Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal Authors Interviewed On NPR's On Point With Tom Ashbrook; Shindig Chat Scheduled Including TESTAMENT's Alex Skolnick

May 24, 2013, a year ago

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Today, Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal co-authors Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman were the featured topic/guests on 90.9 WBUR / NPR’s On Point With Tom Ashbrook! Towards the end of the show, special guest artist Robb Flynn of MACHINE HEAD also called in to join host Tom Ashbrook and the authors in the discussion. If you missed it, the show is streaming below: Also, head over to the WNYC homepage to listen to Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman on Soundcheck, with host John Schaefer. The show is streaming at this location. Now, after listening to these interviews, don’t you wish you could ask the authors some of your burning metal questions? Well, now you can! Co-authors Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman (with special guest Alex Skolnick of TESTAMENT) will be hosting a live, exclusive video chat session with fans about Louder Than Hell on June 6th at 5 PM, ET. Fans can meet the authors and Alex Skolnick via video chat for an interactive, Q&A session in a very cool virtual environment powered by Shindig. To RSVP go to this location. Revolver senior editor Wiederhorn and Nights With ALICE COOPER producer Turman dug deep into their extensive list of contacts to uncover never-before-heard stories, eye-opening admissions and the truth behind metal’s most explosive legends. Candid and confessional commentary comes straight from icons of the genre, including: RONNIE JAMES DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, BRUCE DICKINSON, EDDIE VAN HALEN, VINCE NEIL, TOMMY LEE, LITA FORD, LARS ULRICH, JAMES HETFIELD, AXL ROSE, SLASH, COREY TAYLOR, DAVE MUSTAINE, CHUCK SCHULDINER, LEMMY KILMISTER, KING DIAMOND, DAVE GROHL, TRENT REZNOR, SLAYER's Kerry King, PHIL ANSELMO, ROB ZOMBIE and more. With an introduction by Scott Ian of ANTHRAX and an afterword by Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST, and with two 16-page photo inserts, with some never-before seen candid shots by celebrated rock photographers Stephanie Cabral and Robert Matheu, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.
The many musicians interviewed by these veteran journalists offer their take on their influences, touring, the music business, and songwriting, as well as their often-traumatic upbringings, battles with substance abuse, and bizarre sexual exploits. Industry insiders (including managers, record label executives, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists, and porn stars) provide additional insight. Louder Than Hell explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal—from metal progenitors such as BLUE CHEER, LED ZEPPELIN, and THE MC5 to current day innovators including SLIPKNOT, MASTODON, and LAMB OF GOD—Louder Than Hell is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres.

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