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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844548848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844548842
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Explosive, violent, funny . . . andif you can read between the long white lines and are of a forgiving and optimistic naturecharming . . . Dirtier than "The Dirt" ." . ." this page-turner of a book documents with effortless flow and continual suspense, a stomach-churner of a life." ""Martin Popoff, author, "Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home and Away""

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The Beast is not a book designed for music aficionados
who wish to read about the original Iron Maiden singer.
It's more of an action adventure story staring a Jack Daniels,cocaine fuelled fighting machine that just happens to be a vocalist in a rock band. Take the extremities of The Dirt,remove most of the drugs, replace them with violence and you've pretty much got The Beast.

Once you've read this book you won't want to step into the
same pub as Paul Di'anno, never mind spill his pint. This isa very honest account of an excessive existence that the singer has chosen not to glamorise. Although Paul kicking his own guitarist's teeth out and chasing journalists from venues are amusing there are more serious topics contained within this tome. Di'anno confesses to wife beating that led to a spell in the LA penitentiary as well as admitting that he was holding Maiden back and that Bruce Dickinson is a superior vocalist.

This is the opportunity to tap into the mind of one of the
maddest rock stars of all time. It's no mistake that certain stores have the book filed under Serious Crime. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
I received 2 rock autobiographies this Christmas - this one and Thomas Gabriel Warriors, from Celtic Frost. This allows a useful comparison, as one is written by a man who clearly struggles with the nuances of the English language and the other is written by an erudite guy from Switzerland who can remember what actually happened in some detail (a plus point for an auto biography). Whereas Warrior is aware of his shortcomings (and his deserved greatness) and wears his heart very much on his sleeve Di'anno has all the sensitivity of a rhinoceros in labour.

From the outset of this tabloid newspaper styled expose he wants to lay down his manly credentials - I am Di'anno the former singer with Iron Maiden and if you mess with me I'll smash your teeth in. To prove the point upfront, so that there is no doubt of his credentials, we get a couple of random juicy anecdotes at the beginning of this rag to prove how `ard he is. This irrational and angry style permeates thereafter and if you want to avoid the tiresome prospect of reading the book yourself it goes unrelentingly something like this:

`I'm Paul Di'anno and I was in Iron Maiden, but I never talk about that no more cos I've done loadsa better stuff since and it just ******* irritates me when that's all people wanna go on about. Anyway it was the eighties and I think I was in this rock club doing the big rock star thing, cos I'm Paul Di'anno of Iron Maiden, and there's this ******* punk giving me the evil eye cos I am Paul Di'anno lead singer with Iron Maiden.
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I really wanted to like this because Paul's singing added that magic X factor to the first 2 Iron Maiden LP's. The man can sing - no issue there, it's just this book proves Paul hasn't let go from that era and hasn't produced anything to equal since leaving Iron Maiden. Hell, even his logo is in the Maiden font, his band names frequently have a close association to Maiden ( killers for example ) and everything else he produces still has that Maiden connection ( the beast, the classics album which is covers of guess who?, you got it, Iron Maiden. It goes on and on ) The man simply cannot let go of his past but to be honest, what can he let go to because the vast majority of his own music is sub standard UK pub rock sludge destined for the bargain bin and greatly overshadowed by his Maiden work which is either his only work of note or a real albertross around his neck.

Paul Di Anno is a bitter man because of this and this book makes that clear. Also, how can Di'anno maintain that he is an 'internationally know rock star'? He made his name off the back of Iron Maiden but that finished back in 1981 - with hardly an energetic media profile since, Di'anno is simply the old Iron Maiden singer ( and not even recognisable from those days at that either). He submerges himself in this famous rock star delusion throughout the whole book making himself look like someone hoping if he tells you he's famous enough, the reader will believe he is. You decide.
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Format: Paperback
For most metal fans (in the UK, at least) Paul Di'anno fell off the radar that fateful day in 1981 when Rod Smallwood fired him; not because of any vocal deficiencies but because his wayward behaviour was fast becoming a threat to the burgeoning Iron Maiden franchise. Maiden went on to become multi-millionaire legends and I'm sure that I'm the not the only Maiden fan to ask the question 'What happened to Paul Di'anno?'

This book more than answers that question. Paul formed new bands; rather a lot of them, in fact: Battlezone, Killers et al who, it transpires, made a decent enough (though erratic) living on the European and South American metal circuits.

However, this is not primarily a book about music, it is a book about mayhem. Most rock biographies offer titilation: you might secretly (or openly) want to be Slash, or Lemmy or one of the Crue but you wouldn't Paul Di'anno's life. No siree! Not for all the lager in Chingford! This is excess to the point of lunacy. None of Paul's craziness was contrived or done with one eye on the media. He just seemed to stumble from one (drug fuelled) disaster to another and rather like his lyrics to 'Running Free' he does eventually end up in an LA jail-though for slightly longer than a night!

Funnily enough it wasn't the endless tales of excess that held my interest in this book. Rather, it was the other things that Paul revealed about himself. Like the fact that he signed away all of his Maiden royalties (for a one off fee: a large, but not exactly life changing amount of money) years ago and, to his credit, Paul is remarkably lacking in bitterness about this (and indeed towards his hugely successful ex-bandmates in general).
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