• Axl Rosenberg

WHAT, NO CHUCK KLOSTERMAN?Carlos “Master of Lists” Ramirez strikes again! This time our friend and favorite Zakk Wylde’s guitar squeal impersonator has compiled a list of the “Top 10 Heavy Metal Books” for Noisecreep. Check it out here.

It’s a very good list (and includes an entry by a sometimes-MS contributor!), but I am a little bummed that Chuck Klosterman’s Fargo Rock City didn’t make the cut. To be fair, that book is primarily about hair metal (Klosterman writes briefly about Slayer, and his complete lack of understanding of that band’s work borders on embarrassing) and has a Kiss cow on the cover of more recent editions (as though Gene Simmons didn’t look bovine enough already), so it’s possible Carlos didn’t consider it a “metal book;” still, it’s a great read and I think deserves it’s moment in the “top ten list” sun.

So what would I bump from Carlos’ otherwise excellent compilation? Probably Garry Sharpe-Young’s Metal: The Definitive Guide. Not because it’s a bad book, but because I’ve never read it. Not the best reasoning, I know, but, hey. Blow me.

There are some other famous metal tomes missing from the list, but… for the most part, I think Carlos nailed it. Slash’s autobiography, for example, really does not deserve a spot here.

Check out the rest of Carlos’ list here, then come back and argue about which books, if any, he missed.


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