Fireworks

Book & Magazine Reviews

Mick O'Shea - 'Cemetery Gates: Saints & Survivors Of The Heavy Metal Scene' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/3f/a6/3f/mick-o-shea-cemetera-gates-rocktopia-book-review-56-1390330238.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     January 21, 2014    
13597   0   1   0   0   0

The more dedicated fan will be left with the feeling of wanting something more in-depth.

Published by: Plexus

Primarily known for covering the punk scene, Mick O'Shea has written an entertaining book covering some of metal's most famous and not-so-well-known but still iconic metal stars that have lived and/or died by the sword. The premise behind 'Cemetery Gates' is an interesting one: ten saints (i.e. metal musicians who have died) and ten survivors (i.e. metal musicians who have miraculously lived despite years of debauched decadence). The book is thus divided into two even halves with each musician getting several pages of coverage. Within each biography for the saints there are various sub-headings: 'Born', 'Alter-egos', '(Pre) Occupations', 'In Memoriam', 'Deadly Sins', 'From Cradle To Grave' and 'Moments Of Madness'. And for the survivors the chapters are broken down into similar sub-headings: 'Born', 'Alter-egos', '(Pre) Occupations', 'Live By This', 'Deadly Sins', 'On A Highway To Hell' and 'Moments Of Madness'.

Obviously the book is open to debate about who should and shouldn't be included, as these sorts of books usually are. Bon Scott, John Bonham and Slash et al have been written about so many times that it's hardly worthy reading about them again, and so the lesser known names such as the late Peter Steele of Type O Negative prove to be the most fascinating. Obviously Lemmy and Ozzy are included as are Nikki Sixx and Axl Rose but there are also some less mainstream names such as the controversial Varg Vikernes and the late drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan of Avenged Sevenfold. Axl, Slash and the late Layne Staley of Alice In Chains were never metal and nor was John Bonham so that opens a further debate about the exact definition of heavy metal (which throughout the book, and in the sub-title, is hyphenated for some reason).

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Personally, I would have included Steve Clark of Def Leppard and other, less frequently written about names, rather than the usual suspects but I suppose the bigger names make the book more commercial. Metal has always been a man's world but, as the book includes other forms of rock that aren't really classed as metal (grunge as in Alice In Chains and hard rock as in Guns N' Roses), I think perhaps the late Wendy O. Williams (The Plasmatics) and Joan Jett (The Runaways) or even that dreaded woman Courtney Love could have been involved simply to prove that rock and metal has its fair share of badass women.

With twenty chapters and potted biographies of each musician it's very much a book that can be dipped in and out of rather than read from cover to cover. O'Shea is certainly a good writer, who has a strong knowledge of his subjects, and he has written an illuminating book, but while the casual metal fan may enjoy its contents many of these stories are so well known that the more dedicated fan will be left with the feeling of wanting something more in-depth.

Neil Daniels

Share this on the web.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  December 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
   1  2  3  4  5  6
  7  8  910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month ago
  • Berny : Hello @zigma33, you should have received a download link two days ago. Could you pls check your inboxes? Many thanks, B. :)
  • zigma33 : Hi! I purchased your latest issue #92 yesterday but never received my download.
  • daveomd : Got it along with my download, everything looks great! Thanks, Dave
  • Berny : @daveomd: We sent you a mail immediately after your purchase, and have just sent another email now. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • daveomd : I purchased your latest issue #92 but never received my download.
  • Berny : @Hysteria & @KI2000: Many thanks for your kind words! :)
  • Hysteria : Received my download copy almost immediately and downloaded 50 magazines for free. Cannot complain! Thanks guys!!!
  • KI2000 : Love the new issue guys, great magazine!
  • Berny : @Mugi89: Your confirmation mail was sent on the 22nd, I've just sent it again. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • Mugi89 : Hi! I purchased my digital copy of issue 92 2 days ago but still didn't receive it. When am I gonna be able to download it? thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Your mail was forwarded to the Fireworks team yesterday, I am going to ask them again. Sorry for the delay!
  • Berny : @Mitch Perry: Your order was received at 4AM local time. As stated on the order page, all payments have to be processed manually. Your copy of Fireworks 92 was added to your download section, many thanks for the purchase.
  • Berny : @RobC68: I sent you two emails explaining the situation. There's not much more I can do for you at the moment, so I'd suggest you stop buying the magazine. Thanks.
  • zom414 : Still not received the latest issue by post, I've emailed as well but not heard anything. Can you let me know what's happening please?
  • Mitch Perry : Can I have my download link, please? Issue 92 22 Sep 2020 07:57:11 BST Paypal Transaction ID: 1BS38875MX3700248
  • RobC68 : purchased issue 92 in download version. been waiting more than a day....PATHETIC SERVICE as it happens with every purchase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Berny : @rgilman: Please check your e - mail for download instructions.
  • rgilman : Hello I bought the Deep Purple issue how do I download it? Thanks
  • Berny : @jharper36: Please check your e - mail.
  • jharper36 : Hi, i purchased the download of issue #92. How do I download it?
  • Berny : @loudjlopez: Sorry for the troubles, pls. check your mail. Many thanks!
  • loudjlopez@m : Any word on my digital download of issue 91. Paid on Saturday. It is Tuesday. Thanks
  • loudjlopez@m : Paid for Fireworks #91 for digital download. No word since Saturday and it is Monday.
  • Berny : @fdr: Magazines were sent on Monday. Thanks for your purchase and best regards, B. :)
  • fdr : Hi, yesterday (august 12th) I sent you a payment for 21GBP for the purchase of issues 91 and 82 of Fireworks magazine. (code 7D3182072X778721A) but still haven't received a word od confirmation. Can you please check?
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site