Hell Bent for Leather: Confessions of a Heavy Metal Addict

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HarperCollins Publishers, 2005 - Heavy metal (Music) - 336 pages

A witty and self-deprecating memoir about headbanging your way through growing up.

Seb Hunter was a Heavy Metal fan and he's not proud. This is the story of his misguided 15-year Heavy Metal mission: from the first guitar (his dad's), to the first gig (conquering Winchester with his riffs), on through groupies and girlfriends and too many drugs to a faltering career in London, where outrageous egos, artistic differences and the dreaded arrival of Grunge (and a much needed haircut) kill the Heavy Metal dream.

Along the way Seb imparts the important distinctions between Thrash Metal and Glam and casts his connoisseur's eye over the Metal guitar. You'll learn when to play a drum solo, the correct way to wear Spandex and exactly what to do when you're in the middle of a field at the Donington Festival and you desperately need a piss.

Affectionate, irreverent, and very funny, Hell Bent For Leather is a moving story about growing up, of playing air guitar in your bedroom, of living with parental disapproval and of struggling with the laughter of your friends. It is a memoir about the glorious adolescent obsessions everybody has but no-one will admit to.

Featuring music from: AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Kiss, W.A.S.P., Aerosmith The Scorpians and Guns 'n' Roses.

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HELL BENT FOR LEATHER: Confessions of a Heavy Metal Addict

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Amusing, sweetly ramshackle compendium of a British lad's heavy-metal memories.Londoner Hunter's debut traipses through the cultural funhouse of the 1980s, an era when sleazy, parent-offending metal ... Read full review

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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

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About the author (2005)

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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