This week’s member inducted into The Oucast’s Bloghouse is the hard man of rock, 80’s MetalMan – otherwise known as Michael.
I have to say right at the outset, that Michael’s bio / life is most fascinating and I kept peeling back astounding layer after layer as I was reading it. Three quick facts will highlight just what I’m talking about;
- Michael has a BEd in mathematics and is a qualified teacher!
- Michael has another blog Peaceful Rampage, all about bullying, growing up and Asperger’s syndrome.
- Michael has some great taste in music; Def Leppard, Queen, ACDC (to name but a few).
I am now going to let the 80’s MetalMan himself explain in more detail his most interesting life, loves and hobbies.
“I am a 56 year old American now living in the UK. The reason for staying in the UK is quite simple and considered by some to be romantic; a woman was involved. When I’m asked, “Don’t you miss America?” I answer no, but there are things I do miss about it. Most of all I miss Captain Crunch cereal and not being able to watch my beloved Philadelphia Flyers when they’re on and having to wait a week to see the Eagles play the Steelers when the play each other every four years!”
As well as his love of heavy rock, Michael is a published author of two books;
“My first novel, “Rock And Roll Children” has been out for two years. It is the story of four young men in the 1980s who are bonded by heavy metal music. They listen to the albums, go to the concerts and suffer the intolerance that many metalheads went through during that time. I was first inspired to write it after watching a tv music history show about 1983. The programme featured acts from that year like Duran Duran, Culture Club, Michael Jackson and The Thompson Twins. The only mention of rock was a 30 second slot on U2. This led me to say, “Wait a minute! I remember 1983 as the year Kiss came out of make up. The year Def Leppard broke through to America and other great metal acts such as Quiet Riot, The Scorpions and Dio. I decided right then that I needed to tell a story that enabled metal heads like me to preserve their heavy metal history.”
Michael was also inspired to write “Rock And Roll Children” to acknowledge the discrimination and victimisation metalheads experiences in 80s Regan-run, button-down America.
Michael’s second novel strikes a different chord (pun intended), however still seeks to impart a message about discrimination, victimisation and bullying;
“My second novel and came out around June, 2013. It’s titled, “He Was Weird” and it’s not about heavy metal but a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who gets bullied to the point where he snaps and shoots up his school. [I was inspired to write about this because] when I read about such things, my initial reaction is usually, “that could have been me.” “
And I’m sure there’s a lot more to Michael’s life that we could uncover if we kept peeling away the layers. As our resident metalhead and advocate against bullying and victimisation, I dub Michael, a member of the Outcast’s Bloghouse and Not To Be Effed With Roadie To The Bloghouse.
Welcome Michael and here’s you very own Outcast’s Bloghouse logo to display on your blog.