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Bringing Metal To The Children
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In the two decades since Ozzy Osbourne hired him away from his job at a New Jersey gas station, Zakk Wylde has established himself as a guitar icon known and revered the world over. Wylde has won nearly every guitar award imaginable, graced countless magazine covers and is a major influence to a new battalion of rock guitarists. Writing and recording with Osbourne led to multi-platinum success, inspiring him to create the now iconic Black Label Society in 1998. To date, Black Label Society has sold more than 3.5 million albums worldwide and continues to be a massive presence on the worldwide touring and merchandising circuits.

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* Zakk Wylde. Great Player. Great Sound. Great Friend. EDWARD VAN HALEN
* If Zakk Wylde did not exist we would have to build him like Frankenstein's monster. The hands of Randy Rhoads sewn onto the body of Conan the Barbarian implanted with the brain of Larry David. ROB ZOMBIE
* Zakk Wylde possesses the strength Thor, heart of a lion, and endowment of a steed. When I wage war in Ragnaroek, I shall order my Valkyries to bring this brave and noble Berzerker to fight along my side. ODIN, NORSE GOD AND RULER OF ASGARD
* When Zakk plays it's like Guitarmageddon!! It's an audio assault coming from his fretboard and the true meaning of guitar hero. KERRY KING
* I love and respect Zakk as if he were my son. Matter of fact, he says he is my son! He is the ultimate musician, great guitarist, and incredible on the piano. His guitar playing makes me grin ear to ear and that is a true gift. LESLIE WEST
* Zakk is a man with a truly remarkable voice that stands alongside his crazyman guit-fiddle skills. He and Darrell were always blowin' shit up, but the way I look at it, you can always fix stuff, but you can never replace the memories. RITA HANEY, DIMEBAG'S HAG
* Whenever I'm stuck on a scene, I find myself thinking, 'What would Zakk do?' Invariably, I think back to the first time I met the guy. He pulled me into a thunderous man-hug, shoved a cold Stella in my hands, whipped out his rather prodigious member, stretched it around his wrist like a fleshy Timex and asked me what time it was. Then he urinated in a trash can for about five minutes. It was, in a word, awesome. Much has been said about Zakk's status as the world's last real guitar hero. Not enough has been said about his abilities as a comic actor. If the fucker would just stop working out and let himself go already, he could be the next Belushi. TOM KAPINOS, CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, CALIFORNICATION
* There ain't a fake bone in his body. STEVE AUSTIN

In 1987, Wylde roared into the world of heavy metal music at age 19 as Ozzy Osbourne's new lead guitarist, and he hasn't really stopped-still a partner with Ozzy, Wylde has spent the last decade on his own, selling millions of CDs to a huge fan base he calls "Berserkers," after his beloved ancient Viking warriors who fought "like the Hulk on acid." But that basically is the problem with this often funny inside look at Wylde's heavy metal band, Black Label Society ("so secret we don't even know who we are")-it really won't appeal to anyone outside of his fans. The bulk of the book consists of stories and lessons from various tours that are straight out of the film Spinal Tap ("Rule No. 5: Smell everything before you eat or drink it!"). Even his detailed look at how he records in his personal studio, the "Black Vatican," which shows a clear-headed dedication to his craft, is mired in sentences like "Finding the right studio to record in is like finding the right hole to put your schlong into." However, Wylde offers sincerely passionate words of encouragement to his teenage fans to find in themselves what "is truly yours, believe in it, and run with it." (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Longtime guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, founder and front man of Black Label Society, and self-proclaimed Viking, Wylde lays out his guidelines for success for the benefit of all would-be warriors of heavy metal. These are expanded upon by dozens of examples from the road and studio, all of which involve some combination of drunkenness, nudity, and property damage. Regardless of whether you find those topics funny, it's clear that Wylde does, and his enthusiasm and genuine happiness are undeniable. This is one rock star who's not ashamed to say that being a rock star is awesome. Guest columns from friends and colleagues including Dave "Snake" Sabo of Skid Row and wrestler Chris Jericho add to the fun. VERDICT This is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, but true berserkers will get their fill of profane good times and gross-out laughs. Recommended for metalheads and lovers of tales from life on tour.-Neil Derksen, Gwinnett Cty. P.L., Lawrenceville, GA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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