DENIM AND LEATHER: The Rise and Fall of the NWOBHM by Michael Hann
The ULTIMATE guide to the highs and lows of the most crucial heavy underground subculture of the UK. And the perfect gift for your battle-vest clad friend or S.O. this holiday season!
Between 1978 and 1983, Great Britain spawned a DIY uprising of over 500 heavy metal bands. Many soon became the household names of the 1980s metal invasion…many others did not. For the first time, author Michael Hann captures the whole nose-to-tail story of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in all its power and glory, exploring the bands, clubs, radio, magazines, festivals, and the majesty and misfires of the NWOBHM in over 100 interviews with members of Venom, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Diamond Head, Angel Witch, Samson, UFO, Tygers of Pan Tang, Vardis, Judas Priest, Saxon, Whitesnake, Girlschool, Witchfynde, Demon, Thin Lizzy, Rainbow, Gillan, Led Zeppelin, and more.
The ultimate first-hand document of the British explosion that first defined heavy metal for America.
“Denim and Leather celebrates the passion and joyful tribalism of the music and the times”—Mojo
“Louder, faster, funnier…a number of lively vignettes… fascinating and entertaining”—The Telegraph
“Denim and Leather captures a moment in time and a genre of music that had a brief moment in the sun. The book is an honest portrayal, directly from the horse’s mouth. The interesting thing is that it was people trying to discover their own identities, and the book sums it up by the people who experienced it.”—Phil Collen, Def Leppard
“Heavy metal fans will find much to enjoy.”—Independent
“[An] entertaining and poignant oral history…part of the book’s charm is Hann’s rendering of local accents, even as his interviewees hold forth on their lurid flirtations with the dark side.”—Financial Times
“Entertaining and informative… In an extraordinary feat of structural engineering, Denim and Leather corrals the contributions of more than a hundred interviewees into a cohesive story of a movement that was at best disunified. The book is often funny, and even ribald. It is to Michael Hann’s credit that [a] sense of poignancy…permeates almost every page. There’s more than enough here to make this exhaustive labor of love the equal of other standard-bearing oral histories such as Everyone Loves Our Town and Please Kill Me.”—Kerrang!
“Finally, a book about one of the most overlooked and unfairly derided movements in music history. There is so much in here, metal music that shaped everything that came afterwards, joy, pathos, humour and darkness. I learned so much; now excuse me while I go brush up on Witchfynde.”—Frank Turner
“An exhaustively researched and entertaining book full of new interviews with most of the key players, offering genuine insights into a movement that changed the face of rock for the better.”—Louder Than War
“Through interviews Hann presents a very comprehensive overview of the era. The amount of detail is incredible. The overall story is very familiar, stories about the various pubs, newsletters, magazines, radio shows, demo tapes, and quirky personalities that were a part of the early development of the scene. It was an exciting time and the stories provided by the people who were they, first hand, adds extra vibrancy and life to these tales.”—Metal-Rules.com
“Succeeds brilliantly in demonstrating why the NWOBHM is historically interesting. And the book also does something special: it makes the NWOBHM lovable.”—The Quietus