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Metallica is back with their first album in almost a decade! With James Hetfield at the helm, Metallica went from being thrash pioneers to heavy metal gods. He overcame adolescent upheaval and personal demons—including his parents’ divorce, his mother’s untimely death and severe alcoholism—to become metal’s biggest star. So Let It Be Written does justice to the many hats Het Metallica is back with their first album in almost a decade! With James Hetfield at the helm, Metallica went from being thrash pioneers to heavy metal gods. He overcame adolescent upheaval and personal demons—including his parents’ divorce, his mother’s untimely death and severe alcoholism—to become metal’s biggest star. So Let It Be Written does justice to the many hats Hetfield has worn, with his strong leadership, signature vocal style, powerful guitar-playing and masterful songwriting. Author Mark Eglinton uses exclusive, firsthand interviews—with prominent rock stars and key figures in Hetfield’s life—to construct the definitive account of Hetfield. “Hopefully this book will rekindle certain special memories about one of metal’s most charismatic and important individuals.” —Chuck Billy of Testament Mark Eglinton is the co-writer of Official Truth, 101 Proof by Pantera’s Rex Brown and Confessions of a Heretic by Behemoth’s Adam Nergal Darski. Chuck Billy is the singer of Testament.


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Metallica is back with their first album in almost a decade! With James Hetfield at the helm, Metallica went from being thrash pioneers to heavy metal gods. He overcame adolescent upheaval and personal demons—including his parents’ divorce, his mother’s untimely death and severe alcoholism—to become metal’s biggest star. So Let It Be Written does justice to the many hats Het Metallica is back with their first album in almost a decade! With James Hetfield at the helm, Metallica went from being thrash pioneers to heavy metal gods. He overcame adolescent upheaval and personal demons—including his parents’ divorce, his mother’s untimely death and severe alcoholism—to become metal’s biggest star. So Let It Be Written does justice to the many hats Hetfield has worn, with his strong leadership, signature vocal style, powerful guitar-playing and masterful songwriting. Author Mark Eglinton uses exclusive, firsthand interviews—with prominent rock stars and key figures in Hetfield’s life—to construct the definitive account of Hetfield. “Hopefully this book will rekindle certain special memories about one of metal’s most charismatic and important individuals.” —Chuck Billy of Testament Mark Eglinton is the co-writer of Official Truth, 101 Proof by Pantera’s Rex Brown and Confessions of a Heretic by Behemoth’s Adam Nergal Darski. Chuck Billy is the singer of Testament.

30 review for So Let It Be Written: The Biography of Metallica's James Hetfield

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannie

    Een interessant boek. Ik kreeg het cadeau van mijn man, omdat we volgend jaar naar een concert van Metallica gaan. Ik ben geen heel groot fan, dus ik heb James Hetfield en Metallica door de jaren heen niet gevolgd. Al heb ik de documentaire Some kind of monster wel gezien. In dit boek komt die ook kort aan bod. Ook heb ik via de media hun strijd tegen Napster ook wel meegekregen. Toch waren veel dingen nieuw voor mij, wat het interessant maakte. Toch vind ik het jammer dat hij zelf niet meegewer Een interessant boek. Ik kreeg het cadeau van mijn man, omdat we volgend jaar naar een concert van Metallica gaan. Ik ben geen heel groot fan, dus ik heb James Hetfield en Metallica door de jaren heen niet gevolgd. Al heb ik de documentaire Some kind of monster wel gezien. In dit boek komt die ook kort aan bod. Ook heb ik via de media hun strijd tegen Napster ook wel meegekregen. Toch waren veel dingen nieuw voor mij, wat het interessant maakte. Toch vind ik het jammer dat hij zelf niet meegewerkt heeft aan het boek. Dat had het net even iets persoonlijker gemaakt. Dat was bij de biografie van Barry Hay (Golden Earring) wel het geval en dat maakte dat dat boek net wat beter was.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cuyler Baldwin

    So Let It Be Written is a biography about James Hetfield and Metallica. This book just talks about how Metallica started and how the band members made it one of the biggest bands ever. I liked that the book went into so much detail about everything that dealt with Metallica. It had everything from what they did before concerts to every show they did and where they were. The book also had quotes from the band members, former band members, and people who were close to Metallica like producers and So Let It Be Written is a biography about James Hetfield and Metallica. This book just talks about how Metallica started and how the band members made it one of the biggest bands ever. I liked that the book went into so much detail about everything that dealt with Metallica. It had everything from what they did before concerts to every show they did and where they were. The book also had quotes from the band members, former band members, and people who were close to Metallica like producers and managers. The book was also great because Metallica is my favorite band and it was interesting to learn all about the band and how they lived and the struggles they went through and it was really cool to see the evolution of the band. So Let It Be Written also has a couple of pages that are dedicated to pictures of the band from the beginning until modern times. There are pictures of one of Metallica’s first magazines they were in, pictures of Cliff burton, Jason Newsted, and Robert Trujillo. There was not really any part of the book that I particularly did not like other than the fact that the book got a little slow at some parts which bored me a little. But the book got more of my attention to keep me reading. Overall I thought the book was really good and interesting because of all of the detail in it and how it explained everything thoroughly.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Mcgowan

    (July 2017) - I have not read any other Metallica books, but have followed them fairly closely since the Black album. The early years of James and the band had some new info for me to digest and even post '91 there was additional info that made it worth reading. Please be aware that this book is not the normal biography of a normal living person where the subject has contributed to the book. The author has pieced together info from many sources, with no footnotes or anything like that. I am not (July 2017) - I have not read any other Metallica books, but have followed them fairly closely since the Black album. The early years of James and the band had some new info for me to digest and even post '91 there was additional info that made it worth reading. Please be aware that this book is not the normal biography of a normal living person where the subject has contributed to the book. The author has pieced together info from many sources, with no footnotes or anything like that. I am not an English major, but the writing style was difficult for me to speed through. I did get a good sense of who James is as a musician, BUT the in depth examination of his non-music life was a little lacking. If you're a super fan of the band, then check it out. If you're not a super fan, then check out the other books to see if there is one that better meets your needs. Rock on!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sriram K R

    A nice ride down memory lane for any MetallicA fan, especially a Jaymz fanboi like me. Comes across as a bit too fawning at times but overall tells the story of MetallicA with a focus on James. Fun read but there's nothing new or personal here, seeing as it is told largely from the author's perspective with quotes from a bunch of musicians and assorted folks in the '80s Bay Area scene.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sima

    The story is incredible. It is all about "follow your dreams" Hetfield / Metallica 's story is remarkable. A modern age fairy tale when artists can be artists. Make an entirely new thing, in this case, music, their way...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Honey

    Jaymz deserves a much better bio. This is not exactly a high-quality biography. Only reason I hang onto it is because I love Jaymz so much that I’ll put up with a lot of garbage...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aliane

    yes

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vilmos Blumenschein

    A must read for Metallica fans, for general rock music listeners it's an interesting read also.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mark Nowowiejski

    I enjoyed it - Hetfield is pretty much who you think he is. I would have liked more details on the tour debauchery as the author got a little repetitive at times but overall interesting stuff about the background of the songs matching up with his upbringing and the progression of the band of the years in general. Def enjoy their discography as you go through the chapters. *Maybe skip St Anger

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsay

    I tried to give this book a chance, since I'm a huge Metallica fan. Be prepared. This is not a James Hetfield biography, this is a fan telling the story of Metallica with bits of James-focused antidotes included. Here's what I learned: James is quiet and shy until you get him to open up, and then he's great. (Whoa. Shocker. And to hear it repeated as if it was a mantra I was repeating while banging my head against the wall.) Here's what I didn't learn: How he met his wife, the story of their relat I tried to give this book a chance, since I'm a huge Metallica fan. Be prepared. This is not a James Hetfield biography, this is a fan telling the story of Metallica with bits of James-focused antidotes included. Here's what I learned: James is quiet and shy until you get him to open up, and then he's great. (Whoa. Shocker. And to hear it repeated as if it was a mantra I was repeating while banging my head against the wall.) Here's what I didn't learn: How he met his wife, the story of their relationship and that of his family. What lead him to seek treatment and how it impacted his life after. It seems that those interviewed needed no further qualification that to have known/run into a band member once or twice in his life. The author isn't deserving of the title. It read like a high school essay, complete with poor grammar. I concede that I could be wrong, but the use of "Metallica" as a plural had me wanting to throw the book against the wall which, incidentally, I did upon completion. Every time I read "Metallica were..." I wanted to scream. "Metallica" is a single entity. Try "Metallica was...". Also, I'm pretty sure even biographies require bibliographies. Really, if you're a Metallica fan, there's zero new information here and the writing style and quality leave much to be desired. Don't bother.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Luís Alves

    If you're going to read this trying to know some extra details or personal anecdotes about James Hetfield that haven't already been released in various other Metallica books, then you're going to be disappointed. Other than the first few chapters focusing on his childhood and adolescence and the final pages which present an interesting reflection of what Hetfield achieved in the latter stages of his life, this book is essentially a synthesized Metallica biography with a few opinion tidbits from If you're going to read this trying to know some extra details or personal anecdotes about James Hetfield that haven't already been released in various other Metallica books, then you're going to be disappointed. Other than the first few chapters focusing on his childhood and adolescence and the final pages which present an interesting reflection of what Hetfield achieved in the latter stages of his life, this book is essentially a synthesized Metallica biography with a few opinion tidbits from friends, musicians and acquaintances who got to know Hetfield over the years. On the other hand, it's also understandable why the author had so little to work with, because Hetfield is known to keep his private life to himself, building up a wall around strangers who might try to interview or get to know him. Even so, it's definetely not the best James Hetfield biography out there and I suspect the only one worth reading will be his own, if he ever decides to write it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    George Karakitsos

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    michelle murphy

  20. 5 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Kris Zahra

  28. 5 out of 5

    Glen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Kahan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marsmannix

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