‘Definitive’ New Wave Of British Heavy Metal history gets February release date

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A new book chronicling the rise and fall of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal is to be published by Constable in February.

Denim and Leather, written by Guardian/Spectator/The Quietus contributor Michael Hann, promises to tell ‘the definitive story about the greatest days of British heavy rock’.

An oral history, the book features input from artists such as Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Cronos (Venom), Phil Mogg (UFO), Biff Byford (Saxon), Lars Ulrich (Metallica) and scores of less celebrated names from the grass roots British metal community. 

The publishers say: “In Denim and Leather, these stars tell their own stories – their brilliant, funny tales of hubris and disaster, of ambition and success – and chart how, over a handful of years from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, a group of unlikely looking blokes from the provinces wearing spandex trousers changed heavy music forever.”


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“Denim and Leather captures a moment in time and a genre of music that had a brief moment in the sun,” says Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. “The book is an honest portrayal, directly from the horse's mouth. The interesting thing is that it was people trying to discover their own identities. The book sums it up by the people who experienced it.”

Denim and Leather is available to pre-order now.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.