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Wall, Mick

Works: 151 works in 464 publications in 8 languages and 7,565 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Heavy metal (Music)  Interviews  Rock concert films  Concert films  Rock videos  Rock films  Nonfiction films  Rock music 
Roles: Author, Creator, Interviewer, Editor, Contributor
Classifications: ML421.L4, 782.421660922
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Mick Wall
When giants walked the earth : a biography of Led Zeppelin by Mick Wall( Book )

30 editions published between 2008 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Veteran rock journalist Wall tells the comprehensive and yet intimately detailed story of Led Zeppelin--the band that pushed the envelope on both creativity and excess, even by rock 'n' roll standards
Love becomes a funeral pyre : a biography of The Doors by Mick Wall( Book )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and Czech and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanning the entire history of the Doors, this book will long remain the definitive biography of a band that forever changed popular music. But it's not the story you think you know, "
Enter night : a biography of Metallica by Mick Wall( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book delves into the various incarnations of the band, and the personalities of all key members, past and present
Black Sabbath : symptom of the universe by Mick Wall( Book )

18 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the heavy metal megaband traces its members' shared Birmingham youth, their creative influences, and the wrenching dynamics that led to their financial setbacks, breakup, and reunion
W.A.R. : the unauthorized biography of William Axl Rose by Mick Wall( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A journalist who had unprecedented access to Guns n' Roses at their peak delivers a history of the band's charismatic, talented and idiosyncratic leader. Even in the world of rock, a figure like Axl Rose doesn't come along very often. Mercurial and brilliant, deluded and imperious, Rose defies easy description or analysis. Few people have studied Rose as closely as Mick Wall. Traveling with Guns n' Roses and writing about them in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Wall first earned Axl's trust and later his fury. This book goes back to the beginning, revealing Rose's childhood influences and tracking the birth of the band. With fame and money came substance abuse and infighting, and a lead singer who morphed from eccentric to seemingly unhinged. Wall's book is richly detailed and offers new views on some celebrated incidents.--From publisher description
Foo Fighters : learning to fly by Mick Wall( Book )

16 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and Polish and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A narrative history of the Foo Fighters focuses on the life of frontman Dave Grohl and how he grew the band into one of the biggest rock groups in the world
Led Zeppelin : DVD by Led Zeppelin (gruppo musicale)( Visual )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An comprehensive collection of concert footage from 1970-1979, much of it never before seen. Includes performances cut out of their film, The Song Remains The Same, rarely seen interviews, never-before-seen television performances and much more
Bono : in the name of love by Mick Wall( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What other rock star has the numbers for both Nelson Mandela and George W. Bush on his speed-dial? Who else could have convinced the US to return $435 million in cancelled Third World debt? One of the most unique and inspiring figures in popular music today, not only is Bono the singer of the phenomenally successful U2, he is also the most overtly politicised rock superstar since John Lennon
Prince : purple reign by Mick Wall( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and Italian and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prince was an icon. A man who defined an era of music and changed the shape of popular culture forever. There is no doubt that he was one of the most talented and influential artists of all time, and also one of the most mysterious. On 21st April 2016 the world lost its Prince; it was the day the music died. This book will open a door to Prince's world like never before from his traumatic childhood and demonic pursuit of music as a means of escape, to his rise to superstardom, professional rivalries and marriages shrouded in tragedy, internationally bestselling music writer Mick Wall explores the historical, cultural and personal backdrop that gave rise to an artist the likes of which the world has never seen and never will again. Mick, a lifelong Prince fan, was one of the first UK journalists to ever write about this enigmatic star, and it was his story that put Prince on the cover of Kerrang magazine in 1984 and inspired the biggest mailbag of letters the magazine has ever had. As Prince sang in '7', 'no one in the whole universe will ever compare', and this book is a shining tribute to the forever incomparable Prince
AC/DC : hell ain't a bad place to be by Mick Wall( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

AC/DC moved to Britain from Sydney in 1975, and soon set up a residency at London's Marquee Club. Their short hair (including the odd mullet), loud rock and attitude chimed well with the lingering pub rock and soon-to-be punk crowd. They weren't really a band for guitar solos, and singer Bon Scott was the original bike-riding, speed-snorting, fighting man. An ex-convict he lived life fast and short; he died in February 1980, just before BACK IN BLACK, their huge-selling album, took off, and the second period of AC/DC (with Brian Johnson as lead vocalist) was ushered in. BACK IN BLACK has gone on to sell 45 million copies worldwide, and as the band have become a global phenomenon so their reclusiveness has increased. Mick Wall, the don of heavy metal writing, seeks to penetrate the wall around the Young brothers, and write the first authoritative, in-depth critical account of AC/DC
Lemmy : the definitive biography by Mick Wall( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 'The Ace of Spades', Motorhead's most famous song, Lemmy, the born-to-lose, live-to-win frontman of the band sang, 'I don't want to live forever'. Yet as he told his friend of 35 years, former PR and biographer Mick Wall, 'Actually, I want to go the day before forever. To avoid the rush ... '. This is his strange but true story. Brutally frank, painfully funny, wincingly sad, and always beautifully told, LEMMY: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY is the story of the only rock'n'roller never to sell his soul for silver and gold, while keeping the devil, as he put it, 'very close to my side'. From school days growing up in North Wales, to first finding fame in the mid-60s with the Rockin' Vicars ('We were very big up north, I had a Zephyr 6'); from being Jimi Hendrix's personal roadie ('I would score acid for him'), to leading Hawkwind to the top of the charts in 1972 with 'Silver Machine' ('I was fired for taking the wrong drugs'); from forming Motorhead ('I wanted to call the band Bastard but my manager wouldn't let me'), whose iconoclastic album NO SLEEP 'TIL HAMMERSMITH entered the UK charts at No. 1 - and its title into the lexicon of hip-speak. Based on Mick's original interviews with Lemmy conducted over numerous years, along with the insights of those who knew him best - former band mates, friends, managers, fellow artists and record business insiders - this is an unputdownable story of one of Britain's greatest characters. As Lemmy once said of Wall, 'Mick Wall is one of the few rock writers in the world who can actually write and seems to know anything about rock music. I can and do talk to him for hours - poor bastard.' With the hard part of his journey now over, Lemmy is set to become a legend. LEMMY: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY explains exactly how that came to be
Enter night : Metallica, the biography by Mick Wall( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alongside contemporaries Slayer, Megadeath and Anthrax, Metallica came to prominence in the eighties as one of the 'big four' of thrash metal. Metallica were to thrash, though, what the Sex Pistols were to punk. Nearly thirty years on, their tale is one of alcohol, rule breaking and tragically early death
Lou Reed : the life by Mick Wall( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and French and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rock 'n' roll was Lou Reed's life. From recording one of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time with THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO (1967), to heavy drug abuse and performing in front of the Pope, Lou Reed's story is one of great peaks and deep lows. Forever dedicated to his art, he became one of modern music's most legendary and seismic figures. Although a controversial, outspoken and undoubtedly misunderstood musician, Lou Reed's influence on popular culture cannot be overstated. He brought avant-garde to the mainstream with the Velvet Underground and his solo work was pronounced a revelation. Hit albums such as TRANSFORMER, SALLY CAN'T DANCE and BERLIN have cemented his name in the rock pantheon. A testament to his strength of character and true spirit, he was a creative and performer until the end, playing benefit gigs, featuring on new releases and, most poignantly, declaring that he was looking forward to 'being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future.' A true icon of rock 'n' roll - his legacy will live on in this book
Guns n' Roses : the most dangerous band in the world by Mick Wall( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in English and Dutch and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Last of the Giants : the true story of Guns n' Roses by Mick Wall( Book )

17 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many millions of words have already been written about Guns N' Roses, the old line-up, the new line-up. But none of them have ever really gotten to the truth. Which is this: Guns N' Roses has always been a band out of time, the Last of the Giants. They are what every rock band since the Rolling Stones has tried and nearly always failed to be: dangerous. At a time when smiling, MTV-friendly, safe-sex, just-say-no Bon Jovi was the biggest band in the world, here was a band that seemed to have leapt straight out of the coke-smothered pages of the original, golden-age, late-sixties rock scene. 'Live like a suicide', the band used to say when they all lived together in the Hell House, their notorious LA home. And this is where Mick Wall first met them, and became part of their inner circle, before famously being denounced by name by Axl Rose in the song 'Get in the Ring'. But this book isn't about settling old scores. Written with the clear head that 25 years later brings you, this is a celebration of Guns N' Roses the band, and of Axl Rose the frontman who really is that thing we so desperately want him to be: the last of the truly extraordinary, all-time great, no apologies, no explanations, no giving-a-shit rock stars. The last of his kind
When giants walked the earth : [a biography of Led Zeppelin] by Mick Wall( Recording )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Veteran rock journalist Mick Wall unflinchingly tells the story of the band that pushed the envelope on both creativity and excess, even by rock 'n' roll standards. Led Zeppelin was the last great band of the 1960s and the first great band of the 1970s--and When Giants Walked the Earth is the full, enthralling story of Zep from the inside, written by a former associate of both Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Rich and revealing, it bores into not only the disaster, addiction and death that haunted the band but also into the real relationship between Page and Plant, including how it was influenced by Page's interest in the occult. Comprehensive and yet intimately detailed, When Giants Walked the Earth literally gets into the principals' heads to bring to life both an unforgettable band and an unrepeatable slice of rock history
Like a bat out of hell : the larger-than-life story of Meat Loaf by Mick Wall( Book )

10 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Michael Lee Aday, better known by his stage name Meat Loaf, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell trilogy of albums has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. Everything in the story of Meat Loaf is big. From the place he was born (Texas); to the family he was born into (his father weighed 22 stone, his uncle weighed over 40 stone, while Meat Loaf himself weighed 17 stone before he was even in his teens); to the sound he made (a colossal collision between Richard Wagner, Phil Spector and Bruce Springsteen); and of course the records he sold - nearly 50 million in Britain and America alone. Now, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Bat Out of Hell, the album that gave rise to Meat Loaf's astonishing career, the premiere of Bat Out Of Hell: The Musical, and the launch of a mammoth two-year farewell tour, Mick Wall, who has interviewed Meat Loaf on numerous occasions throughout his career, pulls back the curtains to reveal the soft-hearted soul behind the larger-than-life character he created for himself. From a tumultuous childhood with an alcoholic father to the relentless abusive bullying from classmates and their parents alike, nobody could have predicted Meat Loaf's meteoric rise to fame. But when the messianic rock opera Bat Out of Hell was released in 1977, it became one of the biggest albums of all time, selling over 45 million copies worldwide to date. Its release marked the start of a rollercoaster ride of incredible highs and seemingly career-ending lows. By the 80s, Meat Loaf was battling with drug and alcohol addiction and escalating money problems that would eventually lead to a nervous breakdown. But just when it seemed like it was all over, the astonishing success of Bat Out of Hell II and the mega-hit 'I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)' marked an extraordinary new wave of success. Now, Mick Wall will bring this extraordinary story up to date, drawing on the hours he spent with Meat Loaf, both in interviews and on tour, as well as offering up a unique insight from those who have known him best."--
XS all areas : the Status Quo Autobiography by Francis Rossi( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Peel : a tribute to the much-loved DJ and broadcaster by Mick Wall( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Peel was the most influential person in British music. From Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and T. Rex through to the Sex Pistols, The Smiths and White Stripes, Peel gave them their break on radio. His broadcasting career began in Dallas, at the height of Beatlemania, thanks to his 'Merseyside connection'. Returning to Britain in 1967, his legendary late-night show 'The Perfumed Garden' on pirate radio earned his a place at the birth of Radio 1, where he continued to work right up until his death. From 1998, his multi-award-winning show 'Home Truths' on Radio 4 cemented John Peel's status as a uniquely talented and much-treasured figure in British broadcasting."--Jacket
W. Axl Rose : the unauthorized biography by Mick Wall( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Enter night : a biography of Metallica
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Alternative Names
Mick Wall britischer Autor und Journalist

Mick Wall British writer

Mick Wall Brits televisiepresentator

Mick Wall écrivain britannique

Mick Wall escriptor britànic

Mick Wall escritor británico

Уолл, Мик

ميك وول كاتب بريطاني

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