…has just arrived at the office and is ready for signing and shipping. Not at my website yet, but yes, boxes are here and I am sending them NOW.
The book is 318 pages, comprising, along with Anthem (still available!) and next year’s Driven, my deepest dig into Rush ever. Hopefully this trilogy will stand as the most definitive book on this period, although there’s no stopping Rush scholarship.
Like Anthem, it’s a textured hard cover book, sweetly appointed with foil and embossing. There are two eight-page colour sections, but other than that, it’s a 114,000-word deep dive into the life of the band covering:
Exit… Stage Left
Grace Under Pressure
Hold Your Fire
A Show of Hands and
Inspired by what I had to do on my recent Led Zeppelin and Clash books (i.e. writing 500 words on every single song), there’s far more song-by-song analysis than I stuck in any of my previous Rush titles. But there’s also a trove of unseen first-hand interview material with the band as well as engineers, producers, managers and other industry movers an’ shakers.
Here’s blurb on ‘er that went out to the book industry:
In what is the action-packed follow up to the formative Anthem: Rush in the ‘70s, author Martin Popoff celebrates Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart at the trio’s peak of their powers of persuasion. Rush was one of the most celebrated and highly regarded hard rock act of the ‘80s, and it all begins in this book with Permanent Waves en route to Moving Pictures, their crowning glory. Limelight: Rush in the ‘80s is a celebration of fame, of pushback against that fame, of large amounts of monies in but then monies just as quickly disseminated to pay for the band’s rapidly growing stage performances. In tandem however was a rapidly evolving sound built of fearless creativity. The latter half of the book is contentious indeed, as Rush adopt keyboard technology and go pert and poppy, causing an uproar in the old guard base, but then garnering a whole new crop of listeners who wanted to take the trip into the future with their undaunted heroes of sonic exploration. Limelight: Rush in the ‘80s therefore charts a dizzying period in the band’s career, built of explosive excitement but also exhaustion, a state that would lead, by tome’s termination, to the band questioning everything they previously believed in, each to a man eying the oncoming decade with trepidation and suspicion.
Martin Popoff is the author of 85 books on music, including four previous titles on Rush. He has also worked on various documentaries for Banger Films, including the award-winning Rush doc Beyond the Lighted Stage. At approximately 7900, Popoff has had published in books more record reviews than anybody in the history of music writing.
OK, back to me talkin’…books will be signed by me to you unless you wave your arms wildly and tell me otherwise within like half an hour of ordering!
Price including shipping:
US orders: $41.00 US funds
Int’l orders: $47.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $47.00 Cdn. Funds
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See www.martinpopoff.com for info on my 85 books, latest being…
Denim and Leather: Saxon’s First Ten Years
Anthem: Rush in the ‘70s
Black Funeral: Into the Coven with Mercyful Fate