The Decade That Rocked The Music and Mayhem of '80s Rock and Metal

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-04-05
  • Publisher: Insight Editions
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Featuring the iconic and never-before-published photography of Mark Weiss, The Decade That Rocked covers the biggest names from the ’80s hard rock scene—including Jon Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, Van Halen, and more—in an illustrated homage to the music and mayhem of rock’s most colorful decade.

This world-class photography book documents the superstars of ’80s rock, showcasing era-defining images as well as never-before-published photographs, exclusive interviews, and behind-the-scenes stories from the decade’s most historic concerts, music video shoots, and backstage moments—all from the lens of Mark “Weissguy” Weiss.

Learn what went down at the photo shoot for Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet, on set during the shooting of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Mötley Crüe’s “Smokin’ in the Boy’s Room,” and more from the MTV era.

Take a flight with Weiss to the Moscow Peace Festival as he documents the legendary jet ride with Mötley Crüe, Ozzy, and Skid Row, among others. Revisit the US Festival, go backstage with Black Sabbath at Live Aid, and hop the bus to Washington, D.C., with Dee Snider, where he testifies at the 1985 Parental Music Resource Conference.

The Decade That Rocked delivers a powerful, visual homage to the flood of sex, spandex, music, makeup, and mayhem that hit the ’80s hard rock scene like a hurricane.

Author Biography

Mark “Weissguy” Weiss’s first published work, a centerfold of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, appeared in Circus magazine in 1978. By the early ’80s, Mark was shooting KISS, Steven Tyler, Ozzy, and other rock legends in his New York studio. No other photographer staged as many studio shoots or had the behind-the-scenes access that Weiss had to the ’80s metal and hard rock scene. To his credit is Mötley Crüe’s first appearance in a national publication, Oui Magazine in 1982, countless magazine covers and spreads worldwide, and the iconic imagery for many multi-platinum albums including Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and Twisted Sister’s Stay Hungry. He has traveled the world photographing tours for Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, KISS, and Bon Jovi. In September 2013, Weiss was honored to unveil his own memorabilia case at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. His photographs are also displayed exclusively throughout Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre and the Venetian in Las Vegas for the hit musical Rock of Ages. He lives in Rumson, NJ.

Daniel Siwek is a DJ, filmmaker, musician, and music journalist. He is a feature writer for Music Connection magazine and has contributed to many music and pop culture media outlets, including LA Weekly, Village Voice Media, Shepard Fairey’s Swindie, Soma, and DVD-Talk, among others. He was a two-time guest on AXS Live and is the author of House of Blues: A Backstage Pass to the Artists, Music & Legends. The first single he ever bought was Quiet Riot’s “Cum on Feel the Noize.” He lives in Los Angeles.

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