American Hair Metal

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Feral House, 2006 - Humor - 175 pages
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“We're not ashamed of a little hairspray and makeup. We've always said it takes a real man to wear makeup.”—Bret Michaels, Poison (1988)


There was a time—not so long ago—when pomp and spandex dominated MTV and pop radio playlists. American Hair Metal visually celebrates this orgy of flamboyance, androgyny, and animal magnetism, of big-haired alpha males and the beautiful women who surrounded them.


Hundreds of striking photographs are surrounded by hedonistic ephemera from bands like Poison, Cinderella, Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, and Stryper, and wild interview quotes from major players such as David Lee Roth, Jon Bon Jovi, Sebastian Bach, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Bret Michaels, Don Dokken, and a good number of unsung heroes.


Interest in hair metal is currently exploding—witness the barrage of VH1 specials, arena-level revival tours, and reissue compilations that are even today best-selling CDs.

 

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Contents

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
7
YOUTH GONE WILD
8
ROOTS OF HAIR METAL
11
BOYS IN HEAT
14
LIVE IT
20
BLOW MY FUSE
26
LAY YOUR HANDS ON
32
NAUGHTY NAUGHTY
41
TURN ON THE ACTION
74
O F R OUT FUCKIN RAGEOUS
87
IS THIS LOVE THAT IM FEELIN?
92
READ MY LIPS
97
LETTERS
101
HEADED FOR A HEARTBREAK
104
NOTHIN FOR NOTHIN
112
THE HAIR BANDS
115

COCKED AND LOADED
47
WHY DO YOU THINK THEY CALL IT DOPE?
53
BURNING LIKE A FLAME
55
THE RIGHT TO ROCK
62
HOME SWEET HOME
69
MORE ESSENTIAL HAIRCUTS
164
SOURCES
166
CREDITS
172
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About the author (2006)

Blush edited the successful punk rock history, "American Hardcore" (Feral House), and also wrote the screenplay to the feature length documentary of the same name which recently debuted at Sundance. Blush edited the music interview magazine, Seconds.

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