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“Bang your head! Metal Health’ll drive you mad!”
— Quiet Riot

Like an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music on steroids, Bang Your Head is an epic history of every band and every performer that has proudly worn the Heavy Metal badge. Whether headbanging is your guilty pleasure or you firmly believe that this much-maligned genre has never received the respect it deserves, Bang Your Head is a must-read that pays homage to a music that’s impossible to ignore, especially when being blasted through a sixteen-inch woofer.

Charting the genesis of early metal with bands like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden; the rise of metal to the top of the Billboard charts and heavy MTV rotation featuring the likes of Def Leppard and Metallica; hitting its critical peak with bands like Guns N’ Roses; disgrace during the “hair metal” ’80s; and a demise fueled by the explosion of the Seattle grunge scene and the “alternative” revolution, Bang Your Head is as funny as it is informative and proves once and for all that there is more to metal than sin, sex, and spandex.

To write this exhaustive history, David Konow spent three years interviewing the bands, wives, girlfriends, ex-wives, groupies, managers, record company execs, and anyone who was or is a part of the metal scene, including many of the band guys often better known for their escapades and bad behavior than for their musicianship. Nothing is left unsaid in this jaw-dropping, funny, and entertaining chronicle of power ballads, outrageous outfits, big hair, bigger egos, and testosterone-drenched debauchery.

Arts & Entertainment
November 12
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

DEC5150 ,

Days of love and music

Music sets the periods of your life.12-14 figureing what kind you like.15-17 car cruising years.18-25 the partying hard.26-30,finding the love of your life.After that you have responsibilities, you can’t just go to concerts and buy records,your living REAL life (if you’re a responsible parent & spouse).Its nice to hear an old song that takes you back to those carefree days but you can never go back

B.o.B is boss\beast ,

Amazing Book

I am a huge heavy metal fan, especially from the 70's and 80's. This book talks about all of the stuff bands had to go through in their time. I thought I knew a lot about heavy metal bands before, but the amount of information in this book is amazing!

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