Raising Hell

Backstage Tales from the Lives of Metal Legends

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Pub Date 07 Jan 2020 | Archive Date 21 Jan 2020

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Now the basis for the new podcast “Back Stage: The Devil in Metal” from Diversion Podcasts & iHeartRadio, get in line for Raising Hell

From the author of the celebrated classic Louder Than Hell comes an oral history of the badass Heavy Metal lifestyle—the debauchery, demolition, and headbanging dedication—featuring metalhead musicians from Black Sabbath and Judas Priest to Twisted Sister and Quiet Riot to Disturbed, Megadeth, Throwdown and more.

In his song “You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll” Ozzy Osbourne sings, “Rock and roll is my religion and my law.” This is the mantra of the metal legends who populate Raising Hell—artists from Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Slipknot, Slayer, and Lamb of God to Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Disturbed, Megadeth, and many more! It’s also the guiding principle for underground voices like Misery Index, Gorgoroth, Municipal Waste, and Throwdown.

Through the decades, the metal scene has been populated by colorful individuals who have thwarted convention and lived by their own rules. For many, vice has been virtue, and the opportunity to record albums and tour has been an invitation to push boundaries and blow the lid off a Pandora’s box of riotous experiences: thievery, vandalism, hedonism, the occult, stage mishaps, mosh pit atrocities, and general insanity.

To the figures in this book, metal is a means of banding together to stick a big middle finger to a society that had already decided they didn’t belong. Whether they were oddballs who didn’t fit in or angry kids from troubled backgrounds, metal gave them a sense of identity.

Drawing from 150-plus first-hand interviews with vocalists, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, and drummers, music journalist Jon Wiederhorn offers this collection of wild shenanigans from metal’s heaviest and most iconic acts—the parties, the tours, the mosh pits, the rage, the joy, the sex, the drugs . . . the heavy metal life!

Horns up!

Now the basis for the new podcast “Back Stage: The Devil in Metal” from Diversion Podcasts & iHeartRadio, get in line for Raising Hell

From the author of the celebrated classic Louder Than Hell...

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I remember how much fun hearing about the off stage antics of some of my favorite bands in the 60's and 70's! The Kinks brother's Ray and Dave would routinely beat the day lights out of each other, even during concerts! Led Zepplin had some truly strange groupie encounters.... The Who's drummer, Keith Moon, was seriously a mad man. So, of course, I had to read this one! I wasn't disappointed (Rock will never let you down with tales from the road ((and off road))). It's filled with some of the most bizarre stories, as told by maybe not so credible participants (considering the drugs and alcohol...) and witnesses. Just hair raising and hilarious! I don't know how these guys survive (many don't, I'm sure, but not as many as you would think actually die- surprisingly. Like rockers are the roachs of the music world). I love that Ozzie gave his insights to the book- I can recall incidents concerning him in the 70's and 80's. heavy metal fans in particular, but rock fans in general, too, will enjoy this book. Have a fan in your life? Get them this as a gift!

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