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Book Review: “Rush: The Illustrated History”

July 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, DVD Reviews

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By: Martin Popoff

Reviewed by: Roger Scales


I think by most standards and within MOST social circles Rush falls under that category of The Three Stooges, Benny Hill, flatulence, Dr. Who.  In other words – topics most guys find intriguing yet woman (at least the ones in my life) cringe when brought out for even general conversation.  Yet even the most cynical music fan would have to be impressed with Martin Popoff’s Rush: The Illustrated History.  The live photos are stunning, the attention to detail is stellar and the research is some of the most impressive work ever done on any rock band. 

Rush aficionados will be sure to devour each chapter that will cover every era of the band and include images of rare vinyl, handbills, ticket stubs, gig posters, and other memorabilia that was amassed for this history.  Let’s face it, there really aren’t any casual Rush fans so the accuracy of the information contained here I’m certain was Martin’s number one priority.

I really enjoyed the fact that Popoff added some interesting reviews of each album placed throughout the book written by some pretty well known rock journalists from around the world.  I find it ironic that Rush finally gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the same year this book gets released.  It’s great karma and the fact that Rush is still going strong in 2013 indicates that there may have to be yet another future edition that will have to include present time to whenever Rush finally calls it a day.   The mere fact that the book contains over 420 black and white and color photos over almost 200 pages makes this the Rush Bible as far as I’m concerned.

If you have a Rush fan in your life consider this book – It will not disappoint.  It would be like buying the Blu-Ray Special Edition Two disc box set of Dirty Dancing for the woman in your life.  Judging by most of the Rush fans I see at concerts I have attended hardly any of them probably have a woman in their lives so maybe this DVD suggestion will lift a certain social enigma off their shoulders and into the mall to pick up Dirty Dancing and Rush: The Illustrated History.  That way everybody is happy.  I know I am.

For more e=on Martin Popoff visit his official website.

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