James Hetfield Will Publish Guitar Book for Metallica Fans
James Hetfield will publish a guitar book for Metallica fans. Hetfield’s upcoming book notes his personal guitar collection via writings, photographs, and memories.
‘Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield,’ which will release on October 17, 2023, is now available for pre-order. The distinguished coffee table book is available in hardback or two different restricted editions. There is a deluxe boxed version and one encased in a signed slipcase in this edition.
For over three decades, James Hetfield has been a driving force behind Metallica’s massive success. With his innovative guitar playing and unique songwriting skills, he has inspired countless musicians and fans around the world. Now, with “The Messengers,” James Hetfield is sharing his knowledge and experience with his followers in a way that has never been done before.
Here is the press statement of ‘Messenger: The Guitars of James Hetfield’ book:
“From the Electra OGV that defined his style, sound and attitude to the mythical MX guitars, the first in a series of iconic collaborations with ESP, and from his signature Snakebytes through his ambitious projects with renowned luthier Ken Lawrence, James Hetfield shares the emotional and technical elements of the chosen tools that have shaped his singular musical journey, including exotic instruments, vintage Gibsons, and custom one-offs. He also reveals many studio secrets, including the key amplifiers and gear that sculpt his tone and create his sound. Each featured guitar is accompanied by lush museum-quality portraits by acclaimed photographer Scott Williamson, exhibiting intimate details one can only see if holding it in their own hands, alongside Hetfield’s deeply personal reminiscence.
Spanning more than forthy guitars, ranging from the original battle-scarred road warriors to the trusted studio stalwarts and enduring tour favorites, Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield is a meticulously crafted coffee table book and a mesmerizing window into the mind and soul of one of rock’s greatest front men. These invaluable guitars have forged over four decades of music history.”
His previous publication, “The Messengers” is a 400-page book that delves deep into Hetfield’s approach to guitar playing, songwriting, and performing. Also, photographer Scott Williamson provided bright photographs.
“The Messengers” is more than just a guitar book; it’s a comprehensive guide to becoming a better musician. Hetfield’s insights into songwriting, performing, and the creative process are invaluable to anyone looking to improve their skills and take their music to the next level. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced musician, there’s something in this book for everyone.
The book is divided into three main sections:
- Riffing: In this section, Hetfield breaks down some of his most iconic riffs and explains the thought process behind them. He provides detailed explanations of his picking techniques, palm muting, and other essential skills that have made him one of the most influential guitarists of all time.
- Songwriting: In this section, Hetfield shares his unique approach to songwriting and offers tips on how to create memorable and impactful music. He discusses the importance of lyrics, melody, and structure, and provides examples from Metallica’s extensive catalog.
- Performing: In this section, Hetfield offers advice on how to improve your live performances and engage with your audience. He covers topics such as stage presence, improvisation, and how to deal with nerves and stage fright.
You can check the samples of ‘Messengers‘ from James Hetfield below!