Heavy Metal in Baghdad

The story of Acrassicauda

       The inspirational story of ACRASSICAUDA, an Iraqi heavy metal band, whose members’ struggle to stay alive as their country fell into bloody insurgency echoes the unspoken hopes of an entire generation of young Iraqis. In this new book, the members of Acrassicauda, friends, and everyone who has been part of their story share the history of the band, from their beginnings in Iraq to their arrival in the US. In stores now. Born out of a basement rehearsal space in Baghdad and inspired by western bands like Metallica, Slayer, and Slipknot, Acrassicauda (“Black Scorpion”) played only three live shows in Iraq before the country began to disintegrate around them. Rebels and religious fundamentalists accused them of Satan worship. Eventually it became impossible to find any venue where they could safely perform. Still, they refused to let their dreams die. In their internationally acclaimed, award-winning documentary, Suroosh Alvi and Eddy Moretti’s raw, uncensored portrayal of daily life in war-torn Iraq struck a chord with music fans around the world. Featuring never-before-seen photographs, Heavy Metal in Baghdad is the untold story behind the film, picking up with the band where the documentary left off and revealing how its extraordinary story—and the humanitarian efforts it inspired—changed the lives of everyone who helped to tell it.

The dangers these musicians experience every single day are bound to impact any audience. This is what it really looks like to bang your head against the wall.”  -New York Daily News

“An urgent movie about choices that are entitlements to some but unimaginable luxuries for others.” -The New Yorker

                   “One of the most memorable documentaries in recent years.” -Montreal Mirror

What an awesome story. This inspires me a lot.” – James Hetfield, Metallica




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