't expect any groundbreaking info here but... buy it for a gift, read it first and then give it away.
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Good book l. I can read ity forever. It has all the stats on my favourite music genre and more.
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