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  • Zakk Wylde has written a book, and he'd like to tell you about it.

     as only Zakk can.  from bravewords.com:

    Guitar legend ZAKK WYLDE (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) recently spoke with ArtistDirect.com, discussing the music industry, his book Bringing Metal To The Children", BandFuse and more. An excerpt is available below: 


    AD: Bringing Metal To The Children definitely captures your personality. 

    Zakk: "Thanks a lot brother! When Eric Hendrikx and I were doing it, I went, 'We have to include in one chapter Definitely Things Not To Attempt!' (Laughs) Uncle Zakk tried them, and they don't work. It doesn't exist. It's hysterical. One of my buddies right now is trying to get a band signed. The perception and what reality is aren't even close. They're miles apart. I look back at when I was 17- or 18-years-old and we were actually sending out stuff to record companies and getting all excited because it's a magical time. You look back on it though and go, "What in the **************** were we thinking man?" (laughs). Your perception of what things really are is ridiculous. It's as ridiculous as the **************** you got upset about in high school like when Julie Anderson broke up with you. You're like, 'Dude, come on!' Nowadays, you'll go, 'Alright, see you later! I'm going to Hooters you dumb ****************ing moron!' (laughs). You look at what was important to you back then, and it's mind-blowing." 

    AD: Did writing this stir up a lot of memories or was it more about giving something back so to speak? 

    Zakk: "I'd always be sitting around with Eric or any of my friends talking. It's like you and I talking about how ridiculous the music business is and how goofy it is, your perception of it, and reality. What was I thinking? Some guy says he's going to sign us. Then, he's going to blackball us, and we'll never work again. You go, '**************** off, man!' Trust me, if the band means money, nobody's blackballing anybody (laughs). It's like, 'Dude, this guy's going to put a new wing on my Malibu mansion. Hire this band!' Nobody cares. We'd be sitting around talking like, 'We've got to write a book someday.' It's not an autobiography so much as it is about the pathetic goofy bull**************** the music industry is. 

    AD: You're selling something intangible. 

    Zakk: "Totally! It's not like we have a restaurant or anything like that. I completely agree. Sitting around with Ozzy Osbourne, I heard the horror stories. It was the same back then. As long as they had booze, weed, blow, and hot chicks, they were like, 'Dude, we made it!' In the meantime, you and I are managing them. If he wants a Rolls Royce, we sign it and put it in our name (laughs). You want a house? No problem! Of course they had enough money! They were doing Madison Square Garden. You and I get a realtor find houses, Tony, Ozzy, Geezer, and Bill want, and we get them houses, but they're under our names. These dumb ****************ing morons don't know anything (laughs). Ozzy says, 'There was no ass left to be raped!' It was gone. It was vaporized. Everybody conceiving Motown deal that could be possibly done was done to BLACK SABBATH!" 

    full interview here:


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    • w00dsy
      w00dsy commented
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      i'd read his book, he's a funny bloke. 

  • #3
    Sounds like it could be a good read.
    Information is not knowledge
    Knowledge is not wisdom
    Wisdom is not truth
    Truth is not beauty
    Beauty is not love
    Love is not music.
    Music Is The Best.

    - Frank Zappa


    • #4

      That was fun to read. If the book reads like that, it might be worth picking up.

      Originally Posted by csm

      The first, and most frequently violated rule of punk is: THERE ARE NO RULES.

      "You know, once you've had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that's a hard drug to kick." — David Gilmour

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      • DaleH
        DaleH commented
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        May read it.

        Was a Zak k hater for a long time. In the last couple of years though, if you can get past the  persona and BS.

        I think  he has contributed alot to the bands he's been in.