Anvil!: The Story of Anvil
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Anvil!: The Story of Anvil

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At fourteen, Toronto school friends Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Forming their band 'Anvil' they went on to become the 'demi-gods of Canadian metal', releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982's Metal on Metal. The album influenced a musical generation including the world-dominating bands Metallica, Slayer and A...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 13th 2009 by Bantam Press (first published 2009)
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Anvil! is the story of the pair of Canuck metalheads behind the three-decades-strong Anvil - a band whose shadow was (until recently, at least) much longer than the zeroes on their paycheques.

The book's written (aside from Slash's introduction) in a very simple way - the editors have transcribed interview remarks from Lips, the band's guitarist, and Robb, the band's drummer, and labelled them with a name so you know who's talking. I felt slightly short-changed with this approach, but by the end...more
John Pitts
Terrible - not nearly as good as the brilliant film of the same name. Poorly written and much too long, there is way too much time spent on the distractions of the rock'n'roll lifestyle. I really had to force myself to finish.

It does end on a high, with the band riding the wave of the film's success, but it's a long march getting there.
Awesome read. Anyone who knows someone who has played music either recreationally or professionally can totally understand these guys. Really relatable and an easy read. Great book.
A very fast and inspiring read. I didn't put this book down unless I had to. A lot more detailed than the fine documentary which inspired it, which is a very good thing.

Awesome story, all the intense heartache & anguish of trying to 'make it' in the music business - truly inspirational!!!!
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