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Publisher's Summary

A landmark release, this is the first of a two-volume biography of Metallica, the biggest metal band of all time, told via exclusive interviews with the band and their world.

The California quartet has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, won nine Grammy Awards, and had five consecutive albums hit number one on the US Billboard chart. Theirs is a tale about much more than sales figures and critical acclaim, though, and their journey from scuzzy Los Angeles garages to the world's most storied stadiums has been dramatic and painful.

Birth School Metallica Death is the definitive story of the most significant rock band since Led Zeppelin. It's a story about family, community, self-belief, and the pursuit of dreams, which unfolds through firsthand interviews with the band and those closest to it. In this epic saga, deserving of a broad canvas, the first volume details the band's rise to international fame while the second explores the challenges and tensions that accompany such status. Piece by piece, Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood reveal just how Metallica has stayed ahead of the competition for so many years.

©2013 Paul Brannigan, Ian Winwood (P)2013 Blackstone

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I was expecting a lot of the early history to be glossed over and/or limited. As a fan of everything before the black album (yes, I'm one of "those guys") , I was pleasantly surprised how detailed their early days and even their upbringing were.

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Come for the metal, stay for the writing

I frequently read music biographies to learn the back stories behind my favorite bands or to give me insight into new music. Usually these books are interesting but not always well written. This book however is very well-written and very interesting. Some of the descriptions of songs were so well done that I knew exactly what he was referring to before he mentioned the title. This is the rare audiobook that kept me in the car in my driveway just to hear the rest of the chapter.

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great

I saw them on the kill em all for one tour in bpt CT this brought back memories

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Do it!!

What did you love best about Birth School Metallica Death, Volume 1?

If you are interested in Metallica listen to this. The authors provide a ton of history on the band and Ray Porter is an amazing narrator.

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Excellent

Great story and great narrator. Looking forward to listening to volume 2. After each section that covered an album, I listened to that album in its entirety. Knowing the behind the scenes stuff that went into each album offers a new perspective.

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Decent listen as a free with membership benefit

I enjoyed parts of it as a free benefit of membership. Had I paid for it I'd have returned after a few hours as it's weaknesses were many and repeated ad nauseum.

As most rock journalists the authors of this book are not particularly talented but clearly love their subject matter. All the classic amateur author shortcomings are present here- unnecessarily complicated or descriptive phrases that accomplish nothing more than support the authors idea of what a real author should sound like. There are many, many side notes describing historical frames of reference that again, accomplish nothing but certainly help fill pages I guess.

I love Metallica as it reminds me of being a kid but both of these books kind of suck. I definitely would never pay for either. Decent listen as a free book, though.

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Too much BS,not enough substance. As if they spent 2 months scrambling through a Thesaurus to sound really smart and pad the length of the book

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There was a great deal of history about the band that I was unaware of, even though I consider myself a diehard Metallica fan having seen them 16 times in my life

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Awesome Book!!

Awesome Book!! It’s a must read or listen for any Metallica Fans!! Looking forward to volume 2.

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Too wordy

There is a time for literary prose and a time to just tell the story. This one tries to hard to be a work of literature......

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