The Finnish rock band The Rasmus, who won Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2022 and represented Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest this year, just released a book that tells the story of their beginnings as a band, with a lot of personal insights from each of the members and many interesting stories from behind the scenes. The book was written by Finnish journalist Ari Väntänen and got released on September 1st. The Rasmus celebrated the release of their biography with a concert at Kamppi, Helsinki.
The Rasmus have been active since 1996 and released nine studio albums and many succesful singles over the years. Their fifth studio album “Dead Letters” from 2003 reached the top 10 in ten different countries and received eight gold and five platinum awards. The album sold over 2 million times and the song ”In The Shadows” even became a world wide hit, reaching the charts in 26 countries, peaking at number 1 in Finland, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. A biography is therefore long overdue!
Founded by schoolboys from northeast Helsinki, The Rasmus quickly rose to the forefront of Finnish rock bands and made an international breakthrough with their fifth album. After the roller-coaster decades, the band is experiencing yet another boom. Now Rasmus tells his whole story in Ari Väntänen’s deeply creative work.
Pre-order the book from Backstage Rock Shop or Levykauppa Äxä .
A few lucky fans even had the honor of receiving a signed copy, as the band showed on their Instagram account.
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Author Ari Väntänen has expressed his feelings about working together with The Rasmus on his official website!
Writing a book is always a significant project for its author, and in this case it was especially so. I got to live both in the amazing twists and turns of the band’s history and in the most significant moments of fate in the present. There was enough drama and emotion to the extent that I will never forget this.
At this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, The Rasmus represented Finland with the song “Jezebel” and managed to qualify to the Grand Final. They ended up in 21st place with a total of 38 points, but remained one of the most popular Eurovision songs on Spotify. You can re-live their performance in the Eurovision final here!