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This official biography is an accurate and unflinching account of the highs and lows that have accompanied the rise to fame of Britain's hardest rocking band. It demonstrates the artistic validity of Iron Maiden as much as their commercial impact.


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This official biography is an accurate and unflinching account of the highs and lows that have accompanied the rise to fame of Britain's hardest rocking band. It demonstrates the artistic validity of Iron Maiden as much as their commercial impact.

30 review for Run to the Hills: Iron Maiden, the Authorized Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Uhtred

    A book that is read with great pleasure. When one starts a book of this kind, he immediately knows that he will find a lot of fictionalized, exaggerated events, cosmetically treated to make them seem more epic or more humorous. But anyway it was nice to read about how this eternal band was formed, from its early years; learn which other bands were forming around them in the same years. Know the first members of the group, with their personal characteristics and as musicians. It was also nice to A book that is read with great pleasure. When one starts a book of this kind, he immediately knows that he will find a lot of fictionalized, exaggerated events, cosmetically treated to make them seem more epic or more humorous. But anyway it was nice to read about how this eternal band was formed, from its early years; learn which other bands were forming around them in the same years. Know the first members of the group, with their personal characteristics and as musicians. It was also nice to meet some members of the band who may have left the band before it became famous, perhaps to move on to other bands that then did not break through and that no one remembers today. They are the sliding doors of certain trains that pass only once. The 80s were the best for metal music and NWOBHM was definitely a pearl in the oyster. Certain tracks will never disappear from music sites, even if they are now 40 years old. And certain characters will never disappear from people's memories, both of those who were there and of those who met them on youtube or other sites. In this sense, they really achieved immortality. And Iron Maiden are definitely part of this lineup. Great.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gabriel Fugazi

    Let's be honest. Nothing really interesting ever happened to Iron Maiden. They got famous. They deserved it. End of story. Still, it's not a boring book. Must be because Mr. Wall is a talented guy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paul Levy

    Massive and in-depth enjoyed it, but literally can't remember anything at all, maybe its magical and makes you forget, if you want to know the history of Maiden and thee story behind the albums, it has everything you could want and more, I presume. I have forgotten all of it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Zorro

    up the irons! The story of NWOBHM in one book. Turn on the music and start to read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    East Bay J

    I absolutely love Iron Maiden. My first album was Number Of The Beast and I was hooked. I bought posters, t-shirts, patches, buttons, more posters, every single I could get my hands on, that first Ten Wasted years box set and yet more posters. I admit I lost interest not long after Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son but, man, did I loves me that Maiden. Run To The Hills is a fantastic, outstanding music bio and the best possible Maiden bio. I so appreciate that Mick Wall took the time and put in the en I absolutely love Iron Maiden. My first album was Number Of The Beast and I was hooked. I bought posters, t-shirts, patches, buttons, more posters, every single I could get my hands on, that first Ten Wasted years box set and yet more posters. I admit I lost interest not long after Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son but, man, did I loves me that Maiden. Run To The Hills is a fantastic, outstanding music bio and the best possible Maiden bio. I so appreciate that Mick Wall took the time and put in the energy to write this book. All too often, in my humble opinion, music bio writers rely on their subject's star power and soft shoe the journalistic integrity. To hell with good writing and engaging presentation! Let's get some good photos in and get this thing to the printer! It's appropriate and fortunate as hell Wall chose and was chosen for the task because he's close to Maiden and has a decades long relationship with them. That contributes to the strong yet easy going style of the narration. Wall makes it fun and interesting to ride along side car style as Maiden takes over the world and chomps at the bit that there is, as yet, nowhere further to go. My one solitary complaint is that, as this is the 3rd edition, there are updates at the end and, as a result, there are revisions that need to take place in the existing text that have NOT taken place. Y'know, like, some statement about how Adrian was unknowingly playing his last show when, fact of the matter is, he joined the band again. That story is covered here but the truth is contradictory to the statements of previous editions. Maiden, Mr. Smallwood, Mr. Wall, please let me know and I would be happy to edit the thing to proper form just for the thrill of being involved. Earth dogs and rivet heads take note: there's a mess o' killer photos. Packed with all the details that a fan would want to know and love, Run To The Hills satisfies. (Personal aside: When my band was moving into and decorating our then recently acquired practice space many moons ago, I asked my mother if there was any chance she might have my Maiden posters tucked away somewhere 'round the house. Sure as sh*t, she did. They now hang in the practice space and inspire me to try just a little harder to fight the good fight and rock the good rock.) Up the Irons.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rev

    A great look into the history of this mighty band! A must-read for any fan or anyone interested in what makes metal amazing! Up The Irons!

  7. 5 out of 5

    C.A. Bryers

    I've been a huge Maiden fan for years, and own several unauthorized biographies of the band as well as this. If you've followed the band as extensively as I have, the first half of the book should be well-ingrained in your mind: lots of lineup changes, eventually culminating in the ousting of Di'Anno and the hiring of Dickinson. The latter years go by fast, which is a shame, as I'd consider it to be one of the band's more intriguing eras. Since this only covers up through Dance of Death, I'm hop I've been a huge Maiden fan for years, and own several unauthorized biographies of the band as well as this. If you've followed the band as extensively as I have, the first half of the book should be well-ingrained in your mind: lots of lineup changes, eventually culminating in the ousting of Di'Anno and the hiring of Dickinson. The latter years go by fast, which is a shame, as I'd consider it to be one of the band's more intriguing eras. Since this only covers up through Dance of Death, I'm hoping they'll update this again before (or when) the band hangs it up for good.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    The Mick Wall chapters are good — he tells the story of Maiden with an engaging style. A close observer of the band, he presents multiple perspectives of their history through one-on-one interviews. The updates in the third edition by Dave Ling and Chris Ingham are useless. They read like website news updates and official press releases. The quality of the writing breaks down, along with any insight or sense of perspective. First edition is all Mick Wall, but ends the story at Virtual XI. Second ed The Mick Wall chapters are good — he tells the story of Maiden with an engaging style. A close observer of the band, he presents multiple perspectives of their history through one-on-one interviews. The updates in the third edition by Dave Ling and Chris Ingham are useless. They read like website news updates and official press releases. The quality of the writing breaks down, along with any insight or sense of perspective. First edition is all Mick Wall, but ends the story at Virtual XI. Second edition has Wall detailing the circumstance leading to the reunion, up to recording BNW. Third edition is the one that tacks on post-reunion updates, through the DOD tour.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

    Run to the Hills: Iron Maiden, the Authorized Biography by Mick Wall covers the period from their inception up to the Dance of Death album around 2003. It was quite good, based on interviews with present and past band members, and it goes into a lot of detail from the beginning of the band especially, which I found most interesting (and not so much in the later non-Bruce era). A lot of it I knew already from other articles and videos, but there was plenty of extra material that made it a a worthy Run to the Hills: Iron Maiden, the Authorized Biography by Mick Wall covers the period from their inception up to the Dance of Death album around 2003. It was quite good, based on interviews with present and past band members, and it goes into a lot of detail from the beginning of the band especially, which I found most interesting (and not so much in the later non-Bruce era). A lot of it I knew already from other articles and videos, but there was plenty of extra material that made it a a worthy read for fans of the band.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Josh Liller

    I first heard Iron Maiden because Wheatus' "Teenage Dirtbag" got overplayed on the radio. I started with "Fear Of The Dark" and got hooked. I own all the post-Di'Anno studio albums and they are one of my favorite bands. So I was quite curious to learn more about them. And for people wanting to learn alot about the band this book doesn't disappoint. The 3rd edition covers up through the post-"Dance Of Death" tour. With 2 more CDs since then plus the epic "Somewhere Back In Time Tour" and the "Flig I first heard Iron Maiden because Wheatus' "Teenage Dirtbag" got overplayed on the radio. I started with "Fear Of The Dark" and got hooked. I own all the post-Di'Anno studio albums and they are one of my favorite bands. So I was quite curious to learn more about them. And for people wanting to learn alot about the band this book doesn't disappoint. The 3rd edition covers up through the post-"Dance Of Death" tour. With 2 more CDs since then plus the epic "Somewhere Back In Time Tour" and the "Flight 666" documentary since then I'm sure we'll get a 4th edition before too long. All the band members' backgrounds are covered with information about the different albums, the early days, the departures of different members, etc. Really covers all the bases pretty well. I didn't know about the band's punk roots and came away with a better understanding of why I don't personally care for most of the first two albums. The book is also a little eye opened about how for a long time it really was Steve Harris' band - though I agree with the book's sentiment that everyone has matured and mellowed out a bit since Bruce returned. The book is written in the style of a documentary: lots of interviews and lengthy quotes. And since the entire band as well as the author are from England you get a great deal of Brit slang and colloquialisms you'll may need to understand. Neither of those things is really wrong per-se, but this is the first biography I've read in this style so it was a little surprising. It does lend a sense of balance to the book, with both sides speaking their story on things. The last part of the book is the chapters added in the 2nd and 3rd editions. These are much shorter than the chapters in the rest of the book. I prefer lots of clear break points in my non-fiction and biography and I felt the whole book would've been better off broken into smaller chapters. It's not great writing, but it's very readable and covers the material well so I'd definitely recommend this to any Maiden fan.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brent Venton

    I think they update this book about every other album or so but I read it when it had been updated to cover the reunion of the band with Dickinson and Smith and the release of Brave New World. Overall the book is a pretty honest look at the band. The early days are covered in tremendous detail as a revolving door of colourful characters move in and out (and back in Mr. Murray). But of course, this part of the book is 'Arry's story as it was his vision and determination that set the band on its ri I think they update this book about every other album or so but I read it when it had been updated to cover the reunion of the band with Dickinson and Smith and the release of Brave New World. Overall the book is a pretty honest look at the band. The early days are covered in tremendous detail as a revolving door of colourful characters move in and out (and back in Mr. Murray). But of course, this part of the book is 'Arry's story as it was his vision and determination that set the band on its rise to fame. The other main character is manager Rod Smallwood, who details the process of many major decisions that shaped the band both in terms of personel and on the business side. The account of the band's 80's superstardom is also interesting and less lurid than you might think if you have already read The Dirt etc. Some insight into the ruptured relationships and pressured that ultimately fractured the band are detailed, though it is hardly a compelling account, with really only Nico telling us how he really feels. Then on to the forgetable Blaze Bailey years and the ultimate reunion. Overall, unless you are a total fanatic, this is everything you need to know about Iron Maiden. Best read while playing the associated albums.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aurélien Thomas

    A must read for every fan, Mick Wall's book gives us to see Iron Maiden's ascension from the inside. Past and present band members, managers, producers etc. here's a multiple voice story, always fascinating, even at times contradictory (which makes for a deep and honest read) telling the tale of a turbulent saga. From dodgy pubs in the East End of London to conquering the world it has not been easy and, this biography is a fantastic tribute to a band that has never compromised -no matter how tou A must read for every fan, Mick Wall's book gives us to see Iron Maiden's ascension from the inside. Past and present band members, managers, producers etc. here's a multiple voice story, always fascinating, even at times contradictory (which makes for a deep and honest read) telling the tale of a turbulent saga. From dodgy pubs in the East End of London to conquering the world it has not been easy and, this biography is a fantastic tribute to a band that has never compromised -no matter how tough the music business and industry has been to them. About, we can only marvel and respect their passion, hardworking attitude, dynamism, creativity and energy, even after so many years! Ending with the coming out of 'Dance of Death' and, the Rock in Rio festival that followed, here's a jewel of a book that will ravish every fan. Plus, it's a real pleasure to see Blaze Bailey being recognised and appreciated for his contribution! (I believe 'The X Factor' to be one of their best album... and so does Steve Harris! ). A fantastic read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mats

    Cool story of their struggle, and maybe foremost Dave´s enormous efforts to keep the band intact along the way, finding the right players, and finally put everything on black ;) Timing, dedication and a whole lot of blood sweat and tears shaped this groundbreaking band in its dawn. I really like the way you get introduced to all the members/ex-members too, their history, ways and where they once came from. A nice effect was to listen to the right album according to where you were in the book at th Cool story of their struggle, and maybe foremost Dave´s enormous efforts to keep the band intact along the way, finding the right players, and finally put everything on black ;) Timing, dedication and a whole lot of blood sweat and tears shaped this groundbreaking band in its dawn. I really like the way you get introduced to all the members/ex-members too, their history, ways and where they once came from. A nice effect was to listen to the right album according to where you were in the book at the time you read it, it gives you a great understanding of why they all sound so different.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mark Jones

    A very interesting read for all 'Maiden fans. You won't really appreciate how much hard work they put into what they do until you read this. It's astounding and very enlightening. I was surprised at how many changes the band has been through, there has been a lot of band members coming and going through the years, and through it all, Harris has pushed the band further and further. There's no wonder they rule the world.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Justin Sarginson

    Told from virtually all members and ex-members, this is the story of Iron Maiden. Well written, but I lost interest in the Blaze Bailey section and it tailed off at the end as there was no ending or conclusion, reduced to recounting individual tours and DVD releases. If you're a fan, then you'll enjoy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Michael

    Good book although this book is very similar to all the Mick Wall books where the very early years of the band are covered extensively then the more recent years are rushed like he has hitting his limits on words to be printed for the book. Enjoyable read on a band that really has not gotten the press coverage like most others.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Luis Merati

    I really enjoyed!! There are many interesting and funny histories from Iron Maiden outside stage which made me laugh. It's written in a very simple way and the way they normally speak in the music world. Really cool.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michal Baláž

    I don't believe in objective reviews, therefore I can give this book a five stars review without even thinking about. Great humorous stories about the heroes of my teenage years

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anikó

    A beautiful biography. I loved the guys for starters, I became an even biggest fan.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    While I tend to enjoy biographies of bands I like, this one was extremely tedious to read. Very thorough, but dull as a bowling ball. All the details are here, too many of them really, but none of the humor. Recommend for the most dedicated fans who don't mind reading a very boring book. If you're a more casual fan of Iron Maiden, read something else.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ivan

    Great book about my favourite band. Getting to know some interesting details about the band from "behind the scenes". Although, honestly, I hoped that the book will also give some answers about why Somewhere in Time album is so underrated by the band.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    Good solid biography of one of the finest metal bands. Honest and insightful

  23. 5 out of 5

    Simon Powell

    Starts off well, with the journey from sweaty pub band to finally making it big in the USA (via seemingly endless line up changes - apart from the bass player) taking up well over the half the book. After that the story reverts largely (but not entirely) to album/tour/album/tour before degenerating into an extended puff piece. Well worth reading for the early days, but don't feel like you gave to make it to the end.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Richard Bailey

    The book is well put together and tells the story of the band, from the inside. I found the underlying story interesting as there was so much I didn't know about. If you are a fan of the band it comes recommended, but if you are after salacious details of what happens backstage after the show, then you will be disappointed .

  25. 4 out of 5

    Russell Holbrook

    I read the first edition of this about fifteen or so years ago. I was so excited to be able to read a biography of my favorite band! I love this book and I look forward to picking up the updated version too!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Matt Kathler

    Haven't read it, but guaranteed to blow your mind.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Shaw

    run to the hills is a beast song by iron maiden. iron maiden is a godly rock band. i reallly like iron maiden and i think theyre biography will be sweet

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    An excellent biography. Well written and informative.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mattias

    A very good biography even though the recent years go by a little too fast.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tiina Susanna

    Never read a book than Fan has wrote, it's totally uncritical embarracing praise.

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