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Run to the Hills: Iron Maiden - The Authorised Biography Paperback – 2 Aug 2004
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This official biography is an accurate and unflinching account of the highs and lows that have accompanied the rise to fame of Britain's hardest rocking band. It demonstrates the artistic validity of Iron Maiden as much as their commercial impact.
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in a structured way. The level of detail
is appropriate enough and concentrates on
the professional side and thus music rather
than scandal and gossip. The cornerstones of
a long successful career are well described, and a
the author ever so often applies healthy criticism.
The add-ons to the original text concerning
Bruce Dickinson's return to the band are fitting,
but the latest add-ons about the Dance of Death album and
tour appear to be promotion material without perspective and
For example, we are informed in this book that that Blaze Bayley (singer from 1994 - 1999) resurrected the bands career sales in the USA. Yet, the fact is that the first Blaze album charted at number 147 in the USA and the second charted at number 124 on the charts. In contrast, the 'Fear Of The Dark' album in 1992, with Bruce Dickinson on vocals, reached number 12 in the USA. Really, how on earth could anyone claim Blaze reignited American interests in the band in the face of such facts.
Also, apparently, 'Somewhere In Time' and 'PowerSlave' were top ten albums in the USA. Well, they were not (SIT peaked at number 11, Powerslave at number 21 - though of course both enjoyed considerable charts runs and were certified platinum)
Returning to the issue of Blaze, the whole story of his departure and the return of Bruce Dickinson is, one suspects, not totally told. This is a shame, since the book starts very well covering the bands early days in extensive and interesting details. Alas, as the years go by, the details are less forthcoming and the book soon becomes less interesting.
All in all, a rather disappointing reading experience.
Nevertheless, now that this book is nearly 10 years old (published in 2003), there is the chance surely for the band to make amends with a whole new official biography?
However even though this book documents Iron Maiden really well there is one problem...the band are still conquering the world!
Yes i know there have been alot of biographies written before the end of a stars on going fight for fame but come on!! These guys have still got a lot of steam left so think to yourself...this book is not the end!
Yet it is still a good read.
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