Saturday, June 14, 7:00 PM at the revered Chicago bookstore Quimby’s [1854 West North Ave.], Mike “McBeardo” McPadden will read from his new book Heavy Metal Movies, accompanied by original pieces about movies and/or metal composed and read by Andy Ortmann (Nihilist Records), Katie Rife (Everything Is Terrible), Andy Slater (Velcro Lewis), Gregory Jacobsen (Lovely Little Girls), Rachel McPadden (xoJane), and Dan Gleason (Chicago zine legend).
Mike “McBeardo” McPadden’s new book Heavy Metal Movies: Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos & Cult Zombies Amok in the 666 Most Eye- and Ear-Ripping Big Screen Films Ever! (Bazillion Points) is a lavishly illustrated, epic reference tome devoted to cinema’s most headbanging blowouts. Heavy Metal Movies covers cult classics (Heavy Metal; This Is Spinal Tap), documentaries (Heavy Metal Parking Lot; The Decline of Western Civilization Part II), concert films (Let There Be Rock; The Song Remains the Same), rock-and-roll horror (Black Roses, House of 1000 Corpses), and gore-core (Cannibal Holocaust; A Serbian Film), along with movies that simply exude pure metallic heaviosity (Conan the Barbarian, The Road Warrior).
“Ties together the many shared bonds between extreme music and extreme cinema with as much authority as a Slayer riff and more eye-popping graphics than a stack of Iron Maiden LPs.”—VH1
“Outta sight! My eyes are still ringing. The coolest. What a rockin’ guide for seeking out new movies, and to rediscover old favorites. This book is a culture vulture’s dream. Essential reading for every fan of movies, heavy metal, and pop culture. After poring over every page from A to Z, I’m sorry there aren’t more letters in the alphabet.”—Jeff Krulik, director, Heavy Metal Parking Lot
“McPadden has struck gold with Heavy Metal Movies! Putting film reviews through a hard rock filter, he brings to the fore how genre film and metal are so tightly bound and interwoven—and in ways that might not even be immediately obvious. A must-read!”—Robin Bougie, Cinema Sewer/Graphic Thrills