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All Pens Blazing – A Rock And Heavy Metal Writer’s Handbook Volume II (AuthorsOnline)


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(UK: AuthorsOnline, 2010; 352 pages, PB. ISBN: 978-0755212569)

All Pens Blazing - A Rock & Heavy Metal Writer's Handbook Volume II is now out of print and available as Rock 'N' Roll Sinners Volume II, published by Createspace in 2013. It's available in paperback and eBook.

Ever wondered what it takes to be a rock journalist? In this extensive collection, Neil Daniels has interviewed a staggering 69 of the world's most successful rock and metal scribes. With a foreword by the legendary rock writer Mick Wall, All Pens Blazing is a worthy historical document for the serious enthusiast and can be used as a handy reference tome for the aspiring rock and metal writer. Volume I - which collected 65 interviews - was published in 2009. Both collections make essential reading for the rock and heavy metal fan.




 "With APB, the artists themselves are completely cut out of the picture. Both volumes concentrate on the most important ingredient of all, the writer... Every year there is a new crop of aspirants however, and with the advent of the blogosphere the opportunities to wax rhapsodic about one's favorite band have increased exponentially. With both volumes of All Pens Blazing, there is at least a road-map to show how it has been done in the past."

Greg Barbrick – BlogCritics (


"Neil has a deep passion for printed media and a lot of respect for the authors who helped to bring them to their glory once upon a time. ... Would I recommend this book? I would in a heartbeat to somebody over 40 who would undoubtedly feel a personal connection to it. Hell, I wish I could make people my age take three or four hours of their life to read it and see where the roots of rock journalism are, but I know better. With that said, I'm happy that I read it and will read more of Neil's stuff in the future."

John Gehrig – (


"The author was serious about this first volume and went onto create a second. They are tremendously entertaining and reveal much about the names you've seen in every magazine from Creem and Guitar Player to Rolling Stone and Classic Rock."

Steven Rosen – Curled Up With A Good Book (


"...this rollercoaster ride through some of rock's back pages will bring a glow to the cheek, and perhaps even moistness to the mouth, of any self-respecting rock fan who has ever bought a music paper or mag since the 1970′s."

David Randall – Get Ready To Rock (


"The APB books are collections of interviews spanning journalists from the late '60s to those who started their careers in the late '90s. Altogether there are 136 journalist interviews – nine of whom are women. Nine. The subjects span the biggest of the big in metal pubs – editors of Creem and Kerrang – to writers of smaller cult fanzines. It was really interesting to pull out the common threads...I guess that after reading this, the number one thing I took away besides reignited jealousy for the golden age of rock journalism was that in 10 years, perhaps what I'm doing now will actually have some significance."

Jamie Harvey – Hard Rock Chick (


"All Pens Blazing presents a view of music writing from the inside and a glimpse of the music industry from the prospective of wordsmiths rather than guitar warriors... All Pens Blazing is less a guidebook and much more a map to heavy metal writing. Anyone interested in a back-stage view of the rock music industry will get a kick out of these two volumes."

Natalie Zed – Hellbound (


"All Pens Blazing is a must read to find out the trials and tribulations these writers had to go through. Good, bad or indifferent, it's a real behind the scenes collection of interviews that go all the way back to the late 70's to present day. I strongly suggest getting your own copies of both volumes of All Pens Blazing. I was so intrigued that I read it twice... Great read, Neil Daniels is a dynamic writer and writes about what we all love, MUSIC!!"

Brooke Horsley – Rock Eyez Webzine (


"...a damn decent book that is mandatory for anyone who wants to write about rock."

Joshua Wood – Metal Rules (


"This book is a sincere tribute to the blazing pens that made our rock n roll heroes look like pioneers of our fantasy and modern leather rebels of today."

Billy Yfantis – Skylight (


"...Daniels comes across as a man with clear passion and interest into the historical and cultural importance of his interviewee's words. Even if heavy metal isn't your thing, this book is well worth the read. The simple format to the book means that you are able to pick at bits as you go along."

James Sykes – Subba-Cultcha (



“These two volumes of interviews celebrate the art of rock journalism.”

Emma Johnston – Classic Rock


“After the very entertaining All Pens Blazing Volume One, the prolific Neil Daniels offers up Volume 2 that features interviews with more than 60 rock and metal scribes, from the seasoned veterans of the heyday of Kerrang! to those who frequently contribute to fanzines, webzines and the like… Daniels has done a fine job in pulling everything together in an easily digestible format and hopefully he will be able to find enough willing participants to consider a third volume at some point in the future.”

Dean Pedley – Fireworks


“Again, Neil asks the right questions and keeps the history right at the forefront. Again, that’s what this book is all about. These writers are alternately fired up and vocationally-filled or bitter pitfall-tellers. Both are lovely…Read this because you enjoyed the first book. Read this because you want Mr Daniels to do more of this.”

Steve Swift – Powerplay


All Pens Blazing is a staff writer’s seat in the editorial offices of a WH Smith shelf-full of UK rock magazines …Rock star ego stories, useful advice and the definitely-don’ts of the alternative publishing world, this compilation of interviews spanning the careers of the most experienced rock writers is a good start for any wannabe music journalist.”

Giles Bidder - Rock Sound



"The sequel includes many of my workmates past and present, including Phil Alexander, Robyn Doreian, Paul 'Chesney' Rees, Scott Rowley, Steve 'Krusher' Joule, Jon Hotten, Chris Ingham, Darren Sadler and Mick Wall, also Harry Doherty, Metal Hammer's first editor and the man who – for better or worse – was responsible for 'discovering' me in the employ of a pop magazine at IPC Magazines during the mid-80s. 'We did get drunk quite a lot,' Doherty tells Daniels of those apocalyptic early days working for the Hammer, a declaration of almost unparalleled understatement. I will never, ever forget Harry interrupting one of Hammer's legendary alcohol-fuelled editorial meetings to take a call from Sandra Casali, a lovely PR for EMI Records. 'Yeshhh, Shhaaaandra, we'd love to do an interview with Marrrrillll.... Marrrr.... Maaahhh', he said, unable to get his tongue around the word he sought, finally opting for: 'Fish's band' instead. If Volume II is half as fascinating as its predecessor it'll be well worth reading."

Dave Ling (


"Bloody great book. The Mark Day stuff made me laugh like mad. Went on a couple of trips with him, especially a very eventful one with him and Jerry Ewing to Sweden. The stuff he says about Metal Hammer is so true! Top Stuff."

Dave Reynolds – Former Kerrang!/Classic Rock scribe


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