What is it that makes Iron Maiden special? Well, many things. One thing is the vastness of material adapted, re-interpreted, and commented upon within their songs. As a rule of thumb, every Maiden song can be traced back to a novel, a film, a poem, a historical event, a current event… In case you would like to read about the one or other Maiden song, this is your place. In case you are looking for interpretations of Bruce Dickinson’s solo album The Chemical Wedding (1998), this is your place. Check in the index whether your favourite song is in here. However, I do not see myself as an encyclopedia and I am sure that there are enough sources of that kind already.
I do things like trying to group songs together to see how they correspond to each other or comparing adaptations with their originals to see how and why the narratives have been changed, such as “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” Le Fantôme de l’opéra etc. etc. etc. You will find the answers for questions like: Which three titles of Maiden songs are actually Shakespeare quotes? How does Dickinson interpret the events that lead to the death of the Red Baron? Who is Thel? Why are there “Revelations” when the Bible contains a book called “Revelation?” Where does the hype about the spitfire come from? Who is the brother of the Beast?
I hope to reach many other Maiden fans and to give you something for a rainy day while drinking a hot beverage. This blog is for free because I do not intend to monetise this interest of mine. I want to share it. Please feel free to enter your e-mail address in the respective box if you want to stay updated on my newest articles. Alternatively you can use #aircraftalbatrossandabeast on Twitter and Facebook. This hashtag is still relatively new, so do not be surpised if you do not see many results yet.
Who am I?
I’m Kath. I hold a doctorate in English literature and I am very pleased to say that one of my research articles deals with Bruce Dickinson’s solo album The Chemical Wedding and its reference to the (art) work by English poet and painter William Blake.
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