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Mape Ollila , Olga Pohjola
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5.0 out of 5 stars its a geat book for any Nightwish fan... April 19 2009
By Rahul Kumareson - Published on Amazon.com
Once upon a Nightwish, its a beautiful book. Every Nightwish fan should own this book.

Its traces the life of my idols form the very beginning. You get a whole new perspective of Nightwish as you read it. Especially in the the first few chapters of the book.
Its wonderful to see how life takes you a wonderful course, if you follow your passion like how these wonderful individuals did.
The pictures were great, the quality of the book was very good.
I did have a feeling that towards the end the book was a bit rushed.
The tour stories were very nice to read... some of them sad and some funny.

One gets a very clear picture of Tarja's departure and only one person is responsible for it, and only one. not the guys or Tarja herself. I wish he never came into the picture of the band... its hard to think that Tarja is gone, and what the band would have become if she stayed on. I do love Annette though.
In the end you will end up liking Nightwish more that you do.

The book says nothing about post end of an era, which is fine, coz its the beginning of an new era, i assume it will come up in the next book!
There are additional stuff which are interesting to read like the band requirements, all the concerts of my idols, and more.

Its one of the best books i have ever read, one because i love Nightwish so much, and then for the content, the stories and the experiences.
A definite buy if you are a true Nightwish fan... like me... :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a Nightwish Fan, and want to know a bit about the band as well as listen to their music, this book's for you Aug. 20 2009
By Kiwi - Published on Amazon.com
Cutting to the chase, this is an excellent, well-written and band-sanctioned book about Nightwish, one of Finland's top Heavy Metal groups. If you want to know more about them, how they got started, their tours, the music, their climb to international fame as a heavy metal band, the changing line-up, their passion for their music, the recording of all their albums, the contractual disputes, the interpersonal dramas within the band, the dramatic firing of their lead singer, her replacement, working to maintain their popularity and following after Tarja's firing - it's all here. As well as a whole slew of photo's (32 full color plates to be specific), you also get an extensive discography, a tour history and stage diagrams. As another reviewer mentioned, the quality of the book itself is great too. If you want to know more about Nightwish, my recommendation is "buy this book, you won't be disappointed."

The book's author, Mape Ollila, a Finnish journalist and music editor who has followed the band pretty much from their startup and traveled with them on tour a number of times, has done a great job with this book. It's not just a flattering write-up, Ollila knows the band, had free access to them, and it's very much an "official" bio. As well as band members, he's also interviewed industry and record label insiders, families and friends, the stage crew, peers in the music industry. You get a fairly complete picture of the band, it's members and it's history, in many cases it's a "warts and all" view, which is the exception rather than the rule for an officially sanctioned bio. That said, Ollila also comes to his own conclusions about various events within the band's history, and writes about the negatives as well as the positives.

The band s founder and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen comes across as a fascinating figure. Apart from their music and the very public firing of their lead singer, the incomparable Tarja Turunen, in 2005, I really didn't know much about the band until I read this book. Tuomas comes across right through the book as an outstanding musician whose life is centered on Nightwish. A really creative and totally driven person but throughout the book one thing that stands out is his inability to communicate with the rest of the band, which causes problem after problem. Tarja Turunen, the band's former lead singer, also comes across as another fascinating figure. Ollila documents her transformation from shy schoolgirl to superstar diva very effectively, as well as giving a very clear picture of the events that led up to her being very publicly fired from the band. Ollila pretty much blames Tarja's manager, whom she had married, for driving a wedge between Tarja and the rest of the band.

When Tarja was fired in 2005, it was a major news story in Finland - ten minutes of prime time news on TV with Tarja in tears for much of it. And then front page news for months on end in the mainstream press as well as in the music news. As another reviewer pointed out, the Tarja/Tuomas saga drew the kind of publicity in Finland that Britney Spears or Paris Hilton does here in North America. Even the Finnish prime minister was asked to weigh in on the split. Her replacement, Annette Olzen, IMHO just doesn't come across the way Tarja did. The book doesn't go much beyond this but all said, it's a great book about a great band! Well worth the read for anyone interested in Nightwish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon A Nightwish Biography Review Sept. 16 2009
By Dukey Flyswatter - Published on Amazon.com
This book is great for the die-hard Nightwish fans, like myself. It covers the creation of the band on through their break-up with their lead singer, Tarja. I found the individual band members' biography very interesting, the color photos enticing and their stories much more detail-oriented than what you could glean from reading about them in various rock magazines, especially since the Finnish band has hardly any press coverage in the United States. I hope that author Mape Ollila will do a follow-up biography to include Nightwish's latest singer Anette, more band insights and newer album releases.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful a look into Nightwish June 17 2014
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one of the best books I have ever read in a long time gives you and in-depth look at the band nightwish! Would recommend this book to any fan!
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book About a Band Ever June 12 2014
By Georgia Carter - Published on Amazon.com
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I love reading books about bands and while most are good, they can't compare to this book. It's an in depth study of the early years of Nightwish and what went wrong with their first singer and managers. I loved this book and hated to see it end. As for what happened Tarja is a good singer and her CD's are good, but in my opinion she really messed up leaving Nightwish. They were on top then and have went on to achieve greatness. Lots of band are good, but with Imaginarium Nightwish passed over into that area of greatness that few bands ever get to. I can't wait to hear their next CD. If you only read one book about music this year, make sure its this one. My only complaint is that its 2014 and this book ends in 2006. It's time Once Upon A Nightwish II to come out. I would love to continue reading the history of this band. I challenge you Mape Ollila to pick up where this book leaves off and continue the store of this fascinating band that is reaching out to new and greater music each time they put out a CD.
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