ROCK legends Motorhead have been immortalised in print with a stunning new book from Upton author Alan Burridge.
Motorhead – Live To Win is a glorious 220-page celebration of metal mayhem giving a year by year history with anecdotes and exclusive band photographs.
Formed in 1975, the band enjoyed massive success in the early 1980s and their albums Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades and, in particular, No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith, cemented their reputation as one of Britain’s premier rock exports.
Typically classified as heavy metal, Motorhead’s fusion of punk into the genre helped to pioneer speed metal and thrash metal even though iconic frontman Lemmy Kilmister prefers to simply describe the band’s output as rock ‘n’ roll.
This story focuses on founder, bassist and vocalist Lemmy and opens with his early days as roadie for Jimi Hendrix and bassist in psychedelic space rockers Hawkwind. The man himself even provides a foreward to the new book – “This is an incredible amount of information especially when they have found stuff from the early days when no-one was paying attention.”
As official band biographer Poole author Alan Burridge has a unique insight and access to the band, having been responsible for the Motorheadbangers Fan Club for over 30 years.
“I wanted to do a history of Motorhead and the management said go ahead and do it. They’ve never given in and had to do a comeback tour. I admire them and I try to keep going from one fanzine to the next, like they do with their albums,” says author Alan. If the book has whet your appetite, then Motorhead will be playing the BIC on November 15 with support from thrash legends Anthrax. Be warned that should be one loud show.
- Motorhead – Live To Win is available to order now from amazon.com