Hit So Hard – A Memoir By Patty Schemel

You know you’ve got a drug problem when Courtney Love – circa the late ‘90s – is taking part in your intervention. Continue reading “Hit So Hard – A Memoir By Patty Schemel”

Hellraisers: A Complete Visual History of Heavy Metal Mayhem

From the tight jeans and mullets uniform of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, the cringe-worthy hairspray and glitter era, to the burning churches and scary-as-fuck Norwegian Black Metal sect, Axl Rosenberg and Chris Krovatin have managed to break down just about every imaginable subgenre of Heavy Metal in their satisfyingly thorough Hellraisers. This massively heavy hardcover is crammed with hundreds of color photos, playlists and essays throughout. Continue reading “Hellraisers: A Complete Visual History of Heavy Metal Mayhem”

Lighters in the Sky: The All-Time Greatest Concerts, 1960-2016

Corbin Reiff must have known what he was setting himself up for when he decided to tackle a list of the best concerts, year by year. No matter how spot on his picks are – and with a couple of nitpicks here and there they are – there are bound to be people who have a problem with his selections. The only thing music nerds like more than talking about music is arguing about music. Continue reading “Lighters in the Sky: The All-Time Greatest Concerts, 1960-2016”

Henry & Glenn Forever + Ever by Tom Neely & Friends

One of the greatest aspects of this long-running, hilariously creative cartoon series that posits a word where Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig are life partners is summed up on the back of the book with a blurb from Rollins. Continue reading “Henry & Glenn Forever + Ever by Tom Neely & Friends”

America 51: A Probe Into the Realities That Are Hiding Inside by Corey Taylor

In a sentence that should be a surprise to many, Corey Taylor – best known for his metal bands Slipknot and Stone Sour – is a published author. Let that one sink in for a moment. Continue reading “America 51: A Probe Into the Realities That Are Hiding Inside by Corey Taylor”

Last of the Giants: The True Story of Guns N’ Roses

You could build a library solely dedicated to books written about Guns N’ Roses, the genre is that deep. Band members Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler have all written books about their time in the infamous band. Slash’s childhood friend Marc Cantor was able to cash in on a book, even Adler’s mom was able to get a publisher for Sweet Child of Mine: How I Lost My Son to Guns N’ Roses. So, did the world need yet another book about GNR? Probably not, but I’m glad Mick Wall decided to write one. Continue reading “Last of the Giants: The True Story of Guns N’ Roses”

Runnin’ With The Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times

Noel Monk managed Van Halen from 1978 – 1985, the biggest rock band in the world during that run. And while he was ultimately fired from the band and cut out of millions of dollars, he certainly left the gig with a slew of stories, funny, sad and salacious. Thanks to a 30-plus year NDA agreement that has recently run out, he’s now able to channel the best of those stories into Running’ With The Devil, a wildly compelling read about a band that has certainly earned its reputation for being both great musically and atrocious on a personal level. Continue reading “Runnin’ With The Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times”

New Super-Man: Volume 1 (DC Comics)

I have been out of the DC Comics loop for a bit, only keeping up to date with the cartoons and feature films. As such, we missed the initial run of New Super-man, a fascinating story that showcases new locales and a Superman-like character in Kenan Kong. Kenan starts the story as an American-styled bully in China, beating up and stealing from a fellow school mate. After the falls into a lucky situation regarding Blue Condor, government officials take notice.  Continue reading “New Super-Man: Volume 1 (DC Comics)”

Startup: A Novel by Doree Shafrir

The tech industry is fertile ground for satire; just look at what Mike Judge has been able to do with his show Silicon Valley. But Doree Shafrir proves there are no geographical boundaries to the characters that are drawn to the bizarre world of tech startups. From tech bros to the journalists who follow their every move, Shafrir, in her debut novel, creates an addictively compelling world in a city that far too often serves as the backdrop to books about the worlds of finance and fashion. By choosing Manhattan, she already manages to skip most of the clichés of Silicon Valley players (if New Yorkers have every felt insecure about an industry, it’s technology where they are clearly considered also-rans). Continue reading “Startup: A Novel by Doree Shafrir”