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Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As lived by Jon Zazula

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hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 31st 2019 by crazed management llc
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Jason Koivu
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of Metallica, Anthrax, Ministry, Overkill, Manowar or '80s metal in general, this is the book for you! Megaforce label founder Jon Zazula's memoir Heavy Tales is filled with fun and fucking interesting tales of American metal's early days.

The book kicks off with a nice intro from Testament singer Chuck Billy.
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Then Jon (I'll use "Jon" rather than referring to him by his last name, because his wife Marsha was an equal partner in the business and I don't want to disrespect her work
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Patrick
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
It's an interesting book, if a bit of a rambling take of one participant's view of the early thrash scene.

A couple things stand out about this book - I haven't read what other reviews of this book say, nor have I seen anything about any reaction to it, but I bet that he takes a bit too much credit for things that happened at the time. There are lots of stories, such as early Metallica, that are only hinted at in a roundabout way, and it seems like the author is holding back. He writes stuff lik
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Nick Spacek
it's as if zazula knocked back 3 espressos, sat down at the keyboard, and said, "let's fucking go."

breathless, fast-paced, and full of some pretty solid stories -- as well as appreciation for his wife's assistance and partnership in making the story of megaforce a reality. i'd love to read her side of this.
Zoe L.
Oct 17, 2020 added it
Gah! I have been SO EXCITED for this book. ANd honestly, who wouldn’t be? I mean, you’re basically given the chance to go down memory lane with a legend. Plus it’s the eighties and heavy metal and Metallica and everything that goes along with this wild and oftentimes unpredictable lifestyle.

This memoir was meant to be in audiobook format. I mean, Zazula narrates it himself and it’s literally like you are sitting around relaxing and he just starts relaying all of these amazing stories intertwined
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Glenn Pillsbury
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Bought this as a historian of Metallica and the early-80s metal scene. As with most autobiographies by celebrities, this one is uneven and mostly superficial, and sometimes hard to take seriously. Yes, the writing can be awkward, but Jonny Z is a passionate storyteller. If only the stories were more meaningful 30-40 years later. I wanted to know more about raising his kids in such an environment - he talks about always having to raise a family but then he and Marsha were apparently always flying ...more
Partman
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Testament and Vio-lence Bay Area

I enjoyed this book do to living in the Bay Area. Hearing about the local bands he worked was cool.
steve hunter
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic read on true metal

An absolutely fantastic read, about one of the greatest guys in metals history. Lots of stuff I never knew about. Really enjoyed this book
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