Read these books and you will know all there is to know about Heavy Metal. From music, to culture, to history, to notorious characters of all sorts, these books cover everything and anything you ever cared (or didn't care) to know about Metal. While reading, make sure to play your favorite metal album at full volume to ensure maximum retention.
The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal by Daniel Bukszpan
Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal by Ian Christe
Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal by David Konow
Running with the Devil: Power, Gender and Madness in Heavy Metal Music by Robert Walser
Heavy Metal: The Music and Its Culture by Deena Weinstein
Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir by Dave Mustaine
The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time by Martin Popoff
The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time by Martin Popoff
Hell Bent for Leather: Confessions of a Heavy Metal Addict by Seb Hunter
Metal: The Definitive Guide by Garry Sharpe-Young (Forward by Rob Halford)
Metal Rules the Globe Edited by Jeremy Wallach, Harris M. Berger & Paul D. Greene
Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Michael Moynihan & Didrik Soderlind
Swedish Death Metal by Daniel Ekeroth
Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore by Albert Mudrian & John Peel
Some are movies, others are concerts, and still others are documentaries (and one's a mocumentary, but that's another story). All of these capture Heavy Metal at its gritty best (even it if is sometimes overly self-indulgent) as well as at is decadently worst. Either way, you won't be disappointed with the selections on this list.
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Iron Maiden: Live After Death (1985)
Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986)
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)
Metallica: Live Sh*t - Binge & Purge (1993)
Ozzy Osbourne: Live at Budokan (2002)
Rainbow: Live in Munich 1977 (2005)
Judas Priest: Rising in the East (2005)
Dio: Holy Diver Live (2006)
Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey (2006)
Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal (2008)
Global Metal (2008)
Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
Flight 666 (2009)
Shockingly, metal doesn't often make it on to broadcast television. I can't imagine why? That said, here are some links to the slim pickings:
Metalocalypse - Yes, it's a cartoon. Yes, it's metal.
Metal Evolution - A history series by Sam Dunn that aired on VH1.
Headbanger’s Ball - Over 20 years on the air!
Fuse - Every now and again Fuse acts like they like metal...
That Metal Show - An all-metal talk show on VH1 Classic hosted by Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson.