by Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman
Published by It Books, June 2013
Louder Than Hell is an unflinching 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 features over 300 interviews conducted by renowned journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman over the past 25 years. It also includes candid and confessional commentary from late icons of the genre, including Pantera and Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott, who was murdered onstage in 2004 in Columbus, Ohio by a crazed fan; frank admissions from Type ONegative singer Peter Steele, and surprising insights from Ronnie James Dio. In addition, the book features comprehensive interviews with established metal musicians in the genres of classic metal, nu metal, death metal, hair metal, black metal, crossover and morediscussing 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&R people, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists, and porn stars) will provide additional insight.
Louder than Hell does for metal what Please Kill Me did for punk.
Jon Wiederhorn sang before he could speak. When he realized singing and playing guitar wasn't going to pave his way through life, he started writing about music, supporting the axiom, "Those who can rock, those who can't write about those who can rock." He was booted from his high school newspaper for not being a "team player," yet stubbornly persevered, earning a BS in Journalism from Boston University's College of Communications in 1990. He immediately started freelancing for London's "Melody Maker" (for whom he had interned in college),The Boston Phoenix, Tower Pulse, Request and Rip. His first staff job out of school was as the associate editor of Oil Express, a newsletter for the petroleum industry, which he gladly left a year later to work for a community newspaper
Katherine Turman is a Los Angeles native who started seeing bands at Sunset Strip clubs while still in high school. She currently produces Alice Cooper’s nightly syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper, produced Rockline, and served as a talent booker/music producer on the Sharon Osbourne Show TV show. She was editor in chief of Larry Flynt’s Rockbeat and Rip magazines for seven years, worked as entertainment editor at TEEN, was editor of the Los Angeles Alternative Press, and has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, SPIN, Billboard, Marie Claire, Guitar World, Metal Hammer, Daily Variety, Village Voice and other outlets. Katherine can be seen in several VH1 “Behind the Music” episodes and appears in the “Nirvana, Live Tonight Sold Out” documentary. At USC’s journalism school, she was the only student covering Twisted Sister and Accept for the Daily Trojan and attending Slayer shows. She currently lives in Brooklyn.
This is the book every metal fan should own. A fascinating high-octane chronicle of metal mayhem that takes readers on a wild ride, from metal’s earliest days to the head-banging present. I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then Louder than Hell is a must-read.
-- Alice Cooper
Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman know metal. Louder than Hell is an amazing gathering of different breeds of heavy metal rockers telling the tales metal fans want to hear.
-- Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine
Louder than Hell is a love letter to the misunderstood genre of heavy metal music, written by trusted companions who had a front row seat on the devil's rollercoaster. The definitive chronological testimony by the people who were there, including some who are no longer with us.
-- Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray and co-host Extra
“When I was just a poor boy working at the circus for hot dogs and cotton candy, I wrote a column in RIP magazine which was ignored by thousands of you. That being said, this book is better than my column, so go get it."
-- Lemmy, Motorhead