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Metallica: Back to the Front: A Fully Authorized Visual History of the Master of Puppets Album and Tour

by Matt Taylor Author, Ray Burton Author and James Hetfield Author

Master of Puppets, released on March 3, 1986, quickly gained notoriety and became an instant classic, solidifying Metallica's position as one of the foremost rock groups of the 1980's. Looking back thirty years later, Master of Puppets can be seen as a kind of high water mark in Metallica's career. As incredible as this period was for the band, it was also marred by tragedy. Bassist Cliff Burton died on September 27, 1986 in a tour bus accident, deeply affecting the band and forcing them to change their lineup. In this new fully authorized history, find interviews with band members and other towering figures from rock history, never-before-seen photographs, and many stories from Metallica's most active years. A must read for any Metallica fan, and an engaging and gorgeously rendered visual history of one of the most rockin' bands from the 80's.