New SLAYER Biography Available In Paperback

December 12, 2013

The new SLAYER biography "Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff And Dave Years…" is now available in paperback, exclusively via

The full-length book features 59 chapters, 400 footnotes, 3 appendices (e-book, 2 in the paperback),11 illustrations, and 33 photos by photographers including Harald Oimoen of "Murder In The Front Row" renown. Artwork includes Jeff Hanneman's stick-figure diagram for the "Live Undead" picture disc and lost sketches by "Live Undead"/"Hell Awaits" illustrator Albert Cuellar, who was later an integral part of the Museum Of Modern Art's third-most-popular exhibit ever. The paperback includes a full index.

The e-book has been No. 1 at the Amazon Kindle Store's Hot New Releases chart for nine days straight. It has been No. 1 on the Kindle Store's Popular Culture chart for 7 of the last eight days (No. 1 for the past three).

Steven Blush, the author and filmmaker behind "American Hardcore", writes: "D.X. Ferris' engrossing 'Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff And Dave Years' tells the real story behind the greatest modern metal band's most crucial era. Enter to the realm of Satan!"

David Konow, author of "Reel Terror" and the metal history "Bang Your Head", says: "The biography the band has always deserved… A book documenting the good, the bad, and the ugly without spin or sensationalism has been long overdue, and hats off to D.X. Ferris for getting it all down in this remarkable volume, which no SLAYER fan should be without."

The timely book spans from the members' boyhood days to its just-wrapped old-school tour. It concludes with a photo taken November 20, 2013 at Pittsburgh's Stage AE.

Its full title is "Slayer 66 & 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years, A Metal Band Biography. From Birth To Reborn, Including Slaytanic Profiles, A New History Of The Thrash Metal Kings' Early Days, ‘Reign In Blood' Tours, A European Invasion, The Palladium Riot, The Seat Cushion Chaos Concert, The Whole Diabolical Discography, Newly Unearthed Details From Dave Lombardo's Turbulent History With The Band, Artwork And Photos You've Probably Never Seen Before, Jeff Hanneman's Hard Times, The Big Four's Big Year, Lombardo's Final Exit, The Top 11 Hanneman Tributes, The Mosh Memorial Service, Untold Stories, Updates, Relevant Digressions, And More Scenes From The Abyss".

The first six and a half chapters can be read at the Kindle book's page.

Author D.X. Ferris is an Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Reporter Of The Year. He began writing the project shortly after the band and drummer Dave Lombardo parted ways for the third time, in February 2013. After guitarist Jeff Hanneman's unexpected death in May 2013, it turned into a career-spanning look at the classic lineup's ups, downs, hiatuses, and final dissolution.

The book combines original interviews and extensive archival stories to reevaluate the band's early days, controversial episodes, Hanneman's untimely demise, and Lombardo's multiple splits with the group.

Ferris recently discussed the book on "The Classic Metal Show" with host Chris Akin.

Both versions of the biography are available exclusively available via Amazon worldwide. The e-book that can be read on any smart phone, tablet, or computer that can run the free Kindle app. For a limited time, the electronic version costs $6.66 (U.S.). The 320-page paperback is temporarily priced at $16.66, but an introductory discount has further reduced the price to $14.99. The book ships free with orders over $35.

Says Ferris: "If any other press published this book, they would have stretched it into 400 pages, printed a hardback, charged an extra $15, and made you wait a year for a paperback. As a fan, I hate it when people do that to books I want. We're keeping the price down."

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