Required reading for any metalhead, Iron Maiden is a compendium of in-depth, entertaining, and profusely illustrated conversations about all sixteen of the legendary metal band’s studio albums.
This new book from prolific rock journalist Martin Popoff pays tribute to the Iron Maiden’s studio discography through a series of in-depth, frank, and entertaining conversations about all sixteen of the legendary heavy metal band’s studio albums. Inside, the author gathers together metal journalists, authors, and musicians, who offer insights, opinions, and anecdotes about every release.
Together, the conversations comprise a unique historical overview of the band, covering everything from early albums with original lead singer Paul Di’Anno; the songwriting of founder and bassist Steve Harris; the impeccable talents of drummer Nicko McBrain and guitarists Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, and Janick Gers; mega tours undertaken in support of the LPs; fights within the band; and much more. Even their iconic mascot Eddie is sure to make an appearance or two!
Popoff also includes loads of sidebars that provide complete track listings, details on album personnel, and information on where and when the albums were recorded. Every page is illustrated with thoughtfully curated performance and offstage photography, as well as rare memorabilia.
…Martin is a master of combining facts with visuals, and presenting everything chronologically. This makes for not only an easy read, but answers many questions, and connecting the dots from year to year – Bravewords
Popoff’s own knowledge is clear in the way he skillfully guides the discussion to cover certain key topics: everything from an analysis of Steve Harris’ trademark shuffling basslines (“the Maiden gallop”) to considerations of how lineup changes altered the band’s sound over the years…each chapter served as a kind of commentary track for the corresponding album, bringing out nuances I probably wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. – Spectrum Culture
Martin Popoff does an outstanding job asking the right questions that may have been on fan’s minds for years. – JP’s Music Blog
…another great entry from Popoff…as he dives deep into the history and music of one of heavy metal’s most acclaimed bands. Popoff is able get to the root of just why this is in a manner that is entertaining and beyond thorough as he consults the expertise of a number of people, allowing for the book to flow and progress in a natural and organic manner that takes into account multiple perspectives. Iron Maiden: Album By Album is a must read for lifelong fans of the band along with metalheads of all sorts that will certainly spark the desire to flip through their extensive discography. – Spill Magazine About the Author
Martin Popoff has been described as the world’s most famous heavy-metal journalist, though he has covered plenty of Punk and New Wave albums in his career of 7,000-plus album reviews. He has penned many books on various bands, genres of rock, and record collecting, including Voyageur Press’ Rush: The Illustrated History; Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History; The Art of Metal; and The Big Book of Hair Metal. He has also worked on film documentaries about Rush and ZZ Top. Popoff lives in Toronto.