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All Pens Blazing – A Rock & Heavy Metal Writer’s Handbook

November 4, 2013

A few years ago I ventured into the world of print on demand publishing and published a collection of interviews with rock writers called All Pens Blazing. It was self-funded and designed, and was a modest success so not so long later I decided to publish a second volume through the UK POD company, AuthorsOnline. Both books were met with some critical acclaim and sparked a lot of interest amongst fans of rock journalism.

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I carried on publishing such interviews on my website and always had in the back of my mind ideas for a third and final book. However, I don’t have the financial resources to keep those two books in production anymore. I don’t mind not making a profit and just about breaking even, but I don’t like losing money, which is what I had been doing with both volumes of All Pens Blazing and my other duel collection, Rock ’N’ Roll Mercenaries. I wanted to keep them in print but without losing my own money.

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Createspace is completely free so what I decided to do with the latter books was publish them together as a sort of omnibus edition with bonus interviews and rename the collection Hard Rock Rebels – Talking With Rock Stars. And now I have published both volumes of All Pens Blazing separately and renamed them Rock ’N’ Roll Sinners.

Hard Rock Rebels Front Cover FINAL

In sum, both volumes of Rock ‘N’ Roll Mercenaries became the omnibus edition Hard Rock Rebels– Talking With Rock Stars and All Pens Blazing Volumes I and II have become two separate volumes of Rock ’N’ Roll Sinners.

The third, slightly, slimmer Rock ‘N’ Roll Sinners volume completes the set. This massive trilogy is pretty much the final word on rock journalism from the folks who know best. They say images speak louder than words and so I’ve also included interviews with American rock photographer Richard Galbraith and British artists Mark Wilkinson. Sure, there are lots of names missing but this trilogy of books pretty much covers every age of rock criticism.


Rock N Roll Sinners Volume I Front Cover FINAL


Jeff Apter

Gavin Baddeley

Bailey Brothers

Geoff Barton

Carl Begai

Mark Blake

Jerry Bloom

Dante Bonutto

Paul Brannigan

Louise Brown

Garry Bushell

Brett Callwood

Steffan Chirazi

Ian Christe

Carol Clerk

Dave Dickson

Malcolm Dome

John Doran

Paul Elliott

Jerry Ewing

Mike Exley

Dave Ferris

Lonn Friend

Joe Geesin

Ian Gittins

Ian Glasper

Tim Henderson

Mark Hoaksey

Seb Hunter

Neil Jeffries

Howard Johnson

Tim Jones

Dom Lawson

Dave Lewis

Dave Ling

Peter Makowski

Matthias Madder

Joe Matera

Joel McIver

Bruce Mee

Mick Mercer

Alexander Milas

Ben Myers

Derek Oliver

Daniela Pilic

Martin Popoff

Greg Prato

Dave Reynolds

Steven Rosen

Xavier Russell

Jonathan Selzer

Joe Shooman

Brian Slagel

Joseph Stannard

Paul Suter

Adem Tepedelen

Everett True

John Tucker

Tommy Udo

Clinton Walker

Chris Welch

Stirling Whitaker

Rich Wilson

Jeb Wright

Henry Yates


Rock N Roll Sinners Volume II Front Cover FINAL 


Phil Alexander

Ken Anthony

Phil Ashcroft

Scott Alisoglu

Steve Beebee

Keith Bergman

Nathan T. Birk

Shari Black Velvet

Chad Bowar

Jake Brown

Alan Burridge

Dave Cockett

Jeff Collins

Jon Collins

Mark Day

Rich Deakin

Bernard Doe

Harry Doherty

Robyn Doreian

Arnaud Durieux

Mark Eglinton

Rob Evans

Hugh Gilmour

Rob Godwin

Steve Hammonds

Kelv Hellrazer

Nickie Hobbs

Jon Hotten

Martin Hudson

Chris Ingham

Billy James

Stephen Joule

Alison Joy

David Konow

Mitch Lafon

Chris Lambert

Pippa Lang

William Luff

Malc Macmillan

Brian Manly

Gerri Miller

Michael Moynihan

Dean Pedley

David Perri

Neil Perry

Paul Rees

Bryan Reesman

Jason Ritchie

Chris Rogers

Scott Rowley

Darren Sadler

Amy Sciarretto

Dave Shack

Harry Shapiro

Dale Sherman

Aaron Small

Sid Smith

Ryan Sparks

Janne Stark

Kevin Stewart-Panko

Phil Sutcliffe

Dave Thompson

Paul Travers

Jaan Uhelszki

Ray Van Horn, JR.

Doug Van Pelt

Mick Wall

Ian Winwood

Joshua Wood


Rock And Roll Sinners Volume III Front Cover


Joe Ambrose

Gavin Baddeley

Ross Baker

Kirk Blows

David Buckley

Daniel Bukszpan

Chris Charlesworth

Stevie Chick

Michael Christopher

Alan Clayson

Elliot Stephen Cohen

Peter Doggett

Daniel Ekeroth

Gillian G. Gaar

Richard Galbraith

Julian Gill

Andrew Hawnt

Jerry Hopkins

Laura Jackson

Brent Jensen

Marcus Jervis

Sean Kelly

Colin Larkin

Alan Lewis

Mike McPadden

Mick Middles

Bob Nalbandian

Kris Needs

Harry Paterson

Shirley Pena

Martin Roach

Chris Salewicz

Sylvie Simmons

Steve Swift

Dave Thompson

Paul Trynka

Richie Unterberger

Darren Upton

Jeff Wagner

Jeremy Wagner

Phil Wilding

Mark Wilkinson

Mark Yarm


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