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Review:  Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers - The Rise of Motorhead
Let's face it, we all though Lemmy would outlive us all.  Well, Lemmy and Keith Richards.  Sure, they'd need a drummer, but they'd still be there.

Sadly, death in December 2015 put an end to all of those Fury Road scenarios.

Enter Martin Popoff.

His new book, Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers, is an oral history of Motorhead from conception to the end of the classic lineup of Lemmy, "Fast" Eddie Clarke and "Philthy" Phil Taylor.

With interviews from everyone involved, except Lemmy, the book is a deep dive into the glory days of one of the most influential and beloved hard rock bands of all time.

The genius of Popoff's approach is narrowing his timeframe.  We get some basic background on the lads, including Lemmy's time in Hawkwind, but then, in true Motorhead fashion, its just the balls to the wall story of Motorhead - the men, the music and the logo.

This book is a must read for fans of the band.  It pulls no punches when it comes to how Lemmy treated his bandmates.  Likewise, it shines a light on Clarke and Taylor and their contributions to the enduring Motorhead sound.

For long time Motorhead fans, this will round out their knowledge of the band, straight from the mouths of the men and women who were there.  For more recent converts, it will give you some insight into the band behind the famous logo.

Either way, Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers is a solid read and one readers of this site are sure to enjoy.

Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers is available now wherever you buy your books.

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