In 1991, Metallica released their fifth studio album that would become known and beloved around the world as The Black Album. Since its release, it has sold 30 million copies, and become a towering monument in the pantheon of rocks greatest records. With this book, readers will get unprecedented insight into the story behind an iconic album from one of the worlds most iconic bands. With direct and personal access to all members of Metallica and Bob Rock, the producer of The Black Album, David Masciotra is able to relay the results of his conversations with James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted, and Rock. Masciotra takes readers into the recording studio, giving them Metallicas account of how their most successful and famous record was born and learned to walk into every radio station and stadium stage around the world. Masciotra not only talks to the band about the making of the album, but also the stories that inspired the songs. Readers will not only learn about The Black Album, but they will gain greater knowledge and familiarity with the men who created it. This is a must read for any Metallica fan, and a compelling read for anyone interested in provocative musical criticism and journalism. With direct access to the band, Masciotra offers a fascinating and inspiring account of the creation of one of musics best and best selling albums.
David Masciotra is a cultural critic and political commentator. He is the author of Mellencamp: American Troubadour. He writes regularly for Salon and AlterNet.