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February 2014 Newsletter

Here is the official Newsletter for February 2014

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February, 2014

Hello and welcome to the second official Neil Daniels Books Newsletter!

There's been quite a lot of activity this month with the publication of my latest music biography plus reviews and interviews relating to some of my recent titles, notably UFO and Neal Schon.

I kicked off the second month of 2014 with the publication of my book on ZZ Top, Beers Drinkers & Hell Raisers. Here are the details:


Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers – A ZZ Top Guide

By Neil Daniels

Published by Soundcheck Books UK

Publication Date: January 23, 2014

US Publication Date: March 1, 2014

ISBN: 9780957144279

The Ultimate Guide To Those Sharp Dressed Men

There are surprisingly few books about ZZ Top considering what a huge band they are. Top rock writer Neil Daniels rectifies that with an unashamedly joyous celebration of the Texas trio, who are celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2014. What fans get here is a history of the band from their pre-ZZ Top outfits through to the present day, along with analysis of their albums, gigs and (of course) videos. Neil also looks at the great blues players, country musicians and rock acts who have influenced the band, plus who the band have themselves influenced, and a look at their peers. There is also a section on ZZ Top trivia, which will amuse folks. For example, Billy Gibbons is an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church Ministries and performed the marriage ceremony for a couple at a Houston branch of IKEA in 2008. Neil also looks at the band's many awards, appearances on TV and film, a discography and more. There are some rare photos, and the whole thing is top and tailed with a foreword and afterword from top rock writers Steven Rosen and Martin Popoff, respectively.

For information on how to buy this book go HERE

In other news, I've been busy doing the promotional rounds for my latest books. Check out all the interviews I've done over the past few weeks...

Skylight HERE

Geeks Of Doom HERE

Metal Shock Finland HERE

Goldmine HERE


Rock Pages HERE

Reviews of my latest titles have been coming in thick and fast, and most of them are rather good. Check 'em out:

I'm pleased with the good review of my UFO book High Stakes & Dangerous Men at Metal Express written by Scott Jeslis. Here's a quote:

"...Daniels has truly supplied fans with an 'ultimate' recap of UFO's history. It'll be challenging for even an avid fan to read this from cover to cover and not be surprised buy something he or she didn't know."

Scott Jeslis – Metal Express (

There's another excellent review of my UFO book at Rock United by Dez Bailey. Here's a quote:

"In years to come books like these from Daniels will become I'm sure the place to go for detailed information on the rock Genre and although internet is king you can't beat a good book and this is one of them."

Dez Bailey - Rock United (

There's also a positive review of High Stakes & Dangerous Men by Seb Di Gatto of The Mayfair Mall Zine. Here's a quote:

"I would say grab hold of this book, it's interesting and an insightful book to be savoured and enjoyed."

Seb Di Gatto - The Mayfair Mall Zine (

Jeb Wright has also written an excellent review of my UFO biog over at Classic Rock Revisited. Here's a quote:

"The book is most interesting for readers in the USA, where UFO were never given the proper respect they deserved...UFO has proven to be influential to everyone from Metallica to Pearl Jam, and with this book Neil Daniels reminds us that, at the end of the day, it's the music that matters most and UFO sure made some damn good music."

Jeb Wright – Classic Rock Revisited (

American music journo Patrick Prince has written an excellent 4/5 review of my UFO book on Powerline Mag. Here's a quote:

"As a UFO fan for many years, I enjoyed the book from cover to cover. I will keep it in the bookshelf for future reference. That's just about the highest compliment I can give any rock biography."

Patrick Prince – Powerline Mag (

Thanks to Stefano Giacometti of the Italian online rock zine Hardsounds for his excellent review of my UFO book. Here's quote:

"Neil Daniels, noted British music journalist, took the opportunity to prepare a book to be dedicated to the London-based group, gathering and assembling a series of interviews collected along the many years of his career, quite weary, experienced by the British combo... Daniels in the writing of the book did not lack anything, entering into the details of each tour, album, line-up, producers, relationships with record companies, recording studios and all that in over 40 years has revolved around the music sphere UFO."

Stefano Giacometti – Hardsounds (

Finally, acclaimed author and journalist David Nolan posted a rather nice comment about my UFO biog on my Facebook page. It read:

"Don't tell anyone I said anything nice about another author's book...It's bad for my image...but I really enjoyed the UFO book. Really took me back to the Bushell era of Sounds where Pete Way's stripey trousers seemed to be on the cover every week. Good work."

That's it so far for UFO. In other book reviews news:

Dean Pedley reviewed my Neal Schon book Electric World over at Sea Of Tranquility. Here's a quote:

"Even the most avid fan will no doubt find something to surprise them here, with Schon's work stretching from Michael Bolton and Joe Cocker to Paul Rodgers and Sammy Hagar. Daniels has pulled the whole thing together in one easy to digest guide that will be of considerable appeal to fans of Journey, Schon and the melodic rock scene in general."

Dean Pedley – Sea Of Tranquility (

Thanks to Eric Banister of Music Tomes for his excellent review of Electric World. Here's a quote:

"This is a book for the superfan, to be honest. But for the superfan, it is a fantastic volume collecting a ton of information on a great player that you wouldn't be able to find in one place otherwise."

Eric Banister – Music Tomes (

Thanks also to Jason Ritchie of Get Ready To Rock for his awesome review of my Neal Schon book. Here's a quote:

"It is a collection of pieces about Neal Schon and certainly for the avid Journey fan this book is a fascinating read and resource."

Jason Ritchie – Get Ready To Rock (

Keeping it positive...Pantera reviews are still dripping in:

There's a glowing review of my Pantera book Reinventing Metal by Steven Rosen over at Curled Up With A Good Book. Here's a quote:

"The book answers all the questions about the drugs and the fighting and the rivalries. It wasn't an easy assignment--many would-be interviewees shut the door when Daniels came knocking because they wanted to keep their secrets--but the author knocked it out of the park. Any fan of metal and particularly Pantera needs to read this one."

Steven Rosen – Curled Up With A Good Book (

There's a so-so review of my Pantera biog Reinventing Metal by Dominik Irtenkauf on the German website, CultUrMag. It doesn't make much sense when translated to English, but no press is good press, apparently. Here's a quote:

"Reinventing Metal is a quite critical look at the band...The career [of] Pantera is clearly dealt with in different chapters, which are based on the respective releases. For a metal listener these [days], he adds awareness to the band..."

Dominik Irtenkauf – CultUrMag (

So, suffice it to say reviews of my latest books have been generally very good!

In other news, Paul Anthony over on Planet Rock held a competition to win copies of my ZZ Top book as did Metal Shock Finland.

There's a great (and huge!) feature on my UFO book High Stakes & Dangerous Men in the Spanish magazine, This Is Rock. Check it out HERE

My Bon Jovi Encyclopaedia, originally published in the UK in 2009 by Chrome Dreams, is now available in Brazil via Beast Books. Information can be found on the Foreign Editions page of my website. Here's the cover:


Well, that's it for this month's Newsletter but I promise March's Newsletter will be packed with even more reviews and interviews news as well as information on my Iron Maiden book, Killers – The Origins Of Iron Maiden: 1975-1983.


Best wishes

Neil Daniels

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