Arguably the most famous heavy metal venue in the world, the history of the New York venue L'Amour has now been documented in print form. "Rock Capital of Brooklyn", a large, hardcover coffee-table style tome jammed with over 1,000 full-color photographs, ticket stubs and memorabilia from the noted heavy metal nightclub, is set to be released in the coming months.
L'Amour in its early '80s heyday presented such acts as METALLICA, WHITE LION, CINDERELLA, SKID ROW, POISON, FAITH NO MORE, THE BLACK CROWES, TWISTED SISTER, WARRANT, ANTHRAX, RATT, SLAYER, MEGADETH, STRYPER, QUEENSRŸCHE, KIX, IRON MAIDEN, GUNS N' ROSES, MOTÖRHEAD, MANOWAR, SOUNDGARDEN, EXTREME, DOKKEN, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, WINGER, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and KING DIAMOND. As many of these acts were either unknown or up-and-coming at the time, the venue is considered the CBGB of heavy metal. L'Amour was the epicenter of the New York underground metal scene for most of its 25-year life. It was home to five of New York's most predominant bands: LIFE OF AGONY, BIOHAZARD, TYPE O NEGATIVE, OVERKILL, and WHITE LION. Featured in the book are performance photos of the bands that graced the L'Amour stage.
The book is a collaborative effort. The story is written by legendary L'Amour DJ Alex Kayne who is recognized as New York City's first heavy metal DJ and is the venue's longest resident DJ. Alex Kayne presents his well-known "RockMachine" shows throughout the tri-state area. The book's music photography is attributed to legendary music photographer Frank White, who began photographing music in 1975. White was the house photographer at L'Amour in Brooklyn for many years. Just over a year after working as the venue's photographer in 1986, the Frank White Photo Agency was started. L'Amour staff, bands, and regulars have contributed some of their memories of life at the club to the book as well.
"Rock Capital of Brooklyn" tells the story in images and words of the famous venue and its important contributions to the heavy metal music scene.
If you are a hard rock, hardcore, heavy metal fan, or just a music history buff then this book is a must-read!
For more information, visit the "Rock Capital of Brooklyn" Facebook page.