Curiosity Without Boundaries: An Interview with Kirk Hammett

Kirk Hammett lives according to, what he calls, “curiosity without boundaries.” The lead guitarist of Metallica provides an impressive, but unpretentious reminder that many observers of the heavy metal and hard rock juggernaut might forget: Despite their unlikely mainstream status, after selling more than 125 million records worldwide, Metallica navigates strictly according to their own cartography. On October 1st, I interviewed Kirk Hammett about the Black Album, his philosophy of creativity, and the often misunderstood identity of Metallica.

The Metallica Playlist

As part of our new series of playlist/book pairings on our 33 1/3 Spotify account, we asked David Masciotra, author of the recent 33 1/3 on Metallica’s Black Album, to make a playlist for the book. Listen HERE Here’s the tracklist, along with some explanations from David on some of the songs he chose! 1. Seek and Destroy, Metallica 2. For Whom The Bell Tolls, Metallica When Metallica decided that their music had grown too complex and progressive, and that they had traveled too far out of the garage, they…

Video Vault Episode 79: Metallica Week

TO CELEBRATE THE UPCOMING RELEASE OF OUR 108TH 33 1/3 ON  METALLICA, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE FIFTH AND FINAL INSTALLMENT OF METALLICA WEEK BY AUTHOR DAVID MASCIOTRA! Many heavy metal purists accused Metallica of “selling out” when they first heard The Black Album. Metallica’s then-new songs were simpler, at times slower, and slightly more accessible than their previous work. To many die hard thrash enthusiasts, any deviation from the thrash template was akin to apostasy. Like Judas, according to the slanderous and specious refrain, Metallica sold their soul for thirty…

Metallica Week – Day 4: David Masciotra on Bangarang Radio

TO CELEBRATE THE UPCOMING RELEASE OF OUR 108TH 33 1/3 ON  METALLICA, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE FOURTH INSTALLMENT OF METALLICA WEEK BY AUTHOR DAVID MASCIOTRA! In order to celebrate Metallica Week, and prepare for the release of the new 33 1/3 on Metallica (The Black Album), Bloomsbury and Bangarang Radio are combining forces to premiere a new episode of Jacques LaMore’s always interesting and entertaining podcast. In the new episode, LaMore—our gracious and congenial host—leads a conversation with David Masciotra, author of the new 33 1/3, Metallica. Listen Here! LaMore…

Metallica Week – Day 3: An Excerpt from the Book!

TO CELEBRATE THE UPCOMING RELEASE OF OUR 108TH 33 1/3 ON  METALLICA, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF METALLICA WEEK BY AUTHOR DAVID MASCIOTRA!  In the sweaty summer of 1990, Metallica opened for Aerosmith in Toronto, Canada at the CNE Fairgrounds. It had been twelve years, but it had passed in what must have seemed like the time it takes to tune a guitar, since James Hetfield would drop the needle on Toys in the Attic, look at his bedroom wall adorned by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and…

Metallica Week – Day 2: An Interview with DX Ferris

TO CELEBRATE THE UPCOMING RELEASE OF OUR 108TH 33 1/3 ON  METALLICA, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF METALLICA WEEK BY AUTHOR DAVID MASCIOTRA! To continue the celebration of the release of my new 33 1/3, Metallica, and to help commemorate the new international holiday, “Metallica Week” (at least, it should be), I welcome the brilliant and dissenting voice of D.X. Ferris. Fan and followers of the 33 1/3 series will recognize Ferris from his powerful and profound installment in the series on Slayer’s Reign In Blood. When Bloomsbury…

Metallica Week – Day 1: Metallica: An Apolgia, or, Thoughts On the Philosophy of Middle Finger Amplification

To celebrate the upcoming release of our 108th 33 1/3 on  METALLICA, we’re pleased to bring you the very first installment of Metallica week by author DAVID MASCIOTRA!  Note: Many 33 1/3 books are impressionistic memoirs in which the authors write at great length about their own personal connection to their subject matter. My book is journalistic, and I offer no real personal information. For those curious, here is a quick glimpse into my own emotional evolution with Metallica’s music. Recently at an open bar party, after about the 43rd drink, a…

Excerpt: Metallica’s Metallica by David Masciotra, Coming in September!

We are super excited to introduce one of our two new titles for this September, Metallica’s Metallica by David Masciotra! In this book, Masciotra takes readers into the recording studio, giving them Metallica’s account of how their most successful and famous record was born and learned to walk into every radio station and stadium stage around the world. Masciotra not only talks to the band about the making of the album, but also the stories that inspired the songs. Readers will not only learn about “The Black Album,” but they…

The 33 1/3 New Author Q&A: David Masciotra

Today, we bring you a Q&A with David Masciotra, who will be writing the new 33 1/3 on Metallica’s Metallica. Tell us a bit about yourself in an extended author biography. I am a regular contributor to the Daily Beast, and a columnist with the Indianapolis Star. In early 2015, the University Press of Kentucky will publish my book, Mellencamp: American Troubadour. My first book, Working On a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen is a Bloomsbury book, published back when it was Continuum Books. I also write…

14 New 33 1/3 Titles: Coming 2015-2016

LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE… Bloomsbury is extremely proud to announce fourteen new 33 1/3 volumes…coming to a bookstore (and kindle/iPad) near you in: Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Fall 2016. It was extremely difficult to select these titles from a pool of over 400 brilliant proposals so we hope you enjoy! Coming Spring 2015 Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros by Andrew Shartmann Coming Fall 2015 Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead by Buzz Poole Beat Happening’s Beat Happening by Bryan C. Parker Metallica’s Metallica (The Black Album) by David Masciotra Phish’s A Live One by…