It is fun finding out what tracks and albums from a given band Eddie rates. In a sense this is a book version of That Metal Show, which isn't a bad thing. The forward from Rob Halford is a nice touch. Hardly an essential book on the subject by any means, but a good read nonetheless.
Here is the interview I did with Eddie about the book.
1. For whom did he write this book? Is it aimed at newbie headbangers or is there something for everyone, including the grizzled ole' leather clad metal masses?
There is something for anyone who was into hard rock & metal in the '70s and '80s. There’s a lot of deeper stuff and lots of personal stuff people are learning for the first time, but I also made sure to give some overview of the bands for new fans trying to just get into it. I’ve been told by many that it’s a great balance and a great way for younger fans to learn about this music — and long time rock and metal fans are loving the personal angle and the photos. It’s a hybrid of many things.
2. Why did it take him so long to do this?
I’m coming up on 30 years in the business. My original intent was to write an autobiography and that might come some day, but this was a good way to get into the book world after years of radio and TV and many are asking for a sequel which I would like to do. It’s a time consuming process to do a book of this quality, a lot went into it, and it was also important to wait so that I had decades of experiences to call on. Made for better stories.
3. Why did Eddie become such a star in metal journalist world while others go unheralded?
I can only attribute that to being so consistent and keeping at it. I’ve gotten some breaks but have also worked my ass off to build an audience and reputation. I have literally been working in music just about my entire life. Over the years I have built not only a great audience but also a great trust and relationship with many of the artists that few have. But I never get too high or low and still just consider myself a fan who has fought for the music and bands I love.