Bazillion Points Founder Talks Five Years of Metal/Punk Book Publishing
MetalSucks.net is marking five years of books by Brooklyn indie house BAZILLION POINTS with a lengthy interview with founder Ian Christe. Previously the author of Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal (HarperCollins, 2003), Christe launched Bazillion Points in 2008 with the release of the acclaimed Swedish Death Metal, by Daniel Ekeroth, which earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly and Book of the Year award from Decibel magazine. The small house has gone on to publish the most authoritative books on death metal, black metal, thrash metal, prog metal, and hardcore punk, including titles by Hellhammer/Celtic Frost founder Tom Gabriel Fischer; Meatmen main man Tesco Vee; filmmaker David Markey; D.R.I. bassist Harald Oimoen; Slayer Mag editor Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen; Sub Pop Records cofounder Bruce Pavitt; and others. The books feature contributions by members of Black Flag, Darkthrone, Watain, Circle Jerks, Exodus, Machine Head, At the Gates, Voivod, Minor Threat, Porcupine Tree, the Moody Blues, and many other significant musical luminaries.
The interview, revealing the backstory and evolution of the publishing house that functions like a small indie record label, can be read in full at this location:
“Any book about a metal band endorsed by Ian Christe, author of the preeminent book on metal, Sound of the Beast, is worth considering.”-Library Journal
“Bazillion Points releases first-class books, in high-quality formats, and although the publisher is only five years old, and the number of its releases hovers around 15, what is extraordinary is that seven of those books happen to be among the finest books published about metal or punk…”-PopMatters
“Whether your taste is ghoulishly raw Swedish death metal, egg-headed prog metal or the racial politics of the scene, the Greenpoint-based Bazillion Points has you covered.”-Time Out New York
“Thank you for Murder in the Front Row! It’s the definitive story of the scene and what we managed to make of it here in the Bay Area.”-Kirk Hammett, Metallica