Devil in the Details

New books document heavy metal's ugly history

Naturally, like a true acolyte of the scene, Christe pooh-poohs KISS as bubblegum rock and trashes the late '80s glam fad. He spends a couple of pages dismissing punk rock as a fashion statement and makes clear that all of the above were inferior to the mightiest band of them all: Black Sabbath.


White Line Fever: The Autobiography
By Lemmy with Janiss Garza
(Citadel Press)

Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal
By Ian Christe
(Harper Entertainment)

That may seem a bit ridiculous, but at the same time, it's so heavy metal.

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