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Once Upon a Nightwish - The Early Years, Book (In English)


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The official and definitive biography by Mape Ollila, finally in English!
Third edition, January 2020

Meet Nightwish - the "shitty band with shitty equipment and no commercial potential" from Kitee, Finland, that turned out to be a Platinum-selling, trend-setting international musical phenomenon. This is their story, as told by Tuomas, Tarja, Emppu, Jukka, Sami, and Marco themselves; a tale of a Disney dreamer and a drama queen; of frowning Finns, exhibitionist roadies, eccentric producers, cursed bassists, faith healers, death threats, behind-the-scenes battles, managerial mayhem, fame and fortune, loss and lament - and music that captured the hearts and minds of the world.

Mape Ollila is a long-time music editor and a Metal fan who has followed the career of Nightwish from the beginning and travelled with the band all over the world. Over four years in the making, Once Upon A Nightwish lovingly but revealingly chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of the first nine years of this unique band, their on-the-road antics as well as their silent, personal musings - and the true reasons behind Tarja's departure.

"The story of Nightwish is full of high drama, and Mape Ollila certainly makes the most of it". (Jarkko Jokelainen, Helsingin Sanomat)

"Extensive, professional, colourful, and brimming with detail, (...) the book perfectly covers the career of this magnificent band." (Jussi Mäntysaari, Rumba)

Author: Ollila, Mape
Translator: Pohjola, Olga
Pages: 329

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