METALLICA's web site has released more information about the upcoming official biography of drummer Lars Ulrich. The book (view cover here), which is due in stores in Denmark on June 1, will detail Lars' life growing up in Denmark through the current "Madly in Anger" tour, and will include interviews with Lars' close personal friends and family.
Titled "Forkaelet med Frihed: Lars Ulrich - og hans band Metallica" (straight translation: "Spoiled by Freedom: Lars Ulrich - and his band Metallica"), the 320-page biography details Lars Ulrich's very unique childhood and youth in Denmark, as well as his development from being an extremely fanatical heavy metal fan to an ambitious youth tennis player, and later a determined heavy metal drummer and one of the visionary minds behind METALLICA. The biography also describes the progression of Lars and METALLICA through the 23 years of the band's existence and even takes a look in to the future of the band as well as the creative mind of Lars, who speaks on his dedication to film and ideas of filmmaking.
The biography is based on many hours of exclusive interviews with Lars, supplemented by interviews with his family, friends and colleagues including his father Torben and close cousin Stein Ulrich, former METALLICA producer and friend Flemming Rasmussen, Lars' heavy metal mentor Ken Anthony, friend and Copenhagen art counsellor Nils Staerk, old Danish music colleagues such as MERCYFUL FATE and ARTILLERY, Lars' very close friend actor Sean Penn, METALLICA manager since 1984 Peter Mensch, movie-director Joe Berlinger, and the journalist Geoff Barton (Lars' old idol from the U.K. magazine Sounds and later editor-in-chief at Kerrang! magazine).
The biography is published by Danish publishing company Lindhardt and Ringhof (web site) on June 1 in Denmark only, but the company is working on getting the book translated and published in other territories as well.
About the author, Jens Jam Rasmussen: Born June 6, 1964 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Been a METALLICA fan and listener since 1983, music journalist since 1986, University graduate in Danish and TV- and movie science in 1992. Has been interviewing Lars Ulrich and the other members of METALLICA since the "Master Of Puppets" tour in 1986/1987 and has been on numerous trips to METALLICA recording studios and concerts through the years.