Stay with me, ‘cos I’m now onto book THREE of an insane study of the NWOBHM,
beginning with Smokin’ Valves: A Headbanger’s Guide to 900 NWOBHM
Records, and then onto part one of the oral history, namely Wheels of
Steel: The Explosive Early Years of the NWOBHM. The trilogy is now
The New Wave of British Heavy Metal has received intense attention in recent
years as a whole new generation of metal-makers have generated bands that have
embraced the directly pre-thrash roots of modern heavy metal.
In This Means War: The Sunset Years of the NWOBHM, Martin Popoff and
dozens of his UK rock buddies document the frenzied fruition years of the
movement, namely 1981 and 1982, and then the many facets that caused the genre
to implode by the end of 1984, with cracks in the armour beginning to appear
the previous year. Why did metal disappear in Great Britain with the first
hungover light on January 1, 1985? And where exactly did it go? The answers
are enclosed, in the words of those who were there... and then nowhere fast!
Utilizing his celebrated oral history method—rich with detailed chronological
entries to frame the story—Popoff blasts through all of the big events from
1981 to 1984, in this action-packed book that serves as concluding volume to
Wheels of Steel: The Explosive Early Years of the NWOBHM—same easy
reading format, same attention to documenting the subject at hand with visuals
from the glorious era.
And by the way, this one’s way more packed with historical images, with more
substantive text as well. It’s a beefy follow-up and conclusion to the
well-received volume one, and the two together serve as a grand and exhaustive
study of this momentous metal movement.
So come join Martin, along with dozens of the rockers themselves, as they
together tell the tale of this ersatz genre’s maturity and demise, a demise
that is ultimately laced with the pride that a platform had been created on
which metal was to thrive for all of the rest of the loud ‘n’ proud ‘80s.
Note: like my recent book, Swords and Tequila: Riot’s Classic First
Decade, I’m not only holding on price but lowering them a good 10%
across the board. But still, remember, I am signing, packing these up and
mailing from Canada. Orders will be signed from me to you, so please specify
if it’s a present for someone else. Thanks for your support—this is my final
word on the NWOBHM!
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