Hell Bent for Leather: Confessions of a Heavy Metal Addict

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HarperCollins, Aug 3, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 312 pages
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Seb Hunter was a heavy metal fan and he's not proud. In fact, he was more than a fan; he was a blind devotee who threw away his education and future prospects to become a rock star. Hell Bent for Leather is his toe-curlingly funny confession of fifteen years spent trying to hit the big time -- taking readers on a (very loud) musical journey from first guitar (his dad's) to first gig, and on through groupies, girlfriends, too many drugs, spiraling egos, musical differences, and, finally, the end of the dream and a much needed haircut.

Along the way, Seb offers a crash course in the way of heavy metal, with choice illustrations. You will learn to spot a Fender Telecaster from a Gibson Flying V, Thrash Metal from Glam Metal, and "the Priest" from "the Gunners." Hell Bent for Leather, with a wink and a nod, will also show you how to play a drum solo, wear spandex and white leather sneakers, and exactly what to do in the middle of a muddy field when you are surrounded by a mob of screaming metalheads and you desperately need to relieve yourself.

But Seb Hunter's memoir, more than anything, is a moving story of adolescence, of playing air guitar in your bedroom, of living with parental disapproval, and of struggling for acceptance among friends when you carry a shameful secret obsession. It is an affectionate and irreverent memoir told with the nostalgia inspired by a love letter to an old flame.

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User Review  - uryjm - LibraryThing

I read this funny, moving and well-written book in under twenty four hours, so it joins the ranks of the very few books that have grabbed me in this way. For me, this is how Fever Pitch should have ... Read full review

Hell bent for leather: confessions of a heavy metal addict

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Anyone who has read Chuck Klosterman's heavy-metal memoir, Fargo Rock City, will experience d j vu while reading Hunter's debut, set in 1980s England. Like Klosterman, Hunter mixes metal ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Seb hunter was born in 1971 and went to a variety of schools in England before throwing it all away to become a rock 'n' roll star, at which he eventually failed. Since then he has worked in the book trade and currently lives in London.

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