Book Review: I Am Michael Alago

This memoir by the prominent A&R exec is a life-affirming, music-loving journey. Alago signed Metallica to Elektra Records, taking them from a promising underground thrash metal outfit to the world-conquering band we know today. Alago gives vivid glimpses into the high-stakes world at the top of the industry, as well as authentic stories from the underground. Alago also writes about his experiences with addiction and AIDs, using them as inspiration for others. The book is filled with photos that cover his life and career, including his upbringing as a gay Puerto Rican kid in Brooklyn. Through it all, Alago’s passion for music is loud and clear.

By Michael Alago with Laura Davis-Chanin

(paperback) $24.95