Run to the Hills: Iron Maiden, the Authorized Biography (Anglais) Broché – 2 août 2004
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Je le recommande donc aux bilingues bien sur, mais aussi aux "die hard" fan de Maiden, pour ceux qui veulent posseder tout ce qui parle du celebre groupe de heavy!!!
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So it's very useful as a general history, but there are a few drawbacks. First -- and this is specific to this edition, presumably -- other than the fine print on the title page, there's no indication that Mick Wall did not write the whole thing (thus making the authorial "I" of Dave Ling in Chapter 16 sort of deceptive/confusing). And the last few chapters, written by Chris Ingham, are decidedly inferior in the writing (lots of exclamation points!)and much too short. The book rushes to a rather anti-climactic close.
Second, there's very little discussion of the music itself, so if you're interested in what made the typical Harris "galloping" bass, for instance, you'll be no wiser. It didn't need to be a musical textbook, but when dealing with one of the more musically serious bands in rock, some depth might've been welcome. (There are a few mentions of "time changes" but that's about it.)
Third, even when reviewing the songs, there's very little explanation of the many references. How did Steve Harris, for example, who dropped out of school as soon as he was able, learn about Alexander the Great? Why was he so interested? How 'bout "Run to the Hills"? Where'd that come from? In the book the songs seem very context-free and there's little sense of the depth of the band's interests. There's also no mention of the controversy surrounding the awful "Dance of Death" cover.
This work was more "Fear of the Dark" than "Powerslave."
There are 2 reasons I don't give it 5 stars. First of all, the book breezes through what I (and many others) consider the peak of the band, the four albums from Piece of Mind to Seventh Son, and the author under-rates these albums. I've never met a fan who considers anything Maiden have done since the 80's as being as good as these albums, but the author considers the X Factor a masterpiece and Powerslave as full of filler! This is nonsense. Also, I think the book would be the better if it followed Bruce and Blaze's solo work a little - I think Bruce's albums in the 90's (specifically the 2 with Adrian Smith) are as much Maiden as anything the band put out, and both singers put out excellent work after leaving Maiden that are probably mostly listened to by Maiden fans.
I have the first edition of this book (from 1998, I believe), but it has been updated with each new album by the band. I'll probably pick up the next edition, if they update it for the new CD.
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