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Once Upon A Nightwish - The Official Biography 1996-2006 is a book about 9-year-story of the band. The book is written by Mape Ollila, extremely experienced music editor. 1996: Tuomas Holopainen is on his summer cottage in Kitee, sitting by the campfire, saying to his two friends that he probably should found an own band. 2005: Holopainen's Nightwish is selling gold around the world and playing to overexcited audiences everywhere from Asia to America, critics are praising the total breakthrough-album "Once", and the band has become a Finnish national treasure, a beloved export article that is listened by not only metal music lovers but babies and oldsters.What happened during those nine years? Mape Ollila answers this question in this thorough, dramatic and beautifully illustrated Nightwish-book. He has been interviewing the band members, co-workers, family members, friends, fans and colleagues for two years, the book will go through the good times and bad times.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Kingfoo Entertainment
  • ASIN: 9529974922
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,781,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mape Ollila apparently wrote this official biography after touring with the band to various destinations off and on over four years and the story certainly does the reader a great service by looking at the formative years of the band and not just concentrating on the more lucrative Once era. He also appears to have the confidence of the various members of Nightwish both present and previous and while he's obviously a fan of the band he seems to have been able to keep a reasonable degree of perspective. Which makes this book so much more than many books you'd get on bands that are basically Wikipedia excerpts in print. And the fact this book covers from 1996 to 2006 is an interesting point to remember - perhaps we'll get another official biography in ten years time?

Ollila has also been able to use a stack of quotes from people not actually in the band, managers and the like who help to flesh out the story and make the book feel very inclusive, not just the bands point of view. And while this work was most certainly first written in Finnish (apparently one of the more complicated European languages) one gets the feeling that this translation was done carefully to retain the correct meanings and inflections of the original quotes from those involved.

Consequently this is probably a must buy for any half serious Nightwish fan because Olilla is smart enough to focus the book on the interpersonal relationships of the band members and their various employees. And thus keep the human drama front and centre which makes the discussion of facts and figures so much more digestable.
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A well written book that sheds light on the band. Being a Nightwish fan I was, in someways, disappointed or perhaps disillusioned to realize that Nightwish----a band that creates grandiose and borderline epic music--is really made up of kids who grew up touring. I would recommend this book to anyone who considers herself or himself to be a Nightwish fan. Expect a realistic look at the band members, the industry, and what has held them together.
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