Read Excerpt From ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81’ Book

Maybe you know my name from my writing for Alternative Nation. But then again, maybe you know “Greg Prato” by the various books I’ve done over the years. Either way, if you’re a fan of Iron Maiden – and particularly, Maiden’s first two albums (that featured singer Paul Di’Anno) – then you should get a kick out of my 15th book overall, Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81, which has just been released.

By the mid/late ’80s, Iron Maiden was unquestionably one of the biggest heavy metal bands on the planet – regularly headlining arenas/stadiums, each new album rocketing up the charts, and t-shirts sporting their ghastly mascot (Eddie) was one of the most popular fashion statements by metalheads. But by this point of their career, most of the band members were different than the ones that appeared on their classic 1980 self-titled debut album, while musically, they had transformed from a raw “punk metal” sound to a more refined “prog metal” approach.

Set up in an oral history format, interviews include Paul Di’Anno (Iron Maiden singer, 1978-1981), Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden guitarist, 1979-1980), Wil Malone (‘Iron Maiden’ producer), Brian Tatler (Diamond Head guitarist), Scott Ian (Anthrax guitarist), Charlie Benante (Anthrax drummer), David Ellefson (Megadeth bassist), Dave Lombardo (former Slayer drummer), Mike Portnoy (former Dream Theater drummer), Richard Christy (Death and Iced Earth drummer), Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest guitarist), Pete Way (former UFO bassist), and Eddie Trunk (‘That Metal Show’ co-host, radio DJ), among many others.

Read an exclusive excerpt here:

songfacts.com/blog/writing/iron_maiden_80_81/

And ordering info is here:

Paperback and Kindle: amzn.com/1508536384
Nook: barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121563912

Iron Maiden book cover

After having his articles posted from other outlets on Alternative Nation (and before that, Grunge Report) for years - heck, he was even interviewed by GR back in 2009! - Greg Prato finally began contributing articles to the site in 2014. He has written for various sites/mags over the years (Rollling Stone, All Music Guide, etc.), and is the author of quite a few books. And as evidenced by such titles as Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, and Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets, he also has a deep fondness for alternative rock n' roll music. You can check out info on all of Greg's books here, see what he's up to on his Twitter page here, and shoot the shit with him at gregprato@yahoo.com.