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This timely rock biography answers burning questions, shatters popular myths, and uncovers new truths about Slayer, the iconic group that became the embodiment of heavy metal. This full-length, exhaustively researched account of the thrash kings' career recaps and reevaluates the years guitar hero Jeff Hanneman and drum legend Dave Lombardo were in the group. Over the cour This timely rock biography answers burning questions, shatters popular myths, and uncovers new truths about Slayer, the iconic group that became the embodiment of heavy metal. This full-length, exhaustively researched account of the thrash kings' career recaps and reevaluates the years guitar hero Jeff Hanneman and drum legend Dave Lombardo were in the group. Over the course of 59 chapters, 400 footnotes and three appendices, it profiles the members and presents dramatic scenes from 32 years in the Abyss: A fresh look at the group's early days. Reign in Blood tours. A European invasion. The Palladium riot. The seat cushion chaos concert. Newly unearthed details from Lombardo's turbulent history with the band. Historical artwork and photos never seen in public before. The entire diabolical discography. Hanneman’s hard times. The Big Four’s big year. Lombardo’s final exit. The top 11 Hanneman tributes. The mosh memorial service. Untold stories. Updates. And relevant digressions, including a contrasting look at other contemporaries and cutting-edge extreme bands. Over decades, Slayer experience triumph and loss, but never defeat, whether it's at the hands of rivals, peers, America's most infamous church, or the United States government itself. In addition to extensive archival material, this book features original content from the band, key affiliates, and firsthand witnesses, including Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel, former tour manager Doug Goodman, engineer Bill Metoyer, former Metal Blade exec William "DJ Will" Howell, and cover artist Albert Cuellar (who went on to work with Tim Burton, Sublime, and Sir Mix-A-Lot). It also includes Jeff Hanneman's original diagram for the Live Undead picture disc (spoiler: it's a stick-figure sketch). Slayer fans will never see — or hear — the thrash metal champions the same way. 33 photos and 11 illustrations include lost artwork by Hell Awaits artist Albert Cuellar and stunning exclusive pictures by Harald Oimoen (of Murder in the Front Row renown). Written by D.X. Ferris, an Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Reporter of the Year and author of "Slayer's Reign in Blood," which is book no. 57 in Bloomsbury Academic's prestigious 33 1/3 series. The bargain-priced e-book edition features extensive interactive content, and can be read on any smart phone, tablet, computer, or portable communications device (with free Kindle software).


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This timely rock biography answers burning questions, shatters popular myths, and uncovers new truths about Slayer, the iconic group that became the embodiment of heavy metal. This full-length, exhaustively researched account of the thrash kings' career recaps and reevaluates the years guitar hero Jeff Hanneman and drum legend Dave Lombardo were in the group. Over the cour This timely rock biography answers burning questions, shatters popular myths, and uncovers new truths about Slayer, the iconic group that became the embodiment of heavy metal. This full-length, exhaustively researched account of the thrash kings' career recaps and reevaluates the years guitar hero Jeff Hanneman and drum legend Dave Lombardo were in the group. Over the course of 59 chapters, 400 footnotes and three appendices, it profiles the members and presents dramatic scenes from 32 years in the Abyss: A fresh look at the group's early days. Reign in Blood tours. A European invasion. The Palladium riot. The seat cushion chaos concert. Newly unearthed details from Lombardo's turbulent history with the band. Historical artwork and photos never seen in public before. The entire diabolical discography. Hanneman’s hard times. The Big Four’s big year. Lombardo’s final exit. The top 11 Hanneman tributes. The mosh memorial service. Untold stories. Updates. And relevant digressions, including a contrasting look at other contemporaries and cutting-edge extreme bands. Over decades, Slayer experience triumph and loss, but never defeat, whether it's at the hands of rivals, peers, America's most infamous church, or the United States government itself. In addition to extensive archival material, this book features original content from the band, key affiliates, and firsthand witnesses, including Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel, former tour manager Doug Goodman, engineer Bill Metoyer, former Metal Blade exec William "DJ Will" Howell, and cover artist Albert Cuellar (who went on to work with Tim Burton, Sublime, and Sir Mix-A-Lot). It also includes Jeff Hanneman's original diagram for the Live Undead picture disc (spoiler: it's a stick-figure sketch). Slayer fans will never see — or hear — the thrash metal champions the same way. 33 photos and 11 illustrations include lost artwork by Hell Awaits artist Albert Cuellar and stunning exclusive pictures by Harald Oimoen (of Murder in the Front Row renown). Written by D.X. Ferris, an Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Reporter of the Year and author of "Slayer's Reign in Blood," which is book no. 57 in Bloomsbury Academic's prestigious 33 1/3 series. The bargain-priced e-book edition features extensive interactive content, and can be read on any smart phone, tablet, computer, or portable communications device (with free Kindle software).

30 review for Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years. A Metal Band Biography.

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cody

    A very brief but cool little book about the greatest Metal band not named Black Sabbath. Ends when Lombardo leaves for good, just like the band should have. RIP Hanneman and Slayer. Thanks for the memories xx

  2. 5 out of 5

    Skúli

    Informative and easy to read, written in a conversational style and sprinkled with the author’s personal stories and opinions. Despite the band’s avoidance of the limelight, he manages to sketch up a decent picture of the members and the behind-the-scenes goings-on. Dave Lombardo’s difficult relationship with his on-and-off band mates is of particular interest, as is the mysterious character of the late Jeff Hanneman. F*ckin’ Slayer!!!! See also my article on Medium, Twenty-Twenty in Books …so far Informative and easy to read, written in a conversational style and sprinkled with the author’s personal stories and opinions. Despite the band’s avoidance of the limelight, he manages to sketch up a decent picture of the members and the behind-the-scenes goings-on. Dave Lombardo’s difficult relationship with his on-and-off band mates is of particular interest, as is the mysterious character of the late Jeff Hanneman. F*ckin’ Slayer!!!! See also my article on Medium, Twenty-Twenty in Books …so far.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liam Kielt

    Some great inside info about the band that is really interesting, but Ferris' impartiality towards Slayer can be quite overpowering at times. And despite the book being amended there are still some quite obvious errors regarding grammar and anyone other than Slayer. I also found his style jarring at times. Still, worth a read for any fan of Slayer and metal in general.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kurt

    A history of one of my favorite metal bands that was written after the death of founding member Jeff Hanneman. A decent history of the ups and downs through the years as well as some of the less well known stories regarding the on-again off-again membership of iconic drummer Dave Lombardo.

  5. 5 out of 5

    J213

    Great insight on the band and very well-researched, but there was a typo on just about every other page. Did anyone even edit this?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jacques S

    Exceelent read Well written book on Slayer. All relevant parties were spoken to first-hand. A great balance between fact amd fandom. Great.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jim Kaiser

    Informative Good read. Too critical of god hates us all album. A little too much opinion to make this an amazing work.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    In 1986, Slayer released Reign in Blood, an album that became so seminal in heavy metal that 22 years after its release, D.X. Ferris wrote a book about its creation. In 2013, Ferris wrote a second book about Slayer (as part of the 33 1/3 series), but while the first installment celebrated a legendary release, Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years is tinged with fatality. With Dave Lombardo out of the band for the third (and probably final) time, and Jeff Hanneman in his grave, The Jeff & Dave Yea In 1986, Slayer released Reign in Blood, an album that became so seminal in heavy metal that 22 years after its release, D.X. Ferris wrote a book about its creation. In 2013, Ferris wrote a second book about Slayer (as part of the 33 1/3 series), but while the first installment celebrated a legendary release, Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years is tinged with fatality. With Dave Lombardo out of the band for the third (and probably final) time, and Jeff Hanneman in his grave, The Jeff & Dave Years looks at the meteoric rise and uncertain future of one of the heaviest bands of all time. If only that was the book's focus. D.X. Ferris is, first and foremost, a Slayer fan, and he wastes no opportunity writing about it. Whether this means constantly ameliorating Slayer's foibles by comparing them to Metallica's (and always finding in favor of Slayer, naturally), or even saying that "Dissident Aggressor" winning the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance was a victory for Slayer because it's technically a Slayer song (even though it was written by Judas Priest before Slayer were even formed), the book delves into downright cringe territory with how emphatic and determined Ferris is to sing Slayer's praises at every turn. Where the book succeeds is as a compendium on the band itself. Slayer fans don't want to read about why Slayer having their name on an array of merchandise is excusable (but God help Metallica for doing the same). Slayer fans want to read about Dave Lombardo always being the outsider within the band, and how his first exit in 1986 drove a wedge between him and his bandmates. Slayer fans want to read about the early onset of Jeff Hanneman's arthritis, and how the only treatment he sought was in alcohol. Slayer fans want to read how, for better and for worse, Kerry King has made the band in his vision. I'm sure some Slayer fans want to know the minute details of Lombardo's divorce from his wife, but what they're doing in a book about Slayer is slightly puzzling. The Jeff & Dave Years is a vastly-researched work, turning a bright spotlight on the darkest of the big metal bands. Had Ferris trimmed the fat and just stuck to the facts, this could well be required reading for journalists and fans alike. Unfortunately, Ferris' insistence on flying the Slayer flag at every chance he gets drags down what is an otherwise fascinating and sobering story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    Comprehensive and well-written biography of the thrash metal pioneers. I've never been a huge Slayer fan, but I received a copy from the author as a thank you for some ebook advice; at 6.66, the ebook is worth at least twice what my advice was worth. Bargain! It's a real testament to the writing here that as a non fan and relative Slayer novice, I was totally sucked in to their story. There's comprehensive information for the fans (wanna know which guy who worked on a Slayer record got an Emmy n Comprehensive and well-written biography of the thrash metal pioneers. I've never been a huge Slayer fan, but I received a copy from the author as a thank you for some ebook advice; at 6.66, the ebook is worth at least twice what my advice was worth. Bargain! It's a real testament to the writing here that as a non fan and relative Slayer novice, I was totally sucked in to their story. There's comprehensive information for the fans (wanna know which guy who worked on a Slayer record got an Emmy nomination for his work on a Nickelodeon show? It's in here!), but the story never bogs down in minutiae. What we've got here is a top-shelf music biography that chronicles the ups and downs of a creative career, with a special emphasis on the challenges of growing creatively while still pleasing the fans. It's impressive that Ferris manages to present all sides of still-simmering band controversies without appearing to root for one faction; it's doubly impressive that Ferris managed to weave such a compelling narrative when the Slayer principals don't seem to talk much about either their creative process or their personal lives. They just rock, and so does this book. Four stars only because of me; if this were about a band I loved as Ferris clearly loves Slayer, it's be an automatic 5-star.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    I've been a Slayer fan since first hearing Hell Awaits in 1985 and, with them being such a private band, there isn't much here I didn't already know. That said there were some interesting revelations about Lombardo's fractious history with the band and it's nice to have a detailed history in one very readable book. I whizzed through this in a couple of days and would highly recommend it to fans. Could have done with a stronger proof read, quite a few spelling and punctuation errors, but not enou I've been a Slayer fan since first hearing Hell Awaits in 1985 and, with them being such a private band, there isn't much here I didn't already know. That said there were some interesting revelations about Lombardo's fractious history with the band and it's nice to have a detailed history in one very readable book. I whizzed through this in a couple of days and would highly recommend it to fans. Could have done with a stronger proof read, quite a few spelling and punctuation errors, but not enough to spoil the read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Anderson

    If it weren't for the copy errors (not so much spelling, but incorrect word choices and in one case a whole repeated paragraph), this would be five stars and on my favorites shelf. Exhaustingly comprehensive, unflinching, and totally gripping.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chris Akin

    The level of thoroughness this book has is beyond reproach. DX Ferris is a highly skilled writer, and he doesn't let his love for this band cloud his ability to tell the complete story in a true and completely unbiased way. Bravo for a brilliant book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    gus

    Slayer 66 2/3 I am glad I got to read this awesome book! Really sucks how Dave was treated through the years. I still consider him the greatest extreme metal drummer to walk this earth! R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman ...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris Puzak

    I disagreed with the author's enthusiasm for God Hates us All, but other than that, I think this is mandatory reading for all Slayer fans.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Reuben Herfindahl

    Brilliant! A fitting book covering Jeff's life and untimely death.

  16. 4 out of 5

    David

    excellent

  17. 5 out of 5

    David Pain

    Poor writing. Lots of copy errors and dull stats about set lists. Some interesting insights into the band, though.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Greg Renoff

    Loved it. Ferris gets Slayer like know other author.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Craig Nixon

  20. 5 out of 5

    T_Garrett

  21. 4 out of 5

    kerry king

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paul Craig

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mark Stencik

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lorenzo Di Gennaro

  25. 4 out of 5

    Fredrik

  26. 4 out of 5

    Outis

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angela Cruz

  28. 5 out of 5

    George G. Hickman

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris Martin

  30. 4 out of 5

    Reuben Rendon

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