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on 8 July 2015
Well, since the guys from Judas probably will not release an official biography soon and (as Popoff himself states) they are not very generous about the quality of the informations the give in interviews, this book is simply the best book in the market about Judas Priest.

Following Popoff's tradition of analysing album by album, you will read this book in a flash if you're a Judas Priest fan. The photos are also top-notch, a lot of them never seen before.

The only reason (albeit a strong one!) I rate this book three-stars is simply because Popoff could write better. By now, I'm getting a little bit tired of his writing style and the errors in phrase construction. I think he should hire a better editor (or hire any editor at all, if he does not use one) and make the already high quality of his work to be upgraded immensely.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 4 January 2008
Martin Popoff is that rare thing : a music writer who never makes factual errors by rehashing other people's poor research, makes perceptive and original insights and (most of all) doesn't give a damn for conformity. Not only that, you can trust his judgement, as he knows the metal genre inside out and back to front. Plus he can write like an angel (I know, as I'm a published author myself and he has my respect and then some).

I've read several hundred rock and roll books, like all kinds of rock music and have loved Judas Priest for almost thirty years, buying their albums, going to their gigs and so on. There has always been a shortage of books on Priest, so the recent biography 'Judas Priest: Defenders of the Faith' was very welcome, but (sadly) woefully inadequate when it came to covering the music. Popoff, of course, is spot on - he nails' the significance of Priest as the definitive metal band and champions their 1976-1979 recording career as the pinnacle of achievement in the genre.

So for those of you who love Priest, those of you who don't know yet how great thier finest stuff is and all of you fashionable types who buy just what the music mags tell them, read this brilliant book - for the metal cognescenti understand that it's not AC/DC or Metallica or whomever you may care to name are the kings, but Priest who are the truly definitive and protean metal band, who should by now be attaining the mainstream respect accorded to Sabbath, Zeppelin, AC/DC and Metallica. And Popoff will explain why...

Finally, I should mention the book is packed with lovely colour and B&W photos, including many marvellous depictions of collectable material (ticket stubs, flyers, album covers and so on), making it essential for all priest fans. Rock Forever, Martin !
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on 13 October 2011
Shame it's gone out of print so quickly. A great deal of care went into producing this. There are loads of photos of the band and album/single covers - a lot of which spark nostalgic memories when the music was an exciting antidote to school.
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on 18 May 2016
Books on Priest are extremely thin on the ground, so I was excited to pick this up shortly after its release.
Packed full of information and fantastic photos this is the definitive document of Priest in print.
Highly recommended!
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on 10 July 2010
This book is unusual in the way it goes through the history of the band album by album. It is extremely informative and should be in every Priest fan's collection.
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on 13 February 2008
full of value. Including many many details that a fan wants to know the JUDAS PRIEST.
I love this book so much.
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