The cartoonishly horrifying metal band Gwar produce brutal riffs and impossible-to-forget live shows that leave a literal mark on audiences: fake blood spatters. And now, their story will be told in an authorized book compiled by longtime fans of the band by Bob Gorman and Roger Gastman. Rolling Stone reports that Gorman has been associated with Gwar’s Slave Pit Inc. since 1988, and began archiving the group’s history in 1997 with the intention of releasing it as a book.
Don’t call it a coffee table book: Let There Be Gwar clocks in at a whopping 350 pages, full of never-before-seen photos dating back to the 1980s, and packed with tributes from fans (fan art is the best). The book will also painstakingly document the effort taken to prep for and put on a live Gwar show.
The first 150 copies of Let There Be Gwar were autographed by the band, and have already sold out via Gwar’s online store to the most rabid fans – and we are still in the pre-ordering stage. Copies are still available at Gwar’s online store. And yes, there is trouble in Gwar country. It hurts my head.
From Rolling Stone:
After the death of Gwar frontman Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, the costumed heavy metal act has run into legal troubles with the singer’s father. After bidding Brockie farewell with a traditional Viking funeral, the band were sued by Brockie’s father for allegedly stealing the singer’s ashes, musical equipment and artwork, as well as producing phony documents in order to continue using Brockie’s likeness on merchandise.
“We did not steal Dave Brockie’s ashes, or anything else that belonged to him,” the band wrote in a statement. “In fact, all of the items mentioned in the article, including Dave’s ashes, have been available to his attorneys for weeks. At all times, and under very trying circumstances, we have acted in good faith to honor the wishes of our dear friend. Dave left no will or instructions for final arrangements, and so we have done the best we could to honor what we believe Dave Brockie would have wanted.”