- 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)
The Beast Paperback – 1 Feb 2010
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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""
From the Publisher
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolute garbage. Every chapter has some kind of reverence to how this pillock thinks he started Iron Maiden on the road to superstardom ( he didn't) and can be summed up as... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daz McCourt
For the uninitiated, Paul Di'Anno was the lead singer with Iron Maiden for their first two albums - prior, of course, to Brucie joining in 81. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Wayne Simmons
what a load of cack this bio sucks balls DI ANNO is a obnoxious prick he is so full of himself he's albums are s*** listen 2 them on you tube cos'u won't buy them there that bad... Read morePublished 18 months ago by OWEN JAMES LAKE
I feel that some of the reviews here are totally unfair. This is Paul Dianno, the man who sang some of the finest songs in rock music history, and some pricks are humiliating him... Read morePublished on 11 July 2013 by Cagri
Has to be one of the most pathetic books I've ever read. Tough guy talk from a woman beater living on past glories.....Published on 25 April 2013 by Amazon Customer
I use to have a lot of respect for him as he was the singer of my all time favourite band but after reading this he is just a women beating scum bagPublished on 9 Jan. 2013 by JASON DE'ATH