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Iron Maiden: The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast
by Neil Daniels
Voyageur Press, 2012
There are certain bands that define genres, and when one speaks of the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” (commonly referred to as NWOBHM), Iron Maiden is almost universally held up as the standard by which all others are judged. Throughout lineup changes and reunions, critically panned records, and the changing musical landscapes, Iron Maiden has persevered. Having just released their fifteenth studio album, The Final Frontier, in 2010, author Neil Daniels decided it was time to chronicle the band’s history. His book takes the reader back to 1975 and the roots of the group that could be, as the writer suggests, “perhaps the greatest Britsh heavy metal band of all time.”
Throughout the pages of Iron Maiden: The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast, fans are treated with quotes from Steve Harris, Paul Di’Anno, Bruce Dickinson, and other band members. Photographs are displayed liberally, and a carefully researched tour itinerary for each year is recorded. Other items printed for posterity include concert advertisements, t-shirts, LP and singles artwork, ticket stubs and concert photographer passes. Each studio record is given a fresh, retrospective review by the author, who is not afraid to call the band out when they did not quite hit the high mark they set for themselves with their first few releases.
While much of the information in this book may not be new for hardcore Iron Maiden fans, it is nice to have it all collected in one place such as this. Add all of the photographs and images of memorabilia, Iron Maiden: The Unauthorized History of the Beast becomes a must-have for the metal fan’s library.