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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, 496 pages
Published November 12th 2002 by Three Rivers Press
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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.
Michelle E.
Apr 04, 2014 Michelle E. 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.
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
Interesting read for anyone wanting to know some of the back ground behind many of the metal bands of the 1980's
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.
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 5 of 5 stars
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.
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 5 of 5 stars
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.
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.
Not a bad basic history of metal, but it's almost too basic. Too much time on the hair bands - yuck!
Eric King
Terrible writing and boring historical accounts. It was so bad I quit reading after about 50 pages.
It is what it says it is. Not great, not awful. Somewhere in between (like a KISS concert).
I wanted to know more about the music Stephen listens to. It was pretty informative and cool.
Seth Morris
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
Excellent book. Very detailed and interesting anecdotes from the actual participants.
Another "fun" read if you ever were or still are into that music.
This was one big giant Behind the Music.
Beth C
Contains some interesting stories.
My bible.
Good telling of the history of heavy metal/hard rock during its glory years of the 70s and 80s.
Loved it!
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