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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Kinda disappointed Sept. 18 2010
By Bellmre24 - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Average book Sept. 1 2010
By Botnik Roller - Published on Amazon.com
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 Amazon.com
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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
Well written and has broad appeal Oct. 29 2010
By Charvelman - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good but not great May 23 2010
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Having been a huge Metallica fan for over 20 years now and having witnessed James Hetfield's stage presents and power live 12 times, I was of course interested in this book. Everyone that knows Metallica knows Jaymz, the riff machine and larger-than-life metal god he is at live shows. I was hoping this book would reveal a little more about James the person. While I have to give the author a lot of credit for his research, I didn't really take anything new from this book. As a matter of fact, 97% of the information is already readily available (such as the Playboy interview which gets quoted throughout the book) to those that do their research or have a general interest in the band and its history. The other 3% comes from interviews with a few people...a couple of James' friends (or so they claim) from back in the day and fellow musicians (most notably Anthrax's Charlie Benante and Megadeth's Dave Ellefson) who give their opinion and insight of James' persona. So, yeah, I guess there were some interesting things revealed but overall I was hoping for more "new" information. Also, the author took it upon himself to critique each album song-by-song which really has nothing to do with James as a person nor do I really care about his musical opinion, although I agree with 90% of it. To me it's clear this guy is a fan with a man-crush on James that decided to write a book about his idol. His writing style is pretty annoying at times as he is trying to be overly clever with his words. The author is also attempting his luck as an amateur psychologist, using his own assumptions to disect why James is who he is. If you are a new fan and want to know more about James and the history of the band, this is a good book. If you are a hardcore fan hoping to find out never-before-heard facts about James, you are out of luck.