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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; 1st edition (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849386579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849386579
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.1 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,106 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 and Iron Maiden.

It's not just rock 'n roll. Matthew McConaughey - The Biography was published in November 2014 by John Blake Publishing. 2015 will see the release of more film biographies, including a book about actor Martin Freeman.

His Createspace books include AOR Chronicles, Rock & Metal Chronicles, Hard Rock Rebels - Talking With Rock Stars, Rock 'N' Roll Sinners - Volumes I, II & III, Rock Bites, Love It Loud and the fictional rock 'n' roll novel, It's My Life, amongst several more weighty tomes. And then there's a book on former American Idol contestant turned Queen frontman Adam Lambert. Also, In A Dark Room - Exploits Of A Genre Fan collects his articles, features and reviews on books, comics, TV and film and is also published by Createspace. His 'Casual Guide' series (also published by Createspace) includes titles on Neal Schon, Bryan Adams, Richie Sambora, Rob Halford and Brian May. Further Createspace works are planned for 2015/16.

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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About the Author

Neil Daniels is a freelance writer and author. He has written extensively about music, cinema, books and graphic novels for several years. He is a contributor to several music websites and magazines, including Drowned In Sound, Big Cheese and Record Collector. His work as an author includes The Story Of Judas Priest: Defenders Of The Faith (also available from Omnibus Press) and Robert Plant: Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page & The Solo Years.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Suze TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 May 2011
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I stopped counting typos and grammatical errors after a while.

"we attained a huger audience because new were playing so much."

"take a peak."

'of' instead of 'off,' 'you're' instead of 'your,' 'reigns' instead of 'reins.'

"we hung together through thick and thing" - I'm no journalist but I am a Journey fan and as far as I know, Thing from The Addams family was never in the band.
For me, any published book which is being sold for hard earned cash should be typo free and grammatically and factually correct.

A factual error stood out loud and clear - in the section covering Steve Augeri's tenure as lead singer, the author states "after time off Augeri restarted Talisman." 'Talisman' was the band Jeff Scott Soto fronted. Steve Augeri's band was called 'Tall Stories'

When there are factual errors like this, it makes the book less credible.
If these are incorrect then what else is?

The tone of the book and the coverage of the big split between Steve Perry and the line up at that time comes over as biased against Perry and in favour of Schon. Same with the appalling treatment of Jeff Scott Soto, ie his appointment as stand-in singer, worldwide press statement of his appointment as permanent singer and then sly removal from the band website and subsequent removal from the position. All biased in favour of Schon.
I would have preferred the author to be more neutral and to just print the facts of what happened and leave the reader to make up their own minds about what went down rather than put his spin on it about who is the bad guy.

Remember, this is an UNOFFICIAL biography and the selected quotes from band members can be found on the internet etc. And they can all be printed out of context and spun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JotterBug on 29 May 2011
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I'm familiar with Neil Daniels' work from his multi-volume "All Pens Blazing" series, in which he collected a dizzying array of rock themed interviews, ranging from professionals to editors of fanzines. "Don't Stop Believin' - The Untold Story Of Journey" is an equally exhaustive look at the evolution of these AOR icons.

It's all here - the genesis of the band in the pot-fuelled West Coast rock scene, the changes to line-ups, the triumphs and disappointments of a band that seems to have been around forever, yet is only now fully enjoying "classic" status.

Those new fans (perhaps only familiar with that song used in "Glee") will no doubt be keen to find out about the band's history. Perhaps they will also be looking for a conveniently organised discography. They will find both here, but so much more.

Details of the contracts, the deals, the tours are covered, as well as the personal (and in some case psychological) trials endured. There is analysis too, of the all important product. If a band had kept a ship's log, this would be it.

You could do far worse than to put your all-time Journey play list on repeat and spend an evening (or several - there's really too much to digest at one sitting) with "Don't Stop Believin'". On this trip smoking is not only permitted, but expected, and you'll find much to interest you on the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. W. Latham on 6 May 2011
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You'd be forgiven if you didn't know of the band Journey before the cast of a TV show called `Glee' performed their most recognised number- you know, the one this book is named after- in 2010. Now, everybody should get in on the act: and this book is a really good place to start. It still astounds me that a band that has sold more than 80 million albums (and probably more than that by now) has never had a book published about them before now. Well worth the money, the book contains as complete a chronicle of the band's history from 1973 to 2010 as is legal to print.

There is a large amount on former front man Steve Perry (there actually is a chapter dedicated to his solo career), as well as a `Where Are They Now?'. (The quotes from former manager Herbier Herbert make for great reading themselves). Worth a look for anyone who is a fan of the rock genre; and an absolute must fro any Journey fan. Highly recommended.
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It can't be an easy task, writing a biography about a band who won't talk to you.

A book like this, with little or no intervention from the band itself, either fails or succeeds based not on how many new interviews it can wrangle, but in how the information already available is presented. In this task, the author, Neil Daniels, succeeds admirably. What could easily have been a cold collection of facts and quotes has been crafted into a memorable story of an unlikely band's meteoric rise to success.

Charting the band's history, the book begins in the early seventies with a troubled Santana shedding members Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie, who, under the guidance of Herbie Herbert, form a band that becomes the prototype for the Journey we all know. That's the pleasure of books like this, that they can take a band that you think you know, and introduce you to a side of the story that makes you reconsider what it is you've been listening to all these years.

The book takes us through the band's career. The inevitable highs and lows, the breakups and reunions, the introduction of a new singer, and, of course, the intervention of a little thing called 'Glee'. It shows us that good bands are not static. They change and evolve. They borrow as much as they inspire.

I wouldn't go as far as to say that the book is perfect: There are a handful of typos let through by a publisher who should really know better; and the case of Steve Perry's famous split with the band is told in a way that you may not agree with. Depends on whether you think that Steve Perry is:

a) Some sort of untouchable, golden idol who can do no wrong.

Or:

b) A kn*b.

Personally, I'm ambivalent. It's about the story, not which side you're on, and the story is just what this book gives you.
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