That’s certainly the roots of heavy metal. That whole sense of revolution and wanting to be powerful is definetly a puberty thing. Fans don’t have to be offended by that. Everybody goes through it. That’s why heavy metal is so powerful.
It’s not even so much about publicity, it’s more just letting people know that things are available, because books aren’t a flash in the pan thing. It’s more like: “It took 20 years for this book to be done and now it’ll be on a shelf for 20 years until the right person finds it.”
The dream book is always the next book.
Being in New York, a lot of people I knew were top-notch copy editors or photo retouchers, so I had a good community around me that knew how to do the specialized stuff.
The thing that was much harder than I expected was figuring out what to do with 20 tons of books. That led to a lot of trying to move freight with a pallet jack – literally trying to shove a one-ton cube of books into a tiny space.
The positive side about dealing with the logistics of moving books around is that it’s better than a gym!
It’s important to over-deliver on the quality of the books as far as depth and content. It’s not worth it to cut out 50 pages just because it would be a little bit cheaper.
I’m still trying to find the perfect Nirvana song that’s an example of that, but you do hear a lot of their songs start with an extremely emotional death grunts.
The youngest metal kids are less impressed by tradition, so you get metal that encompasses everything. It’s not a defining kind of lifestyle and look.
I’ve already worked on at least a dozen dream books. I’m definitely not starving for something, like, “Agh, if only!” It’s the opposite.