[Joel McIver] is a British author specialising in music and film. He has been writing books and contributing to various magazines since 1996; his best-known work to date is titled Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica, a hardback biography published in 2004. McIver's work is sold worldwide but is especially popular in the USA, Australia and Scandinavia: his books are available at Amazon. There is also an American novelist of the same name. Metallica is an extremely successful American heavy metal band that has been active since the early 1980s. ... The name Amazon may refer to several concepts: The legendary Amazons, women renowned in antiquity for their prowess in battle. ...
McIver presents a thorough, well-organized history of Metallica, but he fails to deliver a coherent evaluation of the band's various strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures.
Another reason that McIver fails to uncover the personality of Metallica is that he relies too heavily on two interviews with the band: one from Thrasher magazine in 1986, and the other from Playboy in 2001.
McIver seems to think that the members of Metallica owe it to him to play "thrash metal" and that they should never have deviated from that style which made them legends.
Author JoelMcIver is a veteran music journalist and the perfect candidate for writing this chronicle.
And what makes this sentiment, and more importantly, the entire book, such a heart-tugging read is Joe McIver's willingness to lay these types of negative thoughts, and thus himself, on the firing line.
And so, he takes this group of musicians, a band he's probably seen dozens of times and whose records he's certainly listened to hundreds of times, and unearths their faults and why they aren't the band they were twenty years ago.
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