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ALL PENS BLAZING now reprinted as ROCK N ROLL SINNERS, the trilogy

October 19th, 2013

Previously published as ALL PENS BLAZING and now reprinted as ROCK N ROLL SINNERS, the trilogy is complete with three books containing almost 200 interviews with rock/metal writers, collectively.

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ROCK N ROLL SINNERS – VOLUME II out now

September 6th, 2013
ROCK N ROLL SINNERS – VOLUME II

ROCK N ROLL SINNERS – VOLUME II

ROCK N ROLL SINNERS – VOLUME II BY NEIL DANIELS
PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE
OUT NOW!

Rock Scribes On The Rock Press, Rock Music & Rock Stars…

“In this book, Neil Daniels turns the tables and asks us some searching questions for once. Not because we are failed rock stars, but because we are successful rock journalists. So is the pen actually mightier than the guitar? Possibly not.”
- Mick Wall from his foreword

Rock ‘N’ Roll Sinners is the second chapter in a trilogy of books featuring insightful and highly entertaining interviews with some of the world’s most successful and respected rock and metal scribes. Ever wondered what it takes to be a rock journalist? In this extensive collection of interviews, seasoned rock author Neil Daniels has interviewed 68 rock and metal journalists from around the world. With a foreword by the revered British author and journalist Mick Wall, Rock ‘N’ Roll Sinners – Volume II is a worthy historical document for the serious enthusiast and can be used as a handy reference guide for the aspiring rock and metal writer. This hefty collection, which was previously published as the critically acclaimed All Pens Blazing – Volume II, makes essential reading for rock and metal heads the world over. Volume II features interviews with Phil Alexander, Mick Wall, Dave Thompson, Jaan Uhelszki and Bernard Doe et al. Volume I features interviews with Dave Ling, Malcolme Dome, Dave Reynolds, Derek Oliver, Mark Day, Geoff Barton and Dave Dickson et al. This book is 632 pages and available from Amazon. Volume II will be the final book in the series and feature previously unpublished interviews thus completing the trilogy with almost 200 interviews in total.

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NEW NEIL DANIELS BOOK: HARD ROCK REBELS – TALKING WITH ROCK STARS

August 13th, 2013
Hard Rock Rebels – Talking With Rock Stars

Hard Rock Rebels – Talking With Rock Stars

HARD ROCK REBELS – TALKING WITH ROCK STARS
BY NEIL DANIELS
PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE
OUT NOW!
Available to buy from all Amazon websites
Paperback and e-book

Hard Rock Rebels – Talking With Rock Stars is a bumper sized collection of dozens of interviews author Neil Daniels has conducted over a decade’s worth of rock writing. This 400+ page book features interviews with current and former members of Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Journey, Europe, Saxon, Judas Priest, Thunder, Slade, The Darkness, Scorpions, Queensrÿche and Mötley Crüe, Stone Gods, Sammy Hagar and lesser known AOR, prog, and metal bands, amongst others.

Hard Rock Rebels was previously published as Rock ‘N’ Roll Mercenaries Volumes I & II (both out of print) and contains bonus material.

“UK classic rock expert Neil Daniels has been quickly, methodically making a name for himself as one of the most prolific and academic of rock biog penners…”

–Martin Popoff, Author

“Daniels really gets under the skin of the rock ’n’ roll industry…”

–Joel McIver, Author

“…this man obviously takes his rock ’n’ roll very seriously!”

– Greg Prato, Author

“Neil Daniels is a rock and roll warrior who writes from the heart. He is one of the few and mighty who are daring to keep music that matters in the limelight!”

–Jeb Wright, Classic Rock Revisited

“[Daniels gives] an insight into the minds of some of rock ’n’ roll’s greatest characters…”

–Malcolm Dome, Total Rock Radio

“Neil Daniels is fast gaining a reputation as one of the leading rock scribes around.”

–Mick Burgess, Metal Express Radio
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HARD ROCK REBELS – TALKING WITH ROCK STARS BY NEIL DANIELS – OUT NOW

July 27th, 2013
Hard Rock Rebels – Talking With Rock Stars

Hard Rock Rebels – Talking With Rock Stars

Hard Rock Rebels – Talking With Rock Stars is a bumper sized collection of dozens of interviews author Neil Daniels has conducted over a decade’s worth of rock writing. This 400+ page book features interviews with current and former members of Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Journey, Europe, Saxon, Judas Priest, Thunder, Slade, The Darkness, Scorpions, Queensrÿche and Mötley Crüe, amongst others.

Hard Rock Rebels was previously published as Rock ‘N’ Roll Mercenaries Volumes I & II (both out of print) and contains bonus material.

“UK classic rock expert Neil Daniels has been quickly, methodically making a name for himself as one of the most prolific and academic of rock biog penners…”
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AC/DC – The Early Years & Bon Scott By Neil Daniels

February 5th, 2013
AC/DC - The Early Years & Bon Scott By Neil Daniels

AC/DC – The Early Years & Bon Scott By Neil Daniels

Published by Independent Music Press, Released Feb 22

Often regarded as the greatest frontman in thehistory of rock music, Bon Scott tragically died on February 19, 1980 but his memory lives through the music he created with AC/DC. From 1975 s Australianalbum High Voltage to 1980’s Highway To Hell, Bon Scott and AC/DC were a global force to be reckoned with. AC/DC formed in 1973 but it wasn’t until the latter half of 1974 that Scottish born singer Robert Belford Scott joined the fold. Scott would help take AC/DC to legendary heights of success. Although the bands success did not arrive quickly, they released a stream of stunning albums and were undoubtedly the most electrifying live rock band of the 1970s.

Despite the latterday success of the band, the Bon Scott years of 1974 to 1980 are often regarded by many as the band s most fertile creative period. Those years spawned 1976’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, 1977’s Let There Be Rock and 1978’s Powerage, not forgetting the now legendary live album, If You Want Blood You’ve Got It from 1978. Exploring thetwo Australian albums, the five international studio albums as well as other releases featuring Bon Scott, this book AC/DC – The Early Years With Bon Scott is a fitting recognition of Bon Scott s legacy and a reminder of just how influential AC/DC s 1970s period remains. Charts the most creative period of the band s history from 1973 to Bon Scott’s death in 1980.

Includes a foreword from Uriah Heep’s Mick Box. Bonus chapter on Back In Black: the first album with Brian Johnson. Extensively covers AC/DC s five international albums and two Australia-only releases with Bon Scott. Perfect as a fans book as well as a book for AC/DC beginners. Bon Scott was voted the greatest frontman of all time by Classic Rock magazine. The most successful Aussie band of all time. A movie about Bon Scott s life is currently in production.

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IRON MAIDEN – “The Ultimate Unauthorized History Of The Beast” by Neil Daniels

May 19th, 2012
JAWBONE BOOKS (UK) / VOYAGEUR PRESS (USA). ISBN: 978-1-908279-23-1. Pages: 224. Published: June 2012

JAWBONE BOOKS (UK) / VOYAGEUR PRESS (USA). ISBN: 978-1-908279-23-1. Pages: 224. Published: June 2012

Finally, a glorious, illustrated celebration of one of the most successful rock bands of all time!

Formed in east London in 1975, Iron Maiden went on to become one of the most successful rock acts in history. With more than 85 million album sales to their credit, the legendary metal band remains hugely popular worldwide: Their 2010 album, The Final Frontier , debuted at #1 in 30 countries and received unanimous critical praise.

In this, the first complete illustrated treatment of Iron Maiden, a roster of respected heavy metal journalists including Ian Christe, Martin Popoff, Mick Wall, Daniel Bukszpan, and more relate the band’s history, analyse their recordings, and provide a complete discography.

The stories behind the band’s formation, recordings, and tours, are complemented with more than 400 images, including live performance and candid off-stage photographs, as well as memorabilia, gig posters, T-shirts, backstage passes, buttons, and tickets. And with Derek Riggs (the man behind Iron Maiden’s iconic mascot, Eddie) having created the book’s exclusive cover art, this really is a must for any serious Iron Maiden collector.

Few bands have as widespread global appeal as Iron Maiden. Here is the book that gives that history its just treatment.

Author Bio

Neil Daniels has written about classic rock and heavy metal for a wide range of magazines, fanzines, and websites. He had more than 10 books published between 2007 and 2011, including titles on Judas Priest, Robert Plant, Bon Jovi, and Journey. His reviews, articles, and interviews have appeared in The Guardian , Rock Sound, Record Collector and myriad other publications and websites.

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ROCK LANDMARKS – JUDAS PRIEST’S BRITISH STEEL (Out Now!)

September 16th, 2011
ROCK LANDMARKS – JUDAS PRIEST’S BRITISH STEEL

ROCK LANDMARKS – JUDAS PRIEST’S BRITISH STEEL

This book is the second in our CD sized series on ‘landmark’ rock albums and documents Judas Priest’s seminal 1980 release British Steel, a pivotal album within the band’s roster.

Judas Priest’s sixth studio album has rightly earned its place as one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. It comfortably – perhaps too comfortably for some fans’ tastes – sits between Priest’s harder-edged heavy metal of the seventies with their far more commercial albums of the eighties. Sure, it is a world away from the likes of Killing Machine and it’s not as pop-orientated as, say Defenders Of The Faith and certainly not Turbo, but it set the benchmark for the kind of metal that was to become popular in the decade of its birth.

From the furious opening track ‘Rapid Fire’ (had the twin-guitar attack of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton sounded better?) to the blistering closing song ‘Steeler’, British Steel is a monster of an album; adrenalin fuelled and endlessly listenable. While not every track is the perfect Priest song, it is a hugely infectious piece of work that represents the Mighty Priest in near perfect style. But despite its impact it is not their best album yet it is undoubtedly their most popular.

Not only has British Steel gone on to become a cherished item amongst ardent metal supporters but it inspired a whole generation of metal bands, notably, the American thrash metal bands of the eighties such as Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer and later, Annihilator and Pantera. Even the name ‘British Steel’ conjures up the working class sounds of classic British heavy metal.

British Steel is quite simply, genre-defining. This fans hand-book, will tell you why.

Foreword by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.

68 pages, 17 monochrome images.

 

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All Pens Blazing Books – out as eBooks

June 24th, 2011

ALL PENS BLAZING – A ROCK & HEAVY METAL WRITER’S HANDBOOK – VOLUME II

ALL PENS BLAZING – A ROCK & HEAVY METAL WRITER’S HANDBOOK – VOLUME II

Now available to buy as eBooks

ALL PENS BLAZING – A ROCK & HEAVY METAL WRITER’S HANDBOOK

VOLUMES 1 & II

BY NEIL DANIELS

CHRONICLING OVER FOUR DECADES OF ROCK & HEAVY METAL 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 these comprehensive collections, Neil Daniels has interviewed 100+ 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 bibles Kerrang! and Metal Hammer to modern day magazines like Terrorizer, Powerplay 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. These books are worthy historical documents for the serious enthusiast and can be used as a handy reference tool for the aspiring metal writer.

Volume I (foreword by Martin Popoff) is 350 pages and features 65 interviews:

Jeff Apter/Gavin Baddeley/Bailey Brothers/Geoff Barton/Carl Begai/Mark Blake/Jerry Bloom/

Dante Bonutto/Paul Brannigan/Louise Brown/Garry Bushell/Brett Callwood/Steffan Chirazi/

Ian Christe/Carol Clerk/Dave Dickson/Malcolm Dome/John Doran/Paul Elliott/Jerry Ewing/

Mike Exley/Dave Ferris/Lonn Friend/Joe Geesin/Ian Gittins/Ian Glasper/Tim Henderson/

Mark Hoaksey/Seb Hunter/Neil Jeffries/Howard Johnson/Tim Jones/Dom Lawson/Dave Lewis/Dave Ling/Peter Makowski/Matthias Madder/Joe Matera/Joel McIver/Bruce Mee/

Mick Mercer/Alexander Milas/Ben Myers/Derek Oliver/Daniela Pilic/Martin Popoff/

Greg Prato/Dave Reynolds/Steven Rosen/Xavier Russell/Jonathan Selzer/Joe Shooman/

Brian Slagel/Joseph Stannard/Paul Suter/Adem Tepedelen/Everett True/John Tucker/

Tommy Udo/Clinton Walker/Chris Welch/Stirling Whitaker/Rich Wilson/Jeb Wright/Henry Yates

Volume II (foreword by Mick Wall) is 350 pages and features 69 interviews:

Phil Alexander/Ken Anthony/Phil Ashcroft/Scott Alisoglu/Steve Beebee/Keith Bergman/Nathan T. Birk/Shari Black Velvet/Chad Bowar/Jake Brown/Alan Burridge/Dave Cockett/Jeff Collins/Jon Collins/

Mark Day/Rich Deakin/Bernard Doe/Harry Doherty/Robyn Doreian/Arnaud Durieux/Mark Eglinton/

Rob Evans/Hugh Gilmour/Rob Godwin/Steve Hammonds/Kelv Hellrazer/Nickie Hobbs/Jon Hotten/

Martin Hudson/Chris Ingham/Billy James/Stephen “Krusher” Joule/Alison Joy/David Konow/Mitch Lafon/Chris Lambert/Pippa Lang/William Luff/Malc Macmillan/Brian Manly/Gerri Miller/Michael Moynihan/Dean Pedley/David Perri/Neil Perry/Paul Rees/Bryan Reesman/Jason Ritchie/Chris Rogers/

Scott Rowley/Darren Sadler/Amy Sciarretto/Dave Shack/Harry Shapiro/Dale Sherman/Aaron Small/

Sid Smith/Ryan Sparks/Janne Stark/Kevin Stewart-Panko/Phil Sutcliffe/Dave Thompson/Paul Travers/

Jaan Uhelszki/Ray Van Horn, JR./Doug Van Pelt/Mick Wall/Ian Winwood/Joshua Wood

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Author Neil Daniels

August 5th, 2010

Interview with author Neil Daniels

Interview by JP


As the metal industry continues to grow at a phenomenal pace, we here at Metal-Rules.com are committed to bringing you interviews not only with musicians, but other hard working professionals in the industry.  From Record Labels to film-makers to authors we continue to bring you interviews with the bright lights of the Metal industry.

Recently we had a discussion with UK author Neil Daniels.  Daniels is currently one of the most prolific and respected writers in the Heavy Metal industry.  Based in England, Neil has written eight books about Hard Rock and Heavy Metal and has several more on the go.  For more information on his work (and other non-metal related writing) visit www.neildaniels.com.

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ALL PENS BLAZING VOLUME II – Out Now!

July 13th, 2010

ALL PENS BLAZING – A ROCK & HEAVY METAL WRITER’S HANDBOOK – VOLUME II

ALL PENS BLAZING – A ROCK & HEAVY METAL WRITER’S HANDBOOK – VOLUME II

ALL PENS BLAZING: A ROCK & HEAVY METAL WRITER’S HANDBOOK – VOLUME II
BY NEIL DANIELS (FOREWORD BY MICK WALL)

CHRONICLING OVER FOUR DECADES OF ROCK & HEAVY METAL JOURNALISM

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

This is the second volume in the acclaimed All Pens Blazing series. Both volumes now feature a staggering 134 interviews with rock and metal scribes from around the globe.

Ever wondered what it takes to be a rock journalist? In this extensive collection, Neil Daniels has interviewed a staggering 69 of the world’s most successful rock and metal scribes. With a foreword by the legendary rock writer Mick Wall, All Pens Blazing is a worthy historical document for the serious enthusiast and can be used as a handy reference tome for the aspiring rock and metal writer. Volume I – which collected 65 interviews – was published in 2009; also by AuthorsOnline. Both collections make essential reading for the rock and heavy metal fan.

You can buy the book HERE.

And obviously from Amazon…

Volume II (foreword by Mick Wall) is 350 pages and features 69 interviews:

Phil Alexander/Ken Anthony/Phil Ashcroft/Scott Alisoglu/Steve Beebee/Keith Bergman/Nathan T. Birk/Shari Black Velvet/Chad Bowar/Jake Brown/Alan Burridge/Dave Cockett/Jeff Collins/Jon Collins/Mark Day/Rich Deakin/Bernard Doe/Harry Doherty/Robyn Doreian/Arnaud Durieux/Mark Eglinton/Rob Evans/Hugh Gilmour/Rob Godwin/Steve Hammonds/Kelv Hellrazer/Nickie Hobbs/Jon Hotten/Martin Hudson/Chris Ingham/Billy James/Stephen “Krusher” Joule/Alison Joy/David Konow/Mitch Lafon/Chris Lambert/Pippa Lang/William Luff/Malc Macmillan/Brian Manly/Gerri Miller/Michael Moynihan/Dean Pedley/David Perri/Neil Perry/Paul Rees/Bryan Reesman/Jason Ritchie/Chris Rogers/Scott Rowley/Darren Sadler/Amy Sciarretto/Dave Shack/Harry Shapiro/Dale Sherman/Aaron Small/Sid Smith/Ryan Sparks/Janne Stark/Kevin Stewart-Panko/Phil Sutcliffe/Dave Thompson/Paul Travers/Jaan Uhelszki/Ray Van Horn, JR./Doug Van Pelt/Mick Wall/Ian Winwood/Joshua Wood

Volume I (foreword by Martin Popoff) is 350 pages and features 65 interviews:

Jeff Apter/Gavin Baddeley/Bailey Brothers/Geoff Barton/Carl Begai/Mark Blake/Jerry Bloom/Dante Bonutto/Paul Brannigan/Louise Brown/Garry Bushell/Brett Callwood/Steffan Chirazi/Ian Christe/Carol Clerk/Dave Dickson/Malcolm Dome/John Doran/Paul Elliott/Jerry Ewing/Mike Exley/Dave Ferris/Lonn Friend/Joe Geesin/Ian Gittins/Ian Glasper/Tim Henderson/Mark Hoaksey/Seb Hunter/Neil Jeffries/Howard Johnson/Tim Jones/Dom Lawson/Dave Lewis/Dave Ling/Peter Makowski/Matthias Madder/Joe Matera/Joel McIver/Bruce Mee/Mick Mercer/Alexander Milas/Ben Myers/Derek Oliver/Daniela Pilic/Martin Popoff/Greg Prato/Dave Reynolds/Steven Rosen/Xavier Russell/Jonathan Selzer/Joe Shooman/Brian Slagel/Joseph Stannard/Paul Suter/Adem Tepedelen/Everett True/John Tucker/Tommy Udo/Henry Yates/Clinton Walker/Chris Welch/Stirling Whitaker/Rich Wilson/Jeb Wright


PRAISE FOR THE FIRST VOLUME:

“…the aggregate of this book is an at minimum interesting and at max fascinating read for any rock fan…friggin’ well all of this would be interesting to any rocker”

-          Bravewords.com

“Ever wondered how Metal Hammer’s and Classic Rock’s contributors got their jobs? Most of them reveal the truth behind the art of the music hack in this collection of over 60 interviews with the world’s best-known rock writers.”

-          Metal Hammer

“All the major rock mags are covered here, with no scribe outstaying their welcome. Read this because you remember these great writers from happier days, read this because you want an insight into what drives them…”

- Powerplay

ALL PENS BLAZING: A ROCK & 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 and AuthorsOnline Ltd

Book Size (Paperback editions): 5 x 8″ (203 x 127mm) Perfect Bound
ISBN (Paperback edition): 978-07552-1256-9
Approx Number of Words: 199,047
Pages: 350
Black and White: 350 / Colour: None

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

July 6th, 2010
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES:  INTERVIEWS WITH ROCK STARS: VOLUME I

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.

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VOLUME II DUE WINTER 2010

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ALL PENS BLAZING: A HEAVY METAL WRITER’S HANDBOOK

July 6th, 2010

ALL PENS BLAZING: A HEAVY METAL WRITER’S HANDBOOK

ALL PENS BLAZING: A HEAVY METAL WRITER’S HANDBOOK

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 bibles Kerrang! and Metal Hammer to modern day magazines like Terrorizer, Powerplay 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.

VOLUME II DUE SUMMER 2010

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NEW BOOK – DAWN OF THE METAL GODS: MY LIFE IN JUDAS PRIEST & HEAVY METAL

July 6th, 2010

NEW BOOK – DAWN OF THE METAL GODS: MY LIFE IN JUDAS PRIEST & HEAVY METAL

NEW BOOK – DAWN OF THE METAL GODS: MY LIFE IN JUDAS PRIEST & HEAVY METAL

DAWN OF THE METAL GODS: MY LIFE IN JUDAS PRIEST & HEAVY METAL By AL ATKINS & NEIL DANIELS

“This was a philosophy that Allan, as well as K.K., John Ellis and myself emphatically believed in when we first got together, and is carried forward by Allan and Judas Priest to the present”
Ian Hill – from his foreword

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF (JUDAS PRIEST STYLE) HEAVY 1969-2009
NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY

AL ATKINS PRESS RELEASE

NEW BOOK – DAWN OF THE METAL GODS: MY LIFE IN JUDAS PRIEST & HEAVY METAL by AL ATKINS (and NEIL DANIELS) FOREWORD BY IAN HILL
Al Atkins is the former lead singer and founder of the multi-million selling British
heavy metal band Judas Priest. Atkins will forever be associated with the self-
proclaimed Metal Gods. But how did it all happen?

During the 1960s when the popular Brum Beat era produced band after band
(such as The Move and The Band Of Joy,) Atkins played in various local outfits some
of which laid the blue print for the heavier progressive sounds of early Judas Priest.
And so it was in 1969 that a disillusioned Atkins decided to have a go at forming yet
another band with his childhood friend Bruno Stapenhill. The band in question was
JUDAS PRIEST.

Judas Priest quickly built up a reputation in the Midlands as a powerful live act and
even secured a record deal with Immediate, which was owned by ex-Rolling Stones
manager Andrew Loog Oldham. Unfortunately Immediate folded and so did Priest.
Undeterred, Atkins formed yet another line-up of Priest in 1970 with guitarist K.K.
Downing and bassist Ian Hill. At Atkins’ behest Downing and Hill ditched the name
Freight and resurrected the mighty Judas Priest. Through the early seventies Priest
supported many bands including Slade, Status Quo, Thin Lizzy and Black Sabbath.
Line-up changes continued until May, 1973 when Atkins finally decided to call it a
Atkins is the co-writer of several Priest songs which are included on the band’s first two albums Rocka Rolla and Sad Wings Of Destiny both of which eventually went Gold. Atkins co-penned the heavy metal classic ‘Victim Of Changes’ which was a combination of Rob Halford’s song ‘Red Light Lady’ and Atkins’ own ‘Whisky Woman.’ He also co-wrote the fan classics ‘Winter,’ ‘Never Satisfied,’ ‘Dreamer Deceiver’ and ‘Caviar And Meths.’ His autobiography contains very rare archive photos and memorabilia from Judas Priest’s past circa 1969-1973.

Also included are interviews with various members of Priest’s history and Atkins’
solo career. Dawn Of The Metal Gods includes a foreword by Judas Priest bassist IAN HILL as well as contributions from:

  • Bruno Stapenhill (Judas Priest Mark I)
  • Ernie Chataway (Judas Priest Mark I)
  • John Ellis (Judas Priest Mark II)
  • Trevor Lunn (ex-Judas Priest roadie)
  • David Howells (Gull Records)
  • Dave Corke (ex-Judas Priest manager 1970-‘76)
  • Norman Hood (IMA Agency)

Atkins’ debut solo album Judgement Day was released to great acclaim in 1989. But
it was Heavy Thoughts and Victim Of Changes (the latter being his collaborative
album with ex-Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland) that brought him strong sales and
critical acclaim around the world. Recently, Atkins has released his fifth solo opus
Demon Deceiver and formed the Midlands heavy metal band The Holy Rage. They’ve
shared the bill with ex-Rainbow singer Graham Bonnet, the NYC band Warrior Soul
and legendary rockers Skid Row.

In Dawn Of The Metal Gods Atkins share’s his entertaining life story with the
reader. This is not just a book for Priest fans but a bible for anybody wishing to form
a band in the tumultuous world of heavy metal.

Written in a style that represents Al’s working class Birmingham roots, Dawn
Of The Metal Gods will set the story straight on the roots of the world’s most revered
and dedicated heavy metal band. Celebrating 40 years of (Judas Priest style) heavy
metal!

If you’re a Priest nut you should learn quite a bit about the genesis of the Metal Gods.
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