Joel McIver in 2013
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Joel McIver (born 1971) is a British author. The best-known of his 26 books published since 1999 is the bestselling Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica, first published in 2004 and appearing in nine languages since then. McIver's other works include biographies of Black Sabbath, Slayer, Ice Cube and Queens Of The Stone Age. His writing also appears in newspapers and magazines such as The Guardian, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Rolling Stone, and he is a regular guest on BBC and commercial radio.
In the introduction to Neil Daniels' 2009 book All Pens Blazing, veteran writer Martin Popoff described McIver as "probably the top [rock] scribe in the world right now". In a review in April 2012, Classic Rock magazine labelled McIver "by some distance Britain's most prolific hard rock/metal author".
As well as writing his own books, McIver also co-writes the autobiographies of rock musicians. The first of these was the memoir of sometime Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes, published in 2011. McIver is also the co-writer of books by Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy) and Megadeth bass player David Ellefson, both of which were published in 2013. A collaboration with Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock appeared in 2014, followed by the official biography of the world's biggest death metal band, Cannibal Corpse.
Bibliography (as writer)
- Extreme Metal (foreword by Jeffrey Dunn of Venom, 2000)
- Slipknot: Unmasked (2001)
- Nu-Metal: The Next Generation Of Rock And Punk (foreword by Casey Chaos of Amen, 2002)
- Ice Cube: Attitude (2002)
- Erykah Badu: The First Lady Of Neo-Soul (2003)
- Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica (foreword by Thomas Gabriel Fischer of Celtic Frost and Triptykon, 2004)
- Extreme Metal II (foreword by Mille Petrozza of Kreator, 2005)
- No One Knows: The Queens Of The Stone Age Story (foreword by Kat Bjelland of Babes In Toyland, 2005)
- The Making Of The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik (2005)
- The Making Of The Sex Pistols' The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle (2006)
- Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (2006)
- The Bloody Reign Of Slayer (foreword by the members of Municipal Waste, 2008)
- The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists (foreword by Glen Benton of Deicide, 2009)
- Unleashed: The Story Of Tool (2009)
- To Live Is To Die: The Life And Death Of Metallica's Cliff Burton (foreword by Kirk Hammett of Metallica, 2009)
- Holy Rock'N'Rollers: The Kings Of Leon Story (2010)
- Crazy Train: The High Life And Tragic Death Of Randy Rhoads (foreword by Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, afterword by Yngwie Malmsteen, 2011)
- Overkill: The Untold Story Of Motorhead (foreword by Glenn Hughes, 2011)
- Machine Head: Inside The Machine (foreword by Chris Kontos, ex of Machine Head, 2012)
- Ultimate Rock Riffs (foreword by Robb Flynn of Machine Head, 2013)
- Know Your Enemy: Rage Against The Machine (2014)
- Bible Of Butchery: Cannibal Corpse, The Official Biography (foreword by Gene Hoglan, 2014)
Bibliography (as co-writer)
- Deep Purple And Beyond: Scenes From The Life of a Rock Star (with Glenn Hughes, foreword by Lars Ulrich of Metallica, 2011)
- My Life With Deth: Discovering Meaning In A Life Of Rock & Roll (with David Ellefson, foreword by Alice Cooper, 2013)
- My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura To Soulfly And Beyond (with Max Cavalera, foreword by Dave Grohl, 2013)
- Glen Matlock's Sex Pistols Filthy Lucre Photo File (with Glen Matlock, foreword by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, 2014)
- Daniels, Neil; All Pens Blazing, 2009, p6
- Classic Rock, April 2012
- "GLENN HUGHES Performs Solo Acoustic Set At 'Life Of A Rock Star' Book-Launch Event (Video)". BlabberMouth.
- "MAX CAVALERA's Autobiography To Include Foreword By DAVE GROHL". BlabberMouth.
- "MEGADETH Bassist's Autobiography Due Next Year". BlabberMouth.
- "Glen Matlock's Sex Pistols Filthy Lucre Photofile: Amazon.co.uk: Chad Smith, Glen Matlock, Joel McIver: Books". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
- "Cannibal Corpse: Authorized Biography 'Bible Of Butchery' Due In September". Blabbermouth.net. 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
- Interview in Venue magazine, 2008.