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James Hetfield: The Wolf at Metallica's Door Paperback – Apr 22 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Music Press Books (April 22 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906191042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906191047
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #234,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Kinda disappointed Sept. 18 2010
By Bellmre24 - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have followed James and Metallica since the early '80s. Much of what is in the book I already knew. The best part is the beginning, where his childhood and his discovery of music is described. Other than that, it is mostly just a chronological Metallica history. It would be great if James would sit down with a writer and describe for himself his memoirs. Perhaps someday he will. When or if that day comes I will be first in line.

The songs on each album are reviewed and critiqued. I don't really care much for this style of writing because it is very subjective and opinionated. I would much rather hear the man himself describe his thoughts on his music.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Average book Sept. 1 2010
By Botnik Roller - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is more o chronologic history of Metallica than Hetfield's bio.

At least, it has more information than the usual unauthorized "Control+C, Control+V" biographies around, because the author interviewed, first hand, a lot of people connecte to Hetfield along the years.

Even so, it's a satisfactory reading. The real biographic part about James Hetfield happens only in the beginning of the book, when the author tries to give a general portrait of Hetfield's early years. After that, there is very little that is not common knowledge.

Go for it if you're a die hard Metallica fan. If not, a search in Wikipedia will do it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Save Your Money Nov. 29 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have been a Metallica fan since I could discriminate the difference between pop and rock (25+ years). I love Metallica, especially James Hetfield's musical and Lyrical abilities. This book adds NOTHING to the Metallica story or that of James Hetfield. Anyone familiar marginally with the band can readily access the facts in this book. No surprises here. If you watch Some Kind of Monster and Behind the Music, you have as much insight as this guy does. The most annoying thing in the book is not the facts and story, it's the album reviews. Why would an author subject a reader to their irrelevant opinions of each album, track for track. The writer comes off as a want to be music critic with absolutely no understanding of music. He is honest as his opinions are not always glowing, but this guy comes off like someone that was wounded by the band's evolution from the Black album era through St. Anger. Whether he likes it or not should be kept out of the narrative, as it is useless. If a non-fan reads this book, it is written as if to guide them through what they should or should not listen to. Art is meant to be taken in for each individual to decide what he or she thinks about it. I just think it's juvenile the way it is written. I wish I could get my money back. I honestly think someone else could do a better job.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is not a biography.... Aug. 3 2014
By Theodore R Stockton - Published on
Format: Paperback
Yeah, the first 50 or so pages tell you about James as a kid but it quickly falls into the story of Metallica that can be gleaned from Behind the Music or A Year and a Half in the Life of... that however is not the terrible part of this book..
This is really just a book length review of Metallica song by song from a writer who only liked their first four albums. He doesn't even bother to say basic things like the One video being intercut with an actual film by Dalton Trumbo called Johnny got his gun. And rather than acknowledging that the song is based on the book he dismisses the lyrics as a far fetched idea by James the guy the book is supposed to be about.
Also, the chronology of the book is questionable at best from jumping two years ahead for three or for paragraphs to comparing Wasting My Hate to a White Stripes song.
This book reads like a Community Collage graduation paper that should have red pen all over it saying "stay on topic" and "not a fact your opinion", I would let the author graduate for being literate but how this got published as a biography is baffling. I have no idea how his other books come off but this one was really about him and not James and he doesn't seem to care for much of anything James did after ...And Justice For All.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well written and has broad appeal Oct. 29 2010
By Charvelman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Not your typical sex drugs and rock and roll bio. This book approaches James more as a person than a celebrity. For non fans it's simply a good bio that's been well written in an easy to read style. For fans it gives insight into the influences and back stories on the music from James. The author draws on a myriad of sources to put together this read. These include not just well known people in the music world but also people from way back in his past.