Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group continues its series for music, movie, and television fanatics with a new tome for Metallica lovers. The If You Like series plays the game of cultural connectivity at a high level—each book is written by an expert in their field and travels far beyond the expected, unearthing treats that will enlighten even the most jaded couch potato or pop culture vulture. Every volume tackles several genres, so If You Like the Beatles… introduced the reader not only to records, but to movies and TV shows as well, just as the Sopranos and the Monty Python editions of the If You Like series tackled jewels beyond the small screen.
From garage rock to the avant-garde, indie pop to hardcore punk and, of course, all shades of metal, in If You Like Metallica... (Backbeat Books, $14.99), author Mike McPadden illuminates the sounds and styles that influenced and have been influenced by this band, in addition to nonmusical elements such movies, books, and cultural iconoclasts.
“From power chord one onward, Metallica explicitly saluted the existing talents that inspired them and sought out new compatriots and contemporaries in order to build a more perfect means of moving the music forward. This book examines those artists—mostly rock performers, but also filmmakers, painters, and a writer or two—who contributed profoundly to making Metallica, in all its forms, into Metallica.” --Mike McPadden from the Introduction
Just as Metallica expanded heavy metal to new meanings and new possibilities, If You Like Metallica... expands being a fan of the band to an education and a treasure hunt that, put as bluntly as a devil-fingered salute to the face, rocks.
Mike McPadden (Chicago) is the author of Heavy Metal Movies, the head writer at MrSkin.com, and the editor of multiple volumes of Mr. Skin’s Skincyclopedia. A punk in the ‘80s, he came to Metallica mid-decade upon seeing a Mohawk-headed, safety-pinned lovely in a Ride the Lighting t-shirt. When he drank, he drank Jagermeister, because Lars Ulrich told him to. It never helped his guitar playing.
June 2012 $14.99 Paperback 5.25” x 8.25” 156 pages 9781617130380