Joel McIver

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Joel McIver
Author Joel McIver, 2013.jpg
Joel McIver in 2013
Occupation Author
Language English
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Genre Biography
Subject Non-fiction

Joel McIver (born 1971) is a British author. The best-known of his books 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 an occasional guest on BBC and commercial radio. Since 2012, McIver has also been the Editor of Bass Guitar (magazine).

McIver has written 27 English-language books since 1999, with over 50 more editions available in various other languages.[1] 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".[2] In a review in April 2012, Classic Rock magazine labelled McIver "by some distance Britain's most prolific hard rock/metal author".[3]

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.[4] McIver is also the co-writer of books by Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy)[5] and Megadeth bass player David Ellefson,[6] both of which were published in 2013. A collaboration with Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock appeared in 2014,[7] followed by the official biography of the world's biggest death metal band, Cannibal Corpse.[8]

McIver is an alumnus of Backwell School[9] and the University of Edinburgh.


As writer[edit]

  • 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)
  • Sinister Urge: The Life And Times Of Rob Zombie (foreword by Jeremy Wagner of Broken Hope, 2015)

As co-writer[edit]


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