Author Neil Daniels Releases “DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH: THE STORY OF JUDAS PRIEST”
Defenders Of The Faith is what heavy metal fans have spent years waiting for. The true story of Judas Priest is told in full detail with delicate accuracy that includes over 50 interviews with prominent musicians, producers, record company personnel, journalists, childhood friends and ex-members. Never before has the story of a legendary British heavy metal band been told so bluntly.
Judas Priest’s entire history is explored from their deprived beginnings in 1960s West Bromwich as an entirely different band. Key aspects of their story include the constant line-up changes of the 1970s; sell out tours and battles with American Conservative Fundamentalists in the 1980s, the complete breakdown of the band in the early-1990s before their re-ignition with a new singer in 1996. Finally, their hugely successful reunion in 2003 with Rob Halford – the self-proclaimed Metal God – eventually brought the band back to the attention of the world’s greatest stages. It is a story that deserves be told as excitingly as a Judas Priest concert.
This new Finnish edition includes details of Judas Priest’s first ever concept album, the hugely ambitious double-disc composition Nostradamus and its preceding 18 month world tour. Author Neil Daniels chronicles their humble working class roots in the English Midlands to their Grammy Award nominations in 2009 and their current activities 2012. Also included are details on their fifth officially released live album A Touch Of Evil: Live and the activities of various former members as well as KK Downing’s departure. This work includes an extensive appendices covering, among other things, discographies, tour dates and a timeline.
Defenders Of The Faith has been published in 5 other languages; German, Italian, Bulgarian, French and Polish.
Published by Minerva Kustannus Oy, Hardback, 2012, ISBN: 978-952-492-653-9
350 pages, picture sections (including rare b/w & colour photos,) every album reviewed, over 50 original interviews, an extensive appendices (including complete tour dates, discographies & filmographies,) foreword by founder and original singer Al Atkins, bonus chapter covering the band’s activities since 2006…