and fellow San Francisco Bay Area metal photographer Brian Lew
fanzine) have joined forces to create "Murder In The Front Row: Bay Area Bangers And The Birth Of Thrash Metal"
. Released in December from Bazillion Points Books
, this intense look at early hardcore headbangers features some of the first photos of the "Big Four" and their extended family of thrash metal bands. With hundreds of candid, live, and studio shots, Lew
celebrate the unique wild-eyed spirit and atmosphere of the historic S.F. Bay Area heavy metal scene: pinpointing clubs (The Old Waldorf, The Stone, Ruthie's Inn, The Omni); hangouts (The Record Vault, the infamous Metallica Mansion); and beloved local figures like fearless stage diver Toby Rage
, manager Debbie Abono
, and the unrivaled metal ringmaster Paul Baloff
For more information, visit www.murderinthefrontrow.com