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Once Upon a Nightwish: The Official Biography 1996-2006

Once Upon a Nightwish: The Official Biography 1996-2006 [Kindle Edition]

Mape Ollila , Olga Pohjola
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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The official and definitive biography of the legendary first ten years! The Nightwish saga is a heavy metal fable as dramatic and tumultuous as the band's epic symphonic music. Mape Ollila charts the rise from village student project to global stardom, gaining unprecedented access not just to the members of Nightwish past and present; but also their families, their loyal and lewd crew, their peers, their critics, and countless other insiders from the Nightwish adventure. In these details and confessions, a vivid and painfully honest portrait of a musical dream emerges and tensions swell as a split with original singer Tarja Turunen becomes inevitable. Includes 32 full-color pages of rare photos, plus extensive discography, tour history, stage diagrams, and more!

"The Nightwish story offers up a spectacular dramatic arc, and Mape Ollila grabs it with both hands. He has clearly been close and personal with the people he interviewed for the book, and this shows up in the candid statements that find their way onto the page. No stone is left unturned, whether it is about personal chemistry, contractual wrangling, or simple old-fashioned rock stars getting trashed." --Jarkko Jokelainen, Helsingin Sanomat

"Worth the wait!" --Dave Ling, Classic Rock UK

"Even though it is sanctioned by the band, Once Upon A Nightwish isn't a puff piece. Ollila draws his own conclusions, and both positives and negatives are portrayed throughout. The band s founder and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen is a fascinating figure. He s a musical wizard, but his and the band s lack of communication skills causes problem after problem. Tarja Turunen is also a compelling person. Ollila chronicles her transformation from shy schoolgirl to superstar diva.

"All of the band members are interviewed throughout the book, along with industry and record label insiders, friends and family. A lot of different perspectives are given, which gives a pretty well-rounded picture of the band s story. Once Upon A Nightwish is a compelling read, and one that s equally interesting for hardcore or casual fans of the group.

"The thing that came to my mind after finishing it was that there really needs to be a Behind The Music episode on Nightwish. Their emergence from a small Finnish town to international superstardom culminating in the public firing of their lead singer and trying to maintain their success is the exact dramatic arc that makes those shows so interesting." --Chad Bower,

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1030 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bazillion Points (2 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CQAM3G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #306,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good look inside the world of Nightwish 23 May 2010
I have to write a review for this book because I enjoyed it so much. I read 'Once upon a Nightwish' in 2 days and was deeply engrossed in it. The book is conducted of interviews with the band members, outsiders of the band such as the tech crew and some family members. This is pre anette.

It shows the start of the fragile kitee kids Tuomas, Tarja, Emmpu and Jukka and how they started out and got to where they wanted to be. It takes us through their childhood, to how they met Tarja's husband, the ups and downs of the band, meeting Marco and of course the reason(s) for Tarja being fired.

The book made me laugh and cry, as well as sympathise how hard it is to get somewhere in life and the price you sometimes pay for fame and fortune. The book mainly focuses on Tuomas, but with good reason, Tuomas is the creator of Nightwish.

I think they should of included more on Marco, my own personal view. ;)

However, a book for any Nightwish fan. I hope you all enjoy it as much as have!
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I love nightwish and downloaded the sample to read on my kindle..i was hooked and bought the whole book an hour later..i read it in less than a day and i loved the background and the story but i was deeply disappointed that the kindle version does not have photos in i have sent it back for a refund ..i will buy this again but in paperback form or hardback so i can have the photos as well as the amazing story xx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money 19 Oct 2013
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When I ordered it I didn`t realise it was coming from America,which is why it took 14-16 days to arrive. However, it is easy to read/see the writing, and has some good band photos in it.
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