Hard Rock and Metal Books

Mike Matei / June 6th, 2014


  • June 6, 2014 at 10:54 am


    • Weldin Dunn

      June 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Yeah, glad you are the first person in history of Cinemassacre to not say first!

      • Valis77

        June 6, 2014 at 11:54 pm

        actually thats the same thing.

  • newwavejunkie

    June 6, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Good stuff, James. I really enjoy these book videos.

  • June 6, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Awesome , If you are into ska punk atall or prog rock , that would be interesting.

  • BladeRunner

    June 6, 2014 at 11:27 am

    awesome nothing “Lookin’ at Books” video. I’ve always liked heavy metal but I’m more of a punk rock/new wave guy. Nothing beats classic Misfits or Joy Division.

    • bib tomke

      June 6, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Do you want New Wave or do you want the truth?

      • Syles

        June 6, 2014 at 9:54 pm

        Ah Minutemen! This just made me smile. such a chill song.

      • HomingMissiles

        June 7, 2014 at 4:28 am

        Minutemen gets quoted in a Cinemassacre heavy metal video. Now I’ve seen everything.

      • June 8, 2014 at 1:09 am

        If there’s a new wave DOWNOWNOWNOWNOWDOWNOW I’ll be the first in line DOWNOWNOWNOWNOWDOWNOW But it better work this time *Solo.

      • BladeRunner

        June 8, 2014 at 10:19 am

        lol I love the Minutemen, classic stuff. I’ve always wondered is James liked the Misfits, since they do the horror/rock thing really good.

      • June 8, 2014 at 2:20 pm

        Wow. Never thought I’d see so many Minutemen fans on a video game forum.

        And for the record I love both new wave AND Minutemen.

  • June 6, 2014 at 11:37 am

    James if you like metal and games what did you think of Brutal Legend?
    Personally its actually one of my fav games and I HATE RTS style play.

  • van_foitte

    June 6, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Nice books, James. I also enjoy biographies in general, and I would recommend Keith Richards’ Life, it’s not heavy metal but such an amazing and crazy guy. Also, Reckless Road is great for Guns n’ Roses fans.

  • June 6, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Wow, this one was really interesting! Well done! 🙂

  • nostalgiavhs

    June 6, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Hey James, I love rock autobiographies too! Ever read The Dirt by Motley Crue? That is the like the bible of 80’s metal excess! Also I would recommend another book called Life On Planet Rock by a dude named Lonn Friend who was an editor for RIP magazine in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Its got a lot of funny stories about bands like Metallica, GNR, Skid Row and Nirvana, all told from sort of an outside perspective. Rock on!

  • greedo

    June 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    This video is a lot better than I expected! I can tell that you really enjoyed these books, your passion for this just oozes out of the screen. BTW, I’d love to hear your assessment of the Pete Townshend auto, that’s the one I’m really interested in!

    BTW, since we’re on the subject of rock and roll and heavy metal, are there any plans for you and your wife to do another Audio Slaughter podcast?

    • June 7, 2014 at 7:21 am

      Damn, I hope so. Audio Slaughter is my favourite thing on the site now and it’s been SOOOOOOOO long.

      • Dsimon

        June 7, 2014 at 6:51 pm

        I agree. More slaugther please !

  • Cody Cable

    June 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    The book that you need to give a read (if you haven’t already) is “I was a Murder Junkie”. It is a book more or less about GG Allin, it is poorly written but its a book about GG so you can over look that just to read about the funny (or nasty depending on your point of view) stories.

  • Robert Bentley

    June 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Have you heard of Moshed Potatoes? It’s a cookbook by members of rock bands. I think you might enjoy it. It’s the only way I’ve gotten into cooking.

  • Boo Daclown

    June 6, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Fuck yeah more music

  • Artem Trubnikov

    June 6, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you, James! It’s a very entertainment video, because I see how you really interested in that stuff! Now I just have to buy that Ozzy’s book! 🙂

  • Thomas Hopkins

    June 6, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    OHHH shit, James likes of witchfinder general 😀

  • Luke

    June 6, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    These books were really great, to your analysis I could relate. Another video well made, another subject well played. Did you ever get into grunge? I soak that stuff up like a sponge. I have too many Kurt Cobain books to mention, but I wondered if he got your attention? I am currently reading Game of Thrones, it’s a series it seems like everyone owns, or at the very least has read. I love to read just before bed. It’s pretty obvious you’re a Sabbath fan, talking about Ozzie because you know he’s the man. Did you like his show on MTV? The one about him and his family? He’d always mumble before yelling for his wife, it was one of the funniest things I’ve see in my life. Anyhow, thanks for continuing to do what you do, when I need something fun I know I can count on you.

    • June 7, 2014 at 7:18 am

      He mentioned in one of his videos that he’d seen Pearl Jam live, and on his Metallica podcast, he’d mentioned that in the early 90s prior to getting into classic rock and metal, he was mainly into whatever rock music was on the radio, Nirvana being one of them. I don’t think he’s huge on this stuff anyway but he seems to like it fine.

  • June 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    The Slash book was entertaining but there were some lies in it; like the part where supposedly Axl wouldn’t go on stage on a show until Slash and Duff signed the GNR name over to Axl, and they did it to prevent a riot and save the day. Well some people found evidence that the contract took place off tour, when they weren’t even playing, but Slash made the story up so he’d be like a hero.

    Duff’s book is much better, shows how much he got destroyed and how he got back on the right track. I recommend it.

  • Michael Poirier

    June 6, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    “Hello me, it’s me again.” Ha ha! I appreciate great metal as well. Cool show.

  • culwin

    June 6, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Hey Butthead, these books look cool!
    Heh heh heh yeah, now we need to learn to read

  • The Wicker Man

    June 6, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Love the fact that you’re a fan of of video games and of my favourite music genre! If only one good thing comes from this video is that more people will now have heard of Witchfinder General!

    Ignore all the “thrash”/”Nu”/”speed”/”doom” etc. it’s just metal!

    I’m loathe to read anything by “Ozzy”, as he was so messed up for such a long time that you don’t know what’s true. It’s interesting to hear him tell a story and then hear Sharon tell what actually happened! (but I assume both were consulted for any book written) I like to hear people ask Ozzy a question when Sharon is next to him, as she always corrects him.

    I never thought Black Sabbath, with Ozzy, would play live together again but I was wrong. I was lucky enough to see them play in Birmingham (their home town) for the last concert of the tour just before Christmas 2013. I couldn’t recommend them enough – phenomenal! Although when I saw Iron Maiden (my favourite band) in 2011, nothing compares. Maiden are easily the best live show i’ve ever seen!

    • June 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      It’s really hard to ignore the different subgenres because metal isn’t exactly “just metal”. All That Remains, Children of Bodom and Judas Priest don’t sound all that much the same, but they’re all metal.

      See, since Black Sabbath invented it, metal just grew & evolved. Different areas of the planet took that idea and ran with it, making all the different categories necessary.

      Want further proof? Ask a random person what comes to mind when they think “metal music”. Aside from the clichéd growled “RAA RAA RAA” responses you’ll get from those who don’t listen to it, you’ll never get the same answer twice.

  • June 7, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I always play Guitar Hero games and most of the metal bands I know are from Guitar Hero. Especially GH2 and GH3. I still remember when I was 7 or 8 maybe I was so obssesed with one of the Guns & Roses’ song Sweet Child O Mine. It’s like the only song I always choose everytime I play GH2. I’m not really into heavy metal bands like Black Sabbath and such. The only hard rock band that I really love is Avenged Sevenfold.But they’re not really an old band I guess. Btw, nice collection James. It’s hard to get books like that around here. Really hard

  • June 7, 2014 at 1:09 am

    yes! I’ve been waiting for this video. I also love rock biographies and I’ve read most of the ones listed here. James is right, the Ozzy one is amazing, and on top of all the drama, there’s parts the had me pissing myself laughing. for example:
    “ten minutes later, I was sharing a jail cell with a twenty-stone Mexican bloke who’d just murdered his wife with a brick, or some crazy shit. He must have thought he was hallucinating when he saw me show up in a green frock. I was thinking, Christ, he’s going to think I’m the ghost of his missus, and then he’s going to try and give her one last dick up the arse” – Ozzy Osbourne on getting thrown in jail for pissing on the Alamo while wearing a dress.

    I love Slash and Mustaine’s book too. Many of Slash’s stories like the one described are fuckin hilarious. I also remember one about one of his previous bands getting trashed before a gig at someone’s house, and someone throwing up into a pot of stew that was later served.

    I also HIGHLY recommend Duff McKagen’s (bassist from Guns N’ Roses) book. I just finished it and it shows what a great guy he is and is filed with a lot of hilarious, disturbing many motivational stories.

  • Mario Mario

    June 7, 2014 at 6:00 am

    hey james you ever think of teaming up with johnny atma, your avgn episodes would be soooo hard core with heavy metal video game music remixes http://www.jonnyatma.com/gametal/news.html

  • June 7, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Pete Townshend’s book is amazing. The section on Keith Moon’s death is one of the most heartbreaking things i’ve ever read and there’s a lot of really funny stories going on. Definitely finish it before you get around to doing a podcast on The Who because i’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

  • Deathbringer

    June 7, 2014 at 11:31 am

    James says genre with such a hard “g” that it cracks me up. Da Genre mon’

  • Brian Oates

    June 7, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Even if you don’t like the music, Marilyn Manson’s Long Hard Road Out of Hell is a good read. Full of crazy rock star shite.

  • June 7, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I love these music related videos. I’d also like to know what you thought of Brutal Legend (if you’ve played it). I think the whole feel of the game showed a true understanding and love for metal as well as having a decent story and great gameplay.

  • June 7, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Also although I really enjoyed Mustaine’s book, I got really annoyed at his whiney, hard-done-by attitude towards Metallica. I’d love to just shake him and say “Dave, you created a band that not only rivals Metallica but one that many people, including myself, actually prefer so stop being a little bitch.” Anyway great video James!

  • Ryan Kuebel

    June 7, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    The best one ever read was “The Heroine Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star” dude Nikki Six puts it all out there. It’s fucking insane. He has stories about hanging out with Prince and Aphrodite and all kinds of bull shit. Highly Recomm

  • sirensofsilence

    June 7, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Nice list. Can I also recommend “Highway to Hell: The Life and Death of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott” by Clinton Walker – very thorough and interesting bio that says some things about AC/DC that Brian Johnson might have left out. I got that in a boxed set with some Aerosmith, Sabbath and other bios – very cheap and cheerful!
    PS: Loved hearing James say “bollocks”!

    • June 8, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      I’m told that Mark Evans’ book “Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside Of AC/DC” is also a very good auto-biography. True, he was only in the band for two years in the late ’70s, but it’s a very good look at how the band began its rise to fame and how he coped with life after rock n’ roll.

  • June 7, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Hey James, do you like the band Slipknot? the lead singer, Corey Taylor has 2 autobiography’s and they are both superb. Both books are well written, Funny and are a little bit sad at some point. I suggest you check it out!

  • June 8, 2014 at 12:20 am

    As rocker and Video game nerd also, I really liked this video. Big Megadeth fan and Dave’s book is a fav of mine. Thanks James.

  • Kody Nichols

    June 8, 2014 at 2:43 am

    METAL! \m/

  • June 8, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I’ve been meaning to read that “I am Ozzy” and “History of Heavy Metal” for a while. Both look very smart and funny.

    I also recommend “The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal” and “The Slayer Mag Diaries.” They’re thoroughly comprehensive and lived in, and damned well written.

  • Pablo1989

    June 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Never liked metal and his subgenres so much shouting, spooky costumes, and headbanging, but Hard rock are fine.

    But one day had chance check some KISS book.

  • Claudio Fermani

    June 8, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I´ll say read Lord Of Chaos… the Black Metal movement (The Norwigian Inner Circle) got the crazyiest, most brutal and amazing stories

  • June 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    good review james. but i wish u coulda added or atleast mentioned kurt cobane. oh and linkin park LP!!!

  • escalation

    June 9, 2014 at 4:25 am

    “Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen” . Real awesome book

  • June 10, 2014 at 10:25 am

    James, i’m not sure if you have enough time to go through your comments, but I wanted to share anyways. If you have any interest (Mine was pure curiosity at first, but now i’m a fan of the genres) in more Extreme Metal, I definitely recommend checking out Choosing Death (Albert Mudrian), Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult (Dayal Patterson), Mean Deviation (Jeff Wagner) and Swedish Death Metal (Daniel Ekeroth). The first two are fantastic and focus on Death Metal/Grindcore and Black Metal respectively. The third one focuses on all the different niches of the Progressive Metal field and is also a great read. The fourth one isn’t so well written, but the vast amount of information the writer provides makes it a great exploration addition. Also, seeing as you seem to enjoy a good amount of older rock and metal, Alice Cooper’s Golf Monster book is also really good. Loved the video and will be picking up the Sound of the Beast book for sure.

  • mason saltalamachea

    June 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm


  • June 14, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Pete Townshend’s book is a great read. I love music biographies and autobiographies too. There’s a couple books about Keith Moon which are worth checking out too.

  • June 16, 2014 at 4:49 am

    The first book James pulled out I remember i borrowed that book at a library and where it said raining blood someone appeared to already smeared blood on it

  • Entrenaturaleza

    June 16, 2014 at 9:56 am

    So glad to see a person I admire share that love fo metal =)

  • nammm3

    June 17, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Man, i can’t imagine how many different types of drugs all of those bands used. It’s even greater that they’re not in a potato state when they wrote some of those autobiographies. Great review of these books James! Cool to see ‘Queen’ get mentioned so much in the autobiographies and compilation books.

  • Metal NES Solid

    June 18, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Paul Stanley’s “Face the Music: A Life Exposed” is a brilliant book. Whether you’re a Kiss fan or not, it’s still a very good read.

  • September 16, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Yeeeah, Witchfinder General!!!

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