The first ever biography written about Metallica's late bass player Cliff Burton is being sold through the band's website right now for $20. "To Live Is To Die: The Life And Death Of Metallica's Cliff Burton" chronicles Cliff's time with the band including recording their groundbreaking first three albums.
The book, which was written by Joel McIver and published by Jawbone Press, will also include a foreword by Metallica's Kirk Hammett. Speaking with Blabbermouth.net, McIver says, "I'm deeply honored that Kirk spoke to me for the Cliff Burton biography. We talked about the rollercoaster ride of Metallica's early career which he and Cliff experienced, from the time that both men joined the band in early 1983 until Cliff's death three and a half years later. The impact that Burton had on the rest of Metallica, both musically and as an example of how to stick to your principles in the music industry, was profound and Kirk provided a perspective on that impact which couldn't have come from anywhere else."
Additionally, Blabbermouth reports that the book will feature introductions from artists inspired by Cliff such as Mikael kerfeldt of Opeth, Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse, Alex Skolnick of Testament, Dave Ellefson of F5 and formerly of Megadeth, among others. The book will also feature rare photos and interviews from people who have never before spoken on public record such as Steve Doherty, Cliff's bass teacher; K.J. Doughton, Metallica's first fan-club manager; Flemming Rasmussen, the producer of "Ride The Lightning" and "Master Of Puppets"; and Corinne Lynn, Cliff's girlfriend before his death.
McIver is also responsible for penning another book about Metallica: "Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica." The book is going on to be republished this summer in its third edition by Omnibus Press. McIver comments, "Looks like that first Metallica book has taken on a life of its own. Since its publication five years ago it's been translated into nine languages: clearly there was a gap in the market for a fully comprehensive book on Metallica. Lars Ulrich told me recently that he's constantly asked to sign copies of it all over the world."
Report by David Lowe-Bianco.