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Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers is the first book to celebrate the classic-era Motörhead lineup of Lemmy Kilmister, "Fast" Eddie Clarke, and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor. Through interviews with all of the principal troublemakers, Martin Popoff celebrates the formation of the band and the records that made them legends: Motörhead, Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, and Iron Fist. An in-depth coda brings the story up to date with the shocking recent deaths of Taylor and Kilmister.

Motörhead comes to life in this book as bad-luck bad boys - doused in drink and drugs, most notably speed - incapable of running their lives right save for Fast Eddie, who is charged with holding things together. Popoff also examines the heady climate of music through the band's rise to prominence during the New Wave of British heavy metal, with detailed reflection on Motörhead's unique position in the scene as both originators and embattled survivors who carried on the renegade spirit of those times.

©2017 Martin Popoff (P)2017 Tantor

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"Martin has the most thorough knowledge of heavy metal of anybody I've ever met." (Dee Snider, Twisted Sister frontman)

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Motõrhead - Best Rock n Roll band ever

Brilliant book. Very very greatly and graciously written. Not a lot can be said that's not entirely been covered. Motõrhead - Best Rock n Roll band ever because they're true to their fans and the music they graced me and millions of fans alike with absolutely no compromise.
A MUST read/listen!!!!!

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We are Motorhead and we play Rock n Roll

Great book well researched, covering the "original" line up some nice anecdotes and stories from the band and people connected to them. Livened up with some memorably hilarious mispronounciations , I seriously doubt Phil ever called anyone a "Twot"

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For true fans of Metal.

The book was great id highly recommend for all rock fans.Its tells a great story of the much lived trio of Lemmy,Philthy and fast Eddie and all the superb records of their era of Motorhead.
The narrator was good also and i breezed through the book due to that.

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Mötorhead

Only saw them once but glad I did and glad I listened to this book

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Lemmy deserves better than this

Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers: The Rise of Motörhead celebrates the classic-era Motörhead lineup of Lemmy, Phil "Animal" Taylor, and guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke. The book covers the 1977-1982 years when the legend of Motörhead was created. Every album gets a chapter and five or six records.

This isn't a good book. But firstly, I want to say that I love Motörhead and seen them many times play live. But the audio book suffers from a number of bad flaws:

. It feels disjointed and poorly put together. A collection of interview clips, bit and pieces from various magazine articles and autobiographies. It also has a number of repetitions too. The same story told at various points in the text.
. Why get an American narrator to relay the story of a very English rock band? Not only that but his English pronunciations are terrible and he clearly has no understanding of the band. The voice of the band is lost. Quotes are delivered without any of the self-deprecating humour often laced with attitude.

He. Is. Literally. Reading. The. Quotes. Out. Word. For. Word.

Maybe the printed version is better? Couldn't be much worse than the audiobook. No new insights and not at all well edited. Disappointing and not worth your time.

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Brilliant

I can’t claim to be a big Motorhead fan yet I found this very entertaining. Great narration aside from the mispronunciations of certain English swear words. But even that was engaging. Very very well written. Recommend it to all music fans.

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Top Notch

Awesome and moving, to the God's of Rock n Roll. A must to all fans

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good

maybe nothing new for hardcore fans, but a good telling of the tale of the legend of Motorhead.

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  • 06-04-19

Very disappointing to say the least

Being a fan of Motorhead, I had greater expectations. This reads (listens) like a collage of very cheezy MTV audio interviews (without video), lacking any substance, basic history, anecdotes and basically ends up left me unable to finish this audiobook. Sorry to be so negative, really I am.

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  • CJRapier
  • 16-05-18

Skip it if your already a fan

Basically a collection of interviews that most fans have already read/heard with some commentary by the "author". The narrator sounds like he's trying too hard to be "bad-ass" which I found condescending, yeah all the mouth breather fans will like it more if you try to sound tough. If you don't know anything about Motorhead this may be useful to you but other than a few bits about behind the scenes business it's pretty much all a repeat for a fan of the band. RIP Lemmy, Eddie and Phil.

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  • Nathan Duin
  • 31-01-18

Nearly ideal

This particular Motorhead book is quite well done and it is always interesting hearing the divergent opinions of the main characters. I personally would have liked to hear more from Lemmy, but that's a small problem.

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  • SNAFU666
  • 10-02-21

LOVED IT!

One of the best books I've listened to so far. Hands down. I plan on listening to it at least a few more times as there is so much info to absorb.

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  • Jon F.
  • 19-06-19

awsome look into motorhead

it was a good book from start to finish really give you a inside look at the original line up of motor head.

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  • Nicolai Aasen
  • 16-01-18

Good but not great.

What did you love best about Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers?

The best bits are of course the stories from the studio and how the respective albums came to be and for a novice motorhead fan this will be a great listen. On the other hand, if you know your Motorhead - you've read the articles, seen the interviews and watched the films - then you're going to be listening to a lot of stories you've heard before, only this time round they have far less punch as it isn't Lemmy, Fast Eddie or Philthy that's telling them, it's some american dude who calls NWOBHM "N-W-O-B-H-M" (and that's only one of quite a few gaffs, which really subtract from the enjoyment of the book i'm afraid - the devil is in the details).

Would you be willing to try another one of A. T. Chandler’s performances?

Personally i didn't enjoy the narrator. The amount of gaffs and the slow, trudging pace of his american drawl are really not a match for what is - or should be - a fast paced story. Having it read by an englishman would've been far, far better in my opinion.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If the information within the book was new to me, yes, i could've heard it in one session. As it was, and as a die hard Motorhead fan, this was packed with stories and anecdotes i'd heard before. It was good, but not great.

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  • Artur
  • 24-08-17

Awesome book

This is a great piece, it gets into deep corners of what is Motorhead. I love it, it covers the beginnings . Hope that they will release another about later years of the greatest rock and roll band on earth. Cheers

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  • J. Piper
  • 11-11-17

Must listen for all fans of Rock & Roll

Great stuff that only Motörhead lived. I couldn’t put it down. Great narration. Nuff said.