The rock-and-roll memoir of one of the world's greatest guitarists.
Yngwie Malmsteen's revolutionary guitar style - combining elements of classical music with the speed and volume of heavy metal - made him a staple of the 80s rock scene. Decades later, he's still a legend among guitarists, having sold 11 million albums and influenced generations of rockers since.
In Relentless, Malmsteen shares his personal story, from the moment he burst onto the scene, seemingly out of nowhere, in the early 80s to become a household name in the annals of heavy metal. Along the way, he talks about his first bands, going solo, his songwriting and recording process, and the seedy side of the rock business.
Malmsteen was named one of Time magazine's ten greatest electric guitar players.
The author's most recent album, Spellbound, was released in December 2012.
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I am glad the young Swede pursued the musical expression he did, in the way that he did. It is non-traditional players like this that jolt the world of guitarists into jearing differently and trying new things.
But this book was obviously not actually written. I think Yngwie dictated his thoughts into some kind of voice recorder, then ORDERED a subordinate to type it out just as it was—a helixical pouring forth of his various memories.
MANY phrases are repeated verbatim, at times making me think there was something wrong with the audio recording.
I guess the oddest thing about him is the repeated themes in his album and song titles of might and power and Viking-like conquest, when he freely admits that HATED the long dark cold Winters of Sweden and considers living in Miami to be his heaven on earth.
I learned a few interesting things about him, but overall, piss poor.