Anvil!: The Story of Anvil

Anvil!: The Story of Anvil

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 1439176663

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

In the early seventies, when Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath ruled the world, Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner, two young Jewish boys from the northern suburbs of Toronto, vowed to rock together forever. A decade later, their band Anvil released one of the heaviest records in music history, Metal on Metal, which influenced a whole musical generation, including the world-dominating bands Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. Yet while these bands went on to sell millions of records, Anvil slipped straight into obscurity.

Was it too much sex and drugs and not enough rock ‘n’ roll? Was it the menagerie of pets that accompanied them on tour? Their uncanny knack for setting themselves on fire whenever a record company executive was watching? Now, almost thirty years later, like a real-life Spinal Tap, these unlikely musical heroes are still rocking, and still chasing their dream. Written in their own words, Anvil: The Story of Anvil charts the rise, fall, and eventual triumph of two men whose indestructible friendship, talent, and determination took them on a unique journey in the world of rock. A bittersweet and frequently hilarious hymn to the human spirit, played loud in power chords, it is a story of true brotherly love, living the dream, and never giving up.

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whoever was playing to that music was playing tight. This drummer was knocking sick shit out of his kit. 'No. He's younger than me, man. So are you gonna get the fuck up and come along, yeah?' ROBB: Marty called me. 'Hey man, what're you doin' on Saturday? You want to come over? I've got this guitar player. We can have a jam. Come on, we need a drummer.' So I showed up. The guitar player – Lips was his name – was already there, a nervous, wired kind of kid, but also kind of cool. He looked

together in a few days, but first he had to go to Detroit to buy some vacuum cleaners for a cleaning business he was starting with his dad. A couple of days later, the phone rang. It was Grossey, a friend I'd known since childhood. 'Ashley's dead.' For a moment I didn't know what to say. 'What happened?' Having arrived at the US border on the way to Detroit, Ashley had realized he'd left his identification behind and got in a cab back to Toronto, leaving his two friends waiting for him at the

when it came down to it because they were the Scorpions and we were just Anvil. I also got to meet David Coverdale, the front man of Whitesnake. He was totally cool and I was like an excited kid wanting to hear everything from one of my all-time heroes. 'What was it like to play at California Jam?' I said. California Jam was a huge festival in front of a crowd of two hundred thousand in 1974. It was one of Coverdale's first performances with Deep Purple. At the end of the show Ritchie

introduced G5 to the faithful woodworkers. G5's only disappointment was that the road days of sex and drugs were long gone. The only significant incident was when one of the Overkill guitarists got busted in a brothel for smashing up a room and the band had to bail him out. Other than that, the partying was very tame compared to the glory days of the 1980s. For G5, it was early nights after a few beers and long days spent learning our back catalogue. He also learned that he could go crazy if he

and a few weeks later Lee joined me, catching the bus each morning to the school in Bathurst Manor. My parents hadn't considered bus routes when they put the family through our sudden move, or that Lee and I were determined that nothing would stand in the way of our relationship. Within a few weeks of starting at my new school I'd met another guitar player called Marty Hoffman in my biology class. He was in a rock 'n' roll band called Goliath and we'd play together after school. Then one day

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