Once Upon a Nightwish: The Official Biography 1996-2006

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Bazillion Points Books, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Hailing from the tiny hamlet of Kitee, Finland (pop. 10,000) Nightwish has captivated the world’s imagination with magical million-selling releases like Once, Century Child, and Wishmaster. Their saga is a heavy metal fable as dramatic and tumultuous as the band’s epic symphonic music. In these details and confessions, a vivid and painfully honest portrait of a musical dream emerges--and tensions swell as a split with original singer Tarja Turunen becomes inevitable.

In this remarkably revealing official biography, author Mape Ollila charts the rise from village student project to global stardom, gaining unprecedented access not just to the members of Nightwish past and present; but also their families, their loyal and lewd crew, their peers, their critics, and countless other insiders from the Nightwish adventure. The book lays bare the creative firepower and personal demons of songwriter Tuomas Holopainen; the unique talents and traits of guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, drummer Jukka Nevalainen, and bassist Marco Hietala; and the true reasons behind the 2005 departure of vocalist Tarja Turunen--in the band’s words and hers.

Along the way, the band struggles with religious protesters, fortune-tellers, naked crew members, health problems, shady promoters, out-of-control fans, and the growing pains of an ever-steeper rock star learning curve. Happily ever after or not, these unique Finnish personalities are brought to life in this journey of into the mysteries of...Once Upon a Nightwish.

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Verdict: Any book about a metal band endorsed by Ian Christe, author of the preeminent book on metal, Sound of the Beast, is worth considering. And since this Nightwish biography comes from the ... Read full review


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Assembling the Puzzle
Onto the Elvenpath
Pomp and Circumstance
The Upward Spiral
The Fateful Tour
The Night Owl Broadcast
The Final Breakthrough
Dead End
The Countdown Begins
End of an Era
The Journey Continues
List of Shows
Nightwish Collectors Guide
Hospitality Rider 2005

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Harvest in the Valley of Sorrow
Calm Before the Storm
Sound Tech Rider for Nightwish

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About the author (2008)

Mape Ollila is a well-known Finnish music editor and journalist who has followed Nightwish from their earliest days, travelling with the band through thick and thin, all over the world. More than four years in the making, his blockbuster biography Once Upon a Nightwish intimately and honestly chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of the first decade of this unique and groundbreaking band.

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