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Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Songs Of The '80s And The True Stories Behind Their Lyrics provides exclusive insight into the creative process behind the top metal songs of the 1980s. Available for pre-order now and in stores early January via Course Technology PTR, the book features interviews with iconic rock artists offering insight into the inspiration behind such hits as Judas Priest's "Breaking the Law," AC/DC's "Back In Black," Motörhead's "Ace Of Spades," Megadeth's "Peace Sells," Pantera's "Cemetery Gates" and even Jane's Addiction's "Jane Says."

Written by Jackie Kajzer—host and developer of nationally syndicated metal radio show "Full Metal Jackie"—with Roger Lotring, the book features classic photos by renowned rock photographer Mark Weiss and a foreword written by Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.

Over the course of five months, lyricists of songs featured in the book were interviewed and asked to remember the creative and social circumstances surrounding their songs. Some songwriters were very certain in their recollection; others were somewhat less specific in their memories. But each person had fascinating anecdotes and opinions to share. The book delves into the cultural and social impact the songs had when they were released, as well as the continued validity and influence these songs hold in the 21st century.

"The idea to focus on lyrics for this book came from preparing my radio show each week," says Kajzer. Many of the songs I played were never edited for radio and had profanities. I make edits for my show so metal fans finally get a chance to hear the songs on commercial radio. When I read the lyrics to many of these songs, I got an even greater sense of how powerful these songs really are, and I wanted to share that insight with other metal fans."

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, who provides the foreword for the book, contemplates: "Who would have known that this relatively short time span of 3,653 days [the '80s] would result in the creation of some of the most influential heavy metal bands on earth?"

Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Songs Of The '80s… features songs that were not always the commercial favorites. The book analyzes lyrics that made social and personal statements that influenced the heavy metal audience, rather than mainstream pop culture. Included are songs that address nuclear armament, drug addiction, religion, suicide and governmental control. These songs are "Full Metal Jackie-certified" as important contributions to the metal genre that continue to have a lyrical impact on successive generations of fans.

Here's an excerpt from the introduction to Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Songs Of The '80s…:

Listening to a metal album used to be an event. Without the digital availability of information on the Internet, hearing an album for the first time was the single source of make-believe, a direct connection to the imagination. Fans would slit the shrink wrap and carefully slide the vinyl LP from the cardboard cover. The paper sleeve would rest in cross-legged laps while the listener absorbed the lyrics, word for word, studying them and staring at the photographs and artwork to make the songs come alive in their mind's eye.

Our favorite bands spoke to us—and for us—through their music. The lyrics expressed our joy and frustration, and empowered us to be strong in an intolerant culture that laughed at heavy metal to mask their fear of it. In bedroom sanctuaries those songs were conversations between trusted friends—the bands and their fans—about politics, religion, relationships, and other topics that the mainstream considered too profound for us to really understand.

Metal fans have always been on the periphery of society. We are the outcasts, the kids forbidden from the popular cliques. Our music has always provided camaraderie and a sense of community otherwise prohibited because we are different. The lyrics have always been our voice. This book is about what that voice had to say.

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Jackie Kajzer

Jackie Kajzer is the developer and host of the nationally syndicated metal show "Full Metal Jackie," and a leading voice among metal music fans everywhere. Known for her unique, customized playlists and in-depth interviews with legendary rock artists, including Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Zakk Wylde and many others, Jackie has been named FMQB "Metal Host of the Year" by fans for three years in a row and counting. She is a highly sought-after host for concerts and shows, including an appearance on the first annual heavy metal awards show—Revolver Golden Gods—which aired on MTV2 in April 2009.

'Full Metal Jackie Certified…' front cover

A metal fan since birth, Jackie began her career at Seton Hall University's highly acclaimed Pirate Radio (WSOU), quickly taking her talent to larger New York-Metro commercial stations WHTG and WDHA. In 2001, Jackie moved west and settled in Los Angeles, where she joined the staff of The Firm—then the music industry's premier management firm. She quickly advanced to Radio Promotions Director, establishing an in-house heavy metal radio department and working with bands such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Staind, Audioslave, Static-X, Otep and others, as well as discovering, signing and marketing the metal sensation Five Finger Death Punch.

Jackie's on-air fame continued to grow in Los Angeles, first at KBZT in San Diego, and later at, before she launched her weekly Chaos radio show—Los Angeles and Orange County's only all-metal program—from Indie 103.1 in L.A. Currently syndicated in over 22 markets nationwide, Full Metal Jackie continues to be a major influence on the metal genre. For more information, visit

Roger Lotring

Roger Lotring conducted his first interview in 1990 and never looked back. That conversation with Gene Simmons in part prompted his becoming the co-publisher and editor-in-chief of Prime Choice, a regional hard rock newspaper based in Connecticut. In 1999 he was approached by the Starlog Group to contribute to The Official Kiss Magazine #2, and later their in-house heavy metal periodical, ShockWave. Roger was a contributing writer for, a subsidiary of the Sanctuary Group. His work has also been published in international magazines such as Metal Hammer, Zero and Burn. He was a contributor and staff writer for Metal Edge from 2001 to 2009, writing cover stories and features about artists such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, and numerous others. Roger has appeared as an interviewer on Headbangers Ball on MTV2, and he is the author of the liner notes to the Mötley Crüe box set, Music To Crash Your Car To, Volume II, and Power Ballads Gold, both on the UMe label.

Currently, he freelances for select outlets and contributes promotional material to the syndicated Full Metal Jackie radio program. He also hosts "Caffeine Bomb" on 91.7 FM WHUS in Connecticut. For more information, visit or

Mark Weiss

Mark Weiss began his illustrious career at age 14 by trading lawn mowing services for a Bell & Howell 35mm camera. The family bathroom became a darkroom where images of family and friends were developed. Subject matter progressed to his brother, Jay, who was a motocross racing enthusiast, followed shortly by rock concerts. Mark was arrested for selling prints of his photographs from the previous night's show during a run of KISS dates at Madison Square Garden in 1977. The following day he presented his portfolio to the art director at Circus magazine and became the staff photographer. A few years later he would be touring with KISS, photographing them for tour books and album covers.

Since then, Mark's photography has become recognized as some of the most iconic images in the music business. His pictures have graced the covers and pages of countless magazines, and he's shot the covers of multi-platinum albums, including Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry, Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet, and numerous others.

He continues to photograph legends, as well as up-and-coming bands. Mark also showcases select portraits from his extensive archives at gallery events across the country. His portfolio can be viewed at For more information, or to purchase prints, visit