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Writing About Rock

November 12, 2013

I’ve been writing about rock music for almost a decade. My first ventures into rock writing was for the now defunct Channel 4 Teletext page Planet Sound. Ah, remember that? R.I.P. From there I moved onto websites such as Unbarred, BBC News/Manchester and the esteemed musicOMH but I felt I became a “proper” rock hack when I joined the Powerplay and Fireworks teams. There is something about physical paper such as a magazine that makes published work so much more real. Both Powerplay and Fireworks excel at what they do. Since then I’ve written for The Guardian, Classic Rock Presents AOR, Classic Rock Presents Let It Rock, Rock Sound, Record Collector, Big Cheese, MediaMagazine, Rocktopia.co.uk, Get Ready To Rock.com, Lucemfero.com, Ghostcultmag.com, Drowned In Sound.com and Carling.com.

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The one aspect of writing for websites that I did enjoy (and it’s not the HTML coding) was the liberal word count, though, some websites – as with magazines – can be rather strict when it comes to word counts. I mean, how can you fully express your thoughts on an album in less than 100 words? I think 500 words can be too much, too. I have always favoured the 250-350 word count. Obviously with magazines it’s all down to page count, printing costs and how many reviews the editorial team can fit onto a single page. The more paper the magazine has the higher the costs all round.

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And when it comes to the music I’m reviewing I’m not prejudice. There is this idea that metal fans only listen to metal music and such comments cannot be further from the truth. And don’t forget rock and metal are two very broad and separate genres. I can listen to and enjoy Journey, Styx, Opeth, Nightwish, Metallica, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Yes, ELP, Bon Jovi, Anthrax and AC/DC. My books represent my broad tastes but one way or another it’s all rock ‘n’ roll.

My reviews have gone from 50 words to as many as 800 words and many of these have been published in my collections AOR Chronicles, Rock & Metal Chronicles and Rock Bites. The latter is my most recent and I have to say, best looking Createspace book thus far. These books feature dozens of reviews on artists from Anthrax to Alice Cooper to Enuff Znuff to Angel to Boulevard to Black Sabbath via Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Neil Young et al. There are reviews on CDs, DVDs, books and gigs.

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My books are available to buy on Amazon.

AOR Chronicles

Amazon UK –

(Paperback):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/AOR-Chronicles-1-Neil-Daniels/dp/1490942122/ref=la_B0034OPPEK_1_17?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384248019&sr=1-17

(eBook):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/AOR-Chronicles-Neil-Daniels-ebook/dp/B00DV63WXW/ref=la_B0034OPPEK_1_39?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384248057&sr=1-39

Amazon US –

(Paperback):

http://www.amazon.com/AOR-Chronicles-1-Neil-Daniels/dp/1490942122/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384248141&sr=1-1&keywords=aor+chronicles

(eBook):

http://www.amazon.com/AOR-Chronicles-Neil-Daniels-ebook/dp/B00DV63WXW/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384248161&sr=1-2&keywords=aor+chronicles

 

Rock & Metal Chronicles

Amazon UK –

(Paperback):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rock-Metal-Chronicles-I-1/dp/1490942211/ref=la_B0034OPPEK_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384247999&sr=1-9

(eBook):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rock-Metal-Chronicles-Neil-Daniels-ebook/dp/B00DWJ6F0A/ref=la_B0034OPPEK_1_42?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384248057&sr=1-42

Amazon US –

(Paperback):

http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Metal-Chronicles-I-1/dp/1490942211/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384248173&sr=1-4&keywords=aor+chronicles

(eBook):

http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Metal-Chronicles-Neil-Daniels-ebook/dp/B00DWJ6F0A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384248202&sr=1-1&keywords=Rock+%26+Metal+Chronicles%3A

 

Rock Bites

Amazon UK –

(Paperback):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rock-Bites-Neil-Daniels/dp/1492906778/ref=la_B0034OPPEK_1_38?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384248034&sr=1-38

(eBook):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rock-Bites-Neil-Daniels-ebook/dp/B00GHILH1A/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1384248034&sr=1-38

Amazon US –

(Paperback):

http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Bites-Neil-Daniels/dp/1492906778/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384248223&sr=1-2&keywords=Rock+Bites

(eBook):

http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Bites-Neil-Daniels-ebook/dp/B00GHILH1A/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-2&qid=1384248223

 

 

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