By David Konow
“Bang your head! steel Health’ll force you mad!”
— Quiet Riot
Like an episode of VH1’s in the back of the song on steroids, Bang Your Head is an epic heritage of each band and each performer that has proudly worn the Heavy steel badge. even if headbanging is your in charge excitement otherwise you firmly think that this much-maligned style hasn't ever acquired the glory it merits, Bang Your Head is a must-read that can pay homage to a tune that’s very unlikely to disregard, particularly whilst being blasted via a sixteen-inch woofer.
Charting the genesis of early steel with bands like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden; the increase of steel to the pinnacle of the Billboard charts and heavy MTV rotation that includes the likes of Def Leppard and Metallica; hitting its severe height with bands like weapons N’ Roses; shame through the “hair steel” ’80s; and a loss of life fueled by means of the explosion of the Seattle grunge scene and the “alternative” revolution, Bang Your Head is as humorous because it is informative and proves as soon as and for all that there's extra to steel than sin, intercourse, and spandex.
To write this exhaustive background, David Konow spent 3 years interviewing the bands, better halves, girlfriends, ex-wives, groupies, managers, list corporation professionals, and somebody who was once or is part of the steel scene, together with some of the band men usually greater identified for his or her escapades and undesirable habit than for his or her musicianship. not anything is left unsaid during this jaw-dropping, humorous, and interesting chronicle of strength ballads, outrageous clothes, monstrous hair, greater egos, and testosterone-drenched debauchery.
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