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November 3, 2011

UPDATES!

I don’t have a great deal of time to post items on here these days as I am writing three books on three major hard rock/metal bands.

Contracts have been signed; details to follow soon… Two more book deals are firming up too… I’m also going to release via POD a fictional rock memoir next year. My Journey bio has been well received.

You can check out reviews over on my website:

http://neildaniels.com/My_Writings/Bibliography/Books/Journey.html

Or read them here:

“In Journey: The Untold Story, Neil Daniels chronicles the rise and fall of the AOR perennials with an eye to detail and a healthy amount of respect. It is a refreshing look at a group who were once almost universally reviled as “corporate rock” by magazines such as Rolling Stone. The book is a well-written account of the band‘s long history and is recommended. All we need now are the Foreigner and Styx exposes to complete the trifecta.”

Greg Barbick – Blog Critics (http://blogcritics.org)

“…an accurate and obviously well researched biography…”

Malcome Dome – Classic Rock Magazine Online (www.classicrockmagazine.com)

“Daniels proves he knows his stuff as the book, as well as the additional features of what former members are up to in the current day, and the other career information about the band in the back of the book prove. This is a well thought out, well written and, at times, intense book… This will be snapped up and debated by the Journey faithful but any fan of melodic rock will enjoy this one as Daniels does a fine job from beginning to end.”

Jeb Wright – Classic Rock Revisited (www.classicrockrevisited.com)

“The author meticulously traces the history of the band from their origins in 1973 through current-day projects. He covers the numerous lineup changes, their albums, tours, and all the politics and behind-the-scenes controversies that have been a part of the group’s history… The author has accessed a back catalog of interviews previously conducted by other writers and assembled this research in 255 pages of well-written and compelling narrative. Everything you wanted to know about Journey is contained within these pages, and whether you’re a hardcore fan or just a casual listener, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ will grab you from the first page.”

Steven Rosen – Curled Up With A Good Book (www.curledup.com)

“Given all the recent interest in Journey over the past eighteen months or so with the TV show ‘Glee’ and THAT song – ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ – it highlighted that there is no recent biography on the band. In steps Neil Daniels to fill this void with an informative and enjoyable read for the avid and casual Journey fan… For a concise and well referenced history of the band Neil Daniels book does the job amply.”

Jason Ritchie – Get Ready To Rock (www.getreadytorock.com)

“I must say that Neil Daniels has a ready pen. Based on so many sources he has succeeded in writing a gripping, honest and fluent book about our beloved Journey. Provided with a foreword from Andrew McNeice and an afterword by Jeff Scott Soto, the history of Journey comes in nine chronologically ordered chapters, starting in 1973 and ending in 2010, with the preparations of the current ‘Eclipse’ album. What I admire is the amount of details to be found in the book, but I never got the feeling that it was all too much… All in all I can really recommend this book to any fan of the great Journey. Buy it and take it with you on your holiday! Some fine hours are guaranteed.”

Chris Lambert – Rock Report (www.rockreport.be)

“As a lone-time yet casual fan of the band, I found the band’s story very interesting and quite surprising… I received the book on Thursday, used every possible opportunity to read it and finished it on Sunday. That’s a recommendation if any.” Kimmo Toivonen – Rock United (www.rockunited.com) “A very entertaining and well researched biography, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ is as close as you will get to the story of Journey…”

Dean Pedley – Sea Of Tranquility (www.seaoftranquility.com)

“The scope of this book is to reveal the truth behind the career of Journey and how each member contributed to the success of the famous music group. Neil Daniels is our tour guide in this ‘journey’ and the whole tour examines the main events that occurred from 1973 till 2010 so as to make the band an outstanding instance of commercial and artistic success… this book covers a longer time period and the unofficial character makes it more flexible to offer a critical review of the band’s career without being disrespectful towards the band’s fans.”

Billy Yfantis – Skylight (www.skylight.gr)

“The book itself is a must-have for any Journey or AOR fan, but also for anyone into music biographies, because this band has had so many ups and downs, so many turns and twists, it is almost unbelievable in 2011 the band is now at it’s peak outside the USA… Anyway, the book tells the complete story from A to Z and I will not reveal here if there are any surprises to be read, because therefore you need to read the book yourself. Most important fact is of course that finally there is a book written about Journey, because ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ is the first of its kind and for that reason alone, this book needs to be in the hands of every living soul, no matter you like the band or not, because the whole story is something you just have to know before you die! (9.2/10)”

Gabor Kleinbloesem – Strutter Zine (www.strutterzine.com)

“…his latest offering is well written and well researched. It becomes clear that this is a subject which Daniels himself is very passionate about, and you feel privileged sharing in his knowledge and enthusiasm for the band. If you are a fan of the band then this is definitely a must-have item but if, like me, you are interested in the history of popular music then I whole-heartedly recommend giving this a read. (8/10)”

James Sykes – Subba-Cultcha (www.subba-cultcha.com)

“A must have book for their fans, plus an enlightening insight into the hurdles a struggling band have to overcome.”

Unknown Reviewer – The Beat Magazine

“Neil Daniels is a fantastic researcher that digs deep for facts to include within his books and this story will certainly shed light on a classic outfit that actually started out band life as a jazz fusion outfit and then ultimately becoming legends of melodic rock and ballads… Daniels has always shown a passion and respect for his book subjects and this latest offering is no exception.”

Nickie Hobbs – Devolution

“If ever there was a band that needed chronicling, it was Journey, and in ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ (what else could it have been called) author Neil Daniels has risen to the challenge… It didn’t all start with Journey, but they did it bigger and better than everyone else and Daniels has got it down on paper almost note for note. A good read for both the diehard and the curious.”

John Tucker – Fireworks

“It’s been a hell of a career thus far, and Daniels’ book is the perfect chronicle of it all… With some superb archive photos and a wealth of information that will be a revelation to a great many fans old and new, ‘Don’t’ Stop Believin’ – The Untold Story Of Journey’ is essential reading, and it’s infinitely better than sitting through an episode of Glee.”

Andrew Hawnt – Powerplay

“Gleeful account of corporate rock behemoths… Daniels is fortunate in having extensively interviewed ex-manager Herbie Herbert, whose frank opinions on the band – and particularly Steve Perry – make the book an eye-opening read.” William Pinfold – Record Collector

“Very entertaining – especially when Herbie Herbert is talking!”

Paul Elliott – Classic Rock/MOJO Journalist

“This guy has written so many rock biographies, is so dedicated to what he does… So anyway, if there’s anyone who’s into rock’n’roll and writing, this would be the guy – and that alone makes me curious of what he’s done this time. 🙂 It wouldn’t surprise me if I ended up calling it “Don’t stop readin'”. :-)”

Daniela Pilic – http://lita77777.posterous.com

“Meanwhile, been flicking through a couple of good rock books that have come my way of late: ‘Feather In The Wind’, the Dave Lewis memoir of the Zep tour of Europe in 1980; ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’, the Journey biog by Neil Daniels; and ‘Crazy Train’, the Randy Rhoads biog by Joel McIver. The thing all these books have in common is the love that’s gone into them. If they won’t appeal much to anybody who isn’t already a heart-sold fan, well, they’re not meant to. On the other hand, if you are a solid stone fan, baby, these are the ones for you. A lot of heart and soul in each, god bless the crazy men who made them. Let’s face it, who else would even try and do such a good job?”

Mick Wall – www.mickwall.com

“Neil Daniels has taken it upon himself to do the honours. The Untold Story Of Journey details the band’s formation and career with member changes along the way… Daniels does a good job putting the band’s lifestyle into written words…”

Shari Black Velvet – Black Velvet

“In many ways this book then is well timed and is I am happy to say a really good read which takes us through the history of the band and the highs and lows and also I feel, fairly sets the story straight on the rather messy business of Steve Perry’s departure and the various singers who replaced him, something that some Journey fans still feel strongly about… this book has set the bar pretty high and covers all the points and even throws up a couple of interesting facts that casual and even long time fans may not know! ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ is well researched and contains exclusive interviews with many former members and people who worked with the band which lends this book an almost ‘Official’ feel to it.”

Jon Kirkman – Classic Rock Radio (http://classicrockradioeu.blogspot.com)

“UK classic rock expert Neil Daniels has been quickly, methodically making a name for himself as one of the most prolific and academic of rock biog penners, keeping the taps open for his best book yet, a solid, classy and rare look at Journey, for a big and respected publisher… Love it, ‘cos what emerges is the story of a band who could once do no wrong struggling with relevance, picking their spots, emerging considerably triumphant as a fragile mix of retro act and tingly fresh story, most pertinently through the wide acceptance of Filipino fireplug Arnel Pineda at the mic, leading us all in song. Satisfying completists, there’s extensive end notes, a meticulous bibliography, discography and a chapter on Steve Perry gone solo.”

Martin Popoff – HardRadio (www.hardradio.com)

My British Steel book is out now. You can buy it here:

http://neildaniels.com/My_Writings/Bibliography/Books/BritSteel.html

This is my third book on the might Judas Priest and my eleventh book in total.

Reviews have been good! Check ‘em out:

“The inaugural title was Jerry Bloom’s study of Rainbow’s Long Live Rock And Roll. The second in the series focuses on Judas Priest’s classic 1980 LP British Steel, and was written by the prolific Neil Daniels… For a relatively small book, Judas Priest’s British Steel provides a surprising amount of information on this classic album and band.”

Greg Barbrick – BlogCritics (http://blogcritics.org)

“The book is well written, entertaining, and even features an intro by Guns N’ Roses current guitarist, Bumblefoot… the pictures are cool and there are plenty of quotes from the likes of Tipton and Downing. The bottom line here is that the package is nice and the tale is worth telling.”

Jeb Wright – Classic Rock Revisited (www.classicrockrevisited.com)

“The author draws on his own expertise as well as called on other rock experts like Matthias Mader, Martin Popoff and Dom Lawson… For a quick, all-in-one look at one of Judas Priest’s most engaging albums, this “Rock Landmarks” volume is the deal. For a quick, all-in-one look at one of Judas Priest’s most engaging albums, this “Rock Landmarks” volume is the deal.”

Steven Rosen – Curled Up With A Good Book (www.curledup.com)

“A dinky series of books looking at rock landmarks with this one looking at Judas Priest’s 1980 release ‘British Steel’. Penned by Neil Daniels (who has also written a biography of the band along with helping original vocalist Al Atkins with his memoir), it is a concise and enjoyable read… for a fan it is an essential read.”

Jason Ritchie – Get Ready To Rock (www.getreadytorock.com)

“Having written two books on this heavy metal institute in the past, it can’t be denied that Mr Daniels knows these pioneers in the genre inside out… I read the book in about 90 minutes, which proves that it makes an interesting read.”

Chris Lambert – Rock Report (www.rockreport.be)

“With a track by track analysis, tour dates and photos from the period this is everything you needed to know about what is arguably Priest’s finest 30-odd minutes wrapped up into in one handy bite sized paperback at a budget price.”

Dean Pedley – Sea Of Tranquility (www.seaoftranquility.org)

“Considering the trim size and at a svelte 62 pages Neil Daniels still manages to pack a lot of information into the book. Whilst clearly he has an affection for the album (and band); this does not prevent him from giving a balanced and unbiased overview. British Steel was after all a contentious album amongst Priest fans, a classic now but far from welcomed with open arms at the time. This is succinctly covered and paints an intriguing picture of a band negotiating mainstream desires with an ardent following.”

Jules Aplin – Tape To Tape (tapetotape.co.uk)

Finally, there have been loads of updates on my site http://www.neildaniels.com including new and exclusive interviews with writers Chris Salewicz and Jeremy Wagner.

Here are some details:

WEBSITE: http://www.neildaniels.com/Index.html

BLOG: https://neildanielsbooks.wordpress.com

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/people/Neil-Daniels/698935273

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/#!/NeilDanielsBook

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