Da Capo Press has announced that it will publish a two-volume biography of the biggest hard rock band in the world, METALLICA. “Birth School Metallica Death: Volume I” by Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood will hit bookstores in the fall of 2013. “Birth School Metallica Death: Volume II” will land in the fall of 2014.
Paul Brannigan is the acclaimed author of Da Capo‘s “This Is A Call: The Life And Times Of Dave Grohl”. Ian Winwood is a music journalist. Their book will be the most comprehensive, complete, authoritative, and compelling narrative biography of METALLICA to date, and will be based on 75 hours of rare interviews.
Divided into two distinct books, “Volume I” will cover METALLICA‘s formative years in the underground, from the unassailable one-two-three punch of speed metal classics “Ride The Lightning”, “Kill ‘Em All” and “Master Of Puppets” to the mainstream breakthrough heralded by “…And Justice For All” and realized with the multi-platinum success of the “black” album. “Volume II” will cover METALLICA after breaking through to the mainstream, the megatours, excess, and many challenges and successes that followed.
The book was acquired by Da Capo Press executive editor Ben Schafer who said, “It’s an honor to work once more with Paul Brannigan, as well as Ian Winwood, on what will be the definitive biography of METALLICA. METALLICA‘s story is an epic narrative finally getting the same multi-book treatment as Elvis Presley, Charles Darwin, and several former presidents.”
U.S. and Open Market (excluding Europe) rights were sold by agent Matthew Elblonk of DeFiore Company in association with Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander.
One of the world’s biggest rock bands, METALLICA has sold in excess of 100 million albums. Their journey from scuzzy Los Angeles garages to the stages of the world’s biggest and most storied stadiums has been an epic and often traumatic one. There are countless memorable stories about the band yet to make it into print: tales of bed-hopping and drug-taking and car crashes and fistfights and backstabbing that occur when you mix testosterone and adrenaline and alcohol and egomania.
No music writers have been afforded greater access to METALLICA over the past two decades than Brannigan and Winwood. The duo have conducted approximately 75 hours of interviews with the band, gaining not only an unparalleled knowledge of the group’s history but also an insider’s view of how this story has developed. The pair have ridden in the band’s limos, flown on their private jet, joined them in the studio during the recording of seminal albums, been invited to the quartet’s “HQ” (headquarters) in San Rafael outside San Francisco and shared beers and stories with the four-piece backstage in venues across the globe.
Da Capo Press is a member of the Perseus Books Group and has recently published such music books as “Iron Man”, a memoir by BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi, and “Seven Deadly Sins” by Corey Taylor, lead singer of the hard rock bands SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR. Both were New York Times bestsellers.