Released: 2013, Voyageur Press
Man, Voyageur Press and Popoff are a deadly combination of professionalism and productivity. Starting with the publisher Voyageur, this is now the sixth in their series following books on AC/DC, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin and Queen, with a title on Metallica on the way! I’ve lost count but I think this is Popoff’s 40th-something book in 20 years…a pace of two a year…not bad! This is his second book on Rush and these three forces (Popoff, Rush, Voyageur) are a natural, unassisted, hat-trick.
I’ve reviewed the AC/DC title, the Aerosmith title and Maiden title in this series and in one sense this is almost a non-review. The pattern has been established by the extremely high quality of the publisher, and by the army of talented rock scribes who bring the stories to life. If you are familiar with any of the other titles in the series, the quality control is still 100%. I’m a big Rush fan (like many of us), Popoff is one of (if not my fave) rock scribbler and as mentioned Voyaguer spares no expense to make these bombers beautiful, therefore I’m way biased already without even having cracked the cover.
For arguments sake let’s go through the motions of the review. Hard cover. Big. Bold. Beautiful. Top-notch layout and design. Full-colour. Hundreds of photos of Rush the band, the singles, the tickets, the tour shirts, the rarities. Geddy’s satin bellbottoms. Alex’s skinny ties. Album-by album-review by big name dudes like Bukszpan, Daniels and Wagner. Running commentary via Popoff. Interviews. Quotes. Index. Discography. Bibliography. Contributors biographies. No stone left unturned. 192 pages of awesome. All this and the only know picture in existence of Neil Peart smiling.
Mandatory. Essential. Popoff+Rush+Voyageur make this the easiest purchase decision of the year and perhaps (?) the best book on Rush to date.