From the fan-elected President of Rock, Eddie Trunk, fans are blessed with another installment of buried music treasure in Eddie Trunk’s Essential Rock and Heavy Metal Volume II.

This coffee-table styled book, without the coffee table book price, starts strong with a genuine and sincere forward written by Slash.  It’s evident that even guitar gods look up to Mr. Trunk.

EddieTrunk-EssentialHRandHMvol2-BookCoverAlthough a good portion of the bands in this volume are a little more obscure than volume one, there still aren’t any that don’t deserve to be included.  This is one of those books that you want to pick up just to read your favorites.  It doesn’t beg to be read cover to cover in a single setting.  But you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t at least go back and read the rest of them too.  I found the chapter on Glenn Hughes to be especially enlightening and he’s one that I originally went in thinking I wouldn’t really enjoy.

Even for fans that aren’t “big readers” this book is a must own.  Each band is broken up into about 4 or 5 pages, and all the pertinent information is there. All the inside info and nothing that doesn’t belong.  And tons of  big,  glossy pictures to accompany each artist.  It’s perfect for short attention spans or the types of readers that like their information in easily digestible sound bites.

I respect that Eddie is completely honest in his views on everything from performances and albums to personalities in general.  He never holds back.  You wouldn’t expect any less.  Reading his words is akin to listening to “TrunkNation” or watching “That Metal Show”.  Eddie Trunk is the real deal.  You just want to talk music with him.  My favorites were Slash, Warrant, and Alice in Chains…what will yours be?