|OK, new book, almost like an academic journal, the
very first of a series, the intention being a little library of similar
books covering a pretty big chunk of metal history.
It's also limited to 1,000 copies, signed by me, and most importantly,
it's numbered. But yeah, you've got to be a pretty serious student of
old hard rock to care about this. I know I'm dealing with a rarified
bunch, so in the spirit of collectibility & 1,000 and then that's
it. It's called...
The back cover hype:
Detailed examination of early hard rock albums, many lost to the sands
of time, some merely in need of a celebratory re-visit. Primarily
through the use of new, exhaustive interviews with the band members who
were there - the focus being on one classic album - Martin meticulously
pieces together the complete story of each album, lending his respected
critical eye to the record, massaging in bucket loads of trivia
previously unpublished. The end result is a collection of essays that
are variously surprising, funny, revealing, and scholarly. Above all, it
is the author's hope that the enclosed "love letters to ancient
metal" enrich the serious musicologist's enjoyment of each record
so reverently examined.
Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum, MC5 - Kick Out The Jams, Sir Lord
Baltimore - Kingdom Come, Bloodrock - Bloodrock, Warpig - Warpig, Cactus
- One Way & Or Another, Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride, Uriah Heep
- Look At Yourself, Nitzinger - Nitzinger, Dust - Hard Attack, Humble
Pie - Smokin', Buffalo - Dead Forever &, Captain Beyond - Captain
Beyond, Trapeze - You Are The Music & We're Just The Band.
Dickie Peterson, Paul Whaley, Wayne Kramer, Michael Davis, John Garner,
Stevie Hill, Jim Rutledge, Ed Grundy, John Nitzinger, Rick Donmoyer,
Terry Hook, Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert, Jim McCarty, Leslie West, Corky
Laing, Ken Hensley, Mick Box, Marc Bell, Kenny Aaronson, Jerry Shirley,
Dave Tice, Bobby Caldwell, Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, Glenn
Hughes, Tom Galley, plus maybe a dozen others amusingly quotable and
fleshing out the terrific tale.
That's the end of the back cover hype. Back to me blabbin'. The next one
in the series will cover the years 1973 to 1975, and I'm working on it
already. Next, 1976 to 1977. Then, 1978 to 1979. But yeah, the idea is
that this is a pretty strange, obscure thing to try, and the hope is
that people will "collect 'em all," with all the cover
graphics and spines being similar, the whole thing making a l'il heavy
metal encyclopedia set as they show up, a series, a cool bunch of
collectible books. Like, once I get up to the '80s, I can see each one
covering one year only. Fact is, I'm getting killer stories from all
these guys. All manner of unearthed little trivia nuggets is coming to
light, and it's all getting stuffed into these essays that are, like I
say, the story of one album.
The book is full trade size 6" x "9 format, 231 pages, and
includes front and back cover shots of all the records discussed.
This book is completely sold out!
Now available as an eBook for the low price of $9.99!
here to order
Or... send payment to (personal check in US funds, cash, or
INTERNATIONAL money order):
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
*Money orders: For my US friends, PLEASE, if you go this route (and you
don’t have to checks in US funds is fine), make sure you
get an INTERNATIONAL money order, and not the DOMESTIC one that says in
big red letters: “Negotiable in U.S. and possessions only.”
Ha ha... I’ve had to mail more than a few of those back to
Note: Nice savings on shipping can be had if you take a few things. Just
email me for a quote. I usually cut some nice slack on multiple orders.