The Big Book of Hair Metal – Martin Popoff

The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal’s Debauched Decade

FBook of Hair Metal (cover)irst off, I hate the term “Hair Metal.” Always have – always will.

By the time that term was coined and being used it was no longer applicable IMO. For example, MOTLEY CRUE were definitely considered ‘Heavy Metal’ on their first two albums. But by the time Theater of Pain and Girls, Girls Girls rolled around their look and style had moved on or morphed into something altogether different.

For me, bands like POISON, WARRANT, L.A. GUNS, CINDERELLA, WINGER, FASTER PUSSYCAT and GREAT WHITE were not Metal, but indeed the “hair metal” or “cock rock” (as we used to call it) moniker was more befitting. Having said that…

When I first laid eyes on the cover and book title I was rolling my eyes and needless-to-say, I wasn’t expecting much from this book nor was I looking forward to it upon receiving a review copy in the mail.

Boy was I wrongo. :-)

I guess the old ‘never judge a book by its cover’ saying holds true.

First off, the book is a rather large HARDCOVER (think coffee table) binding. I’m impressed with the print quality and color photos throughout.

Folks, this is the most elegantly and ingeniously designed Popoff book ever (see samples below)…I’m just in awe with what they did with it!

 

Here’s the publisher hype:

The Big Book of Hair Metal tells the explosive history of hair metal in a burst of color, facts, figures and outrageous quotes, so many and so rich of unseen material, that this book serves as the ultimate encyclopedia of the form.

An oral history jacked up by mountains of trivia, dates, sales figures, concert milestones, gold and platinum designations…. there’s never been a history so complete, a tale so fully and entertainingly told.

Piles of kaleidoscopic photography and memorabilia shots make each page come alive, as every major event in the long life of glam metal—from its birth in the UK glitter rock movement of the early ‘70s, through the supposed “death” of glam by grunge, and beyond—is commemorated using the novel approach of oral history combined with hard facts, specific dates, detail that brings back those happy memories of al those bands trying to be seen and heard on the Sunset strip.

Martin Popoff, author of 48 books on heavy metal, is a known authority on this particularly happy and fondly remembered form of heavy metal, a genre that still accounts for healthy album and concert ticket sales year in, year out.

The Big Book of Hair Metal makes use of Martin’s archive of [mostly unpublished] interviewed footage from the following bands, most of which Martin has interviewed multiple times, names you know and love such as…

…Autograph, Badlands, Bang Tango, Black ‘N Blue, Blue Murder, Bulletboys, Cinderella, Damn Yankees, Dangerous Toys, Def Leppard, Dokken, Enuff Z’Nuff, Europe, Extreme, Faster Pussycat, Firehouse, Great White, Guns ‘N Roses, Hanoi Rocks, Helix, Jackyl, Keel, Kick Axe, Kingdom Come, Krokus, L.A. Guns, Lillian Axe, London, Love/Hate, Loverboy, Motley Crue, Mr. Big, Night Ranger, Poison, Quiet Riot, Ratt, Rough Cutt, Saigon Kick, Skid Row, Slaughter, Stryper, Tesla, TNT, Twisted Sister, Ugly Kid Joe, Vixen, Warrant, W.A.S.P., White Lion, Whitesnake, Y&T and Zebra.

 

 

Book preview

 

In addition, Martin has talked to producers, managers, club owners, concert promoters, photographers, label executives, and many of the bands from an earlier era who, during the ‘80s, became, to varying degrees, part of the glam story, namely Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Kiss, Ted Nugent, Ozzy Osbourne, Saxon, Scorpions, Triumph, Van Halen and many more. Then there are glam “revival” bands, plus instrumental originators such as Sweet, The Runaways, Starz, Angel, Legs Diamond, Foreigner and Boston .

Finally, Martin had at his fingertips, a vast research archive of magazines covering this period, perfect for the odd pertinent quote he couldn’t find in his personal conversations with these rockers.

All told, Martin proposed a work wider in scope—and indeed intellectual heft— than simply Hollywood. The Big Book of Hair Metal encompasses the roots of glam, concert trends, production trends, the club scene, flyering, the power ballad, the impact of MTV, vocal styles, shredding, glam’s crossovers with shock rock, punk and early metal, regional scenes around the world, fashion, finer points of the music business and of course, plenty of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

 

 

book preview 2

 

The focus is on this [almost entirely and uniquely] American music, as it existed from approximately 1983 through 1991. This is the golden era of glam metal, and its locus and focus is in Los Angeles. The celebration of that period serves as the trunk of the book, but with myriad connections and comparisons made, illustrative quotes regularly fleshing out the tale.

With respect to images, for the project, Martin had at his fingertips a near endless supply of photography plus on the memorabilia side, a vast collection of LPs, CDs, 45s, backstage passes, and a huge collection of advertisements for albums and for gigs/tours, used to illustrate entries throughout the book. Ergo there goes hundreds of shots, along with over 80,000 words of text, spread over 225 yummy 8 3/4” x 11 1/4” pages, full color throughout, hard cover like hard candy.

 

ABOUT

popoffhomeMartin 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 was editor in chief of the now-retired Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Canada’s foremost metal publication for 14 years, and has also contributed to Revolver, Guitar World, Goldmine, Record Collector, BraveWords, Lollipop, and Hard Radio, with many record label band bios and liner notes to his credit as well.

He lives in Toronto with his wife and son.

Martinpopoff.com

Voyageur Press

 

Thrash Metal: The Global Metal Movement! [Book Project]

Dear Metalheads,

I have a new project that I wanted to bring to your attention from Bill Hale.

Help this guy out – he’s got some amazing pics and certainly was on the front lines in the West Coast Metal scene back-in-the-day.

It’s a crowd-funded book project documenting the birth of THRASH in the Bay Area.

Bill Hale… Photographer, Artist, Author and Daddy

Aloha I started photographing rock bands at the age of eighteen. In the 1980s, I was the chief photographer for Metal Rendezvous (International Heavy Rock-Metal) Magazine. While on staff I was able to shoot many of the top bands of the day including Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Riot and UFO. Also was fortunate enough to photograph many legends before they ascended to rock and roll heaven; Phil Lynott, Bon Scott, Freddie Mercury and Rory Gallagher are on that list.

Metal Rendezvous gave the first media coverage to some of metals biggest legends, including Anthrax, W.A.S.P, L.A. Guns and Armored Saint and a little band by the name of Metallica!

My work has appeared in such metal magazines as Kerrang!, Enfer and Metal Mania.

I live in Hawaii and still work with rock n’ rollers.

I have two photo books published:

Metallica: Club Dayz 1982-1984 (ECW Press 2009)

Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place (MTV/VH1 Classic 2012)

Forthcoming:

Thrash Metal: The Global Metal Movement Fall 2014 (tentatively)

Dukes On Sunday: A month of Sundays – memories for a lifetime Winter 2014 (tentatively)

Just in case you didn’t view the “Bill Hale” video above, here is what I need to complete this my 3rd photo book:

  1. A new Mac book pro – Mine has bitten the dust after so many years of faith service.
  2. A new film scanner – My trusty Nikon scanner has too sadly died so need to acquire a replacement.

*Most of the campaign pledges will go to the printing cost as I am going to self publish the book! NO CORPORATE AMERICA of this one.

And that’s why I feel Indiegogo is a great fit for this project right.

 

“It’s a Thrash book and needs to stay THRASH! Think Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Megadeth; No Compromise just the goods!”

 

As I have said this is my 3rd photo book and it’s a great look back into the Birth of Thrash in the Bay Area, and if you are already familiar with my work you know that I had total access to all the bands that I worked with! Which means very exclusive shots group shots, candid shots and KILLER live shots!

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I am very excited to get this one out to all you fans. I’m very happy with this volume so far. There’s a ways still to go and the big decision now is what publishing company to use.

*If we can pass the minimum dollar amount I will add more gifts to all who buy the book! And if you just want to help out via spreading the world or sharing this campaign to a music or photography fan, please do.

A BIG Mahalo nui (Hawaiian for Thank you!)

So there it is.

Keep it Heavy ~ Make it METAL

~Bill

Remember That FIRST Time…?

first time

Ha – that looks like a caricature of me back in the day.

That album was such a ground breaking slab of vinyl; it’s still one of my favorites.

Released 36 years ago!

 

Useless Fun Facts:

 

  • The cover photos for Van Halen were taken at the Whisky a Go Go, a Los Angeles club at which Van Halen often performed during the mid-1970s.

 

  • The guitar pictured on the cover of the album is Eddie Van Halen’s famous Frankenstrat Guitar, a Fender prototype replica of which is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution. Assembled by Eddie in his parents’ garage, the “Frankenstrat” features a neck purchased from Boogie Bodies and a Stratocaster style body custom made by Wayne Charvel in California

 

  • Soon after its February 1978 release, Van Halen became regarded by fans and critics as one of rock and roll’s greatest debut albums; however, its initial critical reception was mostly negative.

 

Track listing [vinyl]

 

Side A

1. “Runnin’ with the Devil” 3:36

2. “Eruption” (instrumental) 1:43

3. “You Really Got Me” (Ray Davies) 2:38

4. “Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love” 3:50

5. “I’m the One” 3:47

 

Side B

1. “Jamie’s Cryin’” 3:31

2. “Atomic Punk” 3:02

3. “Feel Your Love Tonight” 3:43

4. “Little Dreamer” 3:23

5. “Ice Cream Man” (John Brim) 3:20

6. “On Fire”

 

*Tell us about your first time listening to Van Halen or any personal experiences…

 

The Distortion of Sound [VIDEO]

movieposterThe Distortion of Sound is a documentary about the decline of sound quality and how technology has changed the way we listen to music. It will open your ears and inspire you to reach for richer, more soul-stirring musical experiences.

The last two decades have seen a striking decline in the quality of sound and listening experience. Compressed music, MP3s and streaming, have diminished the quality and flattened the emotion. Marketing gimmicks and convenience now take the place of excellence.

The Distortion of Sound is an eye-opening exposé of the current state of sound starring Linkin Park, Slash, Quincy Jones and more. Hopefully, this documentary will serve as a wake up call to consumers, content providers and musicians all over the world.

In a nutshell, this is an excellent short film on how we consume music and how convenience has replaced quality in the last decade.

Please forward or pass this info along to a friend as word-of-mouth is always the best way to spread knowledge. Most people are not even aware that they are listening to such low quality audio and that there is an actual difference!

 

 

FEATURING

Slash · Quincy Jones · Mike Shinoda · Snoop Dogg · Hans Zimmer

Metal Moment #8

Another [back stage] blast-from-the-past.

This time we have Twisted Sister and the Queensrÿche boys.

This is interestingly funny…notice the big dudes are on the right and the shorties on the left.

Peep that funky ‘jumpsuit.’

Queensryche and Twisted Sister

“They’re Not Gonna’ Take it…”