2 Minutes to Midnight

2 Minutes to Midnight
An Iron Maiden Day-by-Day

by Martin Popoff

“Nobody writes metal like Martin Popoff.” —Rockcritics.com

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Great Britain’s Iron Maiden has enjoyed more than 40 years of multiplatinum success the world over as the biggest heavy metal band in history, save perhaps Metallica. A book on Maiden has been the #1 request that Martin Popoff’s fan base has put upon the author for the past ten years—and now he’s delivered.

2 Minutes to Midnight: An Iron Maiden Day-by-Day (Backbeat Books, Nov. 2013, $39.99) offers a fresh form of band biography, examining myriad events in Iron Maiden’s history in a detailed structure. The book springs to life with illustrative quotes and yummy pictures to help readers relive visually all the head-banging fun they’ve had living with Maiden through so many eras and arcs, from punk through the new wave of British heavy metal, hair metal, grunge and hard alternative, and into the current decade. In the book’s introduction, Popoff states:

“So this is the band we celebrate, with a twist, away from a standard narrative, mainly ’cos, well, the guys have always been well an’ good accessible, so their story has been told, not necessarily so much in book form, but through the piles of interviews in mags and on the net. With that in mind, I also appreciated and then leaned into the fact that Maiden’s career is one of event after event, milestone after milestone, productivity, side careers, reissues, major tours, singles with cool B-sides. And ergo, there goes a timeline with supporting quotes, along with contextual commentary, events outside of Maiden proper that color the times, an exercise with an academic bent just like the lyrics of Bruce Bruce and ’Arry. The end result, one hopes, is like having an atlas to go with yer tales of travel, a reference work packed with facts and figures and most significantly, a sense of the sweep of time.”

The band continues to tour exhaustively, making this book a great reference to visit again and again as you check out new interviews or the next time Rod Smallwood’s charges invade your town.


Martin Popoff has penned 41 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock, and record collecting. He was editor in chief of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Canada’s foremost metal publication, for 14 years. He’s also contributed to Revolver, Guitar World, Goldmine, Record Collector, Bravewords.com, Lollipop.com, and HardRadio.com. For more information, visit www.martinpopoff.com. He lives in Toronto and is available for interview. 

November 12, 2013
256 pages
8.5” x 11”
B&W and color illustrations throughout
Backbeat Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard 




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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