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MARTIN POPOFF

Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History

(Voyageur Press)

Reviewed by : Greg Pratt
Rating : 8.0

If you were to put all of rock journalist (and fellow BraveWords scribe) Martin Popoff's books in a big pile, then drop them on someone, it would cause considerable damage at this point; I've long been a big fan of the man's writing and I can't even keep up anymore. This gorgeous-looking hardcover is exactly what the name implies, a look through METALLICA's history through not just words but tons of pictures. And that's a good thing, as we've all read the story countless times by now so it's good to get some pics to look at while we're going through the band's story yet again. And it's a blast to see all those old shirts (brings back memories; I used to have the white 'Crash Course In Brain Surgery' shirt when I was probably way too young to be wearing such a thing). The inclusion of different rock critics piping in about the band's albums is puzzling, given Popoff is one of the best metal record reviewers around, but it is fun to hear some differing opinions on the band's output. Popoff whizzes through the band's history in a quick, fun, and concise manner, which is fine; like I say, we've heard most of it before (ex-bassist Jason Newsted shines some interesting light within, though) and this book is mainly about the pics, every page being full-colour, glossy, and filled with live pics and shots of singles, tickets, show posters, and more. I'm not sold on the verbatim quoting style, although I guess it sticks to an oral history format, and the contextless quotes placed large on the page are baffling and often quite nonsensical pulled away from the story without explanation, but, again, this one is mainly for the visual treats, with Popoff's easy and knowledgeable writing quickly guiding the reader through each page, filled as they are with juicy, rarely-seen Metallitreats.



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