Metallica - Metallica So its Wednesday night. Im lying in...

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Metallica So it’s Wednesday night. I’m lying in bed, trying to decide what to write my research paper on, but mostly focusing on the television. VH1’s Behind the Music is on. Tonight, the show spotlights my favorite band: Metallica. Suddenly it hits me. I should do my paper on the most fascinating band in the world. And so the story begins. We’ll start over in Copenhagen Denmark. A young boy named Lars Ulrich is growing up in a rich neighborhood. He plays tennis, and has hopes of one day being one of the worlds best (Tolinski, 46). But that dream comes to an abrupt halt when Lars gets his first drum set for his twelfth birthday (Tolinski, 46). This was also around the same time when heavy metal was beginning to catch on in Europe. The rise of this type of music is referred to as the new wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). Suddenly Lars’ life has a new focus. Forget about tennis. Now this spoiled rich kid wants to be a drummer. In early 1979,Lars moved to Los Angeles California (VH1). He began to place ads in the cities local heavy metal magazine. For several months, he got no response. In fact no one else even placed ads looking for other people to start a band, except for one guy. Desperate to start his musical career, Lars decided to call this other guy to see if he would like to jam sometime. Jamyz Hetfield was ecstatic to receive that phone call. He had grown up listening to the NWOBHM, and had taught himself how to play the guitar. When the two met for the first time, an instant brotherhood was born. Not because they liked each other, but because no one else was willing to give this new type of music a chance. After a few jam sessions, Lars and Jamyz decided that they were ready to form a band. Lars knew a man named Brian Slagel that was putting together a metal compilation album called Metal Massacre (Tolinski, 46). Brian assured Lars a spot on the record if he could throw together a band. With this in mind Lars and Jamyz hit the Los Angeles club scene to try to discover possible band mates. They found a lead guitarist named Lloyd Grant, and a bassist named Ron McGovney. The foursome hit the studios and recorded one track: “Hit The Lights” (Tolinski, 47). So now it’s 1981. The foundation for the greatest heavy metal band of all time has been formed, but they had no name, until another metal head named Ron Quintana came into the scene. He was developing a magazine dedicated to heavy metal music. The final nominees for the magazine title were Metallica and Metal Mania. Lars assured Ron that Metal Mania was far catchier, and
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promptly stole the other name for his band (VH1). It took a while, but Metal Massacre was finally released in the summer of 1982
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course EDS 103 taught by Professor White during the Spring '10 term at E. Kentucky.

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