There has never been a hard rock band like Metallica. The California quartet has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, won nine Grammy Awards, and had five consecutive albums hit number one on the Billboard charts. But Metallica's story, epic in scope, is a tale about much more than sales figures and critical acclaim, and their journey from scuzzy Los Angeles garages to the world's most storied stadiums has been dramatic and painful, their gigantic successes often shot through with tension, tragedy, loss, and controversy.

Birth School Metallica Death is the definitive story of the most significant rock band since Led Zeppelin. Volume 1 covers the band's formation up to their breakthrough eponymous fifth album, aka “The Black Album.” The intense and sometimes fraught relationship between aloof-yet-simmering singer, chief lyricist, and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield and the outspoken and ambitious drummer Lars Ulrich is the saga's emotional core. Their earliest years saw the release of three unimpeachable classics—Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, and Master of Puppets—genre-defining masterpieces that took hard rock to a new level, both artistically and commercially. During these tumultuous times, the band persevered through line-up changes when guitarist Dave Mustaine was replaced by Kirk Hammet, and their bass player, the beloved Cliff Burton, was tragically killed in a bus crash while on tour in Europe.

But it was the breakthrough of …And Justice for All that rent the fabric of the mainstream, hitting the top of the charts without benefit of radio airplay or the then-crucial presence on MTV. And finally in 1991, with the release of their fifth studio album, nicknamed “The Black Album,” Metallica hit the next level—five hit singles including their best-known songs “Enter Sandman” and “Nothing Else Matters”—and their first album atop the Billboard charts.

In Birth School Metallica Death, veteran music journalists and Metallica confidants Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood detail this meteoric rise to international fame in an epic saga of family, community, self-belief, the pursuit of dreams, and music that rocks. Told through first-hand interviews with the band and those closest to them, the story of Metallica's rise to the mainstream has never been so vividly documented.
Into the Black begins on the eve of the release of Metallica's massive breakthrough with the eponymous LP that became known as "The Black Album." Suddenly, at the dawn of the '90s, Metallica was no longer the biggest thrash metal band in the world-they were the biggest rock band in the world, period.

But with such enormous success came new challenges, as Metallica ran the risk of alienating their original fan base. They were beset by controversy over musical stylistic shifts, supposed concessions to the mainstream, even their choice of haircuts.

During this transformative era, journalists Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood had unprecedented access to Metallica. They accompanied the band on tour and joined them in the studio, getting exhilarating eyewitness views into the belly of the beast. Together they amassed over 75 hours of interview material, much of it never in print before now.

Through changes both musical and personal, Metallica struggled to maintain their identity and remain a viable creative force. A ferocious battle with the file-sharing company Napster saw the quartet attract the worst PR of their career. Meanwhile, communication breakdowns between James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Jason Newsted (who would leave the band in 2001) led to fierce internal arguments, as laid bare in the controversial documentary Some Kind of Monster.

At the end of the century, Metallica had appeared to be a band teetering on the brink of self-destruction, but through setbacks and struggles they endured and thrived. From Load, Reload, and Garage, Inc. to the stunning return to form in Death Magnetic and the massive tours that accompanied them-including the real story behind the Big Four shows-Into the Black takes readers inside the heart of Metallica and concludes the saga of one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
Écrire une biographie sur le touche-à-tout Dave Grohl pourrait sembler un choix curieux, les lecteurs étant plutôt habitués à le situer comme simple batteur de Nirvana, ce groupe fantastique qui a contribué à ajouter un chapitre important à l’histoire du rock. C’est sans compter avec le destin hors normes du bonhomme. Sa carrière embrasse plusieurs scènes, parmi les plus intéressantes de ces dernières décennies. Là réside l’intérêt de cette biographie, qui nous fait traverser la scène Hardcore des origines – où l’on croise Minor Threat, les Bad Brains, Black Flag et les autres. Puis on est embarqué dans le tourbillon sonique de Seattle, la fameuse scène Grunge. S'ensuivent les sonorités plus Heavy rock des Foo Fighters et le puissant Stoner des Queens Of The Stone Age. Cette biographie signée Paul Brannigan déroule l’histoire exceptionnelle d’un homme au destin peu ordinaire. Ce focus donne à la fois un aperçu intime et public de la vie de Dave Grohl. De Nirvana aux Foo Fighters, de la fraternité à la rivalité, des sommets époustouflants aux abîmes mortels, ce livre retrace l’histoire d’un homme qui laisse son empreinte dans l'histoire du rock américain. Paul Brannigan entretient avec Dave Grohl une relation professionnelle qui dure depuis une bonne quinzaine d’années. Paul Brannigan a été rédacteur en chef de Kerrang! – le plus gros hebdomadaire de rock du monde – et ses articles sur le punk-rock, le grunge et le hard-rock sont aussi parus dans les magazines Q et Mojo.
Metallica har sålt över 100 miljoner album och vunnit sju Grammys. Deras resa från ett smutsigt garage i Los Angeles till scener på världens största arenor har varit episk och ofta traumatisk – det är utan tvekan en av de största rock’n’roll-sagorna. Inga musikskribenter har kommit Metallica närmre än Paul Brannigan och Ian Winwood, två tidigare redaktörer för hårdrockstidningen Kerrang. Efter att ha intervjuat bandet i hundratals timmar genom åren har de en insiders syn på hur deras berättelse har utvecklats: de har åkt i bandets limousiner, flugit i deras privata jet, följt med in i studion, bjudits till kvartettens ”HQ” utanför San Francisco och delat öl och upplevelser med dem runt om i världen.↵↵Det finns otaliga historier om bandet som aldrig tidigare setts i tryck, berättelser om sex och droger och bilkrascher och knytnävsslagsmål och svek – allt som uppstår när man blandar testosteron och adrenalin, alkohol och egomani, talang och rå ambition. Birth School Metallica Death är den definitiva historien om Metallica. Den andra och avslutande delen tar sin början 1991 då bandet står på gränsen till det stora genombrott som skulle förvandla dem till megastjärnor.↵↵Paul Brannigan är författare till den hyllade This Is A Call om tidigare Nirvana-trummisen Dave Grohl, och skriver om musik för bland annat Mojo och Q. Ian Winwood är Storbritanniens främsta rockjournalist. Han har arbetat för bland annat Rolling Stone, The Guardian, NME och BBC.
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