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Metallica: This Monster Lives

The Inside Story of Some Kind of Monster

Joe Berlinger with Greg Milner

St. Martin's Press

Metallica is one of the most successful hard-rock bands of all time, having sold more than ninety million albums worldwide. Receiving unique, unfettered access, acclaimed filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky followed Metallica over two and a half years as they faced monumental personal and professional challenges that threatened to destroy the bands just as they returned to the studio to record their first album in four years. While the documentary itself provides an insider's view of Metallica, the two and a half years of production (and more than 1,600 hours of footage) garnered far more than can be expressed in a two-hour film.

Berlinger's book about the experience reveals the stories behind the film, capturing the energy, uncertainty, and ultimate triumph of both the filming and Metallica's bid for survival. It weaves the on-screen stories together with what happened off-screen, offering intimate details of the band's struggle amidst personnel changes, addiction, and controversy. In part because Berlinger was one of the only witnesses to the intensive group-therapy sessions and numerous band meetings, his account of his experience filming the band is the most honest and deeply probing book about Metallica - or any rock band - ever written.

This is the book both Metallica and film fans have dreamed of - a stark and honest look at one of rock's most important bands through the eyes of the most provocative documentary filmmakers working today.

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Praise for Metallica: This Monster Lives

'No rock band of remotely comparable commercial stature has opened their internal processes up to the kind of scrutiny allowed in "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster"...filmmaking duo Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky get discomfitingly close to their subjects...yet one needn't be a fan of Metallica or heavy metal to be engrossed throughout...theatrical prospects look upbeat, ancillary sales excellent."
- Variety

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Joe Berlinger with Greg Milner

  • Joe Berlinger is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist. His films include Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, Revelations: Paradise Lost2, and Book of Shadows: Blair Witch2, among many other film and television projects. Metallica: This Monster Lives is his first book.

    Greg Milner is a senior contributing writer and former columnist for Spin. His writings on music, film, and technology have also appeared in Slate, Salon. The Village Voice, Wired, New York, and other publications. His documentary work has screened at The International Festival of Ethnographic film. Metallica: This Monster Lives is his first book.

  • Greg Milner
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Metallica: This Monster Lives

The Inside Story of Some Kind of Monster

Joe Berlinger with Greg Milner

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