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Heavy Metal Headbang

Melissa Meszaros, a Hollywood publicist, is on her way to see Judas Priest when she sustains a Traumatic Brain Injury and begins to question everything.

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It’s not every day that a Hollywood publicist gets hit by a car. Melissa Meszaros is on her way to a Judas Priest concert when the accident happens. The traumatic brain injury she sustains changes everything. Her life is turned upside down. Her steady job as publicist and trusted friends and colleagues are called into question. Even her own reflection staring back at her from the mirror seems alien. As she navigates the legal and medical battles before her, Melissa also begins to challenge her own fractured self.

For a publicist, identity is everything. What begins as a series of snapshot memories soon becomes an inspiring personal tale of recovery, as Melissa questions both her own identity and her career. What does it mean to suddenly disappear from a rock’n’roll lifestyle when your whole professional life has been dedicated to making others famous?

HEAVY METAL HEADBANG is a defiant memoir like no other, confronting our celebrity-obsessed culture as well as the social challenges that come with recovering from a life-changing injury.

Book Specifications

Heavy Metal Headbang

Author: Melissa Meszaros

ISBN: 978-1-909394-85-8 (pbk)

ISBN: 978-1-909394-86-5 (ebk)

Street date: 3 March 2022

Category: Memoir, Pop-culture

Size: 216mm x 140mm

Pages: 130pp

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Jak Hutchcraft
Jak HutchcraftThe Independent
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“My story isn’t mine anymore, it belongs to people who are coming out of brain injuries, or people that are coming out of trauma,” says Melissa, emphatically. “I hope that it gives people solace and lets them that they’re not the only people going through these things. They can get to the other side. Nothing is impossible if you just keep going at it.”
Damien Echols
Damien Echols
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This is an important book for everyone. Brain trauma affects so many, and it's a hidden wound that is misunderstood. Having Melissa's journey available will not only provide an entertaining read, but lessons that will be thought of for a long time.
Lundon Boyd
Lundon BoydLiars, Fires, and Bears; Poor Boy
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HEAVY METAL HEADBANG reminds you, with brutal honesty and dark humor, that if you’re going through hell - keep going
Andy Burns
Andy BurnsWrapped in Plastic: Twin Peaks
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Melissa Meszaros's Heavy Metal Headbang is an intense, intimate memoir of resilience in the face of trauma. If you think you've read anything like it before, you've got another thing comin'.
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Melissa Meszaros

Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, MELISSA MESZAROS has set the precedent for breaking tropes and forging the way for the modern nomadic. As tenured entertainment industry publicist, Melissa is also the founder of Grrrl Front PDX Music Festival and the comic book publicity firm, Don’t Hide PR. She is a self-proclaimed grunge aficionado, graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles’ MFA in Creative Writing, and proudly shares a birthday with Melvins leader, Buzz Osborne.