Colour­ful in­tro to heavy metal for kids

The Herald (South Africa) - - Leisure -

De­scribed as “if Dr Seuss and Ozzy Os­bourne spent a crazy night out on the town, then this would be their story”, a new chil­dren’s book rips into the head­bang­ing field of heavy metal mu­sic.

South African Lav Nand­lall has writ­ten Don’t Fear the Dark as a colour­ful se­ries of 11 chil­dren’s pic­ture books to give an over­view of metal mu­sic from its start in the 1960s to now.

The first book sets the pace with brief rhymes and car­toon­like draw­ings of groups like Black Sab­bath and other early rock bands, and it will con­tinue the rest of the se­ries with the aim of ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren about a mu­sic scene of­ten over­looked to­day.

Don’t Fear the Dark is il­lus­trated by Kaylee McHugh with lay­out by Jea­nine Breuer.

The trio saw the lack of com­mer­cial books on metal mu­sic, par­tic­u­larly those aimed at younger au­di­ences, and hope their work will open dis­cus­sions about mu­si­cal in­spi­ra­tion, artis­tic ca­reers, style state­ments, ad­ven­ture and the macabre.

The 20-some­thing Nand­lall isn’t just a met­al­head, how­ever, she also is an avid trav­eller, mu­sic jour­nal­ist and blog­ger at the Heavy Metal Duchess.

She also is the manag­ing ed­i­tor of Pure Grain Au­dio, a Cana­dian-based al­ter­na­tive mu­sic web­site, as well as free­lance mu­sic jour­nal­ist who has writ­ten sto­ries about bands such as Black Sab­bath, Iron Maiden and Me­tal­lica.

The first book is avail­able di­rectly from the au­thor at air­gui­tar­[email protected]

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