Rush’s Geddy Lee Reportedly Planning To Release His Memoir In May

According to Blabbermouth, Rush’s Geddy Lee is planning to release his memoir on May 16 via HarperCollins. The book was previously expected to be released this fall.

Lee previously commented:

“So, how did I kill time during the pandemic? Little did I know that as of March 2020 I’d be locked down for over a year and a half—the longest time I’d spent in Toronto since I was nineteen and hit the Northern Ontario bar circuit with Rush.

Although Nancy and I had to cancel a bunch of adventures we’d been planning, there were some shiny silver linings to be found at home: teaching my grandson the finer points of baseball and birdwatching, tending to my pups (one of whom was quite ill) and spending the evenings with my lovely better half, glass of Armagnac in hand, as we watched every European mystery show ever produced. Oh, and another thing: I began to write. Words, that is.

My friend and collaborator on the Big Beautiful Book of Bass, Daniel Richler, saw how I was struggling in the aftermath of Neil’s passing, and tried coaxing me out of my blues with some funny tales from his youth, daring me to share my own in return. So I did—reluctantly at first, but then remembering, oh yeah, I like wrestling with words. It’s a less physical version of arguing with musical notes, without a Ricky doubleneck breaking my back! And soon my baby-step stories were becoming grownup chapters. Being the nuclear obsessive that I am, I’d write and re-write them, reassessing perspectives in the narrative not just by scouring my memory banks but my diaries and piles of photo albums too. I was piecing together a mystery of a different kind.

I’d then send these improved and even illustrated stories to Daniel, who’d clean up some of the grammar and remove a lot of the swearing (I love to fucking swear), and presto! In a voice that sounded, well, just like me, a presentable, epic-length account of my life on and off the stage was taking shape: my childhood, my family, the story of my parents’ survival, my travels and all sorts of nonsense I’ve spent too much time obsessing over. And Daniel said, “I think you’re writing a book. An actual memoir, in fact.” To which I replied, “Hmm… I guess I am.”

I’m rounding third on this as-of-yet untitled memoir, which will be published by HarperCollins, edited by Noah Eaker, and is scheduled for release in Fall 2022.”

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Says His Upcoming Novel Will Focus On “A Psychic, A Witch, A Serial Killer, And A Demon”

During a Q&A session at this year’s “For The Love Of Horror” convention in Manchester, UK, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor discussed his upcoming novel. According to him, the book will focus on “a psychic, a witch, a serial killer, and a demon.”

Taylor said the following:

“I actually started [work on it] about a year ago… The novel… I won’t give too much away because I don’t wanna get too much in ’cause I’m still trying to map it out; I’ve only written the first three chapters. But it has to do with a psychic, a witch, a serial killer and a demon. And yeah, it’s as cool as you think.

And it’s weird — the psychic develops this kind of psychic bond with the serial killer who doesn’t realize he’s psychic. So it’s an interesting twist. And if I do it right, I have a plan to use the central characters in several other books. So if the first one doesn’t suck, we’ll see what happens… But it very well could suck ass.

However, I’ll at least go, ‘All right. Well, we’re not doing novels anymore.’ But that’s the thing — you try it. If you have a taste for it and you develop a talent for it and if it’s good and if people dig it, then you can carry on and see how far you can take it. But if people go, ‘Yeah, you shouldn’t do that anymore,’ I’ll listen — I promise I’ll listen. It’s only because you guys go and see my movies that I actually act as well. So there you go.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Def Leppard Launch Pre-Orders For New Book “Definitely: The Official Story Of Def Leppard”

Def Leppard have launched a pre-orders for a new book titled “Definitely: The Official Story Of Def Leppard.” The effort, which is part memoir and part scrapbook, will be released in spring 2023.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Offering fans the most personal and comprehensive record of Def Leppard’s history to date, ‘Definitely: The Official Story of Def Leppard’ is narrated by the band in their own words, illustrated with photography and memorabilia from the Def Leppard archives.

Despite an average age of only 18, Def Leppard burst onto the hard rock scene in 1980 like a group of seasoned veterans. Thinking big from the very start, the blueprint for their music was, as singer Joe Elliott states, ‘Queen meets AC/DC.’ Def Leppard’s story is one of stratospheric highs and crashing lows, of triumph over adversity. While becoming one of the world’s best-selling music artists with blockbuster albums ‘Pyromania’ and ‘Hysteria,’ the band overcame drummer Rick Allen’s accident and the death of bandmate Steve Clark. During their 45-year history, Def Leppard have continued to make new music – with 12 studio albums to their name, including their 2022 release ‘Diamond Star Halos’ – finding success with every record and tour.

In a wide-ranging account from the band and archive text from past members, ‘Definitely’ chronicles Def Leppard’s incredible story, from their humble beginnings rehearsing in a spoon factory in Sheffield, to recording ground-breaking multi-platinum albums and touring sell-out stadiums around the world.

With unlimited access to the Def Leppard vault, ‘Definitely’ presents over four decades of the band’s history through handwritten correspondence, rare vinyl pressings, tour memorabilia, music video storyboards, draft album artwork, press cuttings, previously unpublished photographs and much more.

Part memoir, part scrapbook, ‘Definitely: The Official Story of Def Leppard’ is the ultimate record of Def Leppard’s legendary career.”

Love Police To Release AC/DC-Inspired Children’s Picture Book

According to Music Feeds, Australia’s Love Police will be releasing a new AC/DC-inspired children’s book, titled “The AC/DC AB/CD High-Voltage Alphabet,” on November 11. The picture book was designed and produced by Paul McNeil and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

Love Police’s Brian “BT” Taranto commented:

“What an honor it is to work on this book, and to have had a connection to Angus [Young] for the real-deal stuff makes it even more wild and special. Yeah, it’s a kids book, but any AC/DC or music fan will find something on every page. The Mayor [McNeil] has done a sweet and rockin’ job. We are looking forward to educating another generation of rock and rollers.”

The project came about after Angus Young discovered “M Is For Metal” and decided to contact Taranto. The band then helped create the book alongside McNeil and Taranto.

Snapcase Reveal More Details For New Book “Optic”

Snapcase have revealed more details for their new book “Optic.” The “visual archive” will be released in November and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

A press release said the following:

“…’Optic‘ is a 144-page, Smyth-sewn soft-cover book that tells the visual story of a band that personifies ’90s hardcore; the wave that propelled the scene forward from Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits and those that came before it. The book’s “Black” First Edition is hand-numbered out of 500 copies and includes an insert signed by the band.

From 1989, when they were known as Solid State, through 2005’s “final” show — Snapcase were leaders in the ’90s hardcore scene. They grew more powerful and evolved with every release, including 1997’s seminal Progression Through Unlearning album.

‘Optic shines a spotlight on this era of hardcore by chronologically featuring the band’s personal photography, professional photography, influential releases, show flyers, posters, backstage passes, personal ephemera, handwritten lyrics, and much more, culled largely from current and former members of the band.

‘Snapcase were kind of the perfect vessel to bridge the early-’90s mosh-and-burn hardcore style into everything else that started going on. They weren’t afraid of the new styles that were gaining favor in the scene—post-hardcore, emo, pop punk—and, if anything, they both incorporated parts of those styles into their own music and supported bands in those styles by taking them on tour, regardless of stylistic differences.” —Norman Brannon (Texas Is The Reason, Shelter)

In addition the visual elements, the book features insights from current and former members, a foreword by Duncan Barlow (Endpoint, By the Grace of God) and written contributions from Walter Schreiffels (Quicksand), David Sandström (Refused), Norman Brannon (Texas Is The Reason), Scott Vogel (Terror), Andrew Kline (Strife), Dennis Merrick (Earth Crisis), Jon Gula (Turmoil), Mike McTernan (Damnation A.D.), Kate Reddy (108), and producer Steve Evetts (Progression Through Unlearning, Designs for Automotion).

Spanning the entire decade and beyond, the book shows how copy shop, paste-up flyers segued into digital compositions thanks to the advent of the computer while hardcore’s style evolved in both music and fashion. The one thing that remains true, regardless of societal or technological evolution, is that hardcore has been the driving force behind Snapcase since day one.

“Musical evolution is what you want when you’re in a band; to be able to grow musically while building your audience. Most bands that start in hardcore have a hard time progressing like that because the audience won’t go along with them. Snapcase is an exception to that.” —Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Rival Schools)

To celebrate the book’s release in their hometown of Buffalo, the band are playing a SOLD-OUT show at the Rec Room on Friday, November 4 and inviting hardcore and Snapcase fans alike to join them for a free podcast recording and pop-up shop event at Other Half Brewing on Saturday, November 5.

At both events, while supplies last, Snapcase will be selling an exclusive edition of OPTIC as well as a completely new line of merchandise.

The “Buffalo” edition of the book features an alternate jacket that’s an homage to the band’s debut full-length, Lookinglasself, and is limited to 250 numbered copies, will never be reprinted and, like the “Black” edition, features an insert signed by the band. Snapcase have decided to donate all profits from this exclusive edition to the city’s Roswell Comprehensive Cancer Center to aid their world-renowned fight against cancer.

“When first approached about a Snapcase book, I was uneasy because I felt that there were so many other deserving bands for this type of project. In reflection, however, we truly worked hard on being a unique yet integral piece of the hardcore scene in the 1990s and to have that hard work compiled and documented in Optic has been quite rewarding. We were inspired by so many bands before us and, in turn, we would like to think we inspired others—so I feel that we have a place in hardcore history somewhere. Thank you to Tom B. for having the artistic and historical vision to bring this book together!” —Daryl Taberski (Snapcase, vocals)

From 2-4PM on Saturday, November 5, the band and author/designer/publisher Tom Bejgrowicz are hosting a free, open-to-the-public podcast recording and pop-up shop event at Other Half Brewing at 1 Seneca St. in Buffalo. For the podcast, the band —along with former members Bob Whiteside and Chris Galas, and special guests Scott Vogel (Terror, Buried Alive), Johny Chow (Zero Tolerance, Stone Sour), Steve Micciche (Every Time I Die), Dennis Merrick (Earth Crisis), and Larry Ransom (Snapcase road crew) — will be recording a 2-part podcast with Nickel City Soundtracks live at the brewery.

‘I feel lucky to have not known exactly who Tom was when we first met to discuss his plans for the book. If I had known, I probably would have been nervous because Tom‘s been a part of so many books and records that I’m a fan of. I feel really fortunate that he wanted to work with us and despite my expectations for the book, I was still blown away when he presented the finished work to us. As a member of the band in its Third Act, it’s so cool to visualize the past and finally see what I’ve only heard about in stories on the road.”—Dustin Perry (Snapcase, bass)”

[via The PRP]

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Is Working On “A Philosophical Memoir”

During a recent interview with Revolver, Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) revealed that he is working on a new book. He said the following about that:

“It is a form of a memoir. I was originally disinterested in writing a memoir. I was more interested in writing about the intersection of justice and spirituality, which has been in my head for many years. And when I had an agent approach me, it was kind of, like, they were interested in a memoir, I was interested in this story, and we agreed to make it a hybrid. So it’s, if you will, a philosophical memoir. So it’s gonna be a little different from your typical memoir in that sense.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Snapcase Announce New Book “Optic” & Vinyl Reissue Of “Progression Through Unlearning”

Snapcase have announced a new book titled “Optic.” The effort will be available this fall and the band will be celebrating its release during a November 4 show with Against All Hope, Cinderblock, Exhibition, Spaced, and Smash ‘N Grab at the Rec Room in Buffalo, NY. On top of that, the group are also planning to release new 25th anniversary vinyl pressings of “Progression Through Unlearning” on November 18. You can pre-order various colors HERE. The following was said about the book:

“‘Optic’ is a 144-page visual history of the band’s earliest moments all the way through to their not-so-final show in January 2005. In addition to hundreds of images, ‘Optic‘ will feature insight from friends and colleagues throughout the hardcore scene that tell stories from the road, the studio and of the band’s widespread impact. Full details on the book will be announced closer to the early-November release date and show in Buffalo.”

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson To Release “The Lives Of Brian” Autobiography Next Month

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson will be releasing his autobiography, “The Lives Of Brian,” on October 25. This news comes after the long awaited book was delayed for a year.

Here’s description of the effort:

“Brian Johnson’s memoir from growing up in a small town to starting his own band to ultimately replacing Bon Scott, the lead singer of one of the world biggest rock acts, AC/DC. They would record their first album together, the iconic Back in Black, which would become the biggest selling rock album of all time.

Brian Johnson was born to a steelworker and WWII veteran father and an Italian mother, growing up in New Castle Upon Tyne, England, a working-class town. He was musically inclined and sang with the church choir. By the early ’70s he performed with the glam rock band Geordie, and they had a couple hits, but it was tough going. So tough that by 1976, they disbanded and Brian turned to a blue-collar life.

Then 1980 changed everything. Bon Scott, the lead singer and lyricist of the Australian rock band AC/DC died at 33. The band auditioned singers, among them Johnson, whom Scott himself had seen perform and raved about. Within days, Johnson was in a studio with the band, working with founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, and Phil Rudd, along with producer Mutt Lange.

When the album, Back in Black, was released in July—a mere three months after Johnson had joined the band—it exploded, going on to sell 50 million copies worldwide, and triggering a years-long worldwide tour. It has been declared “the biggest selling hard rock album ever made” and “the best-selling heavy-metal album in history.”

The band toured the world for a full year to support the album, changing the face of rock music—and Brian Johnson’s life—forever.”

Johnson commented:

“I’ve had some long nights and some great nights, some bad days and a lot of good days, and during that time I’ve gone from choirboy to rock ‘n’ roll singer, and now I’ve gone and written a bloody book about it”

Dey Street Books SVP and executive editor Mauro DiPreta continued:

“Brian’s memoir captures an unforgettable moment in rock history. Anyone who wants to understand Brian’s roots as well as the moment of ignition when he joined AC/DC and helped create a monster album will be in for an unforgettable ride.”

Penguin Books publishing director Rowland White added:

“From growing up in the north-east, the son of a former British army sergeant-major and an Italian mother, to fronting world’s biggest rock band, ‘The Lives Of Brian’ tells one of the best stories in music in Brian’s own inimitable voice. His life has been a roller coaster of highs and lows during which success as a musician too often felt out of reach. But even when it seemed defeat had been snatched from the jaws of victory he never gave up. And throughout his feet have remained firmly planted on the ground. Warm, vivid, evocative, life-affirming and often laugh-out-loud funny, ‘The Lives Of Brian’ is a gold standard rock ‘n’ roll memoir from one of our most well-loved performers. Brian’s one of a kind and I couldn’t be more proud to be publishing his book.”

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Writes Afterword For New Book “Shudder’s Creepshow: From Script To Scream”

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett has written the afterword for the new “Creepshow” book “Shudder’s Creepshow: From Script To Scream”. The effort, which also includes a foreword by Stephen King, will be released on October 25.

Here’s a description of the book:

“‘Shudder’s Creepshow: From Script to Scream,’ produced by AMC Networks Publishing and ‘Creepshow’ showrunner and executive producer Greg Nicotero (‘The Walking Dead’), is a coffee-table book which brings fans behind-the-scenes of the acclaimed ‘Creepshow’ series with deep dives into its riveting origins, gripping development, provocative production, sinister special effects, and much more. Features a foreword by legendary storyteller Stephen King and an afterword by horror aficionado Kirk Hammett, Metallica’s lead guitarist. Based on the hit anthology series from Nicotero, Cartel Entertainment, Striker Entertainment, and in partnership with Titan Books, the book is written by Dennis L. Prince, designed by John J. Hill, and co-produced by Julia Hobgood. The series has been heralded as ‘an irresistibly macabre package,’ (Slant Magazine) and ‘an undeniable love letter to all generations of horror fans,’ (CBR), and over three seasons, has been one of the most watched programs on Shudder.”

Greg Nicotero commented:

“I grew up wearing down my fingertips paging through books on the making of my favorite movies. I was ravenous to learn the behind-the-scenes secrets. So, I’m excited to be able to present a glimpse behind the making of this epic show!”

Mike Zagari, head of AMC Networks Publishing, added:

“This jam-packed, behind-the-scenes ‘Creepshow’ book is perfect for fans of the show, as well as anyone passionate about horror entertainment and aspiring filmmakers and FX artists. The collaboration between Greg Nicotero, the ‘Creepshow’ series cast and crew, which are overseen by Monster Agency Productions, Stephen King, Kirk Hammett, the George A. Romero Foundation and many other talented individuals, exceeded all expectations!”

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) Interprets The Works Of Edgar Allan Poe For New Audiobook Record

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) will be paying tribute to Edgar Allan Poe with a new audiobook record titled “Andy Biersack Presents The Works Of Edgar Allan Poe.” The effort is expected to be released on November 15 and it will find the frontman reading classic stories and poems from the legendary writer. The record can be pre-ordered on vinyl along with a hardcover book.

Here’s a description of the project:

“Featuring fully scored dramatic narration by Andy Biersack of Edgar Allan Poe classic stories and poems, including ‘The Tell-Tale Heart,’ ‘The Raven,’ ‘The Oval Portrait,’ and ‘The Mask of the Red Death’ on vinyl, as well as exclusive download access to additional scored performances (‘A Campaign Song,’ ‘Dream Within a Dream,’ ‘Annabel Lee,’ ‘Lenore,’ ‘Spirits of the Dead,’ ‘The Fall of the House of Usher,’ ‘The Haunted Palace,’ and ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’), instrumental and narration-only versions, and other bonus material.”

It was also noted that the artwork was created by Mister Sam Shearon, who has previously worked with Iron Maiden, Ministry, Rob Zombie, etc. Biersack commented:

“I am so excited to share with you guys this incredible project that I was fortunate enough to collaborate on with @rarebirdlit. The words of Poe have been central to my creative interests since I can remember and to be able to present some of my favorite stories from his collected works on an audiobook record like this is truly a dream come true.”