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Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest - K.K. Downing

Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest - K.K. Downing

Title: Heavy Duty

Author:  K.K. Downing

ISBN:  9781472128706

Weight:  785g

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Heavy Duty by K.K. Downing

Judas Priest formed in Birmingham in 1969.  With its distinctive twin-guitar sound, studs-and-leather image, and international sales of over 50 million records, Judas Priest became the archetypal heavy metal band in the 1980s.  Iconic tracks like ‘Breaking the Law’, ‘Living after Midnight’, and ‘You've Got Another Thing Coming’ helped the band achieve extraordinary success, but no one from the band has stepped out to tell their or the band’s story until now.

As the band approaches its golden anniversary, fans will at last be able to delve backstage into the decades of shocking, hilarious, and haunting stories that surround the heavy metal institution.  In Heavy Duty, guitarist K.K. Downing discusses the complex personality conflicts, the business screw-ups, the acrimonious relationship with fellow heavy metal band Iron Maiden, as well as how Judas Priest found itself at the epicentre of a storm of parental outrage that targeted heavy metal in the ’80s.

He also describes his role in cementing the band’s trademark black leather and studs image that would not only become synonymous with the entire genre, but would also give singer Rob Halford a viable outlet by which to express his sexuality.  Lastly, he recounts the life-changing moment when he looked at his bandmates on stage during a 2009 concert and thought, ‘This is the last show’.  Whatever the topic, whoever’s involved, K.K. doesn’t hold back.

From the band at the very beginning until his retirement in 2011 (and even still as a member of the band’s board of directors), Downing has seen it all and is now finally at a place in his life where he can also let it all go.  Even if you’re a lifelong fan, if you think you know the full story of Judas Priest, well, you’ve got another thing coming.

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Heavy Duty
Sub title Days and Nights in Judas Priest
Author (written with Mark Eglinton)
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features One 16-page section of black and white photographs showcasing the life and career of Kenneth .
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Constable
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781472128706
ISBN 10 1472128702
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 275
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 161 x 29mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket photographs George Chin (front)
Pete Alander (back)

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