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Definitive book of the history of Rock at Donington Park, told through hundreds of interviews with the bands, includes over 400 artists

Devon, UK Nonfiction
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In 2005 I started to write the book of the Donington & Download Festival (including Monsters Of Rock at Milton Keynes). I was coming to the end of completing the Official Book of the Reading Festival and saw Donington as the second release in my 'Festival Series' of books, covering my favourite festivals that I attend every year - Donington/Download Festival is the longest running rock festival in the UK, covering all genres from 'rock' to 'classic rock', 'Emo to Screamo', 'Punk' to 'Hardcore', 'Black Metal' to 'Death Metal' and every style in between, plus in the last 5 years the addition of 'drum & bass' and 'dance' - the festival that caters for all.  

I have travelled the length and breadth of England interviewing bands and artists for the book and have had some great times in amongst the hard work. I've also had many phone interviews from Metallica to Testament, Lordi to Staind, Alice Cooper to Queensrÿche and also what was possibly one of the legend Ronnie James Dio's last interviews, prior to cancelling his final UK tour.

The book contains many 'classic rock' bands including such legends as  Rainbow, Judas Priest, Saxon, Mötörhead, Gillan, Blue Oyster Cult, Deep Purple, Ted Nugent, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake, Accept, Ratt, Y&T, Magnum, Thunder, The Quireboys, The Almighty, Therapy?, KISS, Def Leppard, Anvil, Rose Tattoo, to many 'modern' or more recent bands such as Metallica, White Zombie, Bullet For My Valentine, The Darkness, A Day To Remember, Funeral For A Friend, In Flames, Lamb Of God, Bring Me The Horizon, Trivium, Reel Big Fish, Bowling For Soup, Stonesour, Dream Theater, Cancer Bats, Five Finger Death Punch, The Ghost Of A Thousand, Lacuna Coil, Lostprophets, Murderdolls, Less Than Jake, Ash, Unearth, Soil,    Flogging Molly, Coheed And Cambria, Skindred, Alexisonfire,     Hatebreed, 36 Crazyfists, Ginger, Evanescence, Gallows, Buckcherry, Dimmu Borgir, The Offspring, Pendulum, The Devil Wears Prada, Job For A Cowboy, Black Spiders, The Blackout, Steel Panther, Rise To Remain, Young Guns, Bleed From Within, Suicide Silence and literally hundreds and hundreds more…….

The book also includes many detailed 'set lists', so that you can remember the classic shows as they happened.

I was given unprecented access to the festival and the artists at the events thanks to the very friendly and accomodating organisers, they were second to none during the process of writing this book and I can never praise or thank them enough. 

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The book is completed and has been for a little while, I have arranged printers & designers and all is ready to go, it's just waiting for all those loyal fans to 'pledge' out there and the project will then fly, with a proposed release date before this years festival in June.

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