Misery Obscura: The Photography of Eerie Von (1981-2009) (英語) ハードカバー – 2009/12/15
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From the deepest depths of punk rock's 1970s primordial wastelands, through the stygian goth swamps of the 1980s, and on into the bloodstained arenas of 1990s heavy metal, Eerie Von witnessed it all. Beginning as the unofficial photographer for punk legends The Misfits and later taking charge of the bass guitar as a founding member of underground pioneers Samhain and metal gods Danzig, the evil eye of Eerie Von's camera captured the dark heart of rock's most vital and bleeding-edge period, a time when rock and roll was not only dangerous, but downright menacing. Eerie Von's lens has documented everything from The Misfits' humble beginnings in Lodi, New Jersey, to the heights of Danzig's stadium-rock glory alongside metal superstars Metallica. As well as an essential visual document of music history, Eerie's road stories of triumph and damnation bring to life an era the likes of which will never again be seen.
"Misery Obscura has an amazing fly-on-the-wall feel that is mesmerizing but unequivocal. He puts me right back in the 1980s, in the same space where the Misfits and Samhain were. Looking at these pics is like having that Misfits backstage pass that I always wanted, for a band that I never got to see live." -- Kirk Hammett "Metallica"
"You'll find this book to be all the necessary testimony to his tremendous eye" -- Lyle Preslar "Minor Threat/Samhain" --このテキストは、ハードカバー版に関連付けられています。
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The books is nicely sized and doesn't feel skimpy for the price. It's chock full of photographs and personal anecdotes about the bands and photos. It's very well designed, which is something I don't expect from such a niche product as this. It seems to bring new life to these great old photos.
I'm still amazed and delighted that this book was published. I couldn't imagine any fiend's library being without it.
Now why did I rate it 4 starts instead of 5? Because of the hideous cover design. I'm not usually picky with covers, but in this case I just can't stand that cheesy cover and not a 'cool' kind of cheesy. You should hire a better designer next time, I feel the cover doesn't make justice to the high quality content inside the book and it bothers me it look so cheap. And yes design is important!
This book has the feel of a coffee-table style book with so many great photos to flip through, that I could enjoy for hours just paging through it and not reading a single word. But Eerie's stories about the shows, his times with the band, how Samhain became Danzig, etc. all add an extra dimension that really take you back to 1981, and lead you through the years to 1995 when the original Danzig lineup disbanded, and beyond.
Misery Obscura really is a nice little time capsule that will always have a spot on my book shelf. As a hardcore Misfits & Danzig fan (Samhain's pretty cool too), this was the best money I've ever spent. As another reviewer pointed out, I only wish there was more, because I didn't want the book to end.
Well done, Mr. Von!