Spinal Tap: The Big Black Book

by Wallace Fairfax

Prettier than Poison, braver than Bon Jovi, bigger than Def Leppard, and less hygienic than Mötley Crüe, Spinal Tap is the greatest band of all-time! They’re better than all these acts combined, times eleven, then multiplied by a million more and raised to the power of Hanoi Rocks plus Ratt—and numbers cannot lie! Yes, when it comes to metal done heavy and loud, all you need are Hubbins, Tufnel, and Small . . . and Shrimpton, Savage, Pepys, Childs, Pudding, etc.

Now, for the very first time between non-linen sheets, Spinal Tap: The Big Black Book offers fans the unique opportunity to dive deep into a cherished moment in time when nothing mattered but a filthy power chord progression, ceaseless lyrical innuendo, and grubby long hair shampooed by the gods of metal and conditioned by the angels of mercy.

The Big Black Book you’re holding isn’t just a book—it’s an educational artifact! Inside this coveted collectible, you’ll find:

  • Priceless, removable, unprovenanced (in that order) Spinal Tap memorabilia including promo posters, the Stonehenge Napkin, ticket stubs, and a Smell the Glove album cover!
  • A scratch-n-sniff card that captures the sights, sounds, and smells of a hardworking rock band on the road!
  • Iconic photographs of the band and rockumentary filmmaker Marty DiBergi!
  • Tracklists from every epic record!
  • “Tap Up Close” profiles of band members as you’ve never seen them before (except for you, Gregor, and it was just that once)!

And that’s not all—you’ll also learn the dirty secrets surrounding Marty DiBergi’s “rockumentary” This Is Spinal Tap! Consistently cited as one of the most innovative, culturally significant movies ever made, This Is Spinal Tap has achieved cult status the world over; regardless, the entire band, their management, and many devoted fans still describe it as a “horror

film.” Is DiBergi a conscientious filmmaker who created a seminal picture about the world’s hardest-rocking, most industrious band, or is he a beard-faced liar who exploited his heroes for money? You decide so the courts don’t have to!

All this aside, one thing is clear. When it comes to touring the world and other parts unknown, Spinal Tap has been there, done that, and bought the skintight spandex t-shirts to prove it. Through their sixteen studio albums and dozens of what critics cruelly labeled “unnecessary” singles, the band has built a legacy that will endure far into the future—a future that may not feature new compositions. Thankfully, the prolific tapestry of music they’ve bequeathed won’t leave us yearning for any more. (Frankly, we’ve all had enough.)

But enough of our yakkin’! Keep your devil horns at the ready and nudge your bookshelf from stupid to clever with this fully loaded, officially authorized rock program.

Publisher: Backbeat Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 128

Dimensions: 8 x 10.5 inches

ISBN: 9781495089404


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