Metallica: This Monster Lives
is a book written by Joe Berlinger
(with journalist Greg Milner
) about how he filmed the feature-length movie Some Kind of Monster
with the legendary heavy metal
The book follows the emotional roller-coaster both he and his film partner Bruce Sinofsky
and the band Metallica went through during the creation film. The book takes in the time from Berlinger and Sinofsky's first meeting with Metallica in 1999 to the 2003 Summer Sanitarium Tour. Berlinger and Sinofsky's relationship was at an all time low, exacerbated by Berlinger's decision to direct the disastrous sequel to the Blair Witch
. At the start of filming the relationship between the band members, especially between vocalist James Hetfield
and drummer Lars Ulrich
, is in a similarly perilous position after bassist Jason Newsted
quit the band and long standing grudges between the remaining members threaten to escalate past the point of no return.
It also follows the creative side of the film, after amassing over 1,600 hours of footage for what was originally supposed to be a short promo for the band's new album the film's editing team had to rapidly change plans as the footage changed from the promto to a TV series and eventually to a feature film.
The book's title is reference to a line in the band's song "Some Kind of Monster" which the film was named after.