Rocket 88


Devin Townsend has always been an intense and inspiring musical pioneer.

His book is as full-on and honest as 
only he can be.
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I thought writing a book was going to be easy. It wasn’t. Writing about growing up, music, the creative process and connection between personal development and ‘career’ made me think about a lot of other stuff, too. Like the positive and negative experiences of making different albums, and how each one affected me mentally, physically and emotionally. It’s all here, though, from my childhood to working with Steve Vai, forming Strapping Young Lad and the Devin Townsend Project, to Casualties of Cool and finding myself only half there.


One amazing book, two superb editions

The book is available in two editions, both produced to the highest standard. The Classic comes with a CD of newly recorded music titled Iceland, and includes previously unseen photos from Devin’s scrapbooks. The Signature version is the same book but signed by Devin, wrapped in a different jacket material and nestling in a limited edition box. Also in the box are a signed cassette tape of previously unreleased demo recordings titled Ancient, and four unique, small prints of cartoons drawn by Devin.

Feature Classic edition Signature edition
300+page hardback book
Previously unseen personal photos
New Iceland CD, exclusive to the book
'Ancient' cassette tape of previously unreleased demos by Devin, also as downloads
Limited to 1500 sets
Individually signed by Devin
Prints of cartoon art by Devin
Presented in a box
PRICE Pre-order price £40 £35 Pre-order price £100 £90
classic edition classic edition

Key points

  • Comes with a specially recorded CD unavailable elsewhere

  • Available as a strictly limited first edition

  • Exclusive offer only available here

  • Limited editions contain the 'Ancient' demo cassette tape

  • PREORDER NOW to be sure of a copy


PREORDER NOW and you get a special discount on the published price.

  • Place your order and get the preorder discount

  • You’ll be one of the first to get a copy of ONLY HALF THERE



Listen to an excerpt of the music written and recorded by Devin in Iceland, the CD will only be available with this book.

Books with extra thrust

Based in London, Rocket 88 are a small team of believers. Believers in music, in art, in history, in stories and in rock ‘n’ roll. But don’t take our word for it – here’s a sample of what artists, fans and reviewers are saying about our previous books. You’ll find even more on our main site.

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“I have read the book cover to cover within 2 weeks. Once I started, I could not put it down.”


brandon manchego
on Lifting Shadows
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“Beautifully packaged, eruditely written and full of insight … Barrett feels like the ultimate work of art”


Mojo on Barrett
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“The story of Opeth as told by the band, illustrated with rare and previously unseen photos.”



Got questions? we’ve got answers

We’ve posted the answers to the most frequently asked questions below, but you can also ask us something via email, Facebook or Twitter.


Who’s publishing the book?
The book is being published by Rocket 88, an imprint of the established British book production company Essential Works. Based in London, Essential regularly supplies top quality books to major publishers and to individuals all around the world. You can see some of our books here
When will the book be published?
The Classic edition will publish in Europe in October 2016 and the Signature Edition in November. Orders to North America and the rest of the world will dispatch a few weeks after the European shipments.
Where will I be able to get the book?
The book is currently only available from Rocket 88.
Can I get the book anywhere else?
Not at the moment, it may be available to order from book retailers in a few months but it will always be available at the lowest cost here, you will not see it discounted on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


How much does the book cost?
The full price of the Classic edition book including CD is £40, which is approximately $55 US/€48 EUR depending on the exchange rate used by your bank or card company. Shipping is calculated according to your address and chosen delivery method, and added at checkout.
What currency will I be billed in?
We bill everything in British pounds (GBP £). If this is not your local currency, your bank or card issuer will convert your order value using their own exchange rate. Please note that if you choose to display prices on this site in a currency other than British pounds, the price shown is an estimate based on current exchange rate. Since your bank or card issuer might be using a different exchange rate, the final price you pay may vary.
What payment methods do you accept?
Our secure site takes all the major credit cards. You can choose the option that suits you best at checkout.
Do you charge sales tax?
As a British company, we charge sales tax according to British law. There is no sales tax in the UK on the book itself, but we do have to charge sales tax on delivery. We may also have to charge sales tax in other countries. This is displayed at checkout.


How will I get the book?
If you have pre-ordered a book then on publication your book will be sent to you, direct to you door.
Where do you ship to?
We ship to most countries, including the US and the entire EU. You can choose your delivery country from the drop-down menu when you check out.
What about delivery costs?
We calculate delivery costs according to your shipping address, and these are added to your order at checkout. In most cases, we’ll be able to offer you a choice of carrier so you can choose the option that suits you best. For a quick and reliable delivery, we strongly recommend you choose a trackable courier option over a postal delivery.
How can I track my order?
We will send you delivery details by automated email as soon as your order leaves our warehouse, this will include tracking details if you have chosen a trackable delivery. If you don’t receive our email updates, please check your trash or junk mail. If you’re still having difficulties, please contact us.
How else can I keep up with news about the book?
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This page has not answered my question. Now what?
If you have any questions about your order, please contact us.
Can I have a refund?
Possibly! Please check out our refund policy.