The cover was designed by Derek Riggs specifically for the book

After two years of writing for, which included my tale from start to finish based on memory, a gig review I did for Dennis Stratton at Metalwave, and a short obituary for Clive Burr, I amazingly found my diaries, going back as far as 1979.

With all this added information, I knew there was something more I could offer, but I really didn’t like the idea of rewriting the stuff I had already published with I was then approached about writing a book in late 2015, and it seemed like it was the only thing left to do. So in February 2016, I started to go through the old chapters from my column and see how much I could add, remove, change and completely rewrite, to give you what you have in your hands.


L to R: Me, Steve Harris, Doug Sampson, Dave Murray and Vic Vella
 I would like to think you are not disappointed by my decision, and hope you have enjoyed it. What I have given you, is my version of events. Yes, my memory of those times isn’t the best, but my diaries don’t lie, so I have added the two components together to give you, the reader, the best story of those early days, months and years that I can possibly give, with the help of a great team of people from, who all gave their time freely.


This is quite simply, a version of the Iron Maiden early history that has never been seen before. As the back cover suggests, the highs and lows, the ups and downs, the laughter and tears, and beer. It all happened, and this is the best way for me to tell it.


Me and Dennis Stratton, who wrote the foreword for the Italian Edition
Loopyworld – The Iron Maiden Years was officially released in September 2016 by IzzyFlynn Publishing.


View in shop


Independently verified
89 reviews