New edition will feature an afterword by Anthrax’s Frank Bello
By David Sands
July 21, 2016
A 2008 Jawbone Press biography of the late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton is getting an update which will include a new afterword by his friend and fellow bass player Frank Bello of Anthrax.
The 312-page Expanded and revised edition of To Live Is To Die: The Life And Death Of Metallica’s Cliff Burton by British music writer Joel McIver will still feature Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett’s introduction but will also add new material concerning his recent legacy as well as Bello’s reflections on his life.
Burton, Metallica’s second bassist, appeared on the metal group’s first three studio albums (Kill ‘Em All, Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets). He died in a tragic bus crash accident in Sweden on Sept. 27, 1986.
Appreciation of the bassist’s talents have certainly grown in the years since his passing. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame posthumously inducted him into its ranks in 2009 with at a ceremony which also honored living Metallica members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett. Two years later in 2011, Rolling Stone readers voted Burton the Ninth Best Bassist of All Time.
“Cliff’s life was short but influential,” reads a blurb for the book on Jawbone Press’ website. “Following his passing, Metallica went on to huge global success, but by their own admission they never pushed the creative envelope as radically as they had done during the first four years of their career.”
The updated edition of To Live Is To Die is being published to mark the 30th anniversary of Burton’s passing. The name of the book is a reference to an instrumental song that appears on Metallica’s …And Justice For All album, which is meant as a tribute to the fallen bassist.
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