Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Stocking Stuffer

Umlaut's awesome friends at Dark Horse Books have just published the excellent Misery Obscura: The Photography of Eerie Von (1981-2009)... Just in time for Jesus' Birthday!

Needless to say it's chock full of amazing behind-the-scenes and rare photos of the Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig combined with insightful and entertaining text. The book is presented in chronological order so you get a sense of Eerie's trek from teenage angst in New Jersey in the 70's to the Arena Rock implosion with Danzig in the 90's. Umlaut especially liked the content documenting the times in the 80's and early-90's when Danzig hung out and toured with Metallica and both bands were at the top of their Metal Powers... The images from these times include a drawing Eerie did of Metallica as "Alcoholica" shortly before Cliff Burton's death.

Some other nice WTF photos include the Misfits visiting Graceland in 1984, Jesse James (!?) working as Danzig's tour security guy back in The Day (!?), and Danzig with a rather hippie looking Rob Zombie (circa 'Thunder Kiss '65' White Zombie) hanging out with H.R. Giger.

Buy or Die.