Wednesday, March 23, 2011


The world of hard rock & heavy metal has an ambassador and his name is Eddie Trunk. If you are a fan of the genre it's unlikely you've gone without hearing or seeing his work. Whether it was his first DJ gig at New Jersey's tiny little WDHA-FM, his world famous Friday/Saturday Night Rocks shows first on New York's  WNEW-FM and still going strong today as Friday Night Rocks on WAXQ-FM in New York, his early VJ stint on a fledgling VH1-Classic and the hugely successful That Metal Show also on VH1-Classic. Eddie also hosts a national radio show on Sirius-XM's Boneyard channel aptly named Eddie Trunk Live.

Eddie now brings his experience, expert knowledge, passion and unconditional love of music to the masses in book form.

Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal is a collection of 35 bands and artists that the writer feels are the most essential to the genre and why it still resonates with it's fans, old and new, more than forty years after Black Sabbath's 1970 debut. There is a shout out at the end to another twenty seven bands that didn't make the cut but deserved mention. There will be room for debate on why some artists made the book and others didn't but that just adds to the fun of the discussion this book undoubtedly will make among the genre's following. In the end it's hard to argue with a book that has a forward written by the Metal God himself, Rob Halford.

All the big names are there. AC/DC, Metallica, the aforementioned Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Thin Lizzy and Eddie's beloved UFO to name a few. With each of the top 35 Eddie shares their history, his stories of either seeing the band live or his personal interaction with them and sometimes both. My favorite features though are the "did you know" or "underground classic". Eddie shares facts about artists you probably didn't know and he also shares information on songs or CDs of your favorite performers you weren't aware you should be listening too. For you horror fans out there Eddie also mentions that Eddie Van Halen thought about replacing David Lee Roth when he left the band with Scandal's Patty Smyth. Shivers.

The most refreshing thing about Eddie is that he is brutally honest about his feelings. This is what makes him so successful on radio and television. No matter how much he loves a band or musician, no matter how big of a fan he is, he will not hold back when he disagrees with something they do. Kiss putting Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer in Ace & Peter Criss make-up for instance. Eddie is known to be a big Kiss fan and even does a Merry Kissmas episode of his radio show every holiday season in which he only plays Kiss. That said he is not going to see them do something he disagrees with and not voice his opinion.

The book has a glossy look, well thought out layout and some great photography. A must read for any head banger.

I already have my request for the sequel. Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Guitarists. No rush Eddie, we'll be enjoying this one for some time to come.

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