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Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Ian Christe
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17. Februar 2004

The definitive history of the first 30 years of heavy metal, containing over 100 interviews with members of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, Slipknot, Kiss, Megadeth, Public Enemy, Napalm Death, and more.

More than 30 years after Black Sabbath released the first complete heavy metal album, its founder, Ozzy Osbourne, is the star of The Osbournes, TV's favourite new reality show. Contrary to popular belief, headbangers and the music they love are more alive than ever. Yet there has never been a comprehensive book on the history of heavy metal - until now. Featuring interviews with members of the biggest bands in the genre, Sound of the Beast gives an overview of the past 30-plus years of heavy metal, delving into the personalities of those who created it. Everything is here, from the bootlegging beginnings of fans like Lars Ulrich (future founder of Metallica) to the sold-out stadiums and personal excesses of the biggest groups. From heavy metal's roots in the work of breakthrough groups such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to MTV hair metal, courtroom controversies, black metal murderers and Ozzfest, Sound of the Beast offers the final word on this elusive, extreme, and far-reaching form of music.

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  • Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: It Books; Auflage: Pbk. (17. Februar 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0380811278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380811274
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,9 x 15,7 x 2,9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 77.048 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Presents the evolution of heavy metal music as seen by its top metal bands, including photo spreads with accounts of legendary events and analyses of how this musical genre continues to shape each generation.

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Ian Christe grew up in the metal strongholds of Switzerland, NewMexico, Indiana, Germany, and Washington. He moved to New York Cityin 1992, and has covered emerging technology and fringe culture forReuters, Wired, and His hundreds of articles on heavymetal have appeared in Spin, AP, CMJ, Metal Maniacs, and the Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock and been cited by The New York Times.

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Ich habe mir dieses Buch gekauft, da ich es für ein Englisch-Projekt in der Schule benötigte und weil ich selbst ein großer Metal Fan bin und mich die Geschichte des Metals interessierte. Im Buch werden die Anfänge des Genres in Großbritannien und den USA beschrieben (Black Sabbath und Led Zeppelin) und danach beginnt man die einzelnen Musikstile zu beschreiben und zu erklären. Das Facettenreichtum dieses Buches ist gigantisch! Es wir von Subgenres berichtet, die man noch nie gehört hat und man wird wie magisch in die Metal-Welt verführt.
Einziger Kritikpunkt: Ian Christie spart sehr mit Kritik, weil er aus der Sicht eines Fans schreibt.
Fazit: Dieses in Englisch geschriebene Buch sollte bei jedem Headbanger im Regal stehen, weil es wirklich einen guten Einblick in die Metal-Welt gewährt.

I bought this book, because I needed it for a English-project in school and because I am such a big Metal fan. I was also interested in the history of metal. The book describes the beginnings of the Genre in Great Britain and the USA (with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin) and after that it shows a lot of other subgenres of Heavy Metal. The rich diversity in this book is gigantic! You get told about Subgenres, that you have never heard before and "The Sound of the Beast" entraps you into the Metalworld.
Critic: The author Ian Christie isn't very critical and writes obvisously from the view of a fan.
Facit: This book should be in every frame of a Headbanger, because it really gives you a great view into the metalworld.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Rich and Detailed Tapestry / A Heavy Metal Treasure 19. April 2003
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Having heard that there was an author out there attempting to summarize the past 33 years of metal in a single volume, I was shocked and awed at the superb quality of the outcome. Christe begins with Black Sabbath I and quickly moves forward with his battle plan -- almost nothing escapes his field of vision along the way. The pop culture moments -- like Van Halen's arrival on the scene, MTV's discovery of metal, Crue's Shout at the Devil, and Metallica's big crossover in the 90s -- float like beacons above a morass of fascinating detail on bands like Celtic Frost, Napalm Death, Sepultura, and the creepy crawlers of Norway. Nobody has done better at depicting the difference between Stryper and Deicide, two bands at the opposite poles of planet metal. If your idea of heavy metal is Guns N Roses, you will enjoy this book immensely -- if you swear by Slayer, Metallica, and Megadeth, Sound of the Beast will outright be your Bible, read and re-read until its pages are tattered and torn.
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Having read quite a few music histories and biographies, the one thing that really stands out about Ian Christe's book is the writing; in a word, superb! Many of the reviews of this book that I've read miss this and gripe, simply because their favorite bands did not get enough coverage. Sure I could complain that Black Flag or the Obsessed or Corrosion of Conformity doesn't get enough coverage, but that wouldn't change the fact that Metallica is simply the most important band in metal. Doesn't mean they are the best, but they, more than any other band, are responsible for metal being as popular as it is today. Christe nails it on the head that heavy metal really started with Sabbath (I like Zeppelin, the Who and Hendrix too, but they were rock bands and spawned an entirely different generation of music). EVERY metal band around owes a debt to Sabbath (for the heaviness, the look, and the orchestration). In addition, he does an excellent job of covering the whole metal scene and a brilliant job in breaking down the genre by sub-genre. The fact that bands such as the Accused, Die Kreuzen and Exodus are mentioned is awesome and the depth and breadth of metal knowledge that Christe has accumulated over the years is impressive. If you are interested in the hard rock-punk evolution, read Rock and the Pop Narcotic (Joe Carducci). For metal, this is the book. Hats off to you Ian! Great book!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Impressive tome for an impressive music 7. Juni 2003
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Sound Of The Beast is an impressive book. Wisely aligning itself, title-wise, with the quintessential heavy metal album of all time, Iron Maiden's Number Of The Beast, Ian Christe's take on thirty-odd years of metal high art accomplishes a lot.
Sound Of The Beast successfully covers the basics and many of the sub-genres of metal. It incorporates literate, yet fluid, writing with a plethora of facts, trivia and lists to make for a compelling read for metal fans old and new. Simultaneously, Christe tackles - albeit superficially given space considerations - the musical movement from several tangents. In this manner, he introduces both a diversion to the purely chronological take on the music and injects something of a discourse into the book. As with most claims, the author's assertion of a 'completeness' to his book is false, but that is par for the course, one supposes. After all, and realistically, no one body of work will ever completely cover 30-plus years of musical and cultural history.
Having said that, the book does stumble more than it needs to. The inordinate amount of space granted Metallica only serves to demonstrate the author's devotion to this band. Otherwise if ever there was a band which had betrayed the ideals of the book's subject-matter, that band would be the aforementioned California metallers-gone-corporate minion. Sound Of... also has its share of mistakes (Metallica fact on page 88, calling AC/DC NWOBHM, etc.), irrelevant features (discussion on non-metal music like punk, mallcore, etc.) and obligatory self-referencing conflict-of-interest (mentioning past and current employers of the author without disclosure).
Be that as it may, Christe has done as good, if not better, a job as any of his peers. The book is well-written and balances the need for information with the necessity to keep the pace congruous with the readers' need for dispatch.
All in all then, Sound Of The Beast is impressive - that is, once one gets past the biography's ludicrous notion that "Ian Christe is the recognized voice of heavy metal."

*This book was sent to me compliments of the author or publisher
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ozzy! Metallica! Even Freddie Mercury!?! Loved it. 10. April 2003
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I was quickly hooked on this wide-ranging history of the origins of metal music. Expect late nights, factoids you never would have guessed, and background on worthy bands you never knew existed. All that's missing is a sampler CD! When you have read it, you will be much more aware of metal's place in the music business AND you will have a list of new and old bands to seek out. More and more headbangin' music!! What's not to like!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Metal Memories Like Thunderclaps 12. September 2003
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There is not a bad thing I can say about this book. I found it insightful and most historic. It took me back to many of the bands that I grew up listening to and renewed my appreciation of heavy music as I watched it form.
Being in my mid thirites I grew along with this stuff and also played a lot of it in my band. So it was interesting reliving some of the legendry and also some of the fictions we always heard. It is broken up over the years and focuses on the music of that time and how it all broke off from metal in one way or another. The part that was most alarming was the section of Scandinavian Death Metal. Whoa was that harsh stuff.
I recommend this book to fans of the genre in particular, and pretty much fans of rock music, since so many of the acts listed arrived at their stylings based on the classics of the 60's and 70's. A great read straight through from page one to page 400.
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