Heavy Metal in Baghdad: The Story of Acrassicauda (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 17, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad featuring the members of Iraq’s only heavy metal band—Acrassicauda—and their daily struggle to survive and rock on even as their country fell into a bloody insurgency.

Acrassicauda (Latin for a deadly black scorpion) is Iraq’s only heavy metal band. Inspired by groups like Metallica, Slayer, and Slipknot, the band began writing and playing metal in 2001, performing a handful of shows before the war started in 2003. With increased security precautions throughout Iraq, it became difficult to practice or even get through a show without serious problems. When they began receiving death threats from insurgent groups and religious fundamentalists accused them of Satan-worship, they became a band on the run.

As recently seen in the feature film documentary of the same name, Iraq disintegrated around them while Acrassicauda struggled to stay together and stay alive, always refusing to let their heavy metal dreams die. Their story echoes the unspoken hopes of an entire generation of young Iraqis, and it became a race-against-time humanitarian effort, irrevocably transforming everyone’s lives in the process. Going beyond the documentary to explore all the players’ unique perspectives, Heavy Metal in Baghdad features new information about one of the most dramatic and unique stories in modern music.
  

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Review: Heavy Metal in Baghdad: The Story of Acrassicauda

User Review  - Noora - Goodreads

This is the inspiring story of 4 young Iraqi men who after having conquered one too many obstacles, formed Acrassicauda, a now famous metal band (heavily influenced by especially Metallica), who ... Read full review

Review: Heavy Metal in Baghdad: The Story of Acrassicauda

User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

It covers most of the same story as the film, but much more difficult to get through. The story is broken up into short blurbs from each member. Good for the post-film updates. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
11
Section 3
12
Section 4
23
Section 5
27
Section 6
37
Section 7
45
Section 8
57
Section 15
123
Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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About the author (2009)

London based journalist and editor of Vice Magazine with a keen interest in the usual side of music-making.

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