JONNY Z's 'Heavy Tales' To Be Made Available As Audiobook Monday June 8 2020, 7:46 PM
JONNY Z's 'Heavy Tales' To Be Made Available As Audiobook

An audio edition of   Megaforce Records   founder   Jon Zazula 's acclaimed autobiography,   "Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As Lived By Jon Zazula" , read by the author himself and featuring more than two hours of bonus material, will be available July 21 via   Audible .

Like the print edition, the   Audible   book contains   TESTAMENT   vocalist   Chuck Billy 's foreword, also read by   Billy   himself. The bonus material expands upon the book, with   Zazula   — known the world over as   Jonny Z   — offering further insight into his life and career, and more behind-the-scenes stories, through material culled from a never-before-heard question and answer series with the   Brothers Grimm   radio show on .

"When asked why I decided to record this audio book myself and not use a professional actor, it was as simple as could be to answer — I am from the Bronx and the whole story would be weird if told by another, more well-spoken person,"   Zazula   laughs. "It wouldn't be the same. We used a good studio and production team to bring my story to life. The bonus 147 minutes of live Q&A on the radio is lots of fun and makes this a very complete package."

For a sneak peek, go to   this location   and listen to samples from the audiobook and bonus question-and-answer session.

Released last year in physical format,   "Heavy Tales"   is the detailed, story of how   Jonny Z   founded legendary New Jersey-based label   Megaforce Records   with his wife,   Marsha , and built a dynasty unmatched by others, forever changing the scope of heavy metal.

Born in 1952,   Zazula   began his extraordinary journey as a renegade youth who went from living on the streets of the Bronx in New York City, to later working on Wall Street, and eventually (and unexpectedly) transitioning into the music business and discovering   METALLICA ,   ANTHRAX   and others. Today,   Jonny Z   remains one of the most respected names in heavy metal.

After Wall Street,   Jonny Z   began selling records at a flea market store in 1981 to put food on the table for his family. Dubbed Rock N' Roll Heaven, the store eventually blossomed into a major record store that influenced the heavy metal movement as we know it today. In the winter of 1982,   Jonny Z   received an unexpected demo tape from unsigned underground band called   METALLICA . Eager and determined to have the music heard by the entire world,   Jonny   and   Marsha   founded   Megaforce Records   the following year and released   METALLICA 's debut album,   "Kill 'Em All" . Through this release,   Megaforce   cemented its position as the de-facto music label in America for heavy metal. The bands they would go on to work with released some of the most important albums in heavy metal history, giving it its Golden Era.

"Heavy Tales"   details the stories of how   Jonny Z   worked miracles by managing and releasing albums by   METALLICA ,   ANTHRAX ,   TESTAMENT ,   MERCYFUL FATE ,   OVERKILL ,   EXCITER ,   STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH ,   METHOD OF DESTRUCTION ,   RAVEN ,   Ace Frehley ,   KING'S X ,   MINISTRY ,   MINDFUNK ,   NUDESWIRL ,   Warren Haynes ,   DISCO BISCUITS   and others.

The stories told in   "Heavy Tales"   were captured and compiled by   Harold Claros-Maldonado , a lifelong fan of heavy metal who originally contacted the   Zazulas   to write a report on early   METALLICA . After several discussions,   Zazula   felt   Claros-Maldonado   would be the ideal partner to help him tell his story in the book.

Pre-order the   "Heavy Tales"   audiobook, or pick up a physical copy, at .

Photo credit:   Eddie Malluk

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