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)
||Once Upon A Nightwish
By Mape Ollila
Translated by Olga Pohjola
Paperback, 329 pages, w/ 32 pages of full-color photos, extensive discography, concert list and more. Size: 15,5 x 23,5 cm (6.1 x 9.25 inches), weight appr. 750 g (1.65 pounds).
Revised US pressing available from Bazillion Points Publishing