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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive compendium, 19 Aug 2009
This review is from: All Pens Blazing: A Rock & Heavy Metal Writer's Handbook, Vol. 1 (Paperback)
If your looking for a flashback to the good old days of rock then you can't really go wrong with this one. Some classic moments from the past and stories to keep you reading. To be honest I typically keep these kind of books on the loo as toilet read but this one was bedside material. Trust me that is a good recommendation!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great history of the metal press by the people who made it, 18 Aug 2009
This review is from: All Pens Blazing: A Rock & Heavy Metal Writer's Handbook, Vol. 1 (Paperback)
All Pens Blazing is basically a collection of 65 interviews with some of the world's leading metal writers, including, Geoff Barton, Dante Bonutto, Paul Brannigan, Steffan Chirazi, Ian Christe, Dave Dickson, Malcolm Dome, Paul Elliott, Lonn Friend, Neil Jeffries, Howard Johnson, Dave Lewis, Dave Ling, Peter Makowski, Matthias Madder, Joel McIver, Alexander Milas, Derek Oliver, Martin Popoff, Greg Prato, Dave Reynolds, Steven Rosen, Xavier Russell, Brian Slagel, Paul Suter and Jeb Wright.
It's a great read and the kind of book that you can dip in and out of. There are so many stories especially from the Kerrang! writers of the eighties. There's also a cool foreword by the Canadian writer Martin Popoff. If you want to learn about the bands read the writers. In fact these interviews are more interesting than the artists themselves. It's a killer tome! Great title too...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original or what?, 30 Oct 2009
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Alan Burridge (Poole,, Dorset. United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: All Pens Blazing: A Rock & Heavy Metal Writer's Handbook, Vol. 1 (Paperback)
What a great title! What a great idea. For years we read the words of those rock journo's in Sounds, Record Mirror, NME, Kerrang! etcetera, but here we have those very people, like Geoff Barton, Steffan Chirazi, Malcolm Dome; telling us how they became rock scribes in the first place, along with pretty interesting details about what they have done with their luck since. Many have written rock biogs, others have become rock radio DJ's; but this book gets in there with every gritty detail and tells it like it is.
A very original idea by Neil Daniels in getting this book together, and when you have read it, you'll be pleased he did. A masterpiece!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock & Roll in black and white, 17 Oct 2009
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S. W. Latham (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: All Pens Blazing: A Rock & Heavy Metal Writer's Handbook, Vol. 1 (Paperback)
This book- as you may have already gathered- is a collection of interviews conducted by Neil Daniels. Rock writers seem to be a little bit overlooked, especially when you consider some of the over-the-top subjects they cover- and in realizing this, Neil Daniels sets out to find some of these rare specimens. The results will probably make you laugh, cry and think 'this is rock and roll'. Highly recommended.
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