The Info List - Joel McIver

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Joel McIver
Joel McIver
(born 10 February 1971) is a British author. The best-known of his books is the best-selling Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica, first published in 2004 and appearing in nine languages since then. McIver's other works include biographies of Black Sabbath, Slayer, Ice Cube
Ice Cube
and Queens Of The Stone Age. His writing also appears in newspapers and magazines such as The Guardian, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Rolling Stone, and he is an occasional guest on BBC and commercial radio and television. McIver has written 30 English-language
books since 1999, with at least 75 more editions available in various other languages.[1] In the introduction to Neil Daniels' 2009 book All Pens Blazing, veteran writer Martin Popoff described McIver as "probably the top [rock] scribe in the world".[2] In a review in April 2012, Classic Rock magazine described him as "by some distance, Britain's most prolific hard rock/metal author".[3] As well as writing his own books, McIver also co-writes the autobiographies of rock musicians. The first of these was the memoir of sometime Deep Purple
Deep Purple
bassist Glenn Hughes, published in 2011.[4] Other autobiographies written by McIver include those of Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy)[5] and Megadeth
bass player David Ellefson,[6] which include forewords by Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl
and Alice Cooper respectively. In April 2016 Pan Macmillan
Pan Macmillan
announced the publication later in the year of sometime David Bowie
David Bowie
drummer Woody Woodmansey's autobiography, Spider From Mars: My Life With David Bowie, for which McIver is Woodmansey's co-writer. The book includes a foreword by Bowie's producer and friend Tony Visconti.[7] Since 2012, McIver has also been the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine, and occasionally performs as a bass player; he played at the Brecon Jazz Festival in 2017 alongside classical guitarist Gerard Cousins.[8] McIver is an alumnus of Backwell School[9] and the University of Edinburgh.


1 Bibliography

1.1 As writer 1.2 As official biographer or co-writer

2 References 3 External links

Bibliography[edit] As writer[edit]

Extreme Metal (foreword by Jeffrey Dunn
Jeffrey Dunn
of Venom, 2000) Slipknot: Unmasked (2001) Nu-Metal: The Next Generation Of Rock And Punk (foreword by Casey Chaos of Amen, 2002) Ice Cube: Attitude (2002) Erykah Badu: The First Lady Of Neo-Soul (2003) Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica
(foreword by Thomas Gabriel Fischer of Celtic Frost
Celtic Frost
and Triptykon, 2004) Extreme Metal II (foreword by Mille Petrozza
Mille Petrozza
of Kreator, 2005) No One Knows: The Queens Of The Stone Age
Queens Of The Stone Age
Story (foreword by Kat Bjelland of Babes In Toyland, 2005) The Making Of The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik (2005) The Making Of The Sex Pistols' The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle (2006) Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (2006) The Bloody Reign Of Slayer
(foreword by the members of Municipal Waste, 2008) The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists (foreword by Glen Benton
Glen Benton
of Deicide, 2009) Unleashed: The Story Of Tool (2009) To Live Is To Die: The Life And Death Of Metallica's Cliff Burton (foreword by Kirk Hammett
Kirk Hammett
of Metallica, 2009; updated with afterword by Frank Bello
Frank Bello
of Anthrax, 2016) Holy Rock'N'Rollers: The Kings Of Leon Story (2010) Crazy Train: The High Life And Tragic Death Of Randy Rhoads (foreword by Zakk Wylde
Zakk Wylde
of Black Label Society, afterword by Yngwie Malmsteen, 2011) Overkill: The Untold Story Of Motorhead (foreword by Glenn Hughes, 2011) Machine Head: Inside The Machine (foreword by Chris Kontos, formerly of Machine Head, 2012) Ultimate Rock Riffs (foreword by Robb Flynn
Robb Flynn
of Machine Head, 2013) Know Your Enemy: Rage Against The Machine (2014) Sinister Urge: The Life And Times Of Rob Zombie (foreword by Jeremy Wagner of Broken Hope, 2015) The Complete History Of Black Sabbath: What Evil Lurks (foreword by Robb Flynn
Robb Flynn
of Machine Head, 2016)

As official biographer or co-writer[edit]

Deep Purple
Deep Purple
And Beyond: Scenes From The Life of a Rock Star (with Glenn Hughes, foreword by Lars Ulrich
Lars Ulrich
of Metallica, 2011) My Life With Deth: Discovering Meaning In A Life Of Rock & Roll (with David Ellefson, foreword by Alice Cooper, 2013) My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura
To Soulfly
And Beyond (with Max Cavalera, foreword by Dave Grohl, 2013) Glen Matlock's Sex Pistols Filthy Lucre Photo File
(with Glen Matlock, foreword by Chad Smith
Chad Smith
of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, 2014) Bible Of Butchery: Cannibal Corpse, The Official Biography
(foreword by Gene Hoglan, 2014) Thunder: Giving The Game Away: The Official Biography
(foreword by Andy Taylor, formerly of Duran Duran, 2016) Spider From Mars: My Life With David Bowie
David Bowie
(with Woody Woodmansey, foreword by Tony Visconti, afterword by Joe Elliott
Joe Elliott
of Def Leppard, 2016)


^ "Joel McIver: About".  ^ Daniels, Neil; All Pens Blazing, 2009, p6 ^ Classic Rock, April 2012 ^ "GLENN HUGHES Performs Solo Acoustic Set At 'Life Of A Rock Star' Book-Launch Event (Video)". BlabberMouth. [permanent dead link] ^ "MAX CAVALERA's Autobiography To Include Foreword By DAVE GROHL". BlabberMouth. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011.  ^ "MEGADETH Bassist's Autobiography Due Next Year". BlabberMouth.  ^ http://www.thebookseller.com/news/pan-mac-acquires-bowie-band-member-woody-woodmanseys-autobiography-326110 ^ http://www.thejazzmann.com/reviews/review/gerard-cousins-project-brecon-jazz-festival-2017-the-guildhall-brecon-12-08/ ^ Interview in Venue magazine, 2008.

External links[edit]

Official website

Authority control

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