Metallica star Kirk Hammett has written the foreword for a new biography about the band's late bass player CLIFF BURTON.
Joel MCIver's new tome, To Live Is To Die: The Life And Death Of Metallica's Cliff Burton, is the first book dedicated to Burton, who lost his life in a coach crash in Sweden on 27 September, 1986.
MCIver tells, "I'm deeply honoured that Kirk spoke to me for the Cliff Burton biography. We talked about the rollercoaster ride of Metallica's early career, which he and Cliff experienced, from the time that both men joined the band in early 1983 until Cliff's death three and a half years later.
"Kirk provided a perspective on that impact which couldn't have come from anywhere else."
MCIver also interviewed Burton's former bass teacher, Steve Doherty, his first guitar technician and various local rockers who performed with the bassist in bands from San Francisco and Oakland, California.
As well as Hammett's foreword, there are also tributes from Opeth star Mikael Akerfeldt, Alex Webster from Cannibal Corpse and ex-Megadeth star Dave Ellefson.