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Marsha Zazula Wiki – Marsha Zazula Biography

Marsha Zazula, who co-founded a new era in heavy metal music at the Rock and Roll Heaven record store in the former Route 18 Indoor Market in East Brunswick, New Jersey with husband Jonny Zazula, died Saturday, Jan. 9, at her Florida home after battling cancer, her family has announced. She was 68.
The Zazula’s Megaforce Records, which operated out of the record store in the early ’80s, signed Metallica, Anthrax and more, ushering in the harder, faster, grittier era of metal known as thrash.
She also helped break the industry’s glass ceiling.
“No man can ask for a partner like Marsha Zazula,” said Jonny Zazula in a statement to the USA TODAY Network. “Someone who would stand by your side, support you and believe in you to the extent of losing everything in order to make those dreams come true. She was a mother and mentor to many, a role model as a woman breaking the glass ceiling in an industry run by men. She had balls, beauty, brains and vision.”
“She was a sweetheart but she would have taken on Mike Tyson if she had to,” said family friend Maria Ferrero of the Freehold-based Adrenaline PR.
“The world of music owes a debt of gratitude to Marsha Zazula, who along with her husband Jon gave birth to some of the most musically significant artists,” said Megaforce Records on Sunday, Jan. 10. “Marsha was one of a kind and taught the world to be fiercely independent. In our hearts, she’ll always be a guiding force.”
A demo tape of Metallica’s “No Life ’til Leather” found its way to the Zazulas at Rock and Roll Heaven, and the couple decided to invite Metallica out to Old Bridge to record the songs on the demo for a proper album.
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It would become the now-classic “Kill ’Em All.”
“When we first started with the group in ’83 we envisioned this,” said Jonny of the superstardom Metallica achieved previously to the USA Today Network. “We knew we were dealing with a group that could potentially rival Led Zeppelin. They were destined for greatness.”
The band, originally from Los Angeles, subsequently lived in various houses and motels throughout Central Jersey and the Jersey Shore for the next two years when not on tour. The Zazulas, who had several other bands living with them at the time, had their hands full with Metallica at their former home at 60 York St. in Old Bridge.
“We had a new baby and things got a little crazy with women following them home and running through the house,” said the Brooklyn-born Marsha previously to the USA Today Network. “We were very fortunate that Old Bridge opened their hearts and homes to the guys.”
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Members of a group of fans known as the Old Bridge Metal Militia took the band members of Metallica into their homes while the Zazulas worked to spread the word.
“Marsha was a true fighter and inspiration to women that wanted to be involved in the music industry,” said Old Bridge Metal Militia member Ray Dill Sunday on social media. “After knowing her for almost 40 years, I learned her greatest quality was the love she showed for her friends, family, and just people in general. She didn’t care what you had or didn’t have, everyone got treated with the same love and respect.”
The band, originally from Los Angeles, subsequently lived in various houses and motels throughout Central Jersey and the Jersey Shore for the next two years when not on tour. The Zazulas, who had several other bands living with them at the time, had their hands full with Metallica at their former home at 60 York St. in Old Bridge.
“We had a new baby and things got a little crazy with women following them home and running through the house,” said the Brooklyn-born Marsha previously to the USA Today Network. “We were very fortunate that Old Bridge opened their hearts and homes to the guys.”
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Members of a group of fans known as the Old Bridge Metal Militia took the band members of Metallica into their homes while the Zazulas worked to spread the word.
Megaforce acts over the years included Ace Frehley, Anvil, Ministry, King’s X, Overkill, Raven and more in all genres of music.
“(Marsha Zazula’s) a metal legend for bringing us game changing bands like Anthrax, Metallica, S.O.D. and Testament, etc.,” tweeted comedian Brian Posehn on Sunday. “Hails and RIP Marsha! Thoughts are with Jon and Megaforce family.”
“Rest In Peace, Marsha,” said the members of Metallica on Instagram Sunday. “Thank you for everything.”
“Marsha was an incredibly selfless matriarch who had an enormous impact on my life and the lives of countless others,” said Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich in a statement.
In addition to “Kill ’Em All” and its accompanying singles “Whiplash” and “Jump in the Fire” Megaforce also released the band’s second LP, “Ride the Lightning,” in 1984.
“I will forever be grateful to her (Marsha), Jonny and the entire Megaforce family for taking a chance on a gang of misfits and outsiders like ourselves and for helping connect us to a larger and like-minded audience,” Ulrich said.
Marsha’s legacy will live on. She is survived by Jon, three daughters and four grandchildren.
“It was a culture that Jonny and Marsha built,” Ferrero said. “The entire world, the entire planet would not be what it is if it were not for Jonny and Marsha, and it couldn’t happen with just Jon alone. It had to be the both of them.
“They changed lives of people in the world who will never even meet them, and it was all grassroots, homespun from Old Bridge, New Jersey, and the Route 18 Flea Market.”

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