- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bazillion Points Publishing (Jan. 24 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935950037
- ISBN-13: 978-1935950035
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.5 x 28.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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 write-ups were incredible, I enjoyed reading the stories of Harold O., Brian Lew, Ron Quintana, Alex Skolnick, and Gary Holt. It's actually something worth reading as opposed to just some boring random inserts. There are also some pics of old flyers, postcards and set lists as well. This really is the bible of these bands in their infancy, if you were part of this as an old fan, you will have to own this, you probably already do. If you love these bands now and weren't around then, you must buy this and see how it all started. It really did come out of a love for a new kind of music, this was long before stretch limos, Rolling Stone interviews and music awards; I don't even think the members themselves knew how big it would all eventually be. I think that is part of what makes this book so incredible, the purity of it all. I highly recommend it, tons of glossy photos, a nice sturdy binding, something you'll enjoy.
Well done. "bang the head that doesn't bang". I give this book two fists!
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