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Metallica: bear-hunting, gun-toting, out-of-time, evil, sacred-festival-impostors, or one of the most thrilling and unpredictable rock bands ever, the Led Zeppelin of our time?

To help you decide, and ahead of their two UK festival headlining slots this summer, why not check out Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood’s acclaimed biography, the first volume of which, Birth School Metallica Death, is just out in paperback: ‘an utterly gripping life of the world’s most successful heavy metal band, told with great humour and passion. If ever a band should have failed, it’s this bunch of awkward lunatics. That they went on to be so huge just makes this book even more absorbing’ (Sunday Times).

Volume I takes us up to their seminal, watershed moment, as the Black Album was about to be unleashed …

And for an exclusive peak at Into the Black, the second volume of their incredible story (January 2015), look no further, as the authors go behind the scenes of Some Kind of Monster, one of rock’s greatest ever films. Read the extract here.

In 1970, Viv Albertine knew she wanted to be in a band, but had never seen a woman play electric guitar. Seven years later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-female punk band, the Slits. This is the story of how, through sheer will, talent and fearlessness, she forced herself on to a male-dominated music scene and became part of a movement that changed music.

Everything is here, unvarnished and unwashed: art school, squatting, hanging out in Sex with Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, spending a day chained to Sid Vicious, on tour with The Clash, and being part of a brilliant, pioneering group of women making musical history.

The result is a raw, thrilling story of life on the frontiers, and a candid account of what happened post-punk, taking in a career in film, IVF, illness, divorce – and making music again, twenty-five years later.

Follow Viv on twitter and facebook. Find out about her tour here.