Calling all Gen ‘Exbangers! Holy Smoke: Iron Maiden in the ‘90s is the
follow-up to Where Eagles Dare: Iron Maiden in
the ‘80s with matching design and style, same tipped-in sections of colour
photography, every song examined deeply and
all that. You’ve all been very kind in making my recent books like this on
Sabbath and Priest sell pretty damn good, so
this one is very much a style match to those too.
Finally I get to do the Maiden story… relaxed, fully involved, include all the
detail, lots of facts and trivia but no
holding back on opinion as well. There will likely be a third one to bring us
up to present day, but I haven’t even
started (doing Mercyful Fate next instead).
As the back cover sez…
Heavy metal in the 1990s was a forbidden art, relegated to the sidelines to
watch grunge and alternative, ridiculed and
denigrated and nearly drummed out of existence. But grinding through the
decade, both Iron Maiden and Bruce Dickinson as
a solo artist clenched their collective British dentistry and persevered, not
that commercial and critical accolades
were forthcoming on all fronts.
Holy Smoke: Iron Maiden in the ‘90s is the story of both those solitudes, to
be specific, the typical Popoff deep dish
analysis of the complete catalogues, namely No Prayer for the Dying, Fear of
the Dark, The X Factor and Virtual XI, but
also Tattooed Millionaire, Balls to Picasso, Skunkworks, Accident of Birth and
The Chemical Wedding.
The live albums get a look-in as well, as does, right at the end, the
inspiring return of Bruce Dickinson to the band.
Along the way there’s lots of Blaze Bayley and cursory glances into what Paul
Di’Anno and Adrian Smith are up to during
this accursed decade.
All told, the hope is that the reader will come away with a new appreciation
of these records. And even if impressions
of the Maiden side of the equation aren’t particularly improved, surely large
swaths of the Bruce catalogue will please
anew—seriously, revisit this material and you will very likely come away
impressed. Here’s the most detailed and
respectful analysis of those records ever put to print to help you on your
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