Review: Metal – A Headbanger’s Journey

July 2, 2006 MGP 0

There have been a number of attempts to document the history of heavy metal. Many of which have been vastly incomplete, lacking perspective, and all-out butcher jobs — whether it be by self-claimed documentarians or just the fast-food equivalent of VH1 specials. Furthest away from all of that is “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.” Directed by Sam Dunn, this smart and insightful look into probably one of the most misunderstood and […]

Review: Bang Your Head
The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal

July 15, 2005 MGP 0

Upon receiving this book as a gift from a rather thoughtful fan, I was skeptical about a written account of the time period of metal as it was once known, largely because I’ve read countless articles, essays, and interviews by hack music journalists, businesspeople, angry parents, religious nuts, anti-metal hipsters, came-too-lates and every other outsider claiming expert knowledge in one hand while gripping a backstabbing knife in the other. In […]

Review: Lucifer Rising
Sin, Devil Worship & Rock ‘n Roll

July 8, 2005 MGP 0

I’ve been on a bit of a summer reading bender. Call it my avoidance of summer heat/crowds/noise, or simply because I’ve been slacking lately in something I really enjoy doing. So, by extension, I’ve created this new blog topic and will be posting reviews of books here for your perusal — which will provide additional motivation for me to get to the current pile of tomes commanding my attention. Though, […]

Review: The History of the Devil
and the Idea of Evil

July 8, 2005 MGP 0

The History of the Devil and the Idea of Evil by Dr. Paul Carus Orig. 1900 / Gramercy Before one reads this book, it would be good to remember that this was written in 1900. This means a few things: 1) the Church of Satan did not exist (which is to say that some of us might disagree with the author’s assertion that the 13th Century was “the Devil’s prime”), […]