#1. MUSTAINE: A HEAVY METAL MEMOIR
Written by Dave Mustaine and Joe Layden -Harper Collins Publishing
Dave’s eye opening life story was not just a hot item within the metal community, but a New York Times best seller upon its release. Equally loved and reviled by many factions of music fans, Dave takes great pleasure in setting the record straight about many famous stories about himself. Detailing the history of his own life as well as the early days of Bay Area Thrash, METALLICA and MEGADETH this book caught me and many readers of guard with its humility and vulnerability.
A must have for all fans and haters alike.
#2. I’M IN THE BAND: BACKSTAGE NOTES FROM THE CHICK IN WHITE ZOMBIE
Written by Sean Yseult – Soft Skull Press
Sean Yseult’s loving (head) trip down memory lane gives fans an inside look at her own life and the formation, dog days, good times and breakup of WHITE ZOMBIE. Her honest account of the history of the band clears up some misconceptions people might have about the band and ROB ZOMBIE himself. In addition the art, photography and illustrations inside are by Sean herself, and are a treasure trove of metal history.
#3. MEAN DEVIATION: FOUR DECADES OF PROGRESSIVE HEAVY METAL
Written by Jeff Wagner. Forward by Steve Wilson -Bazillion Points Publishing
A painstakingly brilliant account of the history of progressive rock and metal all the way through to today’s champions of modern prog in all sub-genres of metal. Even if you are not a fan of the styles’ origins, this book is essential reading for both musicians and fans a like in terms of historical context. Wagner, a former editor at Metal Maniacs magazine (and an industry hero of mine) did a phenomenal job here of reflecting on the crucial moments, stylistic growth and consequences of a style that refuses to die.
#4. I AM OZZY
Written by Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Ayres
In many ways Ozzy’s best selling tome was the start of a hugely successful comeback year for him along with a new album and tours to boot. Many fans love him, conservatives have railed against him and many people know him (sadly) only from MTV. But they don’t know Ozzy the guy. This book details his life like never before and colors in some of the fuzzy spots, as well as addressing some of the myths and legends. Between this book and the documentary his son Jack is working on it is my hope that the causal fan and the diehard alike will start to fully appreciate his immense contributions to rock and metal history.
#5. THE MYTH
Written by Otep Shamaya- Centaurs Breed Publishing
What is more metal than a DIY published book of “daily affirmations” to help combat the atrocities of conformist modern society? Not much. Infused with Otep’s rebel spirit and brilliant word play, the book is billed as a “self-help book for people who hate self-help books”. Much of the emotional, mental and verbal middle fingers found in her bands’ music are present here in the book, but presented in a more subtle and subversive delivery system.
MOSH POTATOES: Recipes, Anecdotes, and Mayhem from the Heavyweights of Heavy Metal
Written by Steve Seabury -Atria
Not only do I love metal, but I love to cook as well. Thanks to Mosh Potatoes now I can try the recipes my favorite rock and metal icons like to prepare in their homes or on the road. Not only is the book a lot of fun the recipes are excellent too!
DANZIG: HIDDEN LYRICS OF THE LEFT HAND
Written by Glenn Danzig and Illustrated by Simon Bisley – Verotik
Danzig’s long promised lyrics book representing a sample of his work with legendary groups like THE MISFITS , SAMHAIN and DANZIG with illustrations by Bisley who works on Glenn’s graphic novels and album art.
Written and illustrated by Alan Robert – IDW Publishing
A sick alternate reality (or is it) of psychotic murders, mysterious disappearances and off-kilter gumshoes in a gritty, not too distant New York City. Alan Robert of LIFE OF AGONY fame brings his vision to life with this series for acclaimed graphic novel label IDW. Now available in a trade paperback edition.