Justice For All - The Truth About Metallica
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Justice For All - The Truth About Metallica

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  193 ratings  ·  12 reviews
When the first edition of this book was published in 2004, it caused enormous controversy, with author Joel McIver's account of Metallica's rise and fall exposing the multiple myths that had surrounded the band for years.

For the first time, a book dared to tell the unvarnished truth about their early life on the San Francisco circuit, their heyday as the world's most unco...more
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Published November 1st 2009 by Music Sales Corporation (first published January 1st 2004)
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Joshua Schwartz
An in-depth overview of the Four Horsemen's career, And Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica is a must have for the hardcore fan. Spanning from the early, inexperienced years to the post-St. Anger stage of reconciliation, this book tells the thrilling tale of the leaders in the thrash metal movement. Joel McIver not only documents every last detail of Metallica's many tours and experiences, but also gives a fair record of the origins of thrash metal in 1980's LA and SF. Stocked with plenty...more
This is a very thorough telling of the ups and downs of Metallica's long career, starting with the band's formation in the early 80s, and following them through their four classic albums (Kill Em All, Ride the Lighting, Master of Puppets, ...And Justice for All), their massive breakthrough with the "Black Album," the thoroughly disappointing Load/Reload and St. Anger albums, and their respectable comeback with Death Magnetic.

A nearly 400 page book is probably a bit much even for real fans, and...more
Gre za neavtorizirano biografijo in čeprav se na prvi pogled zdi, da bi avtorji to raje zamolčali, je Joel k temu pristopil popolnoma iskreno. Kot pisec niti za trenutek ne izstopi iz vloge osebnega pogleda navdušenca na Metallico in na mestih, kjer mu vsebina to omogoča, brez zadržkov pove, kaj si misli o tem ali onem. Pravi celo, da najverjetneje avtorizacija takšnemu delu škodi, ker pač v mašineriji Ulrich&Hetfield ne bi dobila zelene luči. Vendarle pa to daje delu neko posebno kredibilno...more
The biography of the band starts off well, with detailed descriptions about how the band began and the heavy metal scene at the time. McIver is very knowledgable about the scene and has provided excellent insights from some of the most respected musicians in the industry. I do believe that this is a must read for Metallica fans, however-

McIver has brought too many of his own opinions of the bands work into what he calls 'The Truth About Metallica'. He provides harsh criticisms about the later wo...more
Dustin Henson
Joel McIver goes in great depth, mostly from eyewitness accounts, about the origination of Metallica. The chapters are broken down into yearly segments that discuss in great lengths milestones the band has made throughout their career. The book is filled with eyewitness accounts mostly from everyone that was there at the beginning. The book is also very opinionated. Joel McIver drives home what HE thinks about some of Metallica's milestones (as you'll see when you get the the LOAD and RELOAD era...more
Some redundant information at points. I don't need to know EVERY city they toured on EACH tour. However some really great stuff as well. Music is very important to me and Metallica along with Iron Maiden shaped who I am today in many ways if not most obvious my "I'll do what I want" attitude which has lost it's edge with age...as has Metallica.
Perspectives from peers in the metal industry was fresh. Still hate the way Newsted left and was treated but everyone has since grown up and made amends i...more
Jamie Robertson
Very good and a must read for every Metallica fan. Slightly annoyed that I've just seen a updated version has been published.
Zachary Wigsmoen
This book is amazing. Obviously, it's about Metallica and the history of Metallica. It states everything from when the band members were growing up, to present day Metallica. I recommend reading this book if you're a huge Metallica fan, but if you hate Metallica, don't read it. On a scale of 1-10, I give it a 10.
Like the band, you'll like this book. I learnt a lot I didn't know, although I did learn quickly that I didn't always agree with the author's own opinions which intersperse the book throughout. This book is now outdated as the band have released more stuff, but still lightweight enjoyable stuff.
Eduardo Teixeira
Dec 12, 2010 Eduardo Teixeira rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all metallica fans and ex-fans
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A great book with a lot of details, specially from the early days, which is by far the most interesting part of the book. My favourite line of the book is from Lemmy: "Travel is the only real education".
Every Metallica fan should read this, it's GOOD.
A must read for all Metallica fans.

Tells the story of the most important Metal band ever from the very start to, in my edition, the release of the Some Kind Of Monster DVD.

There may be updated versions but it is well worth a read as it stands.

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