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April 2014 Newsletter

Here is the official Newsletter for April 2014.

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April, 2014

Hello and welcome to the official Neil Daniels Books Newsletter for April 2014!

The month is highlighted by the publication of my eagerly awaited book on the origins of Iron Maiden book. Here is the PR:








ISBN: 978-0-9575700-2-3

Maiden's Early Years – Explored For The First Time

There have been plenty of books about Iron Maiden's long and glorious career, but this is the first to explore the crucial early years from 1975-1983 in depth.

Author Neil Daniels chose this period because it is vital to the band's development, with many line-up changes and false starts before Steve Harris found his winning team. Daniels wants "to give a balanced and objective view on the first eight years. Two albums with one singer (Paul Di'Anno), two with the other (Bruce Dickinson)".

As well as painstaking secondary research, Daniels interviewed many people connected with band including former members Dennis Stratton and Tony Moore, plus fan club chief Keith Wilfort (who is currently undergoing heart surgery – we wish him well) and more. Their comments throw light on the early years.

ὔber fan Ryan LaMar has supplied the most up to date gig guide ever produced for these years. Historian Barry Considine has also contributed to making this work as accurate as possible, as well as providing images.

Daniels is ideally placed to write this book having previously penned Iron Maiden: The Ultimate Unauthorized History Of The Beast (Voyageur Press 2012).

Neil Daniels is the author of over a dozen books on rock and metal and has contributed to many music magazines, fanzines and websites. Visit

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In other news, there's a new interview with me by Ross Baker in Ghost Cult Mag #16. Check it out HERE

I'm also interviewed in my local paper the St. Helens Star about my ZZ Top book. Check it out HERE

I'm interviewed about my books over at The Mayfair Mall Zine, too. Check it out HERE

Reviews have been coming in on some of my recent books. Take a look:

On ZZ Top:

"At the end of the day, almost any ZZ Top fan will like this book.  It's a fine effort, as it includes all of what must be included and more."

Jeb Wright – Classic Rock Revisited (

"Neil Daniels has produced a part biography / part celebration of the trio and so the book is entertaining [and] comprehensive..."

Rob McKenzie – Fireworks


"Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to not only the diehards (who will snap it up anyway), but also those who want to delve just a little further than Michael Schenker, Phil Mogg (who emerges as quite the dictatorial figure in places), and the band's often horrendous choice of stage outfits! It becomes clear that the stakes may have been high, but these particular dangerous men lost as often as they won..."

Steve Pilkington – Classic Rock Society (

"Daniels follows the band history from the early days and weaves the often-confusing personal changes into a comprehensive whole. He is detailed and thorough, discussing off-shoot projects of Michael Schenker and the pair of Mogg/Way albums, which we learn are basically UFO albums with a different name as the name was tied up in legality...High Stakes & Dangerous Men pays tribute to this veteran band and is a very pleasurable reading experience."

Joshua Wood – Metal-Rules (

On Pantera:

"The fact that none of the infamous band members contributed to the book except past members is noteworthy, but this is still worth a read, whether you're a fan or not, as these four teenagers came out of Arlington Texas like an out of control chainsaw and carved their name in the anoles of Heavy Metal history. Their music is still revered throughout the Metal community, by both fans and musicians alike even today and Cowboys From Hell is still regarded as classic slice of groove filled metal some 30 years after its first release."

Barry McMinn – The Mayfair Mall Zine (

Details on my book on Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet will be published in the next press release due in May. Please keep checking the CURRENT NEWS section of the website for updates.

The UPCOMING PROJECTS section of the site has also been updated with info on my forthcoming projects.

I've set up a Facebook page for my forthcoming book on Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet. Please 'Like' and 'Share'. Visit the page HERE 

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Finally – wanna exchange links? I'll add your link to my site and you add mine to yours? I already have some HERE

Best wishes

Neil Daniels

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