This Monster Lives : the Inside Story of Some Kind of Monster

Book - 2004
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Follows the authors' experiences with the heavy metal band during a two-year period when its members recorded an album in spite of difficult challenges, covering their group therapy sessions and their struggles with drugs and controversy.

McMillan Palgrave
Metallica is one of the most successful hard-rock bands of all time, having sold more than ninety million albums worldwide. Receiving unique, unfettered access, acclaimed filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky followed Metallica over two and a half years as they faced monumental personal and professional challenges that threatened to destroy the bands just as they returned to the studio to record their first album in four years. While the documentary itself provides an insider's view of Metallica, the two and a half years of production (and more than 1,600 hours of footage) garnered far more than can be expressed in a two-hour film.

Berlinger's book about the experience reveals the stories behind the film, capturing the energy, uncertainty, and ultimate triumph of both the filming and Metallica's bid for survival. It weaves the on-screen stories together with what happened off-screen, offering intimate details of the band's struggle amidst personnel changes, addiction, and controversy. In part because Berlinger was one of the only witnesses to the intensive group-therapy sessions and numerous band meetings, his account of his experience filming the band is the most honest and deeply probing book about Metallica - or any rock band - ever written.

This is the book both Metallica and film fans have dreamed of - a stark and honest look at one of rock's most important bands through the eyes of the most provocative documentary filmmakers working today.

& Taylor

Follows the authors' more than two-year experiences with the successful heavy metal band during a time when its members recorded an album in spite of difficult challenges, in a rock documentary that includes coverage of the band's group therapy sessions, its struggles with drugs and controversy, and their behind-the-scenes relationships. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312333119
Characteristics: xviii, 310 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Milner, Greg


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Kinderusya May 05, 2015

Very disappointing. This in not a story of Metallica (though it's supposed to be), it's more of a story about the two guys who made a film about Metallica and their (these guys') experience doing it. Not worth the read.


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