Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thanks to Rusty and Lone Star Metal Webzine for this review of Megadeth Another Time A Different Place!!

Bill Hale captures a moment in another time. Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place by Bill Hale written by Rusty Conner Some years ago, when Lone Star Metal was just starting out, I came across an individual named Bill Hale. Upon first hearing the name, I had no clue who he was, or just how important he was in the foundation of the California, and world, Metal scene in the early 80s. Bill was the photographer for Metal Rendezvous, a rag turned magazine that covered the growing Metal scene in the Bay Area and beyond. Bill was present at the birth and rise of Metallica, and has the book out to prove it, Metallica: Club Dayz 1982-1984. You can buy the book here. Lone Star Metal was among the first to interview Bill, and this was the reason our paths first crossed. When I spoke with him, I discovered Bill is a kindred spirit to LSM. Like us, he wanted to capture the passion and magic a scene of degenerates could invoke. His first book is a pictorial documentary of the rise of one of the greatest Thrash bands to come out of California, despite their current standing. From his intimate relationship with Metallica, he formed the greatest bond with its most infamous member, Dave Mustaine. “I think it was his ‘IN-YOUR-FACE’ attitude that I found cool,” states Hale in his forward. I find it only logical that his next book is about Megadeth. Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place is “not a capsule of present day Megadeth, nor the future Megadeth” according to Hale. This is a piece of Megadeth history, early history, that puts photos of Dave, David Ellefson, Marty Friedman, Chuck Behler, Mike Albert, Gar Samuelson, and Chris Poland together for the first time. The forward by Dave Mustaine shows the affection he has for Bill, and his appreciation for his diligence in photographing every moment, though unwelcome at times.
This is not just a book of live shots from the early years, but a story told in pictures of a young man trying to make his mark on the world, and escaping the shadow of his former band. The candid shots in this book are far more precious than Dave and crew in their element onstage, although the live shots are outstanding. Bill captured a moment in time we can never get back, and the excitement of the time shines through with every shot. In an age devoid of digital cameras and PhotoShop, Bill Hale reigned supreme with just his eye and a roll of film.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thanks to Brian Giffin and loud for this review of Megadeth Another Time A Different Place!

Book Review: Megadeth - Another Time, A Different Place 26-Jun-2012 Bill Hale VH1 Classic Reviewed by Brian Giffin Megadeth: Another Time, A Different PlaceMegadeth: Another Time, A Different Place is the follow up to rock photographer Bill Hale's 2009 work Metallica: The Club Dayz that featured the earliest photos of what is now one of the world's biggest bands. In that book Hale made it clear how well he got on with Dave Mustaine, how he thought the guitarist was always the "in your face" side of Metallica and even went as far as saying that Mustaine was his favourite member of the band. That his next photo chronicle would feature Megadeth, then, is no surprise. Featuring intimate photographs of early Megadeth line-ups both backstage and on stage, Hale captures the essence of the embryonic band as they strive to carve out a name for themselves. Like The Club Dayz, it's an important document from an era when Megadeth could have gone either way - into the echelons of glory or down in flames - and as such a vital piece of metal history-keeping with most of these photos never published before. Most interesting for fans is a series of backstage promos featuring second guitarist Mike Albert, who lasted for one tour in 1985 between Chris Poland departing and rejoining. But possibly the greatest treasure here though are the shots of late drummer Gar Samuelson, to whom Another Time, A Different Place is dedicated. Mustaine and Dave Ellefson make their own contributions also; Mustaine's foreword is brief and humorous, making mention of his dislike of being photographed which - typically - directly contradicts his apparent lens-hogging throughout, but the picture of Kerry King that he refers to isn't actually in the book. The snaps that are there, however, paint a raw and vivid picture of a band that would one day become one of the most influential metal acts of all, a vital, no-holds-barred document of a group of young men on the road to greatness. Like the best books of this nature, it takes you back to a time you wish still existed but never will again.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Thanks to Anthony Kuzminski and for this great review of Megadeth Another Time A Different Place!

Thanks for this very descriptive account of the book from someone who truly gets it!! Anthony Kuzminski is a true artist with the written word! Rock Reads: Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place by Bill Hale Reviewed by Anthony Kuzminski . In today's day and age photographers are a dime a dozen. Technology has allowed several people who don't take the art of it seriously a way in. To my eyes, the difference between the good and bad ones is easily discernible. Some may say it's a keen eye, others may say it's a pricey camera that cost a few thousand dollars and some may even go so far as to say you have to shoot solely on film. All of the above come into play and are essential ingredients to being a terrific photographer, but as Bill Hale has proven yet again, it's sometimes merely being yourself and forging a relationship with the person on the other side of the lens that allows the art of photography to truly flourish. Back in the early 1980s photographer Bill Hale was in the right place at the right time and captured much of the burgeoning metal scene taking place in the Bay Area. The fruit of his labor first came to light a few years ago with the book Metallica: The Club Dayz 1982-1984. In my review of the book I famously said "Bill Hale is to Metallica as Astrid Kirchherr was to the Beatles". I stand by that quote because as Hale showcased in his Metallica book and his new Megadeth book, he was able to not just capture these acts in their infancy, but take us behind the curtain before the roars of stadiums beckoned them. Hale is fully able to capture the onstage essence of these bands, but what sets his pictures apart from your typical Facebook photo gallery is his ability to get these musicians to let their guard down in front of the lens. Anyone can snap a shot of someone playing the guitar, but can you forge a relationship with an artist so that when they take a picture of you, you're not posing for them but allowing them to see your soul? Hale's new 132-page book Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place is an all-absorbing look back at the birth and rise of Megadeth. Hale's first picture of Dave Mustaine is from 1982 when he was the guitarist in Young Metal Attack while the next picture was taken six months later when he was the lead guitarist for Metallica. From there, the book encompasses mostly pictures from 1985 and 1986 as Megadeth began their ascent to the metal throne. The majority of the pictures feature the band out in support of their first two (and most influential) albums Killing Is My Business…and Business Is Good! and Peace Sells---but Who's Buying. About half of the photographs in Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place are backstage capturing the band either in a laid back or playful metal manner. In a day and age where a pr person would never allow pictures of this intimate nature to be taken let alone published, these are eye opening and most welcomed. What I find so endearing about Hale's books is his ability to truly show us what it was like in Northern California during the ascent of thrash metal. We see the cramped quarters of the backstage areas and even the gaping holes in the ceilings of the concert halls. Some of these pictures find the members of Megadeth not posing but simply in the moment while others show us their youthful and innocent side. My favorite pictures are of drummer Gar Samuelson (to whom the book is dedicated). Gar isn't at all as I had imagined him. While the picture isn't living or breathing, he's different from how I imagined him from Behind the Music stories and other assorted books I've read. We've become so accustomed to seeing bands onstage in their element and posing against mountains in lush black and white pictures that we forget they're human just like us. I personally relish the behind-the-scenes pictures more than the concert ones as these are pictures rarely seen and offer us a better look at their offstage personalities than any book written today could ever do justice. These pictures make the music more tangible. Guitarists in Megadeth have always had a colorful history and in this book, three of them are featured. Marty Friedman is possibly Megadeth's best known guitarist as he played on their best selling records Rust In Peace and Countdown To Extinction. His shots are from a 1990 photo shoot Hale did for the guitarist and these are the pictures the band asked to see because while they knew he had the professional chops to make it, they had previously felt his image was too glam on the Cacophony album cover. One look at Hale's shots and Megadeth knew they had their guitarist. The other fascinating pictures are of Mike Albert who filled in for Chris Poland briefly before the release of Peace Sells in 1985. I had not seen images of Mike before this book. Lastly, Chris Poland, whose work on Peace Sells is still studied by guitar aficionados to this day is covered extensively throughout the book. In virtually ever picture, Poland has a steely intensity as he rarely looks the camera in the eye. He's focusing his mind on the task at hand which was playing some blazing guitar. As someone who wasn't old enough to witness this legendary lineup of Megadeth in the flesh, this book serves as a wonderful time capsule to a time many talk about but few have seen. The book has three extensive essays. The forward is by Dave Mustaine and despite everything one may think about him, I found his forward warm, affectionate and thankful someone cared enough to capture the band during this stage. Dave Ellefson looks back at the band's beginnings and their ambitions. He also reminisces about Samuelson and Poland and how their divergent backgrounds helped provide an underpinning for the "scary" riffs Mustaine had concocted. The last of the written pieces belongs to metal journalist Tom Trakas. I'll confess I consider Tom a friend, but he puts you in the mosh pit with his words which far eclipse this review you are now reading. I'd recommend the book for Trakas' poignant prose alone. Trakas was the editor of Midwest Metal and is now on the web at "None But My Own" (here). He provides a voice for all of us along with a front row seat to the festivities and more significantly, brilliantly expresses why this form of music has transformed his life. We're living in the golden age of metal books and there have been dozens of magnificent books released in recent years with Hale's historical pictorial documents being among the best in not just metal but all of music. Considering that Metallica and Megadeth are half of the "Big Four", Bill Hale's books offer an unfiltered view of these bands before they prowled stadiums around the world. Hale's books are the pictorial equivalent of Almost Famous for the headbanging Bay Area metal movement. As one pages through the books, we're transported to another time and a different place where we discovered this music that was unlike any other. It spoke to us in a way little else could and above all else, it validated the desperation in our veins. Hale does more than capture Megadeth in their infancy, he captures them onstage and off stage in an informal manner thus making many of the pictures in Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place truly enduring. Anthony Kuzminski is a Chicago based writer and Special Features Editor for the antiMusic Network. His daily writings can be read at The Screen Door. He can be contacted at thescreendoor AT gmail DOT com and can be followed on Twitter

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thanks to Larry Toering & Music Street Journal for this review of Megadeth Another Time, A Different Place!

Megadeth Another Time / A Different Place by photographer Bill Hale Review by Larry Toering
This book by concert and general rock band photographer Bill Hale is published by VH1 Classics and carried by the likes of MTV and others. It features cover and book design by Walein Design, and foreward by Dave Mustaine. What a fine project this turned out to be. Hale also authored the Metallica book The Club Days 1982-84, and if you've laid eyes on that beauty, which I plan to after receiving this terrific piece of paper, then you know this is his passion and life's work in print. In the foreward there are no punches pulled by Mustaine, as to be expected. From cover to cover the reader is treated to countless intimate quality photos to marvel at, with witty and sometimes humorous captions to go with them. A lot of familiar names are mentioned on the first page of some of his colleagues. One in particular is Mick Wall, and if he knows that man, he has seen some wild times. I am what you would call something of an extreme novice when it comes to concert photography, so Hale's work is the kind of thing I admire and appreciate, and this book is a masterstroke of major proportions. Make no mistake this man knows his way around a camera like few others I've seen, and I have been noting rock photographers as long as I can remember. Somehow it's in my make-up to do so, either on record sleeves, magazines or books, and these days on the internet with its luxurious accessibility. Things start out in the beginning with particular photos such as the night of Cliff Burton's first show, and proceeds to rip through the entire career of Megadeth, exploring everyone in and out of the band along the way. There isn't a whole lot to say about a photo book, but a picture tells a thousand words on its own, as they say. The photos are not only stunning, but up close and personal. Hale is a very clever artist as he finds the right brief words throughout in his descriptions of the situations concerning the snapshots of everything from back stage fun, to ominous looking live concert shots. It's written in that language of rock that you either get, or you simply don't. While Megadeth is not for everyone, if you like them, or like photography in general, this book has plenty to make you happy. I recommend this title to any heavy rock fan.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Thanks to Chad Bowar for this review of Megadeth Another Time A Different Place!

Thanks to Chad Bowar for this review of Megadeth Another Time A Different Place! Bill Hale - Megadeth: Another Time Another Place Book Review Rating 4 Star Rating By Chad Bowar, Guide
Bill Hale was one of the pre-eminent metal photographers of the ‘80s. He was the chief photographer for Metal Rendezvous, and his work appeared in many other magazines as well. Hale shot all the big name bands of the era, including AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and many more. He also captured the early days of thrash metal, and his book Metallica: Club Dayz 1982-1984 was released a few years ago. The subject of Hale’s latest book is another of the Big 4 of thrash metal, Megadeth. Dave Mustaine himself wrote the forward for Megadeth: A Different Time A Different Place, which chronicles the early days of the band with dozens of excellent photos, many of them previously unpublished. The first photo in the book is of a pre-Megadeth Mustaine playing in the band Young Metal Attack in 1982. Hale was able to photograph the band a few times during their formative years, with both posed and candid photos included in the book. There are some really good candids of the late drummer Gar Samuelson, and Hale dedicates the book to him. Other band members showcased in Megadeth: A Different Time A Different Place are Marty Friedman, Chris Poland, Mike Albert and David Ellefson. Ellefson also writes a section of the book, describing the creation of the band. There are plenty of photos of the other Megadeth members, but frontman Dave Mustaine, not surprisingly, is the main focus. Hale captures both Mustaine’s onstage intensity and his offstage goofiness. It’s a really well-rounded look at the enigmatic Mustaine. Fans of Megadeth will really appreciate the photos of the band when they were beginning their ascension to thrash royalty. Hale’s skill behind the camera is evident, and Megadeth: A Different Time A Different Place is an important part of the band’s historical record. (published March, 2012 by VH-1 Classic)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Thanks to Phyllis Pollack for her review of Megadeth Another Time, A Different Place!

Thanks to Phyllis Pollack and the for this review of Megadeth Another Time, A Different Place!