Murder in the Front Row: Shots from the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter Hardcover – Jan 24 2012
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"Serious Pulitzer material"—<em>Creative Loafing</em>
"Awesome"—Robb Flynn, Machine Head
"Awesome"—Brian Slagel, Metal Blade Records
"Fucking awesome"—Kerry King, Slayer
"Great"—Lars Ulrich, Metallica
"AMAZING"—Alex Skolnick, Testament
"Thank you for writing this book! It's the definitive story of the scene and what we managed to make of it here in the Bay Area."—Kirk Hammett, Metallica
"<em>Murder in the Front Row</em> captures the true essence of thrash metal in its embryonic stage. These photographs take me on a tour down memory lane, bringing back many laughs and prompting comments like: 'I don't remember that!'"—Dave Lombardo, Slayer
"I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in the early days of California thrash metal. It's great looking at pictures of myself with that poodle perm I had in 1982!"—Ron McGovney, Metallica
"A thick, beautiful book that captures a special moment in time"—<em>A.P.</em>
"By far, the greatest photo book on any music scene I've ever seen. The bands themselves couldn't have put out a more exhaustive and detailed account of the period."—<em>The Huffington Post</em> [CA]
"A photographic odyssey through the inception of Bay Area thrash"—<em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>
About the Author
Brian Lew contributed to Ron Quintana's legendary Metal Mania fanzine, and published Whiplash fanzine. He currently runs the popular Ümlaut Archives blog and lives in San Francisco. Since the late 1990s, Harald O. has played bass in the influential punk/metal band D. R. I. He has taken hundreds of photos of bands, including Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, and Megadeth. He lives in Oakland, CA.
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The quality is incredible, the book itself is a work of art and the photos are mostly all high res from a time where that term did not exist.
If you want to see Metallica, Exodus, Slayer, Possessed, Megadeth and more as they were in the early days where they grew their roots and established themselves, buy this book.
You will keep it out and show it to all your friends.
Metal up your ass !!!!!
Also a lot of fun to see so many candid pictures of people like James Hetfield, Gary Holt, Tom Araya, Cliff Burton, etc. etc. etc. (MANY etceteras - LOTS of people in this book from Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus, Death Angel, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, and more!) in their younger years.. the early thrash pioneers are all documented here in terrific photo quality. You get venue photos, photos from backyard parties, crowd shots, everything to transport you back in time.
Along with that, you get some great and sometimes funny words from both authors (Brian Lew and Harald Oimoen), plus Ron Quintana, Gary Holt, Alex Skolnick, and Robb Flynn. Not too many words though - extensive biographies of many of the top thrash bands are already out there - this is different, and a treasure for anyone who enjoys music history - especially the REAL history of thrash metal from the people who were there as it was born.
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