Today I’m sharing my review for this fascinating new book, looking at the emergence and then rapid decline of Glam Metal. Thank you to Unbound for a copy of the paperback in return for an honest review – my thoughts are my own and not influenced by the gift. Thank you to Anne of Random Things Tours for inviting me to join the blog tour. I will also be sharing an extract from the book later today.
Thank you to Justin Quirk for supplying a Spotify playlist to listen to alongside the book at https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3JG9tQCecG2iA25DD5Seax?si=PgT_eDGQSye1ZKEDiRzSSw. I’m listening to it whilst writing my review.
From 1983 until 1991, Glam Metal was the sound of American culture. Big hair, massive amplifiers, drugs, alcohol, piles of money and life-threatening pyrotechnics. This was the world stalked by Bon Jovi, Kiss, W.A.S.P., Skid Row, Dokken, Motley Crue, Cinderella, Ratt and many more. Armed with hairspray, spandex and strangely shaped guitars, they marked the last great era of supersize bands.
Where did Glam Metal come from? How did it spread? What killed it off? And why does nobody admit to having been a Glam Metaller anymore?
I must admit that I don’t remember the rise of Glam Metal – in 1983 I was too busy listening to Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Human League. However by the late Eighties my tastes in music had expanded, as friends recommended bands and albums, and I enjoyed listening to the Hysteria album by local band Def Leppard.
This book was a fascinating read – full of statistical information but also lots of ‘human interest’ stories – the highs and lows of the bands, the personalities and the problems they faced. The story is told in chronological date order and includes many quotes from the bands during the era (or more recently).
I must admit that I hadn’t heard of some of the bands, but the majority were familiar. The Spotify playlist is helping me find out more about the earlier tracks and bands, and to enjoy the music of the late Eighties again.
A must read book for anyone who enjoyed listening to this genre of music – maybe to be given for Christmas 2020 with a can of extra strong hairspray, spandex and a denim jacket. The only thing missing from the book, in my humble opinion, was some photographs of the bands so that younger readers could appreciate the ‘look’.
To view the other reviews on the blog tour this week, check out the following blogs:
Justin Quirk is a writer and editor based in London. Since starting his career at the Guardian, he has written for titles including i-D, Dazed and Confused,Kerrang!, Q, Word, the Independent, The Sunday Times, Arena and Esquire. He has also worked as a curator, DJ and creative director and regularly appears on the BBC World Service discussing culture and current affairs. He lives in London.
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