Martin Popoff’s new book, Lights Out: Surviving the ’70s with UFO

Lights Out: Surviving the ‘70s with UFO

…is here. The boxes just arrived, so I’m selling, signing and shipping these starting NOW. As the catalogue copy sez:


Having written the first book ever on UFO, 2005’s long out-of-print Shoot Out the Lights, Martin Popoff, author of 72 rock books, has now greatly expanded and rewritten the early years material from that title, bringing us now Lights Out: Surviving the ‘70s with UFO.


Popoff brings to the project multiple new interviews with Phil Mogg, Andy Parker, Michael Schenker and Paul Raymond (plus the likes of producer Ron Nevison and Hipgnosis co-founder Aubrey Powell), along with a substantial amount of new discographic and press research to offer what is now the only book to focus on the ‘70s era of the band.


Utilizing his celebrated one album per chapter method, Popoff analyzes the complete catalogue from this golden period of the band—1, 2: Flying, Live, Phenomenon, Force It, No Heavy Petting, Lights Out, Obsession and Strangers in the Night—bringing you the stories of hits such as “Doctor Doctor,” “Rock Bottom,” “Shoot Shoot,” “Let It Roll,” “Lights Out,” Love to Love,” “Too Hot to Handle” and “Only You Can Rock Me.”


In and around Popoff’s famed meticulous analysis of the catalogue, look for lots of tour talk, revealing nightmares surrounding the band’s business, and warnings about how the twin demons of drugs and alcohol can slow a band’s progress on the way to the top.

Also included is a detailed 1970s band discography and a gloss photo section.


One other note I’d like to add to that, I really shortchanged the Mick Bolton-era version of the band in the 2005 book so here, look for those records to be examined in much more detail. And just in general, what you’ll find with Lights Out is more track-by-track analysis of every album, basically a deep celebration of the classic Schenker years, along with, like I say, a nicely fleshed-out representation of the genesis of the band. Bottom line, this book is DOUBLE the word count that was applied to 1969 – 1979 material in Shoot Out the Lights.


Prices for Lights Out including shipping:

US orders: $32.00 US funds

Int’l orders (all books go air): $38.00 US funds

Canadian orders: $36.00 Cdn. funds


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Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to: Martin Popoff, P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave., Toronto,Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2


Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!), for US and Canadian orders. Email me at with any further questions, and see for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 45 or so books that I have available for autographin’ and shippin’. Note: this will not be at my website for a good ten days, but I have the books now and am shipping them this week.



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Martin Popoff, PO Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario M4K 3Z2