THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER | AUTHORS: SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE / STJEPAN JURAS | PUBLISHED: JULY 2020 | PAPERBACK, 104 PAGES
‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ is the song that repeatedly broke all stereotypes in metal music. Not only it was a story narrated in an educational, storytelling way as if someone was recounting a novel but it’s riddled with amazing unexpected plot twists, so sudden it never gives the listener a second of a break while actually using the actual text of Coleridge’s poem. ‘Aces High’ was a killer introduction to the album together with ‘Two Minutes To Midnight’, and ‘Powerslave’ was an oriental touch that went hand in hand with the visual concept of the album, but ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ was the track which left people speechless, gasping for air. It was exactly what the ‘Powerslave’ album needed to become what most people claim it truly is – a legendary record. The first and the last album by Iron Maiden without compromises. A triumph of raw creativity void of any calculations.
IRON MAIDEN AND CLASSIC LITERATURE
From ‘Phantom of the Opera’ to ‘Brave New World’, Iron Maiden and classic literature have always been an integral part of the secret formula that’s fueled the imaginations of millions of people, taking two masterpieces – the musical and the literary – to form ultimate creations as though from the hand of some ‘higher power’. ‘Dune’, ‘Hamlet, ‘Lord of the Flies’, ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’, ‘Name of the Rose’, ‘Julius Caesar’ and many other legendary works of literature are part and parcel of Iron Maiden’s discography. In this series of unique educational books, ‘Iron Maiden and Classic Literature’, for the first time in history I’ll take you on a magical journey where art and the imagination erase all boundaries, merging beautifully into songs that have become part of the soundtrack to our lives.