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Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal

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“Bang your head! Metal Health’ll drive you mad!”
— Quiet Riot

Like an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music on steroids, Bang Your Head is an epic history of every band and every performer that has proudly worn the Heavy Metal badge. Whether headbanging is your guilty pleasure or you firmly believe that this much-maligned genre has never received the respect it deserves, Bang Y
Paperback, 498 pages
Published November 12th 2002 by Three Rivers Press
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Russell Holbrook
Apr 05, 2015 Russell Holbrook rated it liked it
Metal Health is an album by Quiet Riot. That record changed my life. For real. It's still one of my favorite albums of all time, ever. When I saw a book who's title was culled from the lyrics of the title track off Metal Health,I knew I had to read it. Unfortunately, I was so high when I read it that the only part I remember is when the author was making fun of seminal indie-rock band, Sebadoh. I was like, "Hey dude, Lou Barlow was in Deep Wound, and without Deep Wound we might not have Grindcor ...more
Jun 08, 2013 Vali rated it did not like it
Warning: this book is not about true heavy metal but focuses instead on the horror that was the glam of the late eighties and early nineties. The stories are interesting enough, but metal pioneers like Black Sabbath are barely examined. If you're looking for stories about true metal bands like Slayer, Metallica and Pantera, look elsewhere.
Mar 26, 2016 Luke rated it did not like it
I sincerely hope David Konow didn't receive any payment for writing this book. All it is is a compilation of media tabloid stories based around 80s glam rock, with an irritatingly long section on Kiss.

Konow clearly doesn't have a very good grasp on his subject matter. Hes not alone, though. You'll find a lot of "heavy metal" books written like this - old, out of touch journalists who think metal stopped being made on January 1st, 1990.

I guess the main complaint is just how mislead the front cov
Apr 04, 2014 Michelle☆Elizabeth marked it as maybe
Let me just state I LOVE Motley Crue. 30 years later and still popular, hardly a disgrace to the Metal scene despite being Glam Metal. Let's not forget that Glam Metal was what introduced Metal to the masses.
Yulianto Dewata
Mar 29, 2015 Yulianto Dewata rated it it was ok
I kinda enjoyed his compilation of rock history here but the abrupt end of the book was highly confusing.....
Feb 06, 2011 LaDonna rated it liked it
I am hopelessly the "80's rock chick" so when I saw this on the library shelf the other day, I had to grab it. Overall a solid overview of this underrepresented genre. The book came out in 2002, so many more chapters could be added in the near decade since. There were a few items where I had to share with my husband (stuck in the 80's with me) but nothing that really came as a shocker. If you loved it, lived it or are curious about it, this book is a good place to start, or refresh your memories ...more
Rick Vickers
Jan 21, 2014 Rick Vickers rated it liked it
Interesting read for anyone wanting to know some of the back ground behind many of the metal bands of the 1980's
Jan 03, 2009 Etan rated it it was ok
Lame. As history this is sorely lacking. Just check out the bands given most mentions in the index - Metallica and Black Sabbath sure, but also Kiss, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen - clearly Konow is biased towards the glammier, more "hard rock" and commercially viable segments of metal's past. He devolves into stories all too often without really getting at the glue of what put metal together.
Derek Tatum
I enjoyed it — think of this book as the mainstream flipside to Ian Christe's "Sound of the Beast." I preferred Christe's book, but "Bang Your Head" gives more detail to the pop/MTV/glam bands that Christe largely dismissed. Konow barely mentions or omits a lot of bands that I like, and this book has a decidedly American focus. But overall it's a good history of '80's pop-metal bands.
Jan 13, 2008 jack rated it really liked it
informative with lots of interesting anecdotes involving early metal and nwobhm. and there's an entire chapter on metallica! not as good as sound of the beast, or maybe i just thought so because i enjoyed sound of the beast's younger take on metal whereas bang your head is more for the old timers.
Brad Schubert
Nov 09, 2007 Brad Schubert rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Heavy metal fans
This book talks about random heavy metal bands in each different chapter. It talks about how they formed, or split up. The author talks to the wives of the band members, and the recording people, and really gives good detail on what they did.
Feb 08, 2012 Alison added it
Highly interesting and to anyone who wants to get into the genre starting at the roots, I suggest you read this.
It's funny, it's crazy, it's entertaining... and it will make Black Sabbath have a whole new meaning for you.
Nick West
May 17, 2015 Nick West rated it it was ok
Shelves: heavy-metal
This book is not a history of heavy metal so much as it is a batch of anecdotes on the commercial metal explosions of the 1970s and 80s. if you want an actual history of metal, I highly recommend "Sound of the Beast".
Nov 18, 2009 Kitt-e-kat rated it it was amazing
Nov 08, 2008 Xxxakixxx rated it really liked it
Informative and well-written. Captivating. But it was a little annoying how he skipped from band to band and back again.
Oct 02, 2008 Johnhpny rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all music lovers
Great book if you want to know where heavy metal music started, what bands came first, and the main people in the bands.
Sep 01, 2008 Indra rated it liked it
Would give it a 3.5--good for the subject matter--a lot like watching a lot of "Behind the Music" episodes in a row.
Jul 10, 2008 Andrew rated it liked it
Not a bad basic history of metal, but it's almost too basic. Too much time on the hair bands - yuck!
Eric King
Jan 02, 2012 Eric King rated it did not like it
Terrible writing and boring historical accounts. It was so bad I quit reading after about 50 pages.
Oct 17, 2007 Jeff rated it it was ok
It is what it says it is. Not great, not awful. Somewhere in between (like a KISS concert).
Jun 21, 2007 Meri rated it liked it
I wanted to know more about the music Stephen listens to. It was pretty informative and cool.
Seth Morris
Aug 16, 2011 Seth Morris rated it it was ok
A good and fun history of hard rock, but - my god - the writing is absolutely terrible.
Terrible. Basic information about the bands. Not much detail why heavy metal fell.
Heimir Tomm
May 25, 2013 Heimir Tomm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Very detailed and interesting anecdotes from the actual participants.
Jan 26, 2010 Erik rated it really liked it
Another "fun" read if you ever were or still are into that music.
Mar 15, 2010 Nikki rated it liked it
This was one big giant Behind the Music.
Oct 26, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it
Awesome.I forgot about Bang Tango.
Beth C
Apr 16, 2012 Beth C rated it really liked it
Contains some interesting stories.
Dec 13, 2010 rope rated it it was amazing
My bible.
Feb 24, 2009 Tom rated it really liked it
Good telling of the history of heavy metal/hard rock during its glory years of the 70s and 80s.
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