Saturday, August 20, 2011

Hard Rock Heroes


Hard Rock Heroes
This 240-page graphic novel was released in March of 2010 by Blue Water Productions who also published Female Force: Margaret Thatcher, Logan's Run and have a Joan Jett comic coming out in June. The Hard Rock graphic novel features the biggest, dumbest bands in mainstream rock from 1980 to 1991 including AC/DC and GNR.

This book, based on the unauthorized biographies originally put together by Todd Loren who was killed at age 32 in San Diego in 1992, covers that special time in music when big hair and men-in-women's make-up ruled mainstream rock. These bands ruled with a curling iron, mopey choruses and dopey-eyed fans who affirmed the fact that yes, every rose really does have a thorn.

While the Blob (and few others) ran screaming from glam rock and towards bands like Dinosaur, Slayer, Ministry and the Butthole Surfers - American music in the eighties was dominated by the bands featured in Hard Rock Heroes, namely: Skid Row, Poison, Guns 'N Roses, Megadeth and Tesla - the absolute worst of cock/glam rock scene.

Des Moines, January 1981: Ozzy learns rabid bat isn't part of the four food groups.

The book is really terrible, but it's terrible in a way that will make your sides aches as you watch Ozzy mistakenly scarf on a live bat in Iowa (see above) or the boys from Poison "show just how much heart a band from Harrisburg PA can have". There are also a few treats/fun facts for fans of The Runaways (like Lita Ford playing guitar in Joan Jett's band), Faith No More and Pantera. The book features art by many different artists including Dave Biggs (Megadeth section), Lyndal Ferguson (Snotley Crue section) and Mark Erickson (Black Sabbath and Ozzy).


References:
Blue Water Productions, Current Releases
Wikipedia, Todd Loren


Hard Rock Heroes on Abe Books:Hard Rock Heroes at Barnes and Noble at:
The Stand on Abe BooksHard Rock Heroes at Barnes and Noble Booksellers

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