Get your pre-order on: Books of metal & cinema

Cover image of Swedish Sensastionsfilms book

Bazillion Points Books is a rare breed of publisher. Rare because every single thing they publish, I want.

They are the guys who produced Hellbent for Cooking, Swedish Deathmetal, Only Death is Real, and many others. And so, cruising through their site this morning, scouting for new titles to maybe pick up, I spotted the two below. They’re available for pre-order now, and they’re well cheap!

1. Swedish Sensationsfilms: A clandestine history of sex, thrillers and kicker cinema

written by Daniel Ekeroth, author of Swedish Deathmetal.

Cover image of Swedish Sensastionsfilms book
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This title is a retrospective of Swedish exploitation films, many of which had been banned and cut during the age of Swedish censorship. Here’s a sample from the site:

In 1911, Sweden enacted the world’s first government board of film censors, provoking a century-long war against filmmakers that outlived two World Wars, communism, and the sexual revolution. In 2011, the censors finally surrendered—and SWEDISH SENSATIONSFILMS declares victory with a fiery retrospective of over 200 often banned and cut films produced during the golden age of Swedish sin. PLUS: First-hand accounts by starlet Christina Lindberg (Thriller: En Grym FilmMaid in Sweden); scores of rare exhibition posters and images, a glossary of curious Swedish customs; and an uninhibited cast of thousands, including: Stellan Skarsgård, Pernilla August, Lee Hazlewood, Dennis Hopper, Max von Sydow, David Carradine, Heinz Hopf, Harry Reems, Noomi Rapace, Marie Forså, Troy Donahue, Zinny Zan, and Ludde the dog.

Produced in the backyard of the Swedish film industry, these sexually daring films form a canon of countless sensational movies dealing with shocking or taboo subjects—street punks, sadistic mobsters, space aliens, unruly housewives, ruthless drug pushers, bloodthirsty ninjas, teen temptresses, lingonberry cowboys, bearded perverts, and drunken vikings—all simply too strange to ignore.

Once again, Swedish Death Metal author Daniel Ekeroth delves into the arcane culture and contradictions of his homeland, returning with the first comprehensive overview of Swedish Sensationsfilms—the Scandinavian scourge of the world’s exploitation cinema.

If you want it, hit up this link to get your copy. It’s out in March next year.

2. Metalion: The Slayer Mag diaries

edited by Tara G. Warrior

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Slayer mag!

Norway’s Slayer Mag was founded in 1985, and has brought the brutality of black and death metal to readers for 25 years. It’s finally been honoured with an anthology filled with illustrations, interviews, photo portraits, and more, which traces the evolution of the mag.

For twenty-five years, Norway’s Slayer Mag has published the gospel of black metal and death metal, combining eye-ripping graphics, brutally honest writing, and relentless offbeat humor. With this anthology/memoir, editor Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen unfolds the extreme highs and lows of a life lived for heavy metal.

Founded in 1985 in Sarpsborg, Norway, Slayer Mag quickly rose to prominence by championing countless unsigned death metal pioneers. The pages of Slayer Mag exploded along with the extreme metal underground, and as black metal rose to prominence in Norway in the 1990s, Slayer Magremained the final word on the moods and motivations of those dark times. In addition to rare archival material unseen in decades, the book will include unreleased and exclusive interviews and artwork, including historical photographs, and never-before-seen portrait photography by editor Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen.

Once I’ve got my $$ up, I’m pre-ordering this so I get postie present surprises halfway through next year. It’s released in June 2011, but you can pre-order it here.

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