Best heavy metal music books according to redditors

We found 137 Reddit comments discussing the best heavy metal music books. We ranked the 70 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/mudo2000 · 231 pointsr/pics

Read his autobiography. It's pretty dated now but gives a good understanding into the mind of Brian Warner.

u/hidden-penis · 35 pointsr/IAmA

For those interested, you should read this if you haven't already.

It's a fantastic book that's very addicting to read. And cheap!

u/GhettoLithium · 21 pointsr/MorbidReality

It was actually 2 different types of foam padding glued one on top of the other. Polyurethane foam (catches fire VERY quickly) glued onto closed-cell polyethylene foam (denser, but once it does catch fire, it has a heat release rate 7x that of PU). Basically, the people who didn't make it outside of that club within 90 seconds, died. Except for 1 survivor who was wedged in a corner underneath the pile of people trying to get out of the front door. I highly recommend reading "Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert" by John Barylick. It's an incredibly detailed and tragic account of the fire, the victims, the survivors and the investigation afterwards.

u/sunamumaya · 19 pointsr/Guitar

Slash's bio was a good read. Great inside into the beginnings of Gn'R, and Slash's. Also, interesting stuff on their song writing/recording process. E.g., the moans on Rocket Queen were recorded while Axl was having sex with that particular lady in one of the studio rooms.

It was particularly interesting to find out about the connections Slash has had from a young age (e.g., his mom used to date David Bowie, no less; Slash was in the same highschool as Flea, etc.). It sort of shows how very few things in someone's career are truly random. Most of it is being in the right place, at the right time (making it so yourself), sticking with your passion, not giving up, making the right connections.

As for the wild side, I didn't think Slash's drug habit was that out of control. Also, I thought the book gives a good perspective on the LA scene at the time.

u/[deleted] · 17 pointsr/Music

If you haven't read his autobiography, I highly suggest that you do. He talks about a lot of surprisingly normal aspects of his young and adult life.

From what I remember he talks about going to Catholic School for almost his entire life and like you said he majored in Journalism in College.

I also read an article in some fashion magazine about Dita Von Teese (a very famous model and also his ex-wife), about how one Sunday morning she woke up to him getting dressed and asked him what the occasion was. He told her that he was going to Church and that he went almost every Sunday. She laughed at him until she realized that he was actually serious. (I cannot find the source right now, but I will keep looking for it, the article is at least a few years old.)

u/hawkweasel · 13 pointsr/videos

I suggest you get Slash's biography. It's a fantastic read, and truly amazing to hear just how fucked up GnR was all the time on heroin and cocaine.

He talks in depth about his time with GnR.

Note: I also enjoyed the Motley Crue book, by Neil Strauss I believe. You can really understand what really went on behind the scenes in those wildly popular 80's and 90's hair bands. It's just insanity.

u/jjness · 11 pointsr/MetalMemes

Is it this one?

I've got a copy too! An ex-girlfriend of mine got it for me while we were dating... I kinda miss that girl, she really got me...

u/CommuterTrain · 11 pointsr/todayilearned

Check out Duff McKagan's autobiography - It's So Easy: and other lies:

Great book, gives an awesome first hand account of what happened with GnR, and Duff's experience. One of my favorite metal books, right up there the Motley Crue's autobiography (though this one has much less, though still some, debauchery). Duff comes across as very smart and grounded throughout.

u/eburos87 · 9 pointsr/AskReddit

Anybody who likes this story should read his autobiography. It's full of absolutely crazy shit, and yet he comes across as a really intelligent, normal guy.

u/t_deg · 8 pointsr/Metal

Black Metal at its core is about hatred. How that manifests itself is up to the band. Whether it's a hatred of the Abrahamic faiths, modern society that reveals itself through pagan or nature worship, or of humanity in general. Most of the shreddit recommended black metal albums list feature this in some way. Some points of note...

If you delve into the history of black metal do NOT start it in Norway. It's impossible to tell the story of black metal without mentioning the Norwegian scene but it did not start there. Bathory's "Under the Sign of the Black Mark" is probably the most important of the first-wave black metal albums for giving a sonic guide to how to proceed but this goes into my other point which is, despite the similarities black metal has with one another, black metal has NO sonic definition. Funeral Mist's "Salvation" sounds nothing like Mystifier's "The World is So Good That Who Made It Doesn't Live Here" which sounds nothing like Vattnet Viskar's "Sky Swallower" but it's all under the black metal umbrella. Some have differing opinions as to what constitutes a black metal band but it ultimately comes down to personal choice on the part of the band as to how they want to present themselves and that's what we are left to judge them on. This is the reason why I don't judge Deafheaven as a black metal band because they say that they are not one but do judge Liturgy as one because they say they are for example. This is not just my opinion. I interviewed Alan Averill, black metal vocalist of Primordial and Blood Revolt, who was around in the black metal tape trading days of the late 80s/early 90s who knows his shit about the history of black metal. Most of what I wrote here comes from him.

There is no one concrete philosophy about black metal other than what I mentioned above. Some good books so I've been told: <--- Black Metal: Beyond the Chaos

Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult:

Good luck. Feel free to write me if you want any clarification.

u/TarqvinivsSvperbvs · 8 pointsr/ShitTheFalseSay

When I first started listening to metal circa 98/99, I bought this book because it seemed like it would be an easy way to "get started" in the genre. It's basically 500 pages of album reviews looking at a fairly broad cross-section of metal genres (and even some non-metal stuff). Even then it was pretty dated, but I wouldn't really recognize that until later. Throughout the book, he called anything with Satanic imagery/lyrics "black metal," which I guess was the standard definition of the term in the 1980s, so not knowing any better, I thought Venom, Slayer, Morbid Angel, Mercyful Fate, etc., all fell under that description. I was disabused of that idea pretty quickly when I realized that there were a lot of people on the internet who knew a lot more about metal than I did.

As I recall, he also used "power metal" to mean groove metal.

u/birdsnbanjos · 7 pointsr/movies

I remember this one. It is middle-school cafeteria grade gossip to be sure, but it's almost believable. He was pretty sexually outrageous and had something of an obsession with medical stuff. His book is pretty fascinating, and goes into some of the crazy shit he and the band actually got up to in their early days, and the rumors aren't all that much weirder than the truth. I talk about him in the past tense like he's dead, when in fact I just haven't paid attention to what he's been up to since the 90's, but was way into that stuff back then.

u/kaptain_carbon · 6 pointsr/Metal

Books Books Books.

Lords of Chaos -- Alright, there is a lot of crticism of this book in terms of balanced journalism but aside from all of that, this is a entertaining book for someone who hasn't heard about the Norwegian black metal scene / murders. This may get her into bands like Burzum, Emperor, and Darkthrone. Godspeed.

Precious Metal -- interviews about 25 decent extreme metal milestones. It makes you want to listen to each record whilereading the book.

Two other books I havent read but heard good reviews on is Swedish Death Metal and Black Metal Evolution

the reason why I am suggesting books is that some of these metal genres beyond what Black Dahlia Murder do is somewhat complex and interesting not just in terms of music but history, philosophy, and aesthetics. I feel that diving into weird scenes with books is fascinating. If your girlfriend is not the type to like reading, buy her more books and force her to read.

u/Xenoceratops · 6 pointsr/musictheory

Depends on what sort of rep you're in to (into?). I read a lot of popular music scholarship. These are books that I have either read or am going to read, in no particular order:

Brad Osborn - Everything in its Right Place: Analyzing Radiohead

Robert Walser - Running with the Devil:Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music

Walter Everett - The Foundations of Rock

Walter Everett - The Beatles as Musicians: The Quarry Men through Rubber Soul, Revolver through the Anthology

Understanding Rock: Essays in Musical Analysis, ed. John Covach and Graeme Boone

Richard Middleton - Studying Popular Music

Allan Moore - Song Means:Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song

Analyzing Popular Music, ed. Allan Moore

† = A bunch of essays crammed into a book. These are nice because you can read a 20-50 page study on a topic and move on.

I'll recommend these as more general reading, geared toward classical music but useful in other styles as well:

William Caplin - Classical Form: A Theory of Formal Functions for the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven (Every researcher in the field knows or should know this one. I would also recommend Hepokoski and Darcy - Elements of Sonata Theory, which is the other big form book, but it is a veritable tome and hardly light reading. Not that much of what I've recommended is very light.)

Janet Schmalfeldt - In the Process of Becoming:Analytic and Philosophical Perspectives on Form in Early Nineteenth-Century Music (I haven't read this yet, but it's in the same universe of form studies as the above.)

Kofi Agawu - Music as Discourse: Semiotic Adventures in Romantic Music (Agawu has written a lot on various topics and should be on your radar.)

Alfred Mann - The Study of Fugue (Broken up into two parts: part 1 is a history of fugue, part 2 is about fugal technique.)

I'll point you toward this one since it is totally awesome and helped me to understand medieval liturgical music theory and culture (though you might find yourself lost if you are not already familiar with some of the concepts):

Anna Maria Busse Berger - Medieval Music and the Art of Memory

You might also consider ordering a hard copy of some journal issues, as these can be quite compact and give you a lot of breadth.

Journal of Music Theory (JMT)

Music Theory Spectrum (MTS)

u/Crump12 · 5 pointsr/Metal

Black Metal - Evolution of the Cult - Goes through from first wave to current metal and all the other niche scenes that the majority of people overlook.

u/SanchoDeLaRuse · 5 pointsr/Documentaries

His autobiography "The Long Hard Road Out of Hell" is still my favourite book. It was written shortly after Antichrist Superstar, so it doesn't follow-up, but his childhood and adolescence is very, very interesting.

u/cypressgreen · 5 pointsr/lastimages

Joe Cristina, there with his friend Matt Pickett, took this shot. Behind Jeff, the flaming stage is visible. To Jeff's right and down aways was the log jam of people trying to escape through the front door. To his left was the stage door. Some reports say he never left; others that he got out and went back for his girlfriend, Becky.... Another article on Jeff. However, given the cigarette, drink, and coat he's holding, it appears he never left. According to the book Killer Show, only seconds passed after this photo before the smoke/heat layer descended far enough to make escape unlikely. Joe escaped through an atrium window.

All about Matt - written by his fiance. Matt had an audio recorder in his pocket. A year later, his family found it and the FBI restored it. Screams, pleading, and cries of dozens of patrons are followed by the simple sound of the raging fire. I don't know if the tape is available anywhere.

u/r721 · 5 pointsr/Metal
u/NoHopeOnlyDeath · 5 pointsr/BlackMetal

Here ya go. Amazon also has Hideous Gnosis I, Glossator: Black Metal Theory and Practice, and a few others. No luck yet on PDFs, but there are a few sites out there that have used copies for pretty cheap.

EDIT- PDF here

u/spike1167 · 5 pointsr/MetalPorn
u/simoneclone · 5 pointsr/Metal

I personally recommend getting your ass to the library or bookstore and getting two very interesting books:

Running With the Devil: Power, Gender and Madness in Heavy Metal Music by Robert Walser

Heavy Metal: The Music and its Culture by Deena Weinstein

Both are interesting reads and Walser's in particular has a section which memorably compares a particular guitar solo to a Vivaldi violin cadenza... very interesting.

I'm not really much of a death metal person so I can't recommend you anything in the way of bands but the other people who commented sound like they know their shit. :)

u/SmallCutePenguin · 4 pointsr/BlackMetal

Probably everything you want to know has been written in this book

u/banditkeithUSA · 4 pointsr/Music

off the top of my head:

  • Bowie In Berlin covers Bowie & Iggy's time in Berlin; really nothing new or groundbreaking, just a deeper look into Bowie's Life at that time.
  • Manson - Long Hard Road what i thought was going to be fluff and merch was actually a good look into his Life pre-Manson
  • Scar Tissue the essential "did you read it, bro??"
  • Three Dog Nightmare - a nice slice of rock excess
  • A Long Time Gone - a good Asshole AutoBio of David Crosby

    and most recently:
  • Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein is better than expected
u/honkimon · 3 pointsr/Bass

May I suggest, this, this, and this

They'll get you pretty darn close to the ballpark. Also, a 6 string will come in handy. A lot of good youtube lessons out there and of course slowing down the songs in VLC or your app of choice. I recently discovered the Pocket GK app for iphone that lets you slow down tracks in your library. Come back in a few months and report your progress.

u/TigerOfSabrod · 3 pointsr/WTF
u/rathat · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

I am Ozzy, whether you like him or not, it's hilarious and the guy has amazing stories, it grabs you right from the beginning. Read the reviews on amazon

u/playhertwo · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I would love the heavy metal coloring book on my main list and I think /u/skinslip1 would too!

Life is about using the whole box of crayons.


u/mirathi · 3 pointsr/ironmaiden

US pre-order available on Amazon for $23.44 (hardcover) & $14.99 (Kindle).

u/fuckplex · 3 pointsr/Metal

band t-shirts are the key to my heart, but that can always get really awkward if you happen to buy the wrong size (in either direction), so make damn sure you know her shirt size.

also the Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book is on my wish list, but I don't think that's gender specific. but honestly, what really is?

u/woodsman707 · 2 pointsr/Metal101

Here are a few I've read and really enjoyed.

  • Marilyn Manson - The Long Hard Road Out of Hello. While I am not a fan, this is a really interesting read. Bryan is very eloquent.
  • Rex Brown - Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera. Not the most flattering book about of one of my favorite bands, but honest and heartfelt. I consider this a must read for Pantera fans.
  • The Bloody Reign of Slayer - again a great account of Slayer's history up to about 2007. My only gripe is the author sort of does a review of each album and sometimes he's overly critical.
  • Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal - This book has SO much information and is worth a read. Eddie is a true fan and gets it right 100% of the time.
  • Sully Erna - The Paths We Choose: A Memoir. While I am not a huge Godsmack fan, I like their earlier stuff and to this day, Godsmack is one of the best live bands I've ever seen. Any musician who is thinking about trying to break out should read this.
  • Choosing Death (linked many times in other responses), man, a history lesson totally worth reading...know your roots ;)
u/poostew · 2 pointsr/watchpeopledie

That guy survived. The man who saved him rescued another person in a later incident. Car accident or fire. Can't remember.

I read

Written by one of the lawyers who represented victims of the fire. Great read, goes into extreme detail about many of those who were involved.

u/Ethnographic · 2 pointsr/sociology

Not sociology, but definitely ethnographic:

Not about black metal, but a good read if you are interested in the topic.

u/Chive · 2 pointsr/Metal

It has some pretty good reviews. I see there's also a Gangsta Rap Coloring Book and a Punk Rock Fun Time Activity Book by the same Author.

I'll be putting this on my Amazon wishlist and hoping.

u/strychnine · 2 pointsr/

If you're interested in Marilyn Manson, check out his autobiography. It's decently written, and is a pretty cool insight into the man.

u/Nynes · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Today is a badass day because ninjas, ninjas everywhere. I was awoken suddenly by a super sweet guitar solo with a hint of bass. I rolled out of my super comfy bed and ended up in the floor, ...cause gravity. I ate rocks for breakfast with a battle axe in my left hand and a pot on my head, cause helms are hard to come by. On my way to work, I ran into a rude ass wizard. He said to me, "Someone has to deal with all these runaway ninjas. Put that axe to good use". I *swarthily replied, "Silly wizard, you cant use a one armed short axe against ninjas, its not hit capped to counter act their +210 agility. Noob.", and we then decided to get drunk and buy lapdances with a dwarf we picked up at a gas station. I really wished we had done something about those ninjas and all their shadowy shenanigans with a radical vengeance instead. Something hit me on the back of my head. It was a boot. Can you believe that? I reached into my back pocket and pulled out a phone to instgram it. Because really, who throws a shoe? It really belonged to the dwarf. He gave it to me in exchange for my battleaxe.

One day I will
get around to those pesky ninjas with extreme prejudice. It will be a battle of legendary ...legend and a little bit of romance. I hope tomorrow is filled with strippers and booze** just like today.

u/jwoerd69 · 2 pointsr/Metal101

Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal It covers the history of "mainstream" metal from the late 60s and early 70s to the fall of hair metal in the 90s, but doesn't cover any of the underground Death and Grind movements in the 80s and 90s. For that, I'd recommend Choosing Death which has already been mentioned.

I am Ozzy is Ozzy's autobiography that recounts all his crazy stories from his day's with Sabbath, to losing Randy, to getting a reality show, and so on. Good read that gives you a decent perspective on how huge and successful that guy was (and still is).

Crazy Train: The High Life And Tragic Death Of Randy Rhoad is a biography that explains the full extent of Randy's genius. It's also rells the story of how a suburban kid got swept up into the rock star lifestyle.

u/AveLucifer · 2 pointsr/BlackMetal

Yes, I suggest reading the following books.

Black metal: Evolution of the Cult
Floating Tomb
Hideous Gnosis (Ignore the wanker from Liturgy)

u/RoryTate · 2 pointsr/KotakuInAction

I actually read it in a book by Robert Walser called Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music. From what I recall, the book was quite good, though it was 20 years ago that I read it so I'm not sure what I would think about it now (I'm a lot more skeptical of social theory than I was then given its current state as an academic discipline). I remember especially liking the "high culture" vs "low culture" discussions, and the "cross cultural juxtaposition" phrase was used when he noted similarities between heavy metal and opera. I think he also said that the method is called different things by different people, so maybe this description is his own and not too common. He might even be the originator. I didn't invent it though, unfortunately.

u/Tinuviest · 2 pointsr/Metal

My husband got me this cookbook for Christmas when we first started dating. We didn't know each other that well, but he knew I liked metal and cooking. Some of the recipes are pretty good, and it was fun to read through together.

u/prodbyvisage · 2 pointsr/IAmA
u/camdogg92 · 2 pointsr/Metal

Saw this at work the other day....

u/necromundus · 2 pointsr/funny

I actually have a heavy metal colouring/activity book. They do exist!

u/mus1c · 2 pointsr/Bass

Also check these out

Are you playing them alone too? Try and find a drummer who digs Primus, it can be difficult to lock into the grooves alone.

u/mollymurphs · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you. -Whinny the Pooh

My favorite. item.

u/FUCKRADIOHEAD · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Hellbent for cooking. For fans of metal and cooking. Detailed recipes from bands metal around the world. Lots of recipes some are basic and some very complex.

u/vvangelovski · 1 pointr/Metal

Kinda off-topic. Looking at the related products on amazon for stuff suggested here I stumbled upon this definitely getting that one.

u/abydosaurus · 1 pointr/BlackMetal

If you are looking into black metal and it’s ties to ecology you should probably read Melancology (

u/HempHouse · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

The Heavy Metal Fun Time Book would be awesome to color/fill out with the hubby :) Thanks for the contest.

X-ray and Vav

u/margalicious · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon



Inspiration ;D

Hugglewhomp indeed o_o

u/imadeofwaxdanny · 1 pointr/Unexpected
u/Hraesvelg7 · 1 pointr/Metal

I used the hell out of The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal in the days before the metal archives site. Some insane reviews, but it was encyclopedic for the time.

u/Punkcherri · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

There ya go! I forgot about Poe. I got a three book collection as a graduation present that was the complete works of poe, one was the complete works of Kate Chopin, and the third was Herman Melville. Poe was always the best. The cask of amontillado was my favorite because how terrifying is being walled up and left to die?! Annabelle Lee is always nice, as well.

u/Qcto · 1 pointr/Music

You should read his book, its really good.

u/See3D · 1 pointr/stopdrinking

It's So Easy: and other lies from Duff McKagan of GNR. It's crazy how much he was drinking daily at his peak!

"A founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver shares the story of his rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his phoenix-like transformation via a unique path to sobriety. "

u/becauseants · 1 pointr/pics
u/evergrace · 1 pointr/IAmA

You should read his biography! It's a most interesting book which I highly recomend if you'd like to read about his youth.

The book at Amazon:

u/BadVogonPoet · 1 pointr/todayilearned

If you haven't already read it, Slash's autobiography is really good. Lots of great stories about GNR's history and some details about where different songs came from.

I definitely recommend it.

u/fearofthesky · 1 pointr/DevinTownsend

They got back to me regarding Kindle, and they said that they submitted to Amazon too, so Kindle owners can easily get on board and have stuff like cloud access. Yay!

EDIT: It's listed but doesn't seem to be available for purchase just yet.

u/Krasnij · 1 pointr/AskReddit

This is a but subjective as I have no idea what you are into. I liked this one: despite not being a huge Guns n Roses fan.

This one is also pretty good:

u/mrpopp · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Just get this book!

u/empleadoEstatalBot · 1 pointr/Republica_Argentina



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u/redditninemillion · 1 pointr/dataisbeautiful