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  • Published: 3 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780753554098
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Monsters of River and Rock

My Life as Iron Maiden's Compulsive Angler

A lifetime's adventure as a rock pioneer on the final frontier of fishing.

Updated for paperback with a brand new chapter on Parrot Cay Island.

Legendary Iron Maiden guitarist takes you to the final frontier of fishing.

Welcome to the world of Adrian Smith, playing onstage to millions of fans - while behind the scenes he explores far-flung rivers, seas and lakes, waterways and weirs, in a fearless quest for fishing nirvana.

Hooked on the angling adrenaline rush since first catching perch from East London canals on outings with his father, Adrian grew up to be in one of the most successful rock bands in history. On tour, his gear went with him. The fish got bigger. The adventures more extreme.

In Monsters of River and Rock you'll hear about his first sturgeon: a whopping 100-pounder from the roaring rapids of Canada's Fraser River that nearly wiped him out mid-Maiden tour. Then there's the close shave with a shark off the Virgin Islands whilst wading waist-deep for bonefish. Not to mention an enviable list of specimen coarse fish from the UK.

Come to the riverbank with Adrian and cast a line on the wild side.

'Outstanding' - Times Radio
'Writes beautifully' - The Sun
'Beautifully written account' - Guardian
'Essential reading' - The Music Radar
'Candid wit and cracking anecdotes' - Classic Rock magazine

  • Published: 3 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780753554098
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the author

Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith was born in Hackney, East London, on 27th February 1957. He joined Iron Maiden at the end of 1980. Adrian is the band member who has collaborated on the most side projects outside of Iron Maiden, as well as writing and recording a series of albums in the early '90s, before rejoining the band. Iron Maiden have sold 90 million albums, and tour the world playing to millions of fans. Onstage, Adrian uses Jackson and Gibson guitars. Offstage, he is an avid tennis player, however his main hobby is fishing. He takes his rod and gear out on tour with him wherever he goes. This is his first book.

Praise for Monsters of River and Rock


Phil Williams, Times Radio

Writes beautifully

The Sun

Candid wit and cracking anecdotes

Classic Rock Magazine

A fascinating insight into Adrian Smith's angling life, coupled with some amusing anecdotes. A must-have read if you are an angler or an Iron Maiden fan. We can't wait for part two!

CARPology magazine

Even if you don't give a carp about fishing, this is an engrossing memoir from one of metal's most influential musicians

Nick Ruskell, Kerrang!

A different yet fascinating kind of biography

Metal Hammer magazine

I've never fished a day in my life - too busy listening to rock music - but after reading Adrian's warm, personal, lovely book I'm definitely ready for some rod-bending action!

Howard Johnson, Rock Candy magazine

I cannot remember when I read an entire book [of this length] in just over a day. You too may find it hard to put this one down

Classic Angling magazine

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