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American Hair Metal [Paperback]

By Steven Blush, William Hames (Photographer), Eddie Malluk (Photographer), Frank White (Photographer), William K. Doran, Antonio Criminisi (Editor) & Jon Buller
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Item description for American Hair Metal by Steven Blush, William Hames, Eddie Malluk, Frank White, William K. Doran, Antonio Criminisi & Jon Buller...

Presents a history of American hair metal music, looking at such groups as Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Dokken, Poison, and Guns n' Roses.

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“We’re not ashamed of a little hairspray and makeup. We’ve always said it takes a real man to wear makeup.”—Bret Michaels, Poison (1988)

There was a time—not so long ago—when pomp and spandex dominated MTV and pop radio playlists. American Hair Metal visually celebrates this orgy of flamboyance, androgyny, and animal magnetism, of big-haired alpha males and the beautiful women who surrounded them.

Hundreds of striking photographs are surrounded by hedonistic ephemera from bands like Poison, Cinderella, Mtley Cre, Skid Row, and Stryper, and wild interview quotes from major players such as David Lee Roth, Jon Bon Jovi, Sebastian Bach, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Bret Michaels, Don Dokken, and a good number of unsung heroes.

Interest in hair metal is currently exploding—witness the barrage of VH1 specials, arena-level revival tours, and reissue compilations that are even today best-selling CDs.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   180
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.75" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Feral House
ISBN  193259518X  
ISBN13  9781932595185  

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More About Steven Blush, William Hames, Eddie Malluk, Frank White, William K. Doran, Antonio Criminisi & Jon Buller

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Steven Blush promoted Hardcore shows in Washington, DC throughout the early 80s. In 1986 he founded Seconds Magazine, publishing it until 2000. His writing appeared in Spin, Interview, Village Voice, Details and High Times. He currently lives in Manhattan, serves as senior editor at Paper, and throws the weekly party RAck CAndy. He is the author of AMERICAN HARDCORE: A Tribal History.

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1Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Music > General
2Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Music > History & Criticism
3Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Music > Musical Genres > Heavy Metal
4Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Music > Musical Genres > Rock

Reviews - What do customers think about American Hair Metal?

Not worth it  Aug 23, 2007
I thoroughly enjoyed Steven Blush's previous book American Hardcore and had high hopes for American Hair Metal as well (being fan of both these genres). However, I was very disappointed when the book arrived in the post as it looked more like a hipster coffee table book than an actual good read. Opening the book I wasn't wrong either. This book is mainly full of page-size pictures with few quotes scattered here and there. No context, stories etc. In the introduction Blush mentions that he decided against the idea of interviewing ex-hair metalers as most of them were probably too embarrassed to speak about their past (having moved on to being family people now). This is almost like admitting defeat before he's even started! A bit of investigative writing would have been great. OK, so the photos are great but I can't see this book appealing to any serious fans of metal. One for the ironic-generation I guess. For the rest of you - just try Google Images instead.

For something similar (but much better) go for Mötley Crüe's The Dirt instead. Also check out Penelope Spheeris' brilliant film on the same subject: The Decline Of The Western Civilization Part 2.

One last thing: who the heck calls it "hair metal" anyway? We certainly didn't call it that back in the day. Is this just another lazy media term for an otherwise glamtastic genre?

Bang You Hair  Jun 29, 2007
If you were there, or were listening, or are still there and listening, this book will put a smile on your face; Page after page of quality, colorful pictures and highly amusing quotes by some of the biggest bands of the era; The only thing I wished was that it included more pictures, esp. since there is a huge list at the end of the book w/80's artists not pictured at all, and their one big song. This would include bands like Badlands, Helix, Shotgun Messiah, and Smashed Gladys....To think this book could have been twice the size only makes me think of things that could have been...

But this is no skimpy collection; A great book at a great price, LOTS of pics suitable for framing if you were so inclined...

And if you weren't ever into metal, there's still plenty to make fun of.

Man, did I really used to dress like that?
AN '80's TIME CAPSULE  Apr 8, 2007
Dying to relive, recapture, or just plain reminisce about your youth? Have I got a book for you. While reminiscent of Hollywood Rocks! (which focuses exclusively on the '80's Hollywood scene), American Hair Metal encompasses a much broader scope. It includes all of the de rigueur L.A./California bands while adding East Coast and international ones into the mix. It even throws in a couple of female rockers to boot. Don't expect any indepth bios on any of the bands. It's mainly a collection of photos and quotes. You may not have heard of all of the bands but the major players are all represented here (though a little light on the Dokken, G N'R, and Great White if you ask me). So tease it up, turn it up, and get ready to rock with Steven Blush's American Hair Metal.
American Hair Metal  Mar 11, 2007
If you are a child of the 80's like I am, you will love this book!! It brought back a lot of good memories! There were some truly awesome bands that came out of the 80's. I think you will enjoy this book!
Those 80s!!! Wow!  Mar 9, 2007
Wow,what great pictures,if you like the way the "Hair bands" looked you'll love this book. A few mistakes,one is on the page that has Phantom Blue,it has Precious Metal and couple more mistakes here and there,but otherwise a great book!! Miguel,Portugal!

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