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Think "Scorpions," and such tunes as "No One Like You," "Rock You Like a Hurricane," and "Wind of Change" immediately come to mind - as they were massive radio and MTV hits. But the group's earlier period in the 1970s saw the band rocking harder - no doubt due to the fact that two legendary guitarists passed through their ranks from 1972-1979, Michael Schenker (twice, in fact) and Uli Jon Roth.

For my 19th book overall, German Metal Machine: Scorpions in the '70s, I decided to focus solely on this era of the band that doesn't seem to get the attention/credit it deserves, as it was precisely this period that would go on to influence such renowned artists as Yngwie Malmsteen, as well as the majority of thrash metal bands (including Metallica's Kirk Hammett, who penned the book's foreword).

How much do you know about the Scorpions in the '70s? You are about to find out!
~Greg Prato

German Metal Machine: Scorpions in the '70s is available for purchase as paperback and Kindle version here and as a Nook version here.

Read excerpts here and here.

    About the Author:

    Greg PratoA journalist from Long Island, New York, Greg's books include A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, and MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video. Get more info about Greg's books here. You can also follow Greg on Twitter.More from Greg Prato
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