MARTIN POPOFF Releases 7 New ‘Making Of’ Titles

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Hey folks,

Another SEVEN new “making of” eBook documents for ya, eight each at 98¢, or 99¢ on iTunes.

Just go to and stick Martin Popoff name in the search or hit/paste the links below. Each are sweet ‘n’ easy pdfs—or ePub or .mobi—with color pictures and lotsa my previously unpublished interview footage with the bands. Same with the iTunes—all set for your Mac or iOS device. Full blurb text following links.

1. Savatage – Sirens (1983, 13 pages)
Martin Popoff – eBook – Savatage – Sirens

2. Savatage – Power Of The Night (1985, 11 pages)
Martin Popoff – eBook – Savatage – Power Of The Night

3. The Stooges – The Stooges (1969, 12 pages)
Martin Popoff – eBook – The Stooges – The Stooges

4. Iggy And The Stooges – Raw Power (1973, 18 pages)
Martin Popoff – eBook – Iggy And The Stooges – Raw Power

5. Motorhead – Bomber (1979, 17 pages)
Martin Popoff – eBook – Motörhead – Bomber

6. Angel Witch – Angel Witch (1980, 12 pages)
Martin Popoff – eBook – Angel Witch – Angel Witch

7. Quartz – Stand Up And Fight (1980, 19 pages)
Martin Popoff – eBook – Quartz – Stand Up And Fight

Also available: full length-books on Scorpions, Ted Nugent, all six Ye Olde Metal, UFO, Blue Oyster Cult, all three of the Thin Lizzy trilogy, four different Deep Purple books, my authorized Rush book and bopt of the Top 500 title—all at $8.88 each.

More on Savatage’s Sirens…
The metal class delivered, in 1983, at least three of the genre’s greatest records, Kill ‘Em All, Melissa and Sirens, the latter, by our band at hand, Florida’s Savatage. One of those would albums would represent a new strain of metal, but the other two are distinguished as highly professional records of rich and traditional metal might coming from outta nowhere, debuts of frightening skill and authority. Come celebrate what is perhaps the finest indie album every bestowed upon the world of heavy metal, through the words of all four of the record’s magic makers.

More on Savatage’s Power Of The Night…
Florida metal craftsmen Savatage found themselves wielding a major record deal with Atlantic after the effusive praised bestowed upon the band following their landmark 1983 debut, Sirens. The sophomore album did not disappoint, with the band turning in a monstrous affair of rumbling traditional metal, track after track on Power Of The Night molten of riff and bruised and battered of rhythm, while vocalist Jon Oliva proved himself a thespian shrieker for the ages. Come here the story of how the album was recorded in a haunted Bearsville studio and then the debacle that was the band’s very first tour, after which Savatage would have to sack their bass player and rethink their future.

More on The Stooges’ The Stooges…
Sadly, three of four of this record’s makers are gone, with only Iggy Pop remaining. However, here the story is told, through the words of brothers Ron and Scott Asheton, interviewed by the author a few years back when The Stooges were mounting their first reformation. A proto-metal classic, The Stooges includes the likes of 1969 and I Wanna Be Your Dog. Come here the story of metal being born, at the garage end of it, as it crashed out of booming Detroit in the late ‘60s, courtesy of these cats and the MC5.

More on Iggy And The Stooges’ Raw Power…
One of the most notorious records ever made, Raw Power is a mountain of filthy guitar tones and sneering vocals, recorded like garbage but a car crash from which one cannot look away. Featuring the likes of Death Trip, Penetration and Search And Destroy, Raw Power is considered to be a crucial proto-punk shot across the bow. And here’s the story of that record, as told by James Williamson, Scott Asheton and brother Ron Asheton, sadly, the latter two now deceased.

More on Motorhead’s Bomber…
Motorhead was on a drink- and pill-fuelled roll as they roared into the studio to make their third album, buzzsaw 1979 classic Bomber. Classic front cover, available in blue vinyl… lots of cool things about this catchy upturn of brightness after the churn of Overkill. Come hear what Lemmy, Philthy Phil and mostly guitarist Fast Eddie has to say about this early and clanging NWOBHM cornerstone.

More on Angel Witch’s Angel Witch…
The joy and purpose of writing up the story of Angel Witch’s foreboding self-titled masterpiece of doomful NWOBHM is in the telling of a record every bit as good as the first Iron Maiden. Angel Witch in fact were the second coming of Black Sabbath, before Witchfinder General took the glory, Kevin Heybourne and Co. creating a massive collection of scary, evil songs for Bronze Records, incredibly early within the NWOBHM, specifically 1980. The quality enclosed matches the infernal painting on the packet—come learn for yourself, a little more about a stone cold classic that should be in every metalhead’s collection.

More on Quartz’s Stand Up And Fight…
Birmingham bashers Quartz were long in the tooth as they kerrang’ed their way into the NWOBHM with their MCA-issued classic Stand Up And Fight (see Mick Hopkins’ tale about opening for the Beatles!) from 1980. But all of that experience as friends of Black Sabbath through the ‘70s stood them well as they crafted their magnificent second studio record, a gorgeously recorded suite of songs that surely should have made the band stadium rock stars. Come hear the story of opportunities missed and misfortune heaped, from two original members, as we celebrate a record that the author steadfastly considers one of the three greatest albums from the entire NWOBHM.