I know I'm about a year and a half late to the game, but has anybody read Metallica: This Monster Lives, Joe Berlinger's fantastic accompaniment to the equally-fantastic documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster? After checking it out from the library yesterday afternoon, I've torn through seven chapters of this book since about 9:00am this morning - it's not that I "can't put it down", it's that I just don't want to. Not only does the book give context to certain sequences in the film, but the early chapters document Berlinger's professional career leading up to the beginning of filming, including the gritty details behind the debacle that was Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. It is truly fascinating to not only see the personal struggles of one of the biggest rock bands of all time, but also the personal struggles of Berlinger himself, and how the two subjects mirrored each other so closely. The fact that Metallica overcame everything they were going through to produce St. Anger (an album that I had initial reservations about, but with time and especially after seeing the movie has really grown on me) and that Berlinger and Sinofsky overcame everything they were going through to collaborate on Metallica: Some Kind of Monster is beyond inspiring. After a quick search of the board, I figured this would be as good a time as any to open up discussion on the book, the movie, and the band in general. Because this all kind of transcends a number of mediums, I wasn't sure quite where to put this. I settled on here, and hope I wasn't wrong.