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If You Like Metallica...: Here Are Over 200 Bands, CDs, Movies, and Other Oddities That You Will Love

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(If You Like). In hard rock history, there is the time before Metallica and there is everything that has come since: metal, punk, industrial, grunge, alternative all of it absorbed, transformed, and reinvented by the band that, for decades, has ruled as both the Beatles and the Stones of heavy music. From garage rock to the avant-garde, indie pop to hardcore punk and, of c ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Backbeat Books
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Ed Wagemann
Oct 01, 2012 Ed Wagemann rated it liked it
I had this heavy metal friend when I was a freshman in college who was always barging into my dorm room saying "Dude, you gotta check this shlt out! I mean you have GOT to check this shlt out!" And then he would put some tape or CD on the stereo and 9 times out of 10 it was total crap.

Mike McPadden sorta reminds me of that friend - at least in this book he does (I havn't read anything else by him). It's not that 9 out of every 10 things in this book is crap, its just that McPadden really hasn't
May 13, 2012 fleegan rated it really liked it
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If You Like Metallica… was such a fun read.

I am a casual Metallica fan. What I mean by that is I own several of their albums (4) and I’ve never been to one of their concerts. So a real metalhead would probably think I’m not a fan at all, but I think I’m a fan because:

A. Metallica rocks; I know this.

B. The first guitar bit I ever learned to play was the damn intro to Unforgiven, so all you metalhead snobs just need to back off, okay? And don’t you, “But The Black Album doesn’t count” me. I will f
Jun 07, 2012 Jason rated it liked it
Not bad - an idea possibly outdated by the internet as you can find endless 'If you'll love' reviews on Amazon, rock & metal websites. But good potted histories of bands influencing and influenced by Metallica. Even gives ten reasons why working with Lou Redd was a good idea...
Jul 16, 2012 GONZA rated it really liked it
Such a good book if you are interested in Metal Music and specially in all the bands that made the history of Metal since the beginning. A long list of more or less famous groups and their influence on Metallica, or the way Metallica influenced them. For the lovers of this type of Musik.

Libro fantastico per gli amanti del genere metal e specialmente per coloro che sono interessati nella storia delle band che hanno fatto il metal dal punk in poi. Una lunga lista di gruppi più o meno famosi e la l
Jan 28, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
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Metal maniac McPadden structures his volume in the "If You Like..." series like a enthusiastic elder of the temple of heavy passing down holy writ to neophytes, but without the pompous associations that might suggest. Maybe more like a living room chat after dinner. "Oh, you haven't heard Death Angel? You'd love 'em, they had this one album..." and so forth. Even as someone who has done time in the metal militia, I still found a good half-dozen acts, books, and films to check out. Loads of laffs ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Bryan rated it really liked it
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Read my review over at for a lengthier and more in-depth critique, but to sum it up in a nutshell, the book was face-meltingly epic! Fans of metal and hard-rock alike will enjoy a list-filled book citing all things related to the band Metallica. One probably will be taking notes of bands mentioned and albums referenced (like I did). So much passion is in this book, laced with chuckle-out-loud humor and sarcasm that it makes for a fun and light read.
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Brooklyn-born Mike McPadden is the Head Writer of the skinternational online phenomenon Mr. Skin (well-known to fans of Howard Stern and the movie Knocked Up). In addition to years of freelance journalism (Esquire, Black Book, New York Press) and more than a decade as a Hustler editor and correspondent, Mr. McPadden has also been a B-movie screenwriter (Animal Insincts 3) and shock-rock musician ( ...more
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