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Prolific author Neil Daniels has three new books on the way - details below:

 

ALL PENS BLAZING: A HEAVY METAL WRITER’S HANDBOOK

By NEIL DANIELS

(Foreword by MARTIN POPOFF)

CHRONICLING FOUR DECADES OF HEAVY METAL & HARD ROCK JOURNALISM

IF YOU WANNA LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF METAL MAGAZINES THIS IS THE PLACE TO LEARN… 

Ever wondered what it takes to be a heavy metal journalist? In this comprehensive collection, Neil Daniels has interviewed a staggering 65 of the world’s most successful writers of heavy metal and hard rock. Many of these writers are successful biographers, editors and long-standing freelancers who have interviewed some of the genre’s leading artists from KISS to Metallica and Black Sabbath to Slayer.  They’ve travelled the world over, lived in tour buses, got drunk with their idols, attended some of the greatest gigs in history and are still alive to tell the tale. It’s all here; the wild stories, the anecdotes…and the advice!

All Pens Blazing offers a potted history of the genre as well as the publishing industry from the legendary Sounds and Melody Maker to metal biblesKerrang! and Metal Hammer to modern day magazines like TerrorizerPowerplay and Classic Rock. There’s also a wealth of information on fanzines and webzines as well as long-gone magazines like Metal Forces, RIP and RAW. With a foreword by the Canadian metal historian Martin Popoff, this collection makes essential reading for the heavy metal fan. It is also a worthy historical document for the serious enthusiast and can be used as a handy reference tool for the aspiring metal writer.

 

Includes exclusive interviews with: Geoff Barton, Dante Bonutto, Paul Brannigan, Steffan Chirazi, Ian Christe, Dave Dickson, Malcolm Dome, Paul Elliott, Lonn Friend, Neil Jeffries, Howard Johnson, Dave Lewis, Dave Ling, Peter Makowski, Matthias Madder, Joel McIver, Alexander Milas, Derek Oliver, Martin Popoff, Greg Prato, Dave Reynolds, Steven Rosen, Xavier Russell, Brian Slagel, Paul Suter and Jeb Wright, et al.

 

PLUS: Mark Blake, Bailey Brothers, Carol Clerk, Mike Exley, Ian Glasper, Bruce Mee, Mick Mercer, Jonathan Selzer and Sterling Whitaker et al.

 

ALL PENS BLAZING: A HEAVY METAL WRITER’S HANDBOOK

By Neil Daniels

Published by Authors Online (www.authorsonline.co.uk)

Available to buy from most online book stores, including Amazon

Book Size (Paperback editions): 5 x 8" (203 x 127mm) Perfect Bound

ISBN (Paperback editions): 0755211553

ISBN-13 (Paperback editions): 9780755211555

Approx Number of Words: 173,000

Pages:

Black and White: 350

Colour: None

Total: 350

The book is available to buy at www.authorsonline.co.uk  Volume II due mid-2010

 

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES

INTERVIEWS WITH ROCK STARS: VOLUME I

 

Celebrating almost a decade of rock writing, author Neil Daniels has compiled a selection of interviews with some of the world’s most famous rock and heavy metal artists. Amongst the thirty plus interviews includes Dio talking about his solo career and Heaven & Hell, Nikki Sixx on his controversial book The Heroin Diaries, Magnum vocalist Bob Catley on his fantastic solo work, Thunder on their post-reunion albums, Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton on his solo endeavours, Doro on her role as one of metal’s leading ladies and Foreigner on their success in the noughties. Rock ‘N’ Roll Mercenaries not only supports the big names but up and coming bands too, including the British metal band Nex, the Swedish AOR group Work Of Art and the Canadian melodic rock outfit Sonic X.

Interviews compiled: Al Atkins, Annihilator, Beyond Fear, Bob Catley, Broken Teeth, Bumblefoot, Dio, Doro, Foreigner, Funeral For A Friend, Glenn Tipton,

Heaven’s Basement, Honeymoon Suite, Iced Earth, Jimi Jamison, Journey, K.K. Downing, Krokus, Nex, Nikki Sixx, Powerwolf, Primal Fear, Queensrÿche, Rose Hill Drive, Sammy Hagar, Saxon, Scorpions, Sonic X, Stone Gods, Terrarosa,

Thunder, Work Of Art and Young Heart Attack.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES - INTERVIEWS WITH ROCK STARS: VOLUME I

By Neil Daniels

Published by Authors Online (www.authorsonline.co.uk)

Available to buy from most online book stores, including Amazon

Book Size (Paperback editions): 5 x 8" (203 x 127mm) Perfect Bound

ISBN (Paperback editions):

ISBN-13 (Paperback editions):

Approx Number of Words: 85,000

Pages:

Black and White: 148

Colour: None

Cover Design by James Gaden

Total: 148

PAPERBACK DUE FIRST WEEK OF FEB 2010

DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH: THE STORY OF JUDAS PRIEST

THE FIRST DEFINITIVE BOOK ON THE METAL GODS

Defenders Of The Faith is what heavy metal fans have spent years waiting for. The true story of Judas Priest is told in full detail with delicate accuracy that includes over 50 interviews with prominent musicians, producers, record company personnel, journalists, childhood friends and ex-members. Never before has the story of a legendary British heavy metal band been told so bluntly.

 

Judas Priest’s entire history is explored from their deprived beginnings in 1960s West Bromwich as an entirely different band. Key aspects of their story include the constant line-up changes of the 1970s; sell out tours and battles with American Conservative Fundamentalists in the 1980s, the complete breakdown of the band in the early-1990s before their re-ignition with a new singer in 1996. Finally, their hugely successful reunion in 2003 with Rob Halford - the self-proclaimed Metal God - eventually brought the band back to the attention of the world’s greatest stages. It is a story that deserves be told as excitingly as a Judas Priest concert.

 

This new edition includes details of Judas Priest’s first ever concept album, the hugely ambitious double-disc composition Nostradamus and its preceding 18 month world tour. Author Neil Daniels chronicles their humble working class roots in the English Midlands to their Grammy Award nominations in 2009. Also included are details on their fifth officially released live album A Touch Of Evil: Live and the activities of various former members. This work includes an extensive appendices covering, among other things, discographies, tour dates and a timeline.

For sale: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Story-Judas-Priest-Defenders-Faith/dp/1847727077/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263375437&sr=1-3

 

Hardback copies of ‘Defenders Of The Faith: The Story Of Judas Priest’ are still for sale in all major stores and online book retailers. The critically acclaimed bio of Judas Priest has received some glowing reviews in the music press. You can read all about the book at this link:http://neildaniels.com/Defenders.html.

The Polish translation is OUT NOW by Kagra with the Bulgarian version due soon by Addix.

More info is at this link: http://neildaniels.com/Foreign.html. 

Also available is Dawn Of The Metal Gods: My Life In Judas Priest & Heavy Metal by AL ATKINS and NEIL DANIELS

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