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My First Love: Jon Anderson on Duane Eddy

“I fell in love with Rebel Rouser by Duane Eddy. That was released in 1958 when I was 14.

“That was the age when you’re a rebel without a clue. When you’re like Marlon Brando’s character in On The Waterfront, rebelling for the sake of it. When you identify with James Dean, because your parents don’t understand you.

Rebel Rouser became the soundtrack for me being a teenager who thought he was a rebel. It was raw. It was rock ‘n’ roll, and an instrumental that really left its mark on me.

“Of course, I grew out of the rebellious phase of my life and discovered the joy of love in the wider sense. But that song still stays with me – and the sax solo is amazing!”


Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.