Joel McIver

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Joel McIver
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Joel McIver in 2013
Born (1971-02-10) 10 February 1971 (age 48)
Occupation Author
Language English
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Genre Biography
Subject Non-fiction

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, Thunder, Ice Cube and Queens Of The Stone Age. His writing appears in newspapers and magazines such as The Guardian , the Daily Telegraph and Classic Rock , and he is an occasional guest on BBC and commercial radio and television.

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Contents

Career

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]

Neil Daniels is a freelance British writer specialising in rock and heavy metal. Educated at Middlesex University, where he obtained a BA Honours degree in Film Studies, he has written books on Judas Priest, Robert Plant, Bon Jovi, Linkin Park and ZZ Top.

Martin Popoff is a Canadian music journalist, critic and author. He is mainly known for writing about the genre of heavy metal music. The senior editor and co-founder of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, he has additionally written over twenty books that both critically evaluate heavy metal and document its history. He has been called "heavy metal's most widely recognized journalist" by his publisher. Popoff presently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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 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 and Alice Cooper respectively.

Deep Purple English rock band

Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. The band is considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, have been referred to as the "unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-seventies". They were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as "the globe's loudest band" for a 1972 concert at London's Rainbow Theatre, and have sold over 100 million copies of their albums worldwide.

Glenn Hughes British singer-songwriter

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Max Cavalera Brazilian musician

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In April 2016 Pan Macmillan announced the publication later in the year of sometime 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]

David Bowie British musician, actor, record producer and arranger

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Tony Visconti American record producer, musician and singer

Anthony Edward Visconti is an American record producer, musician and singer. Since the late 1960s, he has worked with an array of performers. His lengthiest involvement was with David Bowie: intermittently from the production and arrangement of Bowie's 1968 single "In the Heat of the Morning" / "London Bye Ta-Ta" to the 2016 release Blackstar, Visconti produced and occasionally performed on many of Bowie's albums. Visconti's work on Blackstar was cited in its Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and his production of Angelique Kidjo's Djin Djin was cited in its Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album.

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]

Bass Guitar is a UK-based music magazine established in 2003 and continuing to the present day. The magazine was originally a bi-monthly publication until 2009 when it became monthly. The magazine has featured articles and tuition columns from a long list of world-renowned bassists, including Nick Beggs, pop and progressive rock veteran; Jeff Berlin, jazz legend; Steve Lawson, solo artist; Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse; Suzy Starlite of the Starlite Campbell Band; Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium; Michael McKeegan of Therapy?; Ruth Goller, jazz educator and session bassist; and Paul Geary, session bassist with George Michael, Lisa Stansfield, Westlife and many others.

Brecon Jazz Festival music festival

The Brecon Jazz Festival is a music festival held annually in Brecon, Wales. Normally staged in early August, it has played host to a range of jazz musicians from across the world.

Gerard Cousins is a Welsh guitarist, composer and arranger.

He also co-hosts a podcast called Dead Rock Stars with fellow writer Mick Wall. In June 2018, the Guardian named Dead Rock Stars their podcast of the week. [9]

Mick Wall is a British music journalist, author, and radio and TV presenter. He has been described as "the world's leading rock and metal writer".

McIver is an alumnus of Backwell School [10] and the University of Edinburgh.

Awards

As Editor of Bass Guitar magazine, McIver received the 2018 Award of Excellence for Best Educational Project from the Players School of Music in Clearwater, Florida.

The same year, Sony's 35th-anniversary-edition reissue of The Alan Parsons Project's 1982 album Eye In The Sky, for which McIver wrote extensive liner notes, won its category at the annual Prog magazine awards. Parsons, along with surround mastering engineers Dave Donnelly and PJ Olsson, won the Grammy Award for Best Immersive Audio Album for the box set at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards [11] .

Bibliography

As writer

  • Extreme Metal (foreword by 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 and Triptykon, 2004)
  • Extreme Metal II (foreword by Mille Petrozza of Kreator, 2005)
  • No One Knows: The 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 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 of Metallica, 2009; updated with afterword by 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 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 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 of Machine Head, 2016)

As official biographer or co-writer

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References

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  2. Daniels, Neil; All Pens Blazing, 2009, p6
  3. Classic Rock , April 2012
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  10. Interview in Venue magazine, 2008.
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