- Gebundene Ausgabe: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Voyageur Press (15. August 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0760345465
- ISBN-13: 978-0760345467
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,6 x 2,9 x 28,9 cm
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Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 15. August 2014
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."..wildly entertaining...Popoff makes a good book great thanks to his frank and hilarious asides."" - neufutur.com"
..".a wildly diverse appreciation for some of the best in under the radar music"" - New Noise Magazine"
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"the most elegantly and ingeniously designed Popoff book ever" - "Demolish Magazine"
..".a wildly diverse appreciation for some of the best in under the radar music" - New Noise Magazine
"the most elegantly and ingeniously designed Popoff book ever" - Demolish Magazine
..".wildly entertaining...Popoff makes a good book great thanks to his frank and hilarious asides." - neufutur.com
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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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While this is a great book, I did have a couple of problems with it. First off is the almost complete exclusion of Kix. While I realize that no book can be all things for all people, Kix has been at the forefront of listeners reevaluating the genre; their recent comeback album has done well for a genre that most left for dead. Historically, they were at the start of the pop-metal movement and their influence has been discussed elsewhere. They really should have been represented beyond a couple of brief "and those other guys" type mentions.
My second issue is that what constitutes "hair metal" is ill-defined. It's a subgenre that we all have an image of, but the details become fuzzy under close inspection. I never quite understood how progressive rock bands like Kings' X or Queensryche fall under the "hair" umbrella.
Other than that, "The Big Book of Hair Metal" belongs on the shelf of all hard rock libraries.
That said, it was a no-brainer for me at least that when the man finally got around to dissecting the 80's/early-90's L.A. Hair Metal scene in a comprehensive and in-depth fashion that I'd be among the first to flop open my wallet and snag a copy. See, despite the hoots and howls of derision from most of my friends growing up during Hair Metal's heyday (and even today! LOL!) who were ONLY interested in the NWOBHM and Bay Area Thrash scenes, I was the sole black sheep (or is that neon pink and Aqua-Net-sprayed!?! LOL!) who was ALSO able to appreciate the likes of Motley Crue, Ratt, G'nR, Slaughter, Poison, Winger, Danger Danger, Trixter, White Lion, and all the rest of the Sunset Strip's teazed 'n perfumed sonic offerings without any trace of irony whatsoever. For me, that era was - and most tellingly, still IS - the benchmark for what good-time, sex-'n-booze-fuelled, party-till-you-drop Rock 'n Roll was meant to be all about. Again - I can and ALSO still do - appreciate many of the heavier ores of Metal. I love my Darkthrone and Immortal albums as much as my Dangerous Toys and Bulletboys ones! And old-skool Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer will always stir my Western blood when battle calls! But one can't always be standing atop a snowswept mountaintop with a broadsword raised aloft, hair blowing all epic-like in the wind, nor lurk among the shadowed woods of a nighttime forest in Norway. No, Sir. Sometimes, whilst in one's tune-fuelled Fantasy Land it's also fun to tear down a sun 'n surf-washed highway in a vintage red camaro - David Lee style - with a bevy of pornstars in the back, just wallowing in the split-sliding, red-leather-clad, Jack Daniel's-soaked California Dream that was...and always will be...80's Hair Metal.
Here, perhaps for the first time in print Popoff could well be the only writer to date to RESPECTFULLY trace this much-maligned and ridiculed bastard child of early, traditional Heavy Metal and American Arena Rock back to its earliest beginnings, establishing a musical lineage that goes back as far as the 50's/60's when the likes of Elvis, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry arguably set the template for Rock as an expression of true Dyonisian decadence and debauchery. From here he follows the music's evolution, when audiences first heard early hints of what was to come via selected output from Rock acts such as The Kinks, Hendrix, Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and The Sweet combined with the 70's Glam/Glitter Rock period including elements from The New York Dolls, Bowie, Slade, Girl, T-Rex, and Roxy Music - all providing pieces of what would become the finished puzzle, all offering a rich palette of sonic influences which would combine and lead to the creation of acts more typically associated with what would become true California Hair Metal: Van Halen, Def Leppard, to some degree Aerosmith, Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Ratt, Dokken, and Great White. From this birth point, on a year-by-year overview Popoff traces the form's continued evolution, the involvement of MTV in both its meteoric rise and fall, the subculture which arose around it, and its continued legacy today long after it ceased to be a big commercial player in the music world. Peppered throughout are multiple quotes from players both big and small within the scene, including not only musicians, but also those who dealt with them behind the scenes from a label and management standpoint. What emerges is a truly candid, objective, and oftentimes humorous expose of what made both individual acts, and the scene as a whole, tick...until eventually everyone involved ran out of both time and luck in the early 90's due to both changing public and label tastes, and a little album called 'Nevermind' which would forever alter the musical landscape these bands once ruled unchallenged.
If I have any bone to pick whatsoever with this book, it would simply be that in my humble opinion Mr. Popoff knocked off about one chapter too early. By stopping his overview of the subject with the events of 1991, the release of Nirvana's aforementioned breakthrough album, and the explosion of Grunge, I can't help but feel that Popoff unwittingly robbed readers of a period in Hair Metal's evolution which, in many ways, yielded some of its most rewarding offerings. Just by example, acts such as Hardline, Saigon Kick, Roxy Blue, Love/Hate, Tyketto, and Lillian Axe to name but a handful, all released material during the 1992-1995 era that frankly, eclipsed by several light years much of what had been done in the genre up until that point, and which pointed to an evolutionary direction headed more towards a kind of 'Progressive' meld of Pure Blues and 70's-style Pop Rock which sadly was cut off at the knees shortly thereafter by both the industry itself, and a dismissive and fickle, general-audience, music-buying public. I feel this period is one which deserves a deeper look and would have liked to read more input thereof by the artists themselves. Furthermore, the fact that many of these acts still continue to tour/record with a great degree of success, and - in the cases of some bigger names like say, Poison, Def Leppard, and Bon Jovi - are even enjoying a comeback/rennaissance of sorts...is also a HUGE element of the story which was somewhat glossed over and not explored in as much detail as it deserves. It would make for a telling epilogue, and frankly, a much deserved vindication for both the artists and the genre which - despite all naysayers - continues to survive and even thrive with new, hungry young bands throwing their lot into the fray, well into the present day.
In conclusion, these small(ish) complaints aside, this is definitely a 5 Star effort and Popoff deserves multiple pats on the back for working so hard to do justice to this amazing, creative, moving (yes, I'm being serious - there is some genuinely MOVING music to be found here if you have a heart and soul!), and most importantly...FUN chapter in the evolution of the beast we call Heavy Metal. Like I said before, at its heart Metal will always offer something for those looking for an uber-masculine experience of Conanish proportions. No worries there. It's largely why one comes here. But 80's Metal, and Hair Metal in particular also showed that the beast had a sensitive side, a decadent, hedonistic, Romantic, Dyonisian side. The Lord Byron side of the music to it's usual steady diet of Nietzche and Poe. That it could occasionally lose the perma-scowl, stop taking itself so damned seriously, and have some beaches 'n babes style FUN! It's a lesson which, in a black-and-white new millennial Metal world all too often too fraught with freshly-released-convict-lookin', tattooed 'tough guys' screaming or drano-growling into the mike that there's also a place for soaring vocal harmonies, melodic lead solos, colour, and genuine HUMAN emotion expressed with heart. So what are you waiting for? Put down that 40 oz and grab a cooler. Lose the 'battle jacket' and try on a silk shirt and pair of leather pants. Turn up the volume on that old Guns, Skid Row, or Crue album...and crack into a copy of The Big Book Of Hair Metal. Like the music and the era it celebrates...it RAAAWWWKKKS!