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New Book Looks At Early Days of Judas Priest

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Neil Daniels is still heavy metal band Judas Priest's biggest fan – despite incurring the band's wrath by writing a controversial biography on them. The book charts the bands humble beginnings in West Bromwich to their rise to fame and everything in between.
Published in September by Omnibus the initial release of the book was marred by anger from the bands management over claims that it was their 'true story'. The band had world-wide success in the 1980s, selling millions of records and packing out Madison Square Garden in New York but only one book was written about them in 1984.

Neil said: "I thought they were an interesting bunch of guys. The main emphasis is on the early years which was a more overcast period in their career."

The band's management still maintain that the book is "not official and is not approved by the band" via their official website.
Neil responded: "I just think that they had a good story that I wanted to tell." The 25-year-old, from Peasley Cross, added: "I believe that if it had been official then it would be censored. "They would have shied away from talking about the darker side of rock and roll, the drinking, the drugs and the groupies. They all have families now after all."

Since the release of his first book, he has found the time in between working full time as a librarian to write a biography on Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, chronicalling his time with the group and his expansive solo work, due out next year.

For more information visit www.neildaniels.com.

Source: St Helen's Reporter

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