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The Beast: Singing With Iron MaidenThe Drugs, the Groupies . . . the Whole Story Paperback – May 1, 2010
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The thing that separates The Beast from its literary contemporaries is the violence.I'm no psychiatrist but I'd bet my Castle Rock Iron Maiden reissues that Di'Anno (perhaps my favorite singer of all time) is a sociopath. It's no knock on Di'Anno just a statement of fact based on the bat-s*** crazy stories he tells. I still love the guy for all the great music he's recorded, primarily with Iron Maiden.
This book did get me interested in hunting down all of Di'Anno's solo stuff I didn't already own and while his post-Maiden output is hit and miss there are some gems as well.
The problem with rock biographies in particular is the image you've cultivated all these years of the musicians you grew up idol-worshiping is usually nowhere near the reality. This was the case for me with Di'Anno's autobiography but damn could he sing!
Cheers to Paul Di'Anno, Iron Maiden's #1 vocalist and a genuine lunatic! Those first two Maiden albums are sublime.
With that being said, the book was entertaining at times and listen to Di'Anno describe his sexual encounters makes you wonder if he writes Penthouse Letters or participates in cyber-sex frequently.
LOUTS ... makes it all worthwhile. It's an abbreviation for a sexual escapade that makes the book worth reading.