Metallica: The Club Dayz 1982 - 1984 : Live, Raw and Without a Photo Pit! (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/4/1
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Rare and exclusive photographs fill the pages of this visual history of Metallicas debut shows in San Francisco. Influenced musically by the new breed of British metal, yet epitomizing the punk rock scene, the band's loud, snotty, and dismissive attitude is evident everywhere in these photographs that document six of the legendary band's earliest performances. Tracing the band's growth, there are shots of Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney playing together, Cliff Burton's introductory gig with the band at The Stone, the last Metallica show with Dave Mustaine, and Kirk Hammett's Metallica debut. Behind the camera is the book's author, who was invited behind the scenes to hang out and photograph the bands brazen energy in concert, as well as their crazy and unpredictable backstage antics. Shot without the safety of a photo pit, many of the photographs are close-ups of wild crowds as they head-bang fearlessly to the music of their local heroes. Perfect for browsing, the collection is interesting in its contribution to music history, for its intriguing photography, and as a documentary on the youth culture in the Bay area during the 1980s.
"All I can say is wow. The holy grail of Metallica's early era in photography. This is one awesome book along with the text that goes with each photo. Any Metallica fan from any era has got to check this book out." --Good Time Metal Oldies Blog
"Hale captures the edgy essence of the young band . . . If you are a serious Metallica fan or just a purveyor of rock history, this book is a must-see." "--Sacramento Book Review"
"Fans of Metallica will love this intimate look at the band, from more than two decades back. Bill Hale takes us on that journey, offering a massive dose of heavy metal mania." --Shelf Life
""One of those few books that are more than developed film on paper, but a time machine in book form . . . Bill Hale is to Metallica as Astrid Kirchherr was to the Beatles." "--"antiMusic.com"
"Hale's shots--damn, he was just a kid too--are top-shelf, crisp, clear, colorful, and kinetic. Some remind me of Ross Halfin. He had full access backstage and wasn't afraid to wade into the pit to get crucial shots from the front. He has a good eye for the pose, and his fan's eye view allows him to capture shots that more experienced and blase snappers might pass up . . . A slim volume but very much worth it for all serious students of metal." --Ink 19
"This happens to be the earliest account of photos to surface on this band's early period . . . this book is a must have for the true Metallica fan." --"Big Wheel Magazine"
Fortunately a friend spoke up and led me in a positive direction...I was brought into the world of Bill Hale and some wonderful photos that really captured and captivated. Beautiful spontaneity that you want from a picture that can speak a thousand words.
This book contains photos that you will not see if published by Metallica, as anyone with inside knowledge of Metallica's inner workings you will understand that "Photo Approval" can sometimes mean that the chain of command often goes to the very top, which means Lars Ulrich. Lars controls photo approval just like he controls the Set-List at every Metallica show, because he can.
Inside this book you'll see photos that may be 30 years old but only now are seeing light today thanks to the work of the author and snapshots that were taken.
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised because some of the photos were a great tribute to the past, and if you are a fan of Dave Mustaine you will absolutely love this book as it shows Dave with the band in quite some candid alcoholic fuelled photography back when these guys played the clubs just for beer money or a few drinks at the bar.
Concluding, this is a rare insight and even the most diehard Metallica or Megadeth fan will be surprised at the amount of photographs that they have never seen.
I'm pretty sure my peers agree with me as every review on Amazon has given this book 5 stars and why wouldn't you? It's a glimpse into a past that many still reminisce about.
Well worth the price!
I think this is a nice footnote in the history of metal, in a way you need these footnotes, to record a time when bands were starting out before they hit the big time.