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The second volume of Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood’s biography of Metallica, detailing the latter half of their extraordinary, decades-long career


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The second volume of Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood’s biography of Metallica, detailing the latter half of their extraordinary, decades-long career

30 review for Birth School Metallica Death, Volume 2: The Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Raines

    First and foremost, I should state that Metallica are one of my favorite bands. I knew most of the facts going into this book, therefore, it was easy and fast for me to read and understand. I felt like this book did a good job compiling over twenty years into an almost three hundred page book. This book is about the music and the industry that it is in. Don’t come to this for a juicy tell all but I really don’t think Metallica fans would be looking for that to begin with. At some points there wer First and foremost, I should state that Metallica are one of my favorite bands. I knew most of the facts going into this book, therefore, it was easy and fast for me to read and understand. I felt like this book did a good job compiling over twenty years into an almost three hundred page book. This book is about the music and the industry that it is in. Don’t come to this for a juicy tell all but I really don’t think Metallica fans would be looking for that to begin with. At some points there were little personal paragraphs but only about James. I get that he is the frontman but do I really need to know that his eye sight was getting bad and he needed glasses? Just pure randomness. As I said, I am a fan of this band, mainly their work in the eighties. I don’t think their later albums are bad, bands need to evolve and grow. I think it is important to try different sub genres. I know that Miley Cyrus gets a lot of hate but one of the awesome things about her is that every album is different, never the same. Metallica are the same and I applaud them for that. I learned a lot about that process in this book. I never realized how much criticism the band got for their more modern albums. My few complaints are very minimum. The writers did get somethings wrong, example one being “[Lars] had flew from Los Angeles to California to see the band perform at the Woolwich Odeon in south London.” Okay, how do you fly from Los Angeles to California and I don’t think London is in California. Point number two, the paragraph is talking about Ron McGovney driving the band to San Francisco from Los Angeles.. on Interstate 95. I95, is the east coast connector and not the west coast. All these “typos” happen in the last twenty pages, I don’t know if the writers were rushing to finish or what. I thought the writers did at times sound cocky. They acted like Metallica were the only band in the world or better than everyone else. That didn’t leave a good feel with me. If you like heavy metal and want to know more, pick this book up.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    As a die-hard Metallica fan, there isn't much that I haven't heard or read about the band, so biographies have to bring something new to the table to really make it worth my time at this point. This book achieves that by focusing on some of the more overlooked aspects of Metallica's career, eschewing discussion of the bullet points to focus on the details. In addition, with unflinching criticism of each of Metallica's albums and DVDs from this era, the biography does a good job of taking a stand As a die-hard Metallica fan, there isn't much that I haven't heard or read about the band, so biographies have to bring something new to the table to really make it worth my time at this point. This book achieves that by focusing on some of the more overlooked aspects of Metallica's career, eschewing discussion of the bullet points to focus on the details. In addition, with unflinching criticism of each of Metallica's albums and DVDs from this era, the biography does a good job of taking a stand, sometimes aligned with popular opinion and other times in opposition. Interestingly, that's also the one difficult element of the writing, the authors are obviously fans, but try to be fair in their critiques, so the narrative at times whipsaws back and forth between scathing criticism and outright fan worship. Even with this weakness, however, I loved my time reading this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Randy Ball

    Not as engaging as Volume 1...the last quarter of the book tends to ramble.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Much like the latter half of Metallica’s career, part two of this biography is sloppy, unfocused, and willing to gloss over the details and skip over the heart of why America’s greatest metal band sold their values and art down the river. Critical of the music but uncritical of the motivations doesn’t fly with me. That said, one element that was helpful was realizing that, at the time, Lars was prescient about how Napster would destroy the music industry — he just went about his argument wrong a Much like the latter half of Metallica’s career, part two of this biography is sloppy, unfocused, and willing to gloss over the details and skip over the heart of why America’s greatest metal band sold their values and art down the river. Critical of the music but uncritical of the motivations doesn’t fly with me. That said, one element that was helpful was realizing that, at the time, Lars was prescient about how Napster would destroy the music industry — he just went about his argument wrong and it cost the band. That was my only positive take-away. Post-Black Album Metallica is an embarrassment and this book does little to change that opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    John Carlsson

    Den andra delen av biografin, som täcker åren 1991-2014. Enligt min åsikt den minst intressanta musikaliska delen av Metallicas karriär, men också den period då de objektivt sett är som störst. Den här delen är minst lika intressant som första delen! Författarnas slutsats att de mestadels nuförtiden kör låtar från de 5 första plattorna när de ska lira live är lite intressant.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John MB

    It's fine. Doesn't give you anything new It's fine. Doesn't give you anything new

  7. 4 out of 5

    denudatio_pulpae

    W tym roku zagościliśmy w Berlinie i 06.07.2019 na Olympiastadion mieliśmy przyjemność po raz kolejny posłuchać trochę jazgotu. Lało niemiłosiernie, ale warto było przytargać swój zadek do skopania. "Kiedy niektórzy muzycy spotykają się po raz pierwszy, czasami pojawia się między nimi wyjątkowa chemia - instynktownie wyczuwają, że dzielą wspólne talenty i aspiracje. Gdy piętnastoletni Paul McCartney spotkał Johna Lennona pewnego popołudnia, 6 lipca 1957 roku, podczas przykościelnej potańcówki, ob W tym roku zagościliśmy w Berlinie i 06.07.2019 na Olympiastadion mieliśmy przyjemność po raz kolejny posłuchać trochę jazgotu. Lało niemiłosiernie, ale warto było przytargać swój zadek do skopania. "Kiedy niektórzy muzycy spotykają się po raz pierwszy, czasami pojawia się między nimi wyjątkowa chemia - instynktownie wyczuwają, że dzielą wspólne talenty i aspiracje. Gdy piętnastoletni Paul McCartney spotkał Johna Lennona pewnego popołudnia, 6 lipca 1957 roku, podczas przykościelnej potańcówki, obaj chłopcy od razu poczuli, ile ich łączy, jeśli chodzi o osobowość i muzykalność. Po dwóch tygodniach Lennon nakłonił McCartneya, by dołączył do jego zespołu. [...] Nic z tych rzeczy jednak nie wydarzyło się, gdy James Hetfield pierwszy raz spotkał Larsa Ulricha". Jestem młodym człowiekiem i poznałam Metallikę, gdy byli już na szczycie (na pierwszy bilet na koncert złożyli się znajomi na moje 18 urodziny - 2008 rok, bo wiedzieli że marzę żeby tam pojechać, ale nie mam za co. Mój wrzask radości gdy rozpakowałam bilet było słychać na pół Szczecina). Tom pierwszy obejmuje początki, które, jak to już w życiu bywa, do najprostszych nie należały. Gwiazda rodziła się bólach (i alkoholu, dużej ilości). Oczywiście gdzieś tam już się człowiek opatrzył z historią swojego ulubionego zespołu, ale z ciekawością sięgnę po różne opracowania. Paul Branigan i Ian Winwood potrafią tę historię opowiedzieć z całkiem niezłym skutkiem, może momentami zbyt pompatycznie, a innymi aż nazbyt kąśliwie, ale całość jest w porządku.

  8. 5 out of 5

    SHUiZMZ

    I highly recommend this book and am saving my elegant writing for my own review at shuizmz.com and jotting down some prosaic banter for this spot. Read the book and read volume 1 first if one has not already. If you dig Metallica, or even if you hate them, both books make for great reading.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Victor Lundberg

  10. 5 out of 5

    Strzelba

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan Nichols

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nathan McConville

  13. 4 out of 5

    Asko

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joe

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paulina

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mark Rzeszutek

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lavinia Schmerzlust

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gregory Frazier

  21. 5 out of 5

    Zane Grimshaw

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dana

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chris Maki

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  25. 5 out of 5

    Everett Dolgner

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mike Mckenzie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joey

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lepotila

  29. 5 out of 5

    Daemonius

  30. 5 out of 5

    Augusto Canto

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