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Murder in the Front Row: Shots from the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter Hardcover – Jan 24 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bazillion Points Publishing (Jan. 24 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935950037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935950035
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 23.5 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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<form>Top 15 Books of 2011, <em>Guitar World <br /> </em>The Most Metal Books of 2011,<em> Revolver<br /> </em>Best Music Lit of 2011, <em>San Francisco Bay Guardian<br /> </em></strong><strong>Book of the Year,<em> 20 Buck Spin</em></strong>

"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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Murder in the Front Row is a wonderful book put together with heart and soul, bringing back to life a moment of heavy metal history which changed the outlook of this genre of music forever. If the California thrash days moved you, well this book is filled with unbelievable rare photos that'll rock your brain for good!! Hats off to Harold, Brian and Ron!!!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREATEST historical photo record of the Thrash Scene Jan. 7 2012
By T. Healy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Speaking from first hand experience, I was there during the time this book covers, it sends chills down my spine to relive the memories and hear the first hand accounts from the main players and band members who took part in the evolution of thrash.

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 !!!!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bay Area Bashing! Jan. 9 2012
By Rico - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The time capsule from the early to mid-1980's underground Bay Area Thrash Metal scene has finally been excavated for the whole world to was it worth the wait! Harald Oimoen & Brian Lew have finally and properly unleashed 272 pages of pure metal debauchery during its finest hours. The majority of the pictures span the years 1982 through 1985. The shots depict the loyal and aggressive Bay Area underground scene with drunken, violent, and devilish behavior, meanwhile raging to their local heroes Exodus & Metallica, while Slayer and Megadeth making it their second home. The majority of pictures I have seen before and was well aware of who snapped them, but for people who haven't seen most of them, it's great that Harald O & Brian Lew FINALLY get their due! Plus, the pictures have really come to life in this great photo spread! Bazillion Points did an outstanding job with the layout and overall clarity of the pictures. As I sat totally engrossed in this book when it arrived at my front door, I wondered "What if these two guys never took these pictures?" All of these shots were basically "inner circle" pictures.....friends taking pictures of friends. A whole time period would be just erased and would have been.....well just stories! It's interesting to note, almost all the shots in this book do not contain the now mainstream & grossly over used "devil horn" sign, which was a breath of fresh air! I could really go on and on about the pictures in the book, but what's the point. BUY THIS BOOK......It's a "Lesson in Violence!"
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No apparent motive...kill and kill again!!! Aug. 13 2012
By skatebanger - Published on
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AHH, the good ol' days! I was a sophmore in high school in 1983 when a hand full of nightclubs in Berkley and San Francisco started doing all ages shows. EXODUS SLAYER DEATH ANGEL POSSESED at The Mab for $6??? For the next few years the Bay Area had the best underground Metal(and Punk) scene in America, if not the world! Early in their careers,Slayer and Megadeth played up here so often they might as well have been local bands. There wasn't any real security at the clubs in those days so the shows were WILD! If the crowd wasn't thrashing hard enogh, Paul Bayloff would insult them by saying stuff like,"My grandmother thrashes harder than you and she's DEAD!" This book captures that period more than any other product I can think of. If you were there this book is a MUST! If weren't but you loved those bands,it's by far the best document of the Bay Area Metal scene at it's peak! Grab a six pack, crank up Bonded By Blood and let this book take you back to when it all started! Cheers to Harold O and Brian Lew for FINALLY making this book. "Bang that head that does not bang!"
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!! Jan. 20 2012
By natas44 - Published on
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If you are into Thrash Metal whatsoever and especially if you lived in the Bay area you need to get this book.

I came into this scene about Half way through its peak cuz of my age and it brought back a lot of memories as well as some thing I didnt know about.

All the books from Bazillion points are so well crafted, huge heavy books well worth 5 times what you pay for on Amazon!!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was in the middle of it all...... April 12 2014
By Ronald McGovney - Published on
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I know Brian and Harald and I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in the early days of California thrash metal. The photos bring back memories that may have been lost in my aging mind. Thanks for the photos guys! It's great looking at pictures of myself with that poodle perm I had in 1982!