Hear CHUCK BILLY's Foreword To Audio Edition Of JONNY Z's 'Heavy Tales' Book
Hear CHUCK BILLY’s Foreword To Audio Edition Of JONNY Z’s ‘Heavy Tales’ Book
An audio edition of Megaforce Records founder Jon Zazula’s acclaimed autobiography, “Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As Lived By Jon Zazula”, read by the author himself and featuring more than two hours of bonus material, will be available July 21 via Audible.
Like the print edition, the Audible book contains TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy’s foreword, also read by Billy himself. The bonus material expands upon the book, with Zazula — known the world over as Jonny Z — offering further insight into his life and career, and more behind-the-scenes stories, through material culled from a never-before-heard question and answer series with the Brothers Grimm radio show on CraniumRadio.com.
You can now listen to Billy reading his foreword to “Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As Lived By Jon Zazula” in the YouTube clip below.
“When asked why I decided to record this audio book myself and not use a professional actor, it was as simple as could be to answer — I am from the Bronx and the whole story would be weird if told by another, more well-spoken person,” Zazula laughs. “It wouldn’t be the same. We used a good studio and production team to bring my story to life. The bonus 147 minutes of live Q&A on the radio is lots of fun and makes this a very complete package.”
For a sneak peek, go to this location and listen to samples from the audiobook and bonus question-and-answer session.
Released last year in physical format, “Heavy Tales” is the detailed, story of how Jonny Z founded legendary New Jersey-based label Megaforce Records with his wife, Marsha, and built a dynasty unmatched by others, forever changing the scope of heavy metal.
Born in 1952, Zazula began his extraordinary journey as a renegade youth who went from living on the streets of the Bronx in New York City, to later working on Wall Street, and eventually (and unexpectedly) transitioning into the music business and discovering METALLICA, ANTHRAX and others. Today, Jonny Z remains one of the most respected names in heavy metal.
With the foreword written by Chuck Billy, plus over 100 rare photographs unearthed from the MegaVault and photographer friends, Heavy Tales is the definitive American story of a family man with a dream, determined to prove to the world that heavy metal belonged on the stage, on the radio and in your living room.
Heavy Tales is the detailed, never before told story as lived by Jonny Zazula of how he founded Megaforce Records out of a flea market in New Jersey with his wife, Marsha and built a dynasty unmatched by others, forever changing the scope of Heavy Metal. The bands they worked with would go on to release some of the most prolific and important albums in heavy metal history, giving it its Golden Era.
Heavy Tales details the stories of how Jonny Z worked miracles by managing and releasing albums by Metallica, Anthrax, Testament, Mercyful Fate, Raven, Overkill, Exciter, Stormtroopers of Death, Method of Destruction, Ace Frehley, King’s X, Ministry, Mindfunk, Nudeswirl, Warren Haynes, Disco Biscuits and others, and how one night in 1984, he jokingly created Rap Metal before anyone else conceived the idea.
The book will only be available online.
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