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ROCKTOBER: The Hundred Greatest Metal Guitarists by Joel McIver


From its earliest days, heavy metal has been defined by its screamingly loud, distorted guitars, so it’s no wonder that the genre is rife with fabulous players. This large format, well-illustrated book showcases metal’s 100 greatest axe men, from early heroes like the legendary Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck to stars from the 1970s and 1980s such as Motörhead’s Fast Eddie Clarke and Pantera’s “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott to hot new talents like Mick Thompson of the nu-metal band Slipknot. Each entry includes a career biography, with makes and models of guitars played, and explains in technical but informal terms why the player deserves a spot on the coveted list. Sidebars and boxes detail each guitarist's trademark playing style and top riff. Throughout, the book celebrates guitarists like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, who don't play metal but do merit honorable mention for their contributions to rock.

About the Author

Joel McIver writes for Total Guitar, Metal Hammer and many other music magazines and is the author of 11 books to date. The best-known of these is Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica (2004), which has sold over 30,000 copies in eight languages.


  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jawbone Press (December 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906002207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906002206

 Do you know how many arguments this book could start?  I am sure that there is somebody that will argue the order and who wasn't included.  This is the best thing about books like this, you can always expect a discussion.

1 comment:

  1. Great post!
    We are Metal Heads so i am looking forward to checking this book out!


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