Everybody's heard of "heavy metal." But is there such a thing as "light metal?" Do the guys in Slipknot ever regret their choice of mask? Who gets blamed for the Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration? Hard-hitting questions like those can be answered when authors Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman discuss their new book, Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal
. The hefty tome took more than 25 years to compile - more than 700 pages long, it boasts conversations with members of Slayer, Judas Priest and everybody's favorite leather-clad satirists, Spinal Tap. For extra street cred, the authors will be joined by perennial heavy-metal talking head Scott Ian of Anthrax. Expect a lot of tattered tour T-shirts in the audience. Sleeves optional. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Thu., May 1, 7 p.m.; free, book is $32.50 hardback. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com.
Thu., May 1, 7 p.m., 2014