Author(s): Jon Wiederhorn
"Louder Than Hell" is an examination of the cultural phenomenon of heavy metal, a much-maligned genre that has not only stood the test of time, but has metamorphosed with each new generation of bands and audiences. Unlike many forms of popular music, whose fans are fickle and transitory, metalheads tend to embrace their favorite bands and follow them over decades. Metal is not only a pastime for these people; it's a lifestyle and obsession that permeates every aspect of their being. The book will feature over 250 interviews conducted by renowned journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman over the past 25 years. The book will include candid and confessional commentary from late icons of the genre. In addition, the book will feature comprehensive interviews with established metal musicians discussing their often-traumatic upbringings, musical histories, battles with substance abuse, sexual exploits, plus expert analysis of the heavy metal scene from the '60s to the present. Industry insiders (managers, record label A and R people, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists, porn stars and tattoo artists) will provide additional insight.
"A who's who of heavy music . . . What makes "Louder Than Hell" un-put-down-able are the stories . . . Essential."--"Revolver" (4 stars)
Ken Sharp is the author of Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy (Gallery/VH1 Books, 2010), KISS: Behind the Mask (Warner Books, 2003), and numerous other books. He lives in Los Angeles.