From the fan-elected President of Rock, Eddie Trunk, fans are blessed with another installment of buried music treasure in Eddie Trunkâ€™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.Â Itâ€™s evident that even guitar gods look up to Mr. Trunk.
Although a good portion of the bands in this volume are a little more obscure than volume one, there still arenâ€™t any that donâ€™t deserve to be included.Â This is one of those books that you want to pick up just to read your favorites.Â It doesnâ€™t beg to be read cover to cover in a single setting.Â But youâ€™d be doing yourself a disservice if you didnâ€™t at least go back and read the rest of them too. Â 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 arenâ€™t â€œbig readersâ€ this book is a must own.Â 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 doesnâ€™t belong.Â And tons of Â big, Â glossy pictures to accompany each artist. Â 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.Â He never holds back.Â You wouldnâ€™t expect any less.Â Reading his words is akin to listening to â€œTrunkNationâ€ or watching â€œThat Metal Showâ€.Â Eddie Trunk is the real deal.Â You just want to talk music with him.Â My favorites were Slash, Warrant, and Alice in Chains…what will yours be?