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High Stakes & Dangerous Men - The UFO Story [Kindle Edition]

Neil Daniels
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Book Description

UFO are one of heavy rock's most influential groups, admired by Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam and Slash from Guns N Roses, amongst others. Albums like Lights Out, Obsession and Strangers In The Night have all achieved classic status.

The list of musicians who have passed through their ranks reads like a Who's Who of rock: Pete Way (God bless him), Michael Schenker, Larry Wallis, Bernie Marsden, Paul Chapman, Billy Sheehan, Jason Bonham, Aynsley Dunbar and more, have all done time in one of the most enduring, and endearing, bands.

Using extensive research and first hand interviews, top metal writer Neil Daniels traces UFO s history from their space rock roots in 1969 through to the present day, as the band, with original member Phil Mogg, just keep on rocking. The book contains a wealth of anecdotes about a group renowned for partying as hard as they rock and doing nothing by halves.

High Stakes & Dangerous Men includes a foreword by the American broadcaster and author Eddie Trunk and an afterword by British rock journalist Peter Makowski.

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'UFO are and always will be classic rock at its best.' --Pete Makowski

About the Author

Neil Daniels is the author of over a dozen books on rock and metal and has contributed to many music magazines, fanzines and websites. Visit and

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4180 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957144261
  • Publisher: Soundcheck Books (27 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #303,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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,, Get Ready To,,,, Drowned In,,, 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

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About the Music 26 Feb. 2014
By Doyle
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If you're looking for the gory details of the Excess and Debauchery that followed UFO tours from the 70's and probably beyond, this is perhaps not the book you are looking for - You'll have to wait until Phil OR Pete tell their story! However, as a book lovingly compiled by a Mega fan, it focuses on what most people forget - How Fantastic the Music was, so on that level this is a great read and it sent me back to rediscover UFO classic music that had been long forgotten about. It's not Rose coloured spectacles either: Phil Mogg doesn't become Mother Teresa; Misdemeanour doesn't become a 'Classic Album' so it's realistic enough to recognise the flawed genius that epitomises UFO. It's a great read for any fan of the band, or for those who've heard a bit and want to find more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scratches the surface 9 Jan. 2014
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The positives first: there aren't many books available on UFO which is a real shame as the group is worthy of this - in terms of quality of music and a story worth telling. I did learn plenty of things I didn't previously know too. Clearly referenced, but that makes it feel almost like a dissertation.

What didn't hit the mark for me...well, it's not an official release so there's no direct input from any of the main UFO members specifically for this book, quotes fro magazines etc but that's not enough really. No road stories, the highs and lows of touring and recording...nothing to really get your teeth into. Neil Daniels (and readers) would no doubt have liked the participation of the group (especially the Strangers in the Night lineup), and that's the book which needs writing on UFO. Written slightly too much as an enthusiastic fan...a book like this reads better when the author writes in a completely impartial way. I have seen UFO 3 times and have most of their catalogue but do you care what I think? Quite.

In truth, many UFO albums have been inconsistent since the original departure of Schenker, and not much has really been a 'return to form' (a term a little over-used in this book). UFO are a little confusing in this respect as the benchmark this implies is the Strangers in the night era, and, let's be honest, nothing has touched this since, as good as some songs have been since then. However, if the book acknowledged this it might tail off a little quicker than it already does reflecting UFOs very slow decline from one of our absolute top hard rock groups to where they are now, a group which appears to receive very little interest in the press (even the guitar magazines, which Vinnie Moore might expect to hold some interest for).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars informative book 19 Sept. 2014
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A pretty good read, neil daniels takes most of his stories and anecdotes from the various music press around at the time and collates it in chronological order. It is quite informative and does answer questions you may have been wondering about.
The only thing that could probably outdo this book would be written by Mogg and Way in their own definitive words, warts and all..
One criticism, photos are o.k but would of like to seen a few more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world! 31 Jan. 2014
High Stakes & Dangerous Men is the first biography of UFO not including Martin Popoff's equally good book which focuses more on the albums and songs. There's been some complaints that this is a cut and paste effort. Sure, the author doesn't include interviews with the band and so it is not official, but he's gone into depth on the stories behind the albums especially High Stakes with interviews with Kit Woolven, Laurence Archer and Clive Edwards. Daniels has interviewed ex members and producers and has written a detailed yet compact book on the history of the band going back to 1969. he obviously loves the music and the band but he is objective in his account. I've read some of Daniels' other books, including his excellent tomes on Judas Priest and Journey, and this is probably better. It makes a nifty companion to Popoff's own book.
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