Anvil: The Story of Anvil (book review)

So like many of you I got this book because I wanted to know more about these 2 guys who inspired so many musicians. I wanted learn about the guys who made a pact to rock together forever. Their journey was long, hard, and at times hilarious.

This autobiography starts at the very beginning of their years, even before forming Anvil, and goes all the way up to when the movie was released. These 2 guys describe their story of tough touring conditions, making albums, and getting paid all while creating songs for their next album. Lips and Robb’s story is one that teacher everyone not to give up. Even when being at the lowest of the low.

They really do a great job at trying to explain in as much detail as possible the making of some of their most iconic albums and it gives the reader the impression that you are right there with them through the recordings and the touring.

As touching as their story is and as awesome as the movie is, there are a couple of things I found a bit upsetting with the book. One is that Robb mostly (sometimes Lips) refer to themselves as these “rock gods” that changed history, and while they did to a degree, they make it sound in the book as if theyve invented rock n roll and their genre. The second thing that bothered me the most was how they referred to other bands as “lame ass musicians”. They call bands like Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, and others lame ass when in fact theyve sold millions and millions of records and have fans all over the world. I also found odd how they kept calling their bandmates lame ass and how they didnt have any talent whatsoever.

With all that said, I recommend everybody to watch the movie and then read the book and compare for yourself. And take also in consideration that these guys influenced some of the biggest bands today, yet somehow they got lost in the shuffle and never quite made it as big.

With all of the above said, im still a big Anvil fan and their music never gets old, and I can understand why they were frustated at the time. Big respect to Anvil for sticking around for as many years as they have!

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Publisher: Transworld
Release Date: March 13, 2009
# of Pages: 320

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