New 33 1/3 Title: Metallica’s Metallica

metallica-metallicaBloomsbury is extremely proud to announce the fourth of 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! To highlight each new title and the author behind it, we’ll announce one book each day over the next two weeks.

Metallica – Metallica

By David Masciotra

Coming September 2015!

In 1991, Metallica, released their self-titled, fifth studio album that would become known around the world as “The Black Album.” Since its release, it has sold 30 million copies, and has become a towering monument in the pantheon of rock’s greatest records.

The 33 1/3 book on The Black Album – the first in the series on the crowned kings of metal – gives readers unprecedented insight into the story behind an iconic album from one of the world’s most iconic bands. Written with direct and personal access to all members of Metallica and Bob Rock, the producer of The Black Album, David Masciotra is able to relay the results of his conversations with James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted, and Rock, with storytelling skill and surgical precision. 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 will gain greater familiarity with the men who created it. Masciotra argues for Metallica’s coronation within heavy metal, but also persuasively advocates for the aggression, liberty, and spirit of defiance that heavy metal represents. It’s a must-read for any Metallica fan.

A bit about the author: David Masciotra is a cultural critic, political commentator, and columnist with the Indianapolis Star. He is a regular contributor to the Daily Beast, the Federalist, and Splice Today. He is also the author of All That We Learned About Living: The Art and Legacy of John Mellencamp. For more information visit

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