Like a Bat Out of Hell: The Larger Than Life Story of Meat Loaf
On the eve of the 40th anniversary of Bat Out of Hell, the album that Meat Loaf’s astonishing career sprang from, the premiere of Bat Out Of Hell, The Musical, and the launch of a mammoth two-year farewell tour, Mick Wall, who has known Meat Loaf throughout his career, pulls back the curtains to reveal the soft-hearted soul behind the larger-than-life monster he created for himself.
Last Of The Giants: The True Story of Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses has always been a band out of time, the Last of the Giants. 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.
Prince: Purple Reign
Prince was an icon. A man who defined an era of music and changed the shape of popular culture. One of the most talented and influential artists of all time, and one of the most mysterious. On 21st April 2016 the world lost its Prince; the day the music died.
Lemmy: The Definitive Biography
Based on Mick’s original interviews with Lemmy, 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.’
Paranoid: Black Days with Sabbath & Other Horror Stories – The Unexpurgated Edition
‘In his amoral, happy-go-lucky search for the next drink or expenses-paid trip, Wall fearlessly exposes much of the mediocrity and sheer hollowness that lies just beneath the surface glamour of life on the pop media-celebrity circuit… Dark, twisted and frequently hilarious.’ – THE TIMES
Foo Fighters: Learning to Fly
You don’t become one of the biggest rock stars in the world by being a nice guy. The definitive, no-holds-barred biography of one of the biggest-selling rock bands in the world, the Foo Fighters.
Getcha Rocks Off
A semi-fictionalised account from a time when giants really did walk the earth, stalked by overpaid and overindulged rock writers like this one. You couldn’t make it up. Or could you? Mick Wall spent much of the 1980s sprawled in limos and five-star hotels with the biggest rock bands in the world, including Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Mötley Crüe, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Van Halen, Motörhead and more.
Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre
Think you know how Jim Morrison died?
Think you know who wrote all their hits?
Think you know why Morrison fled to Paris, never to return?
Well now you will with the definitive biography, Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre, of the legendary rock band and their iconic frontman Jim Morrison, written by Mick Wall, one of our most revered music writers and one of the last journalists to interview Ray Manzarek.
The Endless Journey: 50 Years Of Pink Floyd
Mick Wall’s sensational Kindle-only biography of Pink Floyd, The Endless Journey: 50 Years Of Pink Floyd. Timed to coincide with The Endless River, the first all-new Pink Floyd album for 20 years, this is the book Wall describes as: ‘The one I’ve been waiting all my life to write.’
As the book explains, ‘Spread across four sides of music The Endless River is very much a Pink Floyd album in the historic, legendary sense. One meant to be listened to as one, long continuous, flowing piece.’
This book is a tribute to that magic. The story of Pink Floyd, then and now, ebbing and flowing, like the tides of the moon, across time and space, to bring you to now.
Lou Reed: The Life
Mick Wall, a lifelong Lou Reed and Velvet Underground fan, brings you the story of the most misunderstood genius in rock.
Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe
Way back in the mists of time, in the days when rock giants walked the earth, the name Ozzy Osbourne was synonymous with subversive and dark. Back then, Ozzy was the singer in Black Sabbath, and they meant business. In an era when it seemed possible to measure a band’s musical prowess by how ‘heavy’ they were, they didn’t come any weightier than Black Sabbath.
AC/DC: Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be
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.
Metallica: Enter Night: The Biography
First published in the UK in November 2010 by Orion.
At last, the first truly adult-oriented, inside portrait of the most important metal band of the past 30 years.
When Giants Walked The Earth: A Biography Of Led Zeppelin
First published in the UK in October 2008 by Orion.
The world’s greatest biography of the world’s greatest rock band.
Appetite for Destruction
First published in the UK in February 2010 by Orion.
A collection of some of Mick’s best work from Kerrang!, RAW and other magazines from the 1980s and early 90s, replete with brand new Intros to each story, and Codas.
Osbournes Confidential: An Insider’s Chronicle
First published in the UK in November 2008 by JR Books.
Ever wondered what Ozzy and Shazza were really like?
Status Quo: Pictures – 40 Years Of Hits
First published in the UK in November 2008 by earBOOKS.
The coffee-table book of the pix of the hits – raising money for the Prince’s Trust along the way.
Star Trippin’: The Best Of Mick Wall 1985-91
First published in the UK by M&G in May 2006.
A collection of highlights from the author’s years on Kerrang! magazine, along with up-to-date reminiscences on each story. With an introduction by Classic Rock’s Jon Hotten.
Bono: In The Name Of Love
First published in the UK by Andre Deutsch in June 2005.
The unofficial biography of Ireland’s greatest ever rock star.
John Peel – A Tribute To The Legendary DJ and Broadcaster
First published in the UK by Orion in November 2004.
An affectionate tribute from a regular listener to the greatest DJ ever.
XS All Areas: the Autobiography of Status Quo
First published in the UK by Sidgwick & Jackson in September 2004.
The ghost-written dual-autobiography of Status Quo main men Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt
Mr Big: Ozzy, Sharon and My Life as the Godfather of Rock – by Don Arden
First published in the UK by Robson Books in August 2004.
The ghost-written memoir of Don Arden; former manager of Gene Vincent, the Small Faces, Black Sabbath and ELO; legendary music biz gangster, and father of Sharon Osbourne.
Run To The Hills: The Authorized Biography of Iron Maiden
First published in the UK by Sanctuary Books in 1998. (Updated 2004.)
The definitive biography of Britain’s worthiest heavy metal band.
All Night Long: The True Story of Jon Bon Jovi
First published in the UK by Omnibus Press in 1995.
The first detailed exposition of the life and times of rock’s most enduring pin-up.
First published in the UK by Sidgwick & Jackson in 1994.
An in-depth biography of the band that, despite their astonishing success, never quite escaped the looming shadow of Nirvana.
Guns N’ Roses: The Most Dangerous Band In The World
First published in the UK by Sidgwick & Jackson in 1991. (Updated 1993.)
Not, as subsequently regarded, the reason W. Axl Rose put the author’s name into a song but actually a warm and affectionate portrait of the band that led rock in the 1980s.
Market Square Heroes – The Authorized Biography of Marillion
First published in the UK by Sidgwick & Jackson in 1987.
The ultimate in-depth study of the band as it was during the all-conquering Fish era…
Diary Of A Madman – The Official Biography of Ozzy Osbourne
First published in the UK by Zomba Books in 1986.
Written long before he became the star of The Osbournes, a firsthand chronicle of the man then considered rock’s greatest rogue.