Rating : 4/5
While the subject matter may sound deep there is enough silliness and sarcasm scattered through the book to keep the reader entertained and he manages to stay on the right side of being preachy. Not only did I find the book through provoking, not least the thought was I supposed to agree with everything that was being said, but also entertaining and would definitely recommend it for a good read
Seb Hunter - Hell Bent for Leather
Rating : 2/5
With a book cover littered with recommendations I picked this up despite not having heard of the author, however, within the first chapter I found myself reacting with annoyance. The book is the true story of a boy who receives his first guitar at the age of 14 and the trials and tribulations of trying to be in a metal band when you come from Winchester.
Now music is a very subjective thing and everyone is entitled to their own opinion (which is what gives the extra point in the rating from my original 1/5), however, I found the opinions just too closed minded for me to enjoy reading, especially as they are laid out as if they are heavy metal law and he is speaking for all fans. So what annoyed me try these for starters:
Thrash Metal was like the punk revolution without the credibility
Metallica are not worth listening to (even back in the early days)
You shouldn't even listen to a metal band if they don't all have long hear (Hello - Slayer - Kerry King)
You shouldn't listen to a band if they have a keyboard (Rammstein anyone?)
Slagging off bands at every Donnigton Monsters of Rock there ever was and then admitting he had never been
Ok am going to stop as getting myself annoyed again, around the only bands I could work out that he liked were AC/DC, Kiss and Hanoi Rocks... so if you like those bands and agree with the comments above then probably a good book for you but unfortunately not for me.