'American Hair Metal' Author Offers His Picks For Best Manes In Hard-Rock History

Mark Yarm of The Associated Press reports:

Watch VH1 Classic for any length of time and you're bound to catch your fair share of videos by '80s hair-metal superstars such as POISON, CINDERELLA, MÖTLEY CRÜE and WARRANT alongside clips by also-rans such as BULLETBOYS, TRIXTER and KIX. If you're looking to go behind the music, check out the new, appropriately photo-heavy book "American Hair Metal", which captures the hair-metal (a.k.a. glam-metal) movement in all its teased-out, heavily mascaraed, spandex-clad glory.

"This was a difficult book to write in a way, because there's nothing really to analyze," says "American Hair Metal" author Steven Blush, who previously wrote "American Hardcore: A Tribal History", about the politically charged punk-rock scene of the 1980s. "(Hair metal) really wasn't based on anything, artistically. It was about kicking ass and getting laid and partying."

Whatever their social import and however suspect the quality of their musical output may be, these bands at least deserve to go down in history for their follicular feats. We asked Blush to nominate the inaugural class of our Hair-Metal Hall of Fame.

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