Celtic Frost’s Tom G. Warrior Pens Foreword For New Book “USBM: A Revolution Of Identity In American Black Metal”

Celtic Frost’s Tom G. Warrior has penned the foreword for a new black metal book titled “USBM: A Revolution Of Identity In American Black Metal.” The book, which can be pre-ordered HERE, is expected to be released in late November. Here’s a description of it:

“Over three years in the making, USBM: A Revolution of Identity in American Black Metal is a 544-page hardcover book chronicling the stateside black metal movement via first-hand accounts from genre progenitors Von, Profanatica and Absu through revolutionary acts like Leviathan, Weakling and Xasthur to present day progressives Panopticon, Deafheaven and Wolves in the Throne Room, along with dozens more black metal musicians. Including hundreds of rare and never-before seen photos and a special foreword from extreme metal godfather Tom Gabriel Warrior (Hellhammer/Celtic Frost), USBM is a thorough and definitive tome from longtime Decibel contributor Daniel Lake.”

Judas Priest Share Trailer For New Book “Judas Priest – 50 Heavy Metal Years”

As previously reported, Judas Priest are planning to release a new book focusing on their “extensive history over the last 50 years.” The effort, which is titled “Judas Priest – 50 Heavy Metal Years,” can be pre-ordered HERE and a new trailer for it can be found below:

Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) Working On New Book

During a recent interview with Wall Of Sound, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler revealed that he is working on a new book. He said the following about that:

“I’m currently putting together a book about growing up in Aston, Birmingham and how Sabbath came about… but I’m really enjoying semi-retirement and not having to do anything or be anywhere, especially after being away from home for most of the last fifty years.”

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French Discusses New Book “Twisted Business”

During a recent interview with Joe Rock of 102.3 WBAB, Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French offered more information on his new book “Twisted Business.” That effort will be released in 2021 and the guitarist says it will serve as “a business book and a memoir.”

French said the following:

“The book is gonna be fun. It’s a business book, because I ran the business of the band, and the band was a business-oriented band, which kind of runs counter to most rockers.

It’s called the music business, and people forget there’s a second word: business. People say, ‘sex, drugs, rock and roll.’ I say there’s a word missing in that description: money. So, they figure if you’re still around after sex, drugs and rock and roll, maybe there’s some money left over.”

He went on to describe the book as a “bizmoir”:

“What’s a bizmoir? It’s a business book and a memoir. Most books about business guys are bizmoirs. Because Steve Jobs can’t be Steve Jobs unless you know his story. You have to know the reason why people became the people they became.

I had to be honest in the book and explain that I became who I became because of my experiences. And the reason why we ran a business, and the reason why we were so straight, which shocks people to no end, is because I had a drug problem, and I was a drug dealer. And it was all those near-disasters that scared me straight and then turned me into this brutally straight business guy because of these other issues.”

On another note, French also talked about his new podcast “The French Connection”:

“I’m on so many podcasts, it’s insane. And finally, a podcast company said, ‘You should have your own.’ It’s called ‘The French Connection’, I’m excited about it. It’s gonna [cover] a very wide range of [topics]. It’s not music — I mean, it will be, a part of it — it has to be; it’s a big part of my life, bands and music — but it’s gonna be a lot of things. I want it to be about all the things I’m interested in and my hobbies, and health issues, ’cause I’ve certainly had enough health issues, and I certainly know a lot about certain health issues. Unfortunately, having had to experience them, you learn a lot about them. So I think from an educational standpoint, I want to educate people on prostate cancer; I wanna educate people on heart disease — I’ve had two heart procedures; I wanna educate people on uveitis, my daughter’s eye disease. So hopefully I can use it as a platform for a lot of good things.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) To Release “They Don’t Need To Understand” Memoir In December

Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack has announced that he will be releasing his memoir, “They Don’t Need To Understand: Stories Of Hope, Fear, Family, Life, And Never Giving In,” on December 8 via Rare Bird Books. You can pre-order that book HERE and read a description of it below:

“Before he was the charismatic singer of Black Veil Brides and an accomplished solo artist under the Andy Black moniker, he was Andrew Dennis Biersack, an imaginative and creative kid in Cincinnati, Ohio, struggling with anxiety, fear, loneliness, and the impossible task of fitting in. With his trademark charm, clever wit, and insightful analysis, Biersack tells the story of his childhood and adolescence. The discovery of the artistic passions that would shape his life, and his decision to move to Hollywood after his 18th birthday to make his dreams come true, even when it meant living in his car to make it all a reality. It’s the origin story of one of modern rock’s most exciting young superheroes, from building miniature concerts with KISS action figures in his bedroom to making the RIAA gold-certified single “In the End” and connecting with passionate fans worldwide.”

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French Planning To Release New Book And Launch New Podcast In 2021

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French has announced that he will be releasing a new book titled “Twisted Business” in 2021. On top of that, the guitarist will also be launching a new podcast called “The French Connection.” French tweeted the following:

Ray Luzier (Korn) Working On New Book

During an interview with 93.3 WMMR, Korn’s Ray Luzier revealed that he is working on a new book. The effort is being described as a “rock book” and half of it will focus on the drummer’s time with David Lee Roth (Van Halen).

Luzier said the following:

“It’s not about, like, ‘Oh, Mr. Rock Star guy.’ It’s about getting signed, getting dropped, getting this promised this and then me joining national bands. But 50 percent of my book is David Lee Roth, ’cause eight years with that guy, you can’t make that stuff up. And I love him to death — he’s the most amazing, one of the best entertainers ever. But there’s a lot there — there’s a lot of content.

A lot of people don’t realize out there, they think your favorite band, they just think, ‘Oh, they got signed and they’re huge and they’re famous.’ A lot of people don’t have any idea what some of us go through. I did the hard road. October starts my 14th years with KORN, which I’m super stoked to still be in and we’re still around. Fieldy told me we had a year in ’07 when I got the gig. He was, like, ‘Yeah, we’ve got about a year left.’ And here we are, still making music and we’re gonna be touring when this whole virus crap is over.

People have no idea, so that’s why I told myself I’m just gonna put a book together that’s gonna be about the realism of getting promised all this stuff.

Practicing and getting really good at your art is just one part of the whole equation.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest Announce New Book “Judas Priest – 50 Heavy Metal Years”

Judas Priest will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a new book titled “Judas Priest – 50 Heavy Metal Years.” Pre-orders for that effort can be found HERE .

The following description of the book was shared on the band’s Facebook page:

“JUDAS PRIEST and Rufus Publications are pleased to announce the publication of the first ever official Judas Priest book documenting the bands extensive history over the last 50 years – titled JUDAS PRIEST – 50 HEAVY METAL YEARS the book has been put together by David Silver, Ross Halfin and Jayne Andrews. “I’ve photographed Judas Priest from 1978 until now and of all the bands I’ve worked with they are one of the most enjoyable to me – you have to love the mighty Priest,” Ross Halfin, August 2020

This huge, 648 page coffee table book chronicles the history of the world’s foremost heavy metal band using hundreds of unseen, unpublished photographs from Rock’s greatest photographers including Ross Halfin, Neil Zlozower, Mark Weiss, Fin Costello, Oliver Halfin and many more. With a linking text by renowned journalist Mark Blake the book explores the bands exciting history on stage and off in a unique photo documentary designed to excite fans and devotees of true heavy metal the world over. Current band members have all contributed to the book with written pieces detailing their love and passion for the band, making this an extraordinary artefact for their legions of followers. The book features an exclusive cover by Mark Wilkinson who has worked with the band for many years now. Glenn Tipton comments “We spear-headed the visual image of metal – breathing new life into it and it has been captured forever in the pages of this book”.

Rufus Publications are making 4 incredible editions of the book available including an edition designed to raise money for The Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation and a giant 410mm square edition supplied in a beautiful black metal slipcase – the book will ship in early December in time for Christmas

The Standard Edition: 648 page book 12” square printed on art paper – supplied in a cloth slipcase with red foil

The Deluxe Edition: 500 numbered copies 12” square – bound in black leather with a 3D lenticular to the front – gold foil and an exclusive fold out poster. Each copy is personally signed by Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis

The Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation Charity Edition: 100 numbered copies 12” square – printed on art paper with a special blue cover supplied in a cloth slipcase with blue foil. Each copy is personally signed by Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis. All proceeds from this edition will go to The Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation

The Epic Leather and Metal Edition: 100 numbered copies 16” square – bound in luxurious padded black leather with a 3D lenticular to the front – gold foil and an exclusive fold out poster. The book comes in a die cut black metal slipcase. Each copy is personally signed by Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis.”

Tom Morello To Release Photo Memoir “Whatever It Takes”

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.) will be releasing an official photo memoir titled “Whatever It Takes” in October. Pre-orders for that are available HERE. Morello commented:

“Over the past couple years I’ve been hard at work putting together an incredibly comprehensive photo memoir of my life as a musician & activist titled WHATEVER IT TAKES and I’m proud to announce that it will be coming out this October.”

Dave Mustaine’s Upcoming Book On Megadeth’s “Rust In Peace” Will Include A Foreword Written By Slash (Guns N’ Roses)

As previously reported, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine will be releasing a new book on the making of the band’s 1990 album “Rust In Peace” on September 8 via Hachette Books. Now, it has been revealed that the book has since been re-titled “Rust In Peace: The Inside Story Of The Megadeth Masterpiece” and that it will include a foreword by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Released in 1990, at an incredible time of flux and creativity in the rock world, Rust in Peace still stands as one the greatest metal albums ever made. In his new book, Mustaine reveals the process of establishing Megadeth’s lineup and hiring the band and supporting cast.

He details the pains of trying to handle the ensuing success, and ultimately the pressure of fame and fortune that caused the band to finally break-up. He also takes a hard look at the music landscape of the late eighties-early nineties.

Little did Mustaine know that the birth pangs of the record were nothing compared to the oncoming pain and torment that would surround it. Alcohol, drugs, sex, money, power, property, prestige, the lies the band was told by the industry – and the lies they told each other – were just beginning, and much like rust in real life, these factors would ultimately eat away at the band’s bond until only the music survived.

Rust In Peace is a true story of groundbreaking anti-pop that was moving toward the mainstream (or the mainstream that was moving toward the band), at a time of great cultural change, power, ego, drugs, and other vices that went hand-in-hand with Rock N’ Roll. It is about perseverance, of scraping off the rust off that builds over time on everything: ourselves, our relationships, pop culture, art, and music.”

Pre-orders can be found HERE.