Joel McIver, the author of 16 books on rock and metal including the bestselling "Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica", announced the release of two new books at his web site today. Both are set for publication in spring 2011.
McIver writes: "'Crazy Train: The High Life And Tragic Death Of Randy Rhoads' (Jawbone Press) features a foreword by none other than Zakk Wylde, who wrote: 'When Joel asked me to write the foreword for this book about Randy, I was beyond honored. I figured it was the least I could do, considering how much impact Randy has had on my life.' The honour is all mine, Zakk."
"One of the ideas behind this book was to reveal the impact of Randy's all-too-brief career on today's generation of rock and metal guitarists, and to that end six-stringers from the entire spectrum of heavy music have either been interviewed or have agreed to be interviewed for it. These include, but are not limited to, Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD), Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), Gary Holt (EXODUS), Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR), Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, BLOTTED SCIENCE), Pat O'Brien (CANNIBAL CORPSE), Mille Petrozza (KREATOR), Jack Owen (DEICIDE), Ralph Santolla (OBITUARY), Jeff 'Mantas' Dunn (ex-VENOM) and Tomas 'Samoth' Haugen (ex-EMPEROR and ZYKLON). There's a ton of other interviewees to be announced. 'Crazy Train' isn't just about Randy's guitar playing, though: I wanted to show what the guy was really like as a person, and so I also spoke with Randy's oldest friend Pete Wilkinson and his colleagues in the Ozzy Osbourne band's classic 'Blizzard Of Ozz' lineup, Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake.
"I'm also about to submit 'Overkill: The True Story Of Motörhead' to Omnibus Press. This one has a foreword written by my chum Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), an old friend of Lemmy's who, as eagle-eyed readers will recall, I've been working with on his autobiography. As with the Randy Rhoads biography, the response from a wide range of musicians to interview requests has been astounding, but perhaps that shouldn't be a surprise. After all, Lemmy is God."
For more information, visit www.joelmciver.co.uk.