FROM THE DEEPEST DEPTHS OF PUNK ROCK’s PRIMORDIAL WASTELANDS…through the stygian goth swamps of the 1980s, and on into the bloodstained arenas of 1990s heavy metal, Eerie Von witnessed it all. Beginning as the unofficial photographer for punk legends the Misfits and later taking charge of the bass guitar as a founding member of underground pioneers Samhain and metal gods Danzig, the evil eye of Eerie Von’s camera captured the dark heart of rock’s most vital bleeding edge during a time when rock and roll was not only dangerous, but downright menacing. Hundreds of “fly-on-the-wall” photos from the best seats in the house document everything from the Misfits’ humble beginnings in Lodi, New Jersey, to the heights of Danzig’s stadium-rock glory. Adding to this essential visual document of music history, Eerie’s road stories of triumph and damnation bring to life an era which will never be seen again.
Animated by Eerie’s enduring insight into how the Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig pulled off the impossible, his first volume includes never-before seen photos of Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, Jerry Only, Misfits drummer Googy, Glenn Danzig, Rosemary’s Babies, Samhain, Chuck Biscuits, John Christ, Rick Rubin, Metallica, White Zombie, Soundgarden, Tony Iommi, HR Giger, Marilyn Manson, Tom Araya, and many others.
“Misery Obscura has an amazing fly-on-the-wall feel that is mesmerizing but unequivocal. He puts me right back in the 1980s, in the same space where the Misfits and Samhain were. Looking at these pics is like having that Misfits backstage pass that I always wanted, for a band that I never got to see live. Eerie did a great job capturing those moments for the rest of us…a must for any fan of these bands, and will not disappoint!”—Kirk Hammett, Metallica