To Live Is to Die
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To Live Is to Die

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As performed by Cliff Burton, Metallica. Written by Joel McIver.

The Life and Death of Metallica's Cliff Burton. General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 6x8.5 inches. 272 pages. Published by Jawbone Press. (HL.00332838)

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Metallica, the seventh-biggest recording act in American history, are consummate musicians - but it wasn't always that way. A significant proportion of their playing expertise was acquired from a pivotal three-year period in their history - 1983 to 1986 - during which their music, a potent variant of thrash metal, evolved from garage-level to sophisticated, progressive heights - thanks to the teachings of their bass player, Cliff Burton. The San Francisco-raised Burton pushed the band to new musical levels with his musical training, songwriting ability, and phenomenal bass guitar skills. Cliff's life was short but influential; his death was sudden and shocking. With his death, Metallica's most critically acclaimed period of activity ended. They went on to record huge-selling albums, but by their own admission, never pushed the creative envelope as radically as they had done in the first four years of their career.

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