James Hetfield: The Wolf at Metallica's Door Paperback – Apr 22 2010
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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.
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.
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.
Musically, a masterful of things your jaw would drop to the floor about...for any Metallica fan is a must for your collections...my husband loved it, this is his favorite band....next to the Beatles, Metallica is definitely the best!
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