EddieTrunksEssentialHardRock mar18Eddie Trunk, w/ Andrea Bussell
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Eddie Trunk continues to entertain fans on the radio and as the host of VH1 Classic’s hit television program That Metal Show. In his first book, Eddie shares his most essential bands and his experiences with them, and delivers his favorite “Stump The Trunk” anecdotes and trivia. Whether he’s discussing his love for KISS and UFO, recounting stories of Metallica and Motley Crue, or uncovering an underground classic by Black Sabbath or Iron Maiden, Eddie’s passion for the music he loves shines through.

Ever since discovering That Metal Show a couple of years ago, it’s been one of the very few refuges where I can truly feel like I’m among my people. In a manner of speaking, of course. Being a metalhead in the mostly rural wasteland of Eastern Nebraska tends to be an exercise in isolation, and being slagged an oddball ins something I’m used to by now. Point is, I can identify with someone like Eddie Trunk. He’s something of a fellow hard rock and metal fan who managed to parlay his love of the undisputed music of awesome into a career that I and many others can only dream of. After over 20 years, he’s still a fan first, which comes out with his interviews and hosting his radio show.

This is no more realized than in this here book he wrote, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal. It’s something of a hybrid memoir of Eddie’s, recollecting tales of his involvement with the bands and artists through the years, and generally geeking out about his favorites from when he was a young KISS fan in High School through to today. Chock full of personal stories, band histories, pictures, discographies and personal song favorites play lists, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal reads more as for the fans by a loving fan than a straight journal history, which lends a fresh angle to the reading.

The only real reason why I didn’t buy Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal at first was because of hesitancy, as I already have several books on rock and metal biographies and histories, not to mention my addiction to Behind The Music-like shows and documentaries. Did I really need another book like this? Then I got over that momentary bout of stupidity, and I’ve been glad I purchased the book. As such, I not only recommended the book to my fellow METAL-head, but command my wonderful freaks to purchase this post-haste.