Heavy Metal Thunder: The Music, Its History, Its Heroes

Philip Bashe, Author Doubleday Books $12.95 (213p) ISBN 978-0-385-19797-7
Writer-musician Bashe, managing editor of International Musician and Recording World and a contributor to The Rolling Stone Rock Almanac, dissects this anarchic musical style in a well-researched, authoritative study. He cites at least two sources for the origins of the ""heavy metal'' label (William Burroughs's Naked Lunch and Steppenwolf's 1968 song ``Born to Be Wild'') while tracing the sound from Link Wray's 1954 guitar distortions to ``the first true heavy-metal single,'' the Kinks' 1964 ``You Really Got Me.'' After more history, Bashe discusses 10 metallic groups (Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Rush, AC/DC, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Quiet Riot and Motley Crue), concluding with a chronology and a discography for metalhead collectors. November
Reviewed on: 01/01/1985
Release date: 01/01/1985
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