Author(s): Ian Gittins
'Jimi Hendrix was not so much an element in a Periodic Table of Heavy Rock as an entire elemental spectrum in a parallel universe.' Welcome to The Periodic Table of Heavy Rock! Instead of hydrogen to helium, here you'll find Smashing Pumpkins to Spinal Tap - 118 artists that have defined this music genre arranged following the logical ordering of The Periodic Table of Elements. Many of these elements are as unstable and reactive as their chemical counterparts. Shared style influences and band members are all mapped out here, along with the vast spectrum of sound this genre. Grunge rock through to hardcore, blues rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, arena rock, glam rock and glam metal, punk rock, blues metal, 80s new wave, comedy metal, thrash, death, intelligent and nu-metal are all represented here. This book includes: Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Queen, Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Yes, Slipknot, Nirvana, ZZ Top, Sex Pistols, Meat Loaf, Queens of the Stone Age, the Doors, Pixies, Frank Zappa, Slade, Marilyn Manson, The Beatles and Spinal Tap and many, many more...Also includes a beautiful The Periodic Table of Heavy Rock poster.
Top trumps meets bluffer's guides in this unique guide to heavy rock!
Ian Gittins is currently a music critic on the Guardian, and has also written for Q, Melody Maker, Daily Telegraph, MTV and New York Times. He is the author of several other books, including Bjork: The Stories Behind the Songs and Talking Heads: The Stories Behind the Songs, both published by Carlton Books, and he has co-written The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star with Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, which will be published by Simon & Schuster this autumn.