METALLICA WANTS FANS' MEMORIES OF 'MASTER OF PUPPETS'
Metallica is collaborating with an author named Matt Taylor on a book about the making of the band's classic 1986 album Master Of Puppets, and wants the help of fans. The band wrote at its website, "Were you there in 1986? Snuck a camera into a show or two? Ran into us at a record store or in the bar? Have a funny story about getting to the gig or photos of you and your pals there? We want them all!! Cropped, blurred, overexposed? We'll take 'em! No photographs, anecdotes, or stories are too insignificant. We want YOU to be a part of this book!"
Taylor, who wrote an acclaimed and extensively detailed book on the making of the movie Jaws, contacted the band with a proposal to create a definitive history of the band's third album. The band's post explained, "When we took a spin through Jaws: Memories From Martha's Vineyard, we were so blown away by the presentation, thorough coverage, and attention to detail that went into it, we knew he was the man to help us celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of that release."
The post stated that Taylor "has been very busy doing extensive interviews with all of us, our managers, record company staff, people we hung with then and Cliff's (Burton, late Metallica bassist) dad Ray," but added, "Matt's plan for the Master Of Puppets book is to lean heavily on amateur, fan-taken photos and stories reflecting the grassroots vibe of the time, so this is where you come in."
Metallica frontman James Hetfield told us a while back that drummer Lars Ulrich is the band member who recalls everything about the group's history: "He cannot forget things, where I'm pretty much the opposite, I remember hardly anything about what's going on (laughs). But Lars is a great historian on Metallica and we joke about him being the biggest Metallica fan on the planet, and that he is. You know, he'll be the guy that has the museum or all of that Metalli-memorabilia. He's Encyclopedia Metallica."
Fans are encouraged to email the band about submitting stories or photos at firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions must be from personal collections.
The book is expected to arrive in the fall of 2015, several months ahead of the 30th anniversary of the album's release, which will take place in February 2016.
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