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LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal – LIVE on NPR’s “On Point with Tom Ashbrook” Today – LISTEN NOW on the “On Point” Official Website!

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Today, LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal and co-authors Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman were the featured topic/guests on 90.9 WBUR / NPR’s “On Point with Tom Ashbrook”! Towards the end of the show, special guest artist Robb Flynn of Machine Head also called in to join host Tom Ashbrook and the authors in the discussion. If you missed it, the show is streaming now via Soundcloud widget at the top of the “On Point” homepage, located here:

While you are on the web checking out the NPR “On Point” interview, head over to the WNYC homepage to listen to Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman on “Soundcheck” with host John Schaefer. The show is streaming at

Now, after listening to these interviews, don’t you wish you could ask the authors some of your burning metal questions? Well, now you can! Co-authors Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman (with special guest Alex Skolnick of Testament) will be hosting a live, exclusive video chat session with fans about LOUDER THAN HELL on June 6th at 5:00pm ET.  Fans can meet the authors and Alex Skolnick via video chat for an interactive, Q&A session in a very cool virtual environment powered by Shindig. To RSVP go to  Come and join the chat!

LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal is in stores NOW! Compiled from over 400 interviews conducted by respected music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal (It Books; May 14, 2013; Hardcover; $32.50) is a chronological history of heavy metal, told through the words of the men and women who created it, played it, re-invented it, and continue to rock it. This week, the book is ranked at number #549 in the top books OVERALL on! The book is still ranked #1 in Heavy Metal Books and #2 in History & Criticism Books. LOUDER THAN HELL is also ranked #11 in 20th Century Books.

From the creation of Black Sabbath in the late 1960s, to Judas Priest’s development of the leather-and-studs look, to Metallica introducing the world to thrash, to the inception of Ozzfest, to Faith No More accidentally creating the first hybrid of rap and metal, to the provocative exploits of the Sunset Strip scene, to the death and destruction surrounding Norwegian black metal, LOUDER THAN HELL gets to the meat of the metal matter.

LOUDER THAN HELL explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal… from metal progenitors such as Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and the MC5 to current day innovators including Slipknot, Mastodon, and Lamb of God.

LOUDER THAN HELL is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres. With an introduction by Scott Ian of Anthrax and an afterword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and with two 16-page photo inserts, with some never-before seen candid shots by celebrated rock photographers Stephanie Cabral and Robert Matheu, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.

To learn more about LOUDER THAN HELL, please visit these official locations:

Buy your copy of LOUDER THAN HELL on now at this location.

About the Authors:

Jon Wiederhorn is a senior writer for Revolver who also writes for Guitar World,, and His second book, the authorized biography of Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, is scheduled for release in August. His work has also appeared in Rolling StoneSPIN, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide,, AOL Noisecreep, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, RIP, Alternative Press and Cosmopolitan. Jon currently lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, down the street from legendary ‘80s/’90s metal club L’Amour. His greatest accomplishment is teaching his two pre-teens to flash the devil horns long before they discovered Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

Katherine Turman is the producer for Alice Cooper’s nightly syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper. A former editor of RIP magazine and producer at TV’s The Sharon Osbourne Show as well as radio’s Rockline, her writing has been in major publications including Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, SPIN, Billboard, Marie Claire, Guitar World, Metal Hammer, Village Voice and Daily Variety. A Los Angeles native, she now lives in Brooklyn.

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