In a few days, “The Big Book Of Hair Metal” will hit the streets! Really can’t wait to get my hands on it! Having read most of Martin Popoff’s books in the past, I am confident that I should expect a well-researched, fun read as well as straight to the point analysis of Hair Metal!
In this ultimate guide to the subgenre, Martin Popoff examines Hair Metal in an all-encompassing oral history jacked up by a kaleidoscope of outrageous and previously unpublished quotes, anecdotes, photos, and memorabilia. “The Big Book Of Hair Metal” features the observations of dozens of musicians, producers, promoters, label execs, and hanger-ons in examining hair metal’s rise and fall as well as all the bands that kept Aqua Net in business through the Reagan recession: TWISTED SISTER, BON JOVI, POISON, MÖTLEY CRÜE, RATT, WARRANT, GREAT WHITE, WHITESNAKE, CINDERELLA, VIXEN, SKID ROW, L.A. GUNS, GUNS N’ ROSES, and dozens more. In crafting a narrative of hair metal, Popoff also examines the factors that contributed to the movement’s rise (including MTV, Reagan‘s “morning in America,” and a general move toward prudish morals); the bands that inspired it (THE SWEET, NEW YORK DOLLS, ALICE COOPER, and KISS, for a start); and the scenes that nurtured it (the Sunset Strip, anyone?). The ride finally ended circa 1991, when hair metal was replaced by grunge, but what a ride it was. Here it is in all of its primped-up glory.
“The Big Book Of Hair Metal” features more than the obvious and usual suspects.. The superstars and also-rans are included, and with 580 (!) photos, the depth and the number of bands and musicians featured is staggering. Nothing is left out — it’s big, bold and loud like the music, telling the complete history of the music you know you STILL love.
About the author: Martin Popoff has been described as the world’s most famous heavy-metal journalist. He has penned more than 40 books on hard rock, heavy metal, and record collecting, including Voyageur Press‘ “Rush: The Illustrated History”. He has also worked in film and television, his most recent projects being “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” and VH1‘s “Metal Evolution”. He lives in Toronto with his wife and son.
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