Murder in the Front Row: Bay Area Bangers and the Birth of Thrash Metal

Murder in the Front Row: Bay Area Bangers and the Birth of Thrash Metal


By (author) Brian Lew, By (author) Harald Qimoen

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  • Publisher: Bazillion Points
  • Format: Hardback | 274 pages
  • Dimensions: 234mm x 282mm x 30mm | 1,520g
  • Publication date: 24 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Brooklyn
  • ISBN 10: 1935950037
  • ISBN 13: 9781935950035
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 121,652

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In 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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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