Raising Hell
From the author of the celebrated classic Louder Than Hell comes an oral history of the badass Heavy Metal lifestyle―the debauchery, demolition, and headbanging dedication―featuring metalhead musicians from Black Sabbath and Judas Priest to Twisted Sister and Quiet Riot to Disturbed, Megadeth, Throwdown and more.In his song “You Can’t Stop Rock and Roll” Ozzy Osbourne sings, “Rock and roll is my religion and my law.” And that’s why Raising Hell is a must-have for anyone who wants to read about the iconoclastic culture of headbangers and the wild lives they lead. The book contains the crazy, funny and sometimes horrifying anecdotes musicians have told about a lifestyle both invigorating and at times self-destructive. The metal genre has always been populated by colorful individuals who have thwarted convention and lived by their own rules. For many, vice has been virtue, and the opportunity to record albums and tour has been an invitation to push boundaries and open a Pandora ’s Box of wild experiences. Even before they joined bands, the urge for metalheads to rebel and a seemingly contradictory need to belong was ingrained in their DNA. Whether they were oddballs who didn’t fit in or angry kids from troubled backgrounds, metal gave them a sense of identity and became more than a form of music. From the author of the classic collection of Metal music-making tales Louder Than Hell comes a collection that goes behind the music with the lead singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, stage hands, roadies, groupies, fans, and more. These are the stories of the parties, the tours, the rage, the joy, . . . the Heavy Metal life!

Raising Hell Details

TitleRaising Hell
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherDiversion Books
ISBN-139781635766493
Rating
GenreMusic, Nonfiction

Raising Hell Review

  • Cat
    January 1, 1970
    I remember how much fun hearing about the off stage antics of some of my favorite bands in the 60's and 70's! The Kinks brother's Ray and Dave would routinely beat the day lights out of each other, even during concerts! Led Zepplin had some truly strange groupie encounters.... The Who's drummer, Keith Moon, was seriously a mad man. So, of course, I had to read this one! I wasn't disappointed (Rock will never let you down with tales from the road ((and off road))). It's filled with some of the I remember how much fun hearing about the off stage antics of some of my favorite bands in the 60's and 70's! The Kinks brother's Ray and Dave would routinely beat the day lights out of each other, even during concerts! Led Zepplin had some truly strange groupie encounters.... The Who's drummer, Keith Moon, was seriously a mad man. So, of course, I had to read this one! I wasn't disappointed (Rock will never let you down with tales from the road ((and off road))). It's filled with some of the most bizarre stories, as told by maybe not so credible participants (considering the drugs and alcohol...) and witnesses. Just hair raising and hilarious! I don't know how these guys survive (many don't, I'm sure, but not as many as you would think actually die- surprisingly. Like rockers are the roachs of the music world). I love that Ozzie gave his insights to the book- I can recall incidents concerning him in the 70's and 80's. heavy metal fans in particular, but rock fans in general, too, will enjoy this book. Have a fan in your life? Get them this as a gift! Thank you Jon Wiederhorn! Great book! I'm going to enjoy browsing this book for many a day!I received a Kindle arc from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
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  • Wendi Manning
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so much fun! Not all the stories were the most cheerful, but that’s rock and roll! The people interviewed for this book cover the metal spectrum from hair metal to death metal. I enjoyed the author’s other book and went into this book with high hopes and this exceeded them. Thanks to NetGalley for the copy of this one! Sooo good!
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    What does Raising Hell mean to you? I thought it would be stories of raucous life on the road in a rock band. Kind of a modern Almost Famous. What I got? Braggy “true” stories from artists and bands most people will not recognize. I’ve hung out with punk and rock bands. Some stories of drinking/drugging too much, breaking everything, and generally making bad decisions seem highly likely to have happened. But many sound like hazily remembered, and suspiciously favorable, dreams from the past. What does Raising Hell mean to you? I thought it would be stories of raucous life on the road in a rock band. Kind of a modern Almost Famous. What I got? Braggy “true” stories from artists and bands most people will not recognize. I’ve hung out with punk and rock bands. Some stories of drinking/drugging too much, breaking everything, and generally making bad decisions seem highly likely to have happened. But many sound like hazily remembered, and suspiciously favorable, dreams from the past. Worse, both begin to bore with repetition.If you are a pre-teen or teenage boy, Raising Hell will have you repeating passages to friends and practicing your dusty old drum kit hoping to live the metal life yourself someday. For females or mature adults, it’s probably not going to be a great read. So overall, 3 stars.Thanks to Diversion Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Jon Wiederhorn
    January 1, 1970
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