Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal by David Konow

By David Konow

"Bang your head! steel Health'll force you mad!"
-- Quiet Riot

Like an episode of VH1's at the back of the tune on steroids, Bang Your Head is an epic background of each band and each performer that has proudly worn the Heavy steel badge. no matter if headbanging is your to blame excitement otherwise you firmly think that this much-maligned style hasn't ever got the consideration it merits, Bang Your Head is a must-read that will pay homage to a track that's most unlikely to disregard, specially while being blasted via a sixteen-inch woofer.

Charting the genesis of early steel with bands like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden; the increase of steel to the pinnacle of the Billboard charts and heavy MTV rotation that includes the likes of Def Leppard and Metallica; hitting its severe top with bands like weapons N' Roses; shame throughout the "hair metal" '80s; and a dying fueled through the explosion of the Seattle grunge scene and the "alternative" revolution, Bang Your Head is as humorous because it is informative and proves as soon as and for all that there's extra to steel than sin, intercourse, and spandex.

To write this exhaustive background, David Konow spent 3 years interviewing the bands, better halves, girlfriends, ex-wives, groupies, managers, checklist corporation professionals, and an individual who was once or is part of the steel scene, together with a few of the band men usually larger recognized for his or her escapades and undesirable habit than for his or her musicianship. not anything is left unsaid during this jaw-dropping, humorous, and enjoyable chronicle of strength ballads, outrageous clothes, significant hair, greater egos, and testosterone-drenched debauchery.

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50), a fee easily recouped since the hall was filled almost to capacity. Clearly, word of the Beatles' prowess was spreading fast. Wednesday 25 January Hambleton Hall, St David's Rd, Page Moss, Huyton, Liverpool The first of 16 engagements for promoters Wally Hill and Vic Anton at this desperate-looking municipal building on the eastern edge of Liverpool. Saturday 7 January Aintree Institute, Longmoor Lane, Aintree, Liverpool and Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool The first of 31 Beatles appearances at the Aintree Institute, situated — as promoter Brian Kelly almost always pointed out in his advertisements – behind the Black Bull pub, not far from the famous Aintree racecourse (the home of the annual Grand National steeplechase).

It was here that John's sharp, cutting edge, his imperious personality, his defiant stage stance — legs astride, head back, guitar thrust high on chest — all took shape. While girls were never quite sure how to handle John, his apparent arrogance was much modelled by the Cavern Club's male clientele. Paul, meanwhile, attracted the girls' eyes with his good looks, charming stage patter and earnest politeness. George remained mostly in the background but his youthful features, lop-sided smile and droll humour did not go without their female admirers.

Pete Best was listed under J (after his father, Johnny); Paul McCartney under] (after his father, James); and John Lennon under G T Smith ( after his late Uncle George, husband of Aunt Mimi). George Harrison 's family was ex-directory but keen fans traded the GARston 4596 number. 31 1961 behalf of Pete and Paul – the cost of sending them home the previous winter – and with George now turned I8-years-old the way was finally clear for the group to return. A few days before leaving Liverpool they got together at the Best household and telephoned Eckhorn to negotiate the final contract.

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