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All Pens Blazing: A Rock & Heavy Metal Writer's Handbook, Vol. 1 Paperback – 4 Aug 2009


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Product details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Bright Pen; 2nd Revised & enlarged edition (4 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755211553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755211555
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,500,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Based in the UK, Neil Daniels has written about rock, metal and pop culture for a wide range of magazines, fanzines and websites.

He has penned books on Judas Priest, Robert Plant, Linkin Park, Bon Jovi and Journey, and co-authored Dawn Of The Metal Gods: My Life In Judas Priest & Heavy Metal with original Judas Priest singer/co-founder Al Atkins. His third book on Judas Priest is Rock Landmarks: Judas Priest's British Steel.

His acclaimed series, All Pens Blazing: A Rock & Heavy Metal Writer's Handbook Volumes I & II, collects over a hundred original and exclusive interviews with some of the world's most famous rock and heavy metal scribes. His other duel collection, Rock 'N' Roll Mercenaries - Interviews With Rock Stars Volumes I & II, compiles over sixty interviews with many well-known rock stars and rock writers.

His books have so far been translated into Brazilian, Bulgarian, Czech, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish and Swedish with more foreign titles in the works.

2012 saw the publication of his books on Metallica, Iron Maiden and You Me At Six.

2013/14 saw the release of his books on AC/DC, Pantera, UFO, ZZ Top, Bon Jovi, Neal Schon, Bryan Adams, Rob Halford, Richie Sambora and Iron Maiden.

Matthew McConaughey - The Biography was published in November 2014 by John Blake Publishing. 2015 will see the release of more film biographies.

His Createspace books include AOR Chronicles, Rock & Metal Chronicles, Hard Rock Rebels - Talking With Rock Stars, Rock 'N' Roll Sinners - Volumes I, II & III and the fictional rock 'n' roll novel, It's My Life. Further Createspace works are planned for 2014/15.

His reviews, articles and interviews on music and pop culture have been published in The Guardian, Classic Rock Presents AOR, Classic Rock Presents Let It Rock, Rock Sound, Record Collector, Big Cheese, Powerplay, Fireworks, MediaMagazine, Rocktopia.co.uk, Get Ready To Rock.com, Lucemfero.com, musicOMH.com, Ghostcultmag.com, Drowned In Sound.com, BBCNewsOnline.co.uk, Carling.com, Unbarred.co.uk and Planet Sound on Channel 4's now defunct Teletext service.

He has also written several sets of sleeve notes for Angel Air and BGO Records. He can be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Tumblr. He has author pages on both Amazon US and UK sites. Further details can also be found on Wikipedia.

His primary interests are music, films and books. He has a degree in Film Studies.

His official website is www.neildanielsbooks.com.

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If your looking for a flashback to the good old days of rock then you can't really go wrong with this one. Some classic moments from the past and stories to keep you reading. To be honest I typically keep these kind of books on the loo as toilet read but this one was bedside material. Trust me that is a good recommendation!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. Kilgannon on 18 Aug. 2009
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All Pens Blazing is basically a collection of 65 interviews with some of the world's leading metal writers, including, 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.
It's a great read and the kind of book that you can dip in and out of. There are so many stories especially from the Kerrang! writers of the eighties. There's also a cool foreword by the Canadian writer Martin Popoff. If you want to learn about the bands read the writers. In fact these interviews are more interesting than the artists themselves. It's a killer tome! Great title too...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Burridge on 30 Oct. 2009
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What a great title! What a great idea. For years we read the words of those rock journo's in Sounds, Record Mirror, NME, Kerrang! etcetera, but here we have those very people, like Geoff Barton, Steffan Chirazi, Malcolm Dome; telling us how they became rock scribes in the first place, along with pretty interesting details about what they have done with their luck since. Many have written rock biogs, others have become rock radio DJ's; but this book gets in there with every gritty detail and tells it like it is.
A very original idea by Neil Daniels in getting this book together, and when you have read it, you'll be pleased he did. A masterpiece!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. W. Latham on 17 Oct. 2009
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This book- as you may have already gathered- is a collection of interviews conducted by Neil Daniels. Rock writers seem to be a little bit overlooked, especially when you consider some of the over-the-top subjects they cover- and in realizing this, Neil Daniels sets out to find some of these rare specimens. The results will probably make you laugh, cry and think 'this is rock and roll'. Highly recommended.
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Not making metal journalism look good 14 Nov. 2009
By Greg Pratt - Published on Amazon.com
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If the whole point here was to make metal journalism look credible, why is this book littered with typos, inane questions and pointless answers?
There are tons of insightful answers from the subjects interviewed, but reading a poorly written question followed by "I'm not sure" as an answer, repeatedly, is really boring.

Plus, the font is unbearably hard on the eyes.

Seriously, kudos to the author for trying, but doing a whole book of unedited e-mail interviews to try to make metal journalism look good just makes no sense.

Hey, I'm still glad he gave it a shot. Lots of fun/interesting stories here. It just could have been edited to get rid of the irrelevant/silly answers. We don't print those in magazines when we're trying to write a credible article, so they shouldn't be here either, as they take away from the reading experience in a huge way.

Perhaps a future edition can be edited and it'll be a kick-ass tome reminding the world (or, showing the world) that metal writing can be darn good writing.

Greg
Missed opportunity 27 April 2010
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was very excited when this book was announced. As an aspiring rock/metal writer (translation: amateur hack), I was hoping to learn about the rules and tricks of the trade from those who do this kind of writing for a living. Instead, All Pens Blazing is a collection of interviews Neil Daniels conducted (via email, apparently) with rock and metal writers where the same dozen questions are lobbed over and over. Who are your influences? What do you think about the internet? What do you think about Kerrang these days? It quickly becomes tedious. I wanted to know more about how to better cover the music I love, not what the office politics were like at Metal Hammer back in the day. There isn't even any narrative from Daniels that might tie these interviews together or provide some analysis or context.

I usually go through a book or two a week, but I've been slogging through this one since Christmas. I'm determined to finish it, but I just can't handle more than a few pages at a time. Some of the answers are interesting or at least amusing, but mostly it's a boring read.

And then there's the format. Unlike most print-on-demand/self-published books I've encountered, this one is small - not much bigger than a paperback novel. And the print is absolutely miniscule. I have decent eyesight, but the text in this book was almost too tiny to read. Hopefully Daniels will correct that with future printings.

I'll give Daniels credit for the idea as well as for putting this together, but ultimately All Pens Blazing was a disappointment and definitely not the resource I was hoping for.
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