Rush The Illustrated History

Rush by Martin Popoff

The Illustrated History

Format: Hardcover Book , 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780760343647
Publisher: Voyageur Press
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Formed in Toronto, Ontario, in 1968 under the heavy influence of British blues, Rush solidified its lineup in 1974 and has gone on to record 18 studio albums (and counting). Notable for bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee’s high register, Neil Peart’s virtuosic drumming and inventive lyrics, and the guitar heroics of Alex Lifeson, the multiplatinum band melds a diverse range of influences and along the way has amassed a large, notably loyal following worldwide. Rush is bigger than ever before with the hit 2011 documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage and this year’s new album, Clockwork Angels, and tour.
Now, for the first time, Rush is treated to the epic visual celebration they so richly deserve in a beautifully designed and profusely illustrated history following the band’s entire career. A chronological overview history written by noted music scribe and Rush authority Martin Popoff spans the band’s entire career from 1968 to today. A complete Rush discography chronicles all their albums, from the debut album to 2112, Moving Pictures, and Signals to Grace Under Pressure, Vapor Trails, and more. The authoritative text is complemented by album reviews written by well-known music journalists from around the globe, commentary from fellow musicians, a discography, and hundreds of photographs and pieces of memorabilia, including picture sleeves, gig posters, rare vinyl, handbills, ticket stubs, and much more.

At approximately 7,900 (with over 7,000 appearing in his books), Martin Popoff has unofficially written more record reviews than anybody in the history of music writing across all genres. Additionally, Martin has penned 57 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock, and record collecting, including 2004’s Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home and Away, Rush: The Illustrated History, and Rush: Album by Album. He was Editor In Chief of the now retired Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Canada’s foremost heavy metal publication in print for 14 years, and has also contributed to Revolver,Guitar World, Goldmine, Record Collector,, and Martin has been a regular contractor to Banger Films, having worked on the award-wining documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, the 11-episode Metal Evolution, and the 10-episode Rock Icons, both for VH1 Classic. Martin currently resides in Toronto and can be reached through or

Format: Hardcover Book , 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780760343647
Illustrations: 376 color & 90 b/w photos
Size: 9.5 in x 11.125 in / 241 mm x 283 mm

1 Subdivisions, 1964–1972
2 Enter the Professor, 1973–1974
3 Something for Nothing, 1975–1976
4 Tide Pools & Hyperspace, 1977–1980
5 Moving Pictures, Shifting Units, 1980–1981
6 Keyboards, Mullets & Fine Haberdashery, 1982–1988
7 Pop Goes Rush, 1989–1992
8 The Alternative to the Alternative, 1993–1997
9 Outsiders No More, 2000–2007
10 Digital Men: Rush in a World without Records, 2008–2011
11 Punching the Clock, 2012–2013

Selected Discography
Contributor Biographies
Now comes Rush: The Illustrated History, a handsome, thorough, 192-page collection of Rush glory by Martin Popoff, the veteran Canadian music journalist, who also contributed to the Rush documentary. A coffeetable giftbook, it's a perfect size - large enough to do justice to the photos of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart, but not unwieldy. It's manageable enough for most bookshelves.... There's also tons of Rush memorabilia, many items from Popoff's own collection. Another attractive feature is the in-depth discography. Undoubtedly 2013 will go down as a banner year for the band, and Rush: The Illustrated History is a well-timed companion piece sure to please. - Kathleen Johnson
Vintage Guitar
"There are no "casual" Rush fans, and this book will make a nice addition to any Rush fan's collection of books about the band." - Skip Daly
"Voyageur Press, in association with Quayside Publishing, has done it again. With the release of their latest book, "Rush: The Illustrated History," Voyageur Press continue upon the success of their high-quality products ("The Ultimate Illustrated History of" Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, AC/DC) with some of the most insightful information and eye-catching photos.” - Record-Journal

“Undoubtedly 2013 will go down as a banner for the band, and Rush: The Illustrated History is a well-timed companion piece sure to please.” - Vintage Guitar

“Popoff’s book is a brilliant catch for Rush aficionados, like your reporter, and newbies alike. For those of us who know the band, the worth of Popoff’s work lies in the details.” - Caught In The Carousel blog “The result is a visually stunning and authoritative review befitting the rock band with one of the world’s most devoted fan bases...” - Music Connection