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Monsters of Rock Leather and Metal Signed Edition

Monsters of Rock Leather and Metal Signed Edition


Rufus Publications are pleased to announce the publication of the official MONSTERS OF ROCK visual history.

Written by rock journalist John Tucker with supplementary material from the festivals official PR Judy Totton and the festival's promoters, this epic book takes us on a journey from the very first Monsters of Rock in 1980 to the last event in 1996. Measuring 300mm square and featuring more than 600 pages covering each year of the festival with interviews, information, set lists and many never before seen photographs from the archives of rock’s greatest photographers. The book also features an introduction by Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott.


The amazing, personally signed Full Metal Jacket Edition, limited to 350 copies worldwide, individually signed by legendary Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford plus at least one artiste from every year of the festival including Kirk Hammett Metallica, Biff Byford Saxon, Duff McKagan Guns N' Roses, Joe Elliott Def Leppard, David Coverdale Whitesnake, Dee Snider Twisted Sister, Ian Gillan Gillan, Bernie Marsden Whitesnake, Danny, Luke, Harry and Ben Thunder, Mick Box Uriah Heep, Ian Paice Whitesnake, Roger Glover Rainbow, Dave Snake Sabu Skid Row, Brian Tatler Diamond Head, Dave Brock Hawkwind, Simon Wright AC/DC, Fish Marillion, Craig Goldy Dio, Steve Vai Whitesnake and Dave Lee Roth band, Geoff Tate Queensryche, Ricky Warwick The Almighty, Ginger Wildheart The Wildhearts, David Ellefson Megadeth, Myke Gray Skin, Nick Holmes Paradise Lost and Neil Murray of Whitesnake. This version also comes with a unique T-shirt, poster, art prints and a recreation of the original programmes from 1980 and comes in a metal slipcase.

"MONSTERS OF ROCK, Castle Donington’s annual pilgrimage for the rock/metal community, began life in 1980 as an impressive way to round off Rainbow’s ‘Down To Earth’ tour which had commenced the previous September in America: one stage, seven bands and 35,000 expectant fans.

It was supposedly a one-off, but its importance as an event cannot be overstated. The Donington racetrack was perfect as an outdoor venue, being relatively central in the UK and having easy road and rail access. The following year’s event, with AC/DC headlining, drew a much larger crowd and from then on Monsters Of Rock became a fixture on the calendar, so much so that as soon as one year’s closing fireworks had died away journalists and fans alike were speculating on possible acts for the following year’s bill.

Over eighty different bands played the UK’s Monster Of Rock stage – or stages, in some years – between that first event and the final show in 1996, and the roll-call is spectacular: Iron Maiden, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Motlëy Crüe... The list goes on and on, and includes AC/DC with their record-breaking three headline shows and Metallica, the only band to appear on four separate occasions. And although some bands, for whatever reason, failed to hit the mark on the day, others were simply spellbinding.

There was rain, there was mud, there was sunburn and, of course, there was tragedy when two young men lost their lives. But overall Monsters Of Rock was the embodiment of hard rock, heavy metal, call it what you will, and this book is a celebration of the festival’s glory days."

Book Specification
Artprints 15 x 300 square artprints, posters, reproduction 1980 programme and newspaper.
Binding and size Threadsewn, 300mm square
Cover materials Hard back book, 3000 micron greyboard with recycled red leather cover and white foil embossed logos.
Number of pages and paper type 624 pages, 160gsm silk artpaper.
Slipcase Silver, aluminium slipcase with die cut logo

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