Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Ulasan buku - Run For Cover, The Art of Derek Riggs ( part i )

19/10/2014 UPDATE-
PHOTOS ARE HERE - http://www.deaf-angel.blogspot.sg/2014/09/six-years-later-blog-text-is-still.html

The text remains on this post..

( 9 JUNE 2010 )

Hi Maiden fans all over the world, I think you may come acrosss this page for one reason or another, another way to check on the Maiden stuffs before you guys proceed to get the items is to take a look at the photos on my Multiply page, which can be found on the " WHERE EAGLES DARE " link on the right hand side of the blog.

I Hope to take new photos of all these and other stuffs like programmes page by page and place it at my FLICKR account.


This is my first part review of one of the most important books ever produced for the past few decades. The second will follow after I have finish reading it hehehe.

(click all photos to enlarge)
Run For Cover, The Art of Derek Riggs
Written by Martin Popoff

I am very very lucky...
Buku yang aku dapat, ada sketch Trooper dan buku personalised untuk aku, dan aku dapat tiga autographed artworks prints. Yang pencil sketch tu rasanye sema dapat, tapi aku dapat jugak Trooper nye print dan book cover nye print tambahsn, semua Derek Riggs sign taruk nama aku :_)
Cammana wa tak touching giler. Wildest Dreams come true untuk aku.

Lawa ek

I always known this book ( both in hard cover and soft cover editions ) will be good, but I didnt know it was this good till I got it in my hands just now.
Its bloody thick, and the quality of the papers in the book seems the expensive kind. The one with gloss, thick and should be hard to be easily torn away.
I read Derek's foreword and I agree completely, this book was written by Iron Maiden fans for the Iron Maiden fans. You can see so much love and research have been done to produce it.

Most of the pictures in this book relates to Eddie that Derek created. All kinds of Eddies from the early days in 1980 to his current on-off-on-off again contributions to Maiden works.
There are some fantastic never before seen Eddies such as the one above.

I havent really sit down and read the book, I just browse through and already I am so excited to find the time to relax and consume whats inside this book.
Derek Riggs tells in details about lots of things related to his Maiden relationships, his Eddies and how and why and where they were drawn, and not forgetting about his beginnings, his early pre-Maiden and post Maiden works with Bruce Dickinson solo, Gamma Ray and his other fantastic works too.

Being officially sanctioned by Iron Maiden, this book includes interviews and stories by Rod Smallwood and its nice for me as a Maiden fan to know that whatever happens between Derek Riggs and the Maiden organisation, I guess they can still work together as Derek Riggs is so essential in contributing to where Maiden is now. Correct he is just the artist, and most of the time, he draws based on the themes submitted by the band, but he adds the lettuce and pickles to Maiden's burger. Try imagining Maiden without Eddie.

Or this one, try imagining this was Piece Of Minds album cover instead.

I didnt know about all these details in Flight Of Icarus till just now LOL!! I got to dig out my vinyl 7inch and check the details, oppss hahaha. Or maybe I should hunt for the 12 inch vinyl? oh la la.
I wish I can afford all these stuffs, every month on getting my salary I will save up bit by bit and after saving a fortune, I will battle it out at Ebay for some useless vinyls ( as I dont even have a record player ) or cds or whatever Maiden related but its not possible isnt it?, life have priorities, and Maiden is not one of them :_(

Together will the rest of the world, I knew I had done my part in making Iron Maiden members filthy rich and they bloody well realised that its us peasants who put them where they are now at their castles, mansions and barns of course.

This book do mentioned a bit about the Charge Of The Light Brigade. Sometimes when I look at The Trooper Eddie, I was thinking that did he know that he is charging to his death. Though he is supposed to be on a horse and not on foot as in the artwork, but is he aware that he will die? there is a Russian soldier having him in his sight about to squeeze the trigger? Its just like real life. You wont know it too.

Tell me, how am I supposed to grow up when it has something to do with Iron Maiden?
I will be forever be a small kid when it comes to Maiden.
Remember the Toys R Us song? I dont want to grow up, I am Toys R Us Kid la la la.
That sums me up. Jolly good.

So much hidden details and secrets to unveil on this artwork. Somewhere In Time, my very first original cassette Tape back in 1986. Sigh. And now its 2008. My hair all white already hahaha.

Till the part two of this fantastic book , UP THE IRONS.


dilaOHdila said...

Dep....banyak tul koleksi buku hang ni. mesti rajin membaca. Aku lak suka magazine yang berbentuk photography.Majalah LIBUR selalu gak aku beli.
** Dep
tu model beginner cam aku ni, D40. Tu lah yang paling murah dep:-)

deaf_angel said...

Dod, ada satu majalah "digital photography" ke hapa ntah, dia bulanan, ada Malaysia nye edisi 6RM ke 10RM aku dah lupa. Bagus kau, semua in kaler then dia cerita macam2. Dulu aku suka beli, tiap2 page aku " wahh!! cantiknye!! " hehe. Skarang ngah takde time.

D40 eh, alrite la tu. Ala..setakat suka2 petik gambo pun, bukannye pro. Tapi aku suka zoom jauh2, 12x optical and above. tu ah aku minat kat prosumer nye models.

BENTARA said...

airmata gembira hehehe siak ah!

wa tengok harga buku ni memang kena sorok. Kalau nampak dek orang rumah, naya wooo...

ladychikiller said...

kasik jeles eh?

deaf_angel said...

mana ada?
"sharing is caring" kan?
muahahahahhaa ( ketawa jin )

bagus ah ni buku chi. I like.