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    DescriptionIn the 1980s, the San Francisco Bay Area was heaven for hardcore headbangers. Shunning Hollywood hairspray and image in favor of a more dangerous street appeal, the Bay Area thrash metal scene was home to Exodus, Metallica, Testament, Possessed, Death Angel, Heathen, Vio-Lence, Attitude Adjustment, Forbidden, and Blind Illusion ? and served as a second home to like-minded similar bands like Slayer, Mercyful Fate, Anthrax, Megadeth, and more. Beginning as teenagers taking snapshots of visiting heavy metal bands during the 1970s, Brian "Umlaut" Lew and Harald "O." Oimoen documented the birth and growth of the local metal scene. Featuring hundreds of unseen live and candid color and black-and-white photographs, Murder in the Front Row captures the wild-eyed zeal and drive that made Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth into legends, with over 100 million combined records sold.

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    Murder in the Front Row
    Bay Area Bangers and the Birth of Thrash Metal
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Brian Lew, By (author) Harald Qimoen
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 274
    Width: 241 mm
    Height: 292 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 1,597 g
    ISBN 13: 9781935950035
    ISBN 10: 1935950037

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Libri: I-MU
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15920
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPL, 3JJPN
    Ingram Subject Code: MU
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: MUS035000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBBWF
    B&T General Subject: 540
    LC classification: ML
    B&T Approval Code: A08745500
    BIC subject category V2: AVGT
    DC22: 781.66
    BISAC V2.8: MUS019000, MUS030000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJPN, 3JJPL, 1KBBWF
    BISAC V2.8: PHO023090
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: AJ, AVLP
    Illustrations note
    col. Illustrations
    Bazillion Points
    Imprint name
    Bazillion Points
    Publication date
    24 January 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    Top 15 Books of 2011, "Guitar World" The Most Metal Books of 2011, "Revolver" Book of the Year, "20 Buck Spin" "Awesome" --"Robb Flynn, Machine Head" "Awesome" --"Brian Slagel, Metal Blade Records" "Awesome"--"Phil Demmel, Machine Head" "F------ awesome" --"Kerry King, Slayer" "Great" --"Lars Ulrich, Metallica" "Great book!"--"Jean-Yves "Blacky" Theriault, Voivod" "AMAZING" --"Alex Skolnick, Testament" "Thank you for writing this book! It's the definitive story of the scene and what we managed to make of it here in the Bay Area." --"Kirk Hammett, Metallica" "Murder in the Front Row captures the true essence of thrash metal in its embryonic stage. These photographs take me on a tour down memory lane, bringing back many laughs and prompting comments like: 'I don't remember that!'" --"Dave Lombardo, Slayer" "I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in the early days of California thrash metal."--"Ron McGovney, ex-Metallica" "Serious Pulitzer material."--"Creative Loafing" "By far, the greatest photo book on any music scene I've ever seen. The bands themselves couldn't have put out a more exhaustive and detailed account of the period."--"The Huffington Post "[CA] "A photographic odyssey through the inception of Bay Area thrash" --"San Francisco Chronicle" "Gorgeous" --"SF Weekly" "A collection of stunning, intimate photographs from the infancy of thrash metal." --"SF Bay Guardian" "Vivid images of thrash bands onstage, backstage, at drinking binges and essentially everywhere else" --"Metro Silicon Valley" "The authentic, heads-down attack of a raft of seminal bands is superbly captured"--PopMattters "This is a gift from the metal gods themselves... you need this book in your life right now."--"Terrorizer" [5/5 review] "Gaze ye into Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew's tome of the Bay Area's thrash breeding grounds and yo