Hell Bent for Leather: Confessions of a Heavy Metal Addict

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9780007160495: Hell Bent for Leather: Confessions of a Heavy Metal Addict

A HEARTBREAKING AND HILARIOUS CONFESSION OF A HEAVY METAL OBSESSION.Seb Hunter was a Heavy Metal fan and he's not proud.HELL BENT FOR LEATHER is the story of Seb Hunter's 15-year Heavy Metal journey: from his first guitar (his dad's), to his first gig (Rag 'n' Bones play the John Stripe Theatre in Winchester) and on through groupies and girlfriends and too many drugs, to a faltering career in London where spiralling egos, musical differences and the arrival of Grunge (and a much needed haircut) kill the Heavy Metal dream.Along the way you'll learn to spot a Fender Telecaster from a Gibson Flying V, Thrash Metal from Glam, and 'the Priest' from 'the Gunners'. It will tell you when to play a drum solo, how to wear Spandex and exactly what to do when you're in the middle of a muddy field at the Donington Festival and you desperately need a piss.Affectionate, irreverent, and very funny HELL BENT FOR LEATHER is a also moving story of adolescence, of playing air guitar in your bedroom, of living with parental disapproval and of struggling for acceptance amongst your friends when you carry a shameful secret obsession.A must for anyone who has loved Heavy Metal, or laughed at Heavy Metal; for fans of SPINAL TAP, WAYNE'S WORLD, or the new superstars of British music THE DARKNESS. Featuring music from: AC/DC, IRON MAIDEN, LED ZEPPELIN, JUDAS PRIEST, BLACK SABBATH, SLAYER, KISS, W.A.S.P., AEROSMITH, THE SCORPIANS, GUNS N ROSES...and from Seb Hunter (Guitars) in ARMAGEDDON'S RING, EXCALIBUR, RAG N BONES, CAT BALLOU, and erm...LOVE KNUCKLE.

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Anyone who's ever perused the headbanger press can attest that, when writing about heavy metal, one should not attempt to emulate the music's crushing, extravagant, vehement brutality. No, the excess of metal is best conveyed in more subdued tones, and it would seem that Seb Hunter concurs. Thanks to the first-time London author's light touch, the part primer, part memoir works well. Chronicling his devotion to the genre from his first encounter with an AC/DC record as a 10 year old through stints as a guitarist for a progression of bands with names like Armageddon's Ring, Excalibur, Rag 'n' Bones, the Trash Can Junkies, Cool Hand Luke, Cat Ballou, and Love Knuckle (that last one signaling his split from metal in a post-Nirvana alternative universe), Hunter relies heavily on humor, peppered with pathos and stark realism. Hunter's sad sack telling of his own rags-to-leather story is interrupted periodically for lessons on the fundamentals of metal, like why keyboards suck and how to tell the difference between thrash metal and speed metal. Useful stuff, and, in Hunter's hands, deftly delivered. Metalheads will appreciate Hunter's keen understanding of their beloved music and its attendant folkways, but one needn't know the difference between Stryper and Slayer to get a rush from Hell Bent for Leather. --Steven Stolder

About the Author:

Seb Hunter was born in 1971 and went to a variety of schools in England before throwing it all away to become a rock 'n' roll star, at which he eventually failed. Since then he has worked in the book trade and currently lives in London.

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Editorial: Fourth Estate Ltd (2004)
ISBN 10: 0007160496 ISBN 13: 9780007160495
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