About the Author
Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica has become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold nearly 120 million albums worldwide and generating more than 2.5 billion streams while playing to millions of fans on literally all seven continents. The band's several multi-platinum albums include Kill 'em All, Ride The Lightning, Master of Puppets, ... And Justice for All, Metallica (commonly referred to as The Black Album), Load, Reload, St. Anger, Death Magnetic, and most recently Hardwired...to Self-Destruct, released in November 2016 and charting at #1 in 32 countries. Metallica's numerous awards and accolades include nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. In June of 2018, the band was awarded one of the most prestigious musical honors in the world: Sweden's Polar Music Prize. Metallica is currently in the midst of its WorldWired tour, which began in 2016 and is scheduled to continue through 2020. Howie Abrams is a former music business executive turned author. He co-authored Finding Joseph I: An Oral History of H.R. from Bad Brains, The Merciless Book of Metal Lists, Misfit Summer Camp: 20 Years on the Road with the Vans Warped Tour, Hip-Hop Alphabet and Hip-Hop Alphabet 2. He co-hosts a weekly radio show called Merciless with rapper ILL BILL. Michael "Kaves" McLeer is a legendary graffiti artist, the author of Skin Graf: Masters of Graffiti Tattoo, and illustrator for Hip-Hop Alphabet and Hip-Hop Alphabet 2. He has created logos and graphics for world renowned artists such as the Beastie Boys and brands the likes of Jaguar and Gretsch Guitars. He is an MC in the hip-hop/rock group Lordz of Brooklyn.