A-Z: THE ULTIMATE HEAVY METAL
SPOT IT BY the clenched
chest and bared fist on the cover.
Actually the title is misleading. This is
a biography of HM acts (inc. Hard Rock)
from Lee Aaron to ZZ Top not a genuine
encyclopedia. It lacks, for example,
sections on the style and form of the
'plectrum' and the philosophy of the
author is, apparently, a Kerrang! (that
being to Metallers what the Koran! is to
Muslims) writer. He delivers his book
with a fan's thoroughness and thankfully
a lack of hyperbolic excess:
straigthforward accounts and
discographies of contemporary bands and
those with a claim to be at the roots of
the current HM blossom (?).
dramatically perceptive ("in a field
of monsters Led Zeppelin were true
leviathans"; 'Live At Leeds'
contains some of (The Who's) heaviest
music") but accurate at least
in respect of the one HM artiste of whom
I have intimate knowledge.