Confess : 'The year's most touching and revelatory rock autobiography' Telegraph's Best Music Books of 2020
About the book
Most priests take confessions. This one is giving his. 'The most hotly anticipated hard-rock autobiography of the year' 'Rob Halford has written one of the most candid and surprising memoirs of the year. . . Confess is a riproaring tale, a funny, often shocking and genuinely emotional story' The Telegraph 'The Metal God shares stories from a life like no other, spending over 50 years in the heavy metal bubble, facing adversity head-on but always with a wry smile and horns held firmly aloft' Kerrang 'Raw and searingly moving, Confess will delight metal heads and music fans alike' GQ 'A unique and deeply revealing insight into the extraordinary life he has led' Metal Talk Rob Halford, front man of global iconic metal band Judas Priest, is a true 'Metal God'. Raised in Britain's hard-working heavy industrial heartland he and his music were forged in the Black Country. CONFESS, his full autobiography, is an unforgettable rock 'n' roll story - a journey from a Walsall council estate to musical fame via alcoholism, addiction, police cells, ill-starred sexual trysts and bleak personal tragedy, through to rehab, coming out, redemption... and finding love. Now, he is telling his gospel truth. Told with Halford's trademark self-deprecating, deadpan Black Country humour, CONFESS is the story of an extraordinary five decades in the music industry. It is also the tale of unlikely encounters with everybody from Superman to Andy Warhol, Madonna, Jack Nicholson and the Queen. More than anything else, it's a celebration of the fire and power of heavy metal. Rob Halford has decided to Confess. Because it's good for the soul.
Rob Halford has written one of the most candid and surprising memoirs of the year. . . Confess is a riproaring tale, a funny, often shocking and genuinely emotional story * The Telegraph * The Metal God shares stories from a life like no other, spending over 50 years in the heavy metal bubble, facing adversity head-on but always with a wry smile and horns held firmly aloft * Kerrang * Raw and searingly moving, Confess will delight metal heads and music fans alike * GQ * A unique and deeply revealing insight into the extraordinary life he has led * Metal Talk * funny, forthright and unexpectedly poignant * NME * Captivating... Even for those who give metal a wide berth, his tale is fascinating * Irish Independent * A rock confessional with a difference... deeply, deeply moving... Confess does not always make for easy reading. There is a real sadness to parts of it but Rob Halford's warmth and humanity shine through. Absolutely one of the best rock biogs in ages. * Darren's Music Blog * It's a compelling story, well told, and should become a school set text to counter homophobia and promote inclusion * RECORD COLLECTOR * Halford's dry black country wit is the perfect complement to his eye-popping candour * Mojo Magazine * The most hotly anticipated hard-rock autobiography of the year. . . gossipy, good-natured and hilarious. . . it's also gloriously and relentlessly filthy * Attitude Magazine * Rock 'n' roll page-turner. . . riotous and revealing * Classic Rock Magazine * There are in this memoir the usual triumphs, tragedies and tales of misadventure. . . but the real appeal is in Halford's self-deprecating demeanour and dry, Black Country wit. * The Times - Best Music Books of 2020 * The year's most touching and revelatory rock autobiography * Telegraph Best Music Books of 2020 *
Rob Halford Biography
Robert John Arthur Halford (born 25 August 1951) is an English singer and songwriter. He is the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Judas Priest, which was formed in 1969 and has received accolades such as the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. He has been noted for his powerful and wide ranging operatic vocal style and trademark leather-and-studs image, both of which have become iconic in heavy metal. He has also been involved with several side projects, including Fight, Two, and Halford. AllMusic said of Halford, "There have been few vocalists in the history of heavy metal whose singing style has been as influential and instantly recognizable... able to effortlessly alternate between a throaty growl and an ear-splitting falsetto." He was ranked at No. 33 on the list of greatest voices in rock by Planet Rock listeners in 2009. He has also been nicknamed "Metal God" by fans. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Judas Priest in 2022, via the Award for Musical Excellence.
Early yearsRobert John Arthur Halford was born on 25 August 1951 in Sutton Coldfield. He grew up in nearby Walsall, where he was raised on the Beechdale housing estate, which was also home to Noddy Holder. His early influences included Little Richard, Janis Joplin, and Robert Plant.
Judas PriestHalford was introduced to Judas Priest bassist and co-founder Ian Hill by his sister Sue, who was dating Hill at the time. Halford, a manager of a men's clothing store, joined the band as singer, bringing with him drummer John Hinch from his previous band Hiroshima. Halford and Hinch played their first show with Judas Priest in May 1973 at the Townhouse in Wellington. The show was recorded and part of it released in 2019 on the compilation Downer-Rock Asylum on the Audio Archives label. In 1974, he made his recording debut on the band's first album Rocka Rolla. He continued to front Judas Priest throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, Halford emerged with all-new tattoos, including a bent Judas Priest cross on his right arm and ring around his other, as well as a few on his shoulders. He also began shaving his head. On the last date of the tour for Painkiller in August 1991 at a show in Toronto, Halford rode onstage on a large Harley-Davidson motorcycle, dressed in motorcycle leathers, as part of the show. The stage riser malfunctioned and he collided with a half-raised drum riser and fell off of it, breaking his nose in the process. He was left unconscious for a short time while the band was performing the first song. After regaining consciousness, Halford returned and finished the show. Halford had been wanting to do a solo project and had the blessing of his band members to do so. A studio exec told him he would have to technically 'resign' from Judas Priest in order to do so and he wrote a statement citing his interest in a solo project. The letter was leaked and taken out of context in that he was qu ... Read full biography
|Publisher:||Headline Publishing Group|
|Imprint:||Headline Book Publishing|
|Languages:||| English ||
|Illustrations:||50 colour/black and white personal photos|
|Publication date:||Sept. 29, 2020|
|First Publication Date:||None|
|Publication City/Country:||London, United Kingdom|