A new book about Metallica, titled The 24.95 Book, is coming out this summer.

Written by Ben Apatoff, the book chronicles Metallica's four-decade career, with different chapters dedicated to each member of the band, album in their discography, books, movies and other ways they impacted popular culture.

"I wanted it to it to be more than a fact book, and not just something people could just look up on the Internet," Apatoff says.

"The metal band everybody knows — but nobody has ever figured out. Ben Apatoff has taken the ultimate deep dive into the dark legend of Metallica, one of rock's weirdest and most fascinating mysteries. In this brilliant book, he tells the definitive story of how a band of nobodies took on the world—and why the world will never be the same," author Rob Sheffield praised of Apatoff's book, as mentioned in the Amazon listing.

As the name infers, the book is going for $24.95. See an image of its cover below, and pre-order it here now — it'll be available on Aug. 15.

Metallica are releasing a book of their own this year as well — a photo book called The Black Album in Black + White that commemorates the 30th anniversary of the legendary album that catapulted the band into superstardom.

Additionally, they're releasing both a remastered version of The Black Album and a Blacklist album, which features covers of their songs from 53 artists, such as Corey Taylor, Miley Cyrus and Elton John.


METALLICA: THE $24.95 BOOK looks at Metallica's cultural significance, with chapters devoted to each member, each album, touring, fashion, books, film, influences, fandom, history, and more, exploring the band's ideologies along the way. "I wanted it to it to be more than a fact book, and not just something people could just look up on the internet." Says author Ben Apatoff, a writing teacher and music journalist. The result is the most complete Metallica book to date, covering their career through 2021 and the first Metallica book written with access to the band’s box set materials. Compiled from years of exhaustive research and decades of fandom, and including previously unpublished photos, a foreword by Laina Dawes, the author of acclaimed 2013 memoir What are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, new transcriptions of video interviews and magazine quotes previously unavailable on the internet, Metallica: The $24.95 Book finally gives Metallica the thorough biography and analysis the band deserves, providing an in-depth look at the band and their music that both die-hard fans and newcomers can enjoy.

About the Author:

Ben Apatoff is a New York writer and educator whose work has appeared in Metal Injection, MetalSucks and the Morbid Anatomy Museum. He was born the summer Metallica released Kill 'Em All.

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