Ian Gittins

The Periodic Table of HEAVY ROCK
  • The Periodic Table of HEAVY ROCK

  • 'Jimi Hendrix was not so much an element in a Periodic Table of Heavy Rock as an entire elemental spectrum in a parallel universe.'

    Welcome to The Periodic Table of Heavy Rock! Instead of hydrogen to helium, here you'll find Smashing Pumpkins to Spinal Tap - 118 artists that have defined this music genre arranged following the logical ordering of The Periodic Table of Elements.

    Many of these elements are as unstable and reactive as their chemical counterparts. Shared style influences and band members are all mapped out here, along with the vast spectrum of sound this genre. Grunge rock through to hardcore, blues rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, arena rock, glam rock and glam metal, punk rock, blues metal, 80s new wave, comedy metal, thrash, death, intelligent AND nu-metal are all represented here.

    Includes: Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Queen, Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Yes, Slipknot, Nirvana, ZZ Top, Sex Pistols, Meat Loaf, Queens of the Stone Age, the Doors, Pixies, Frank Zappa, Slade, Marilyn Manson, The Beatles and Spinal Tap and many, many more...

Ian Gittins is a music writer for the Guardian who has also written for Melody Maker, Q, Time Out, MTV, Daily Telegraph and New York Times and has penned biographies of Björk and Talking Heads. He is also the co-author with Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe of the New York Times bestseller The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star and the co-writer with David Essex of the Sunday Times number one bestseller Over The Moon.