The Story of Anvil
Robb Reiner & Steve "Lips" Kudlow
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
At fourteen, Toronto school friends Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Forming their band 'Anvil' they went on to become the 'demi-gods of Canadian metal', releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982's Metal on Metal. The album influenced a musical generation including the world-dominating bands Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, all of whom went on to sell millions of records. Anvil's career would take a different path, however, as they slipped straight into obscurity...
Almost thirty years later Lips and Robb, our unlikely musical heroes, are still chasing their dream. Anvil! The Story of Anvil, their autobiography, follows the ups and down of their career and their volatile friendship (which has now spanned almost four decades), reveals their dedication and unadulterated passion for their music, and carries us along on their last-ditch quest for fame and fortune. Based on Sacha Gervasi's award-winning film of the same name, and published to coincide with its worldwide release, this hilarious yet poignant book reminds us that if you believe in yourself, stick by your friends and never give up, you really can make your dreams come true. You cannot fail to be moved by this story. Anvil rock!
A great story
A fascinating look at a very different set of lives. The book is not particularly well crafted but every word comes from the heart.
The characters are highly endearing and story very engaging.
It is difficult not to like the two main characters, Lips and Robbo, as their lives twist and turn through a roller coaster of setbacks, opportunities and failures. The book is written from two perspectives which often disagree about the events that unfolded. At times you want to bang their heads together and sort their lives out for them.
The book is solidly based in the heavy metal community but you don't need to be a fan of the genre to enjoy the book. It is a story that couldn't be made up and one that entertains,thrills, disgusts and inspires at many junctures.
I particularly enjoyed the self evaluation of each album - they couldn't understand why they didn't sell and often blamed it on the cover pictures. Personally I find the music awful, the most likely reason for low sales, but their belief in their own abilities and the eventual success is heart warming.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a glimpse into a world that I otherwise have little comprehension of.