Main Occupation: author of 90-ish books on hard rock, heavy metal, prog rock, punk and record collecting, plus work for Banger Films and writing for Goldmine and bravewords.com
Past Work: Amazon.com, musicmusicmusic.com, hmv.com, metalshop.com, CMJ, Chart, chartattack.com, Outsider, VH1.com, Glass Eye, Maximum Guitar, Guitar World, Lollipop, Record Collector, Revolver, Live Wire, Enrage, Radio M.O.I..com, Juggernaut, Classic Rock, bwbk.com, lollipop.com, seaoftranquility.com, interview radio show called BraveWords Radio at internet station VirtuallyCanadian ‘96 - ‘98, BBC doc on heavy metal, long-form reviews and features for special edition Metal Hammer mags on AC/DC, Motörhead and Iron Maiden, work for some Spanish, Australian and Brazilian mags, Foreword in Neil Daniels’ book, All Pens Blazing: A Heavy Metal Writers Handbook, a couple other things for Neil as well as Greg Prato, Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles (‘94 – ‘08): Editor in Chief and Writer, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage feature film and DVD – Researcher, Metal Evolution (11-episode series on metal genres for VH1 Classic), a Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen production – Researcher, Rock Icons – Researcher, transcribing work on Hip Hop Evolution, additional work on docs on ZZ Top, Alice Cooper, Triumph and Satan.
School: B.A, University of Victoria, M.B.A., McMaster Univeristy
Record Label biographies: approximately 75.
CD liner notes: approximately 30, including work for Dio, Danzig, Testament, Montrose, Molly Hatchet, Love/Hate, Mahogany Rush, War Babies, Badlands, Moxy, Razor, Anvil, Twisted Sister, Blind Vengeance, Nasty Savage, Love/Hate, Kraken, Trouble, Nevermore, Stuck Mojo and various metal and southern rock compilations; also some tour program text
Interviews completed, fully transcribed: 1700
Rhino/Warner Heavy Metal Box liner essay: My contribution is approximately 75 or 80, 100-word “reviews” pertaining to the track selection.
In four coffee table books from Voyageur Press, on AC/DC, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac and Iron Maiden, I contributed a few long-form reviews of catalogue albums from these bands, just as other rock journos had contributed to my books from this publisher on Rush and Metallica.
Metal Blade box set: one 5000-word history of Metal Blade
Foreign language: My first Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio, Deep Purple(s) and UFO books are available in German. The Sabbath is also available in Czech and Portuguese, the Dio in Bulgarian, the Deep Purple(s) in French, the Voivod in German, the first Rush in Finnish, the Scorpions in Italian and Polish, the Whitesnake in Bulgarian and Italian, the Motörhead, the Yes in Japanese in Polish and the Metallica in a bunch of languages. I think that’s it. All other territories are open. Contact me for more info.
Riff Kills Man! 25 Years of Recorded Hard Rock & Heavy Metal (1993), 1,945 album reviews, 440 p.
The Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal (1997), update of Riff Kills Man!: 3750 album reviews, 540 p., 600,000 words, full-length CD sampler, in fourth printing
Goldmine Heavy Metal Record Price Guide (2000), 11,800 entries, 300 photos, 368 p., best of list, essays, full-length CD sampler
Heavy Metal: 20th Century Rock and Roll (2000), part of series, themed as The Fifty Most Influential Bands in Heavy Metal, essays, interview segments, discographies, best of lists, 190 p.
Southern Rock Review (2001), 410 southern rock record reviews, 150 album cover shots, 200 p., 10 tr. CD sampler, appendices
The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time (2003), poll winners, reviews of each, artist quotes for approx. 460 of them, singles shots, artist lists, 486 p.
The Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal - Volume 1: The Seventies (2003), 1162 reviews of ‘70s hard rock albums, most not in original ‘97 source book (and those that were, expanded/rewritten), 188 album cover shots, seven appendices, 12 tr. rarities sampler, 344 p.
The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time (2004), Like the Songs book but better, longer quotes and reviews, longer overall, due to 7” x 10” page size (450 p.). New appendices etc. Winners from a poll, reviews by me, artist quotes for almost all entries.
Blue Öyster Cult: Secrets Revealed (2004), A 193 p. bio of the band (focus on albums and songs); original interviews with Buck, Eric, Albert, Joe, and Bobby, plus Greg Scott, Ioannis, Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, Richard Meltzer, John Shirley, Helen Wheels and David Roter.
Contents Under Pressure: 30 Year of Rush at Home & Away (2004), a 230 page book with 270 photos (most quite rare) authorized by the band, with fresh interviews, to be sold in bookstores and on tour; full colour throughout, 7” x 10” format.
The New Wave of British Heavy Metal Singles (2005), 580 reviews, 424 pictures of rare singles, prices, catalog #s, dates, label info, 192 p.
UFO: Shoot Out the Lights (2005), album by album, song by song “bio” of the band, much new interview footage, 257 p.
Rainbow: English Castle Magic (2005), album by album, song by song “bio” of the band, much new interview footage, 228 p.
The Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal - Volume 2: The Eighties (2005), 2,528 reviews of ‘80s albums, Metal Blade CD, album cover shots, two appendices, 432 p.
Dio: Light Beyond the Black (2006), album by album, song by song “bio” of the band, much new interview footage, 207 p.
Black Sabbath: Doom Let Loose (2006), all eras covered in detail, full colour throughout, large format, 1 kg of doom, 355 p.
Run for Cover: The Art of Derek Riggs (2006), full colour, large format, high quality art book, with loads of chat from Derek, 180 p.
Ye Olde Metal: 1968 to 1972 (2007), full trade 6” x 9” format, 231 pages, essays with interviews on classic old hard rock albums.
The Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal - Volume 3: The Nineties (2007), 3,073 reviews of ‘90s albums, Metal Blade CD, two appendices, 518 p.
Ye Olde Metal: 1973 to 1975 (2007), full trade 6” x 9” format, 232 pages, essays with interviews on classic old hard rock albums.
Judas Priest: Heavy Metal Painkillers (2007), album by album, 541 pictures, 8” x 10”, full colour throughout, 380 p.
Ye Olde Metal: 1976 (2008), full trade 6” x 9” format, 241 pages, essays with interviews on classic old hard rock albums.
Ye Olde Metal: 1977 (2008), full trade 6” x 9” format, 247 pages, essays with interviews on classic old hard rock albums.
All Access: The Art and History of the Backstage Pass (2008), full colour, hardcover, with nearly 1000 photos of passes.
Gettin’ Tighter: Deep Purple ‘68-76 (2008), my 250 page book looking at all the records through Mk. IV; lots of pictures too
Ye Olde Metal: 1978 (2008), 250 action-packed pages on Starz, Boyzz, Godz, DMZ... all the “z” bands.
Blue Öyster Cult: Secrets Revealed! (2009), new 2009 edition: new cover, 100 more pages, 174 pictures. 302 p.
Worlds Away: Voivod & the Art of Michel Langevin (2009), hard cover, full colour throughout, a mammoth compendium.
Goldmine Price Guide to 45 RPM Records, 7th. Ed. (2009), front essays, collectible info, 700-odd pages of listings, lots of pictures
Goldmine Record Album Price Guide, 6th. Ed. (2009), front essays, collectible info, 700-odd pages of listings, lots of pictures
A Castle Full of Rascals: Deep Purple ‘83 - ‘09 (2009), book on Purple covering second half of career; tons of new interviews
Goldmine Standard Catalogue of American Records, 7th Ed. (2010), front essays, collectible info, 1344 pages, lots of pictures
The Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal – Volume 4: The ‘00s (2011), 3,367 reviews, 572 pages, Metal Blade sampler included, 600,000 words
Black Sabbath FAQ (2011), 400 pages of trivia, odd topics, cool interview footage, memorabilia shots
The Deep Purple Royal Family – Chain of Events Through ‘79 (2011), 280 pages of detailed timeline and 542 memorabilia shots
The Deep Purple Royal Family – Chain of Events Through ‘80 - ‘11 (2011), 294 pages of detailed timeline and 513 memorabilia shots
Fighting My Way Back: Thin Lizzy 69 - 76 (2011), my 280-page history of the early years, with 238 graphics
We Will Be Strong: Thin Lizzy 76 - 81 (2012, my 256-page history of the classic mid-years, with 262 graphics
It’s Getting Dangerous: Thin Lizzy 81 – 12 (2012), the 248-page finale to my Thin Lizzy trilogy, with 236 images plus discography
Fade To Black: Hard Rock Cover Art Of The Vinyl Age (2012), my swanky hard cover coffee table book of album covers plus reviews of them
Epic Ted Nugent (2012), my 292-page book focusing on Ted’s Epic years albums; 220 graphics
Scorpions: Top of the Bill (2012), my packed 256-page biography of the Teutonic masters, plus 380 pictures
Rush: The Illustrated History (2013), my yummy, large format full colour coffee table book; includes 400 images
Ye Olde Metal: 1979 (2013), the sixth in this quite beloved series, covering 16 heavy or heavy-ish albums from a weird year
2 Minutes to Midnight: An Iron Maiden Day-By-Day (2013), my 246-page coffee table book set up diary-style with extensive quoting and images
Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History (2013), plush like the recent hardcover Rush and same format: the story, tons of memorabilia, reviews; reissued in expanded soft cover, 2016
The Art of Metal (2013), editorship plus wrote one chapter; a symphony of metal art and history by genre – a design dream
Smokin’ Valves: A Headbanger’s Guide to 900 NWOBHM Records (2014), a reviews book with of virtually every New Wave Of British Heavy Metal single and album
Sweating Bullets: The Deth and Rebirth Of Megadeth (2014), 340 pages of Megadeth catalogue analysis, live shots, memorabilia shots etc.
Steal Away the Night: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-By-Day (2014), a timeline with quotes odyssey celebrating all things Ozzy
The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal’s Debauched Decade (2014), a yummy, full colour, conceptually hefty celebration of glam metal from the ‘80s
Live Magnetic Air: The Unlikely Saga of the Superlative Max Webster (2014), 260 pages on a Canadian band with five studio albums from ‘76 to ‘80
Sail Away: Whitesnake’s Fantastic Voyage (2015), my 233-page biog of the band, capably published by Soundcheck Books; with colour shots
Who Invented Heavy Metal? (2015), my 256-page exploration of the question, ending in 1971; includes over 250 images
Sword and Tequila: Riot’s Classic First Decade (2015), detailed stories of the first five Riot albums and aftermath years, including a long epilogue charting the history to 2105.
Wheels of Steel: The Explosive Early Years of the NWOBHM (2015), my 240-page exploration of the years 1979 and 1980 in British metal, plus ramp-up
This Means War: The Sunset Years of the NWOBHM (2015), my 260 page follow-up to Wheels of Steel: The Explosive Early Years of the NWOBHM (2015), looks at the years 1981 through 1984
Kickstart My Heart: A Motley Crue Day-by-Day (2015), coffee table book-quality timeline with quotes examination of the bad boys’ career
Time and a Word: The Yes Story (2016), my 202-page detailed timeline with quotes oral history of the complete history of Yes including solo and side-projects
Ramones at 40 (2016), my 208 premium page coffee table book celebrating the entire catalogue, but issued 40 years to the month after the release of the band’s self-titled debut
Metal Heart: Aiming High with Accept (2016), my 260-page book on Germany’s finest metal purveyors, done in my usual analytical album-by-album, song-by-song methodology
Wind of Change: The Scorpions Story (2016), my 247-page UK-issued update of Scorpions: Top of the Bill
Agents of Fortune: The Blue Öyster Cult Story (2016), my 244-page UK-issued update of Blue Öyster Cult: Secrets Revealed!
From Dublin to Jailbreak: Thin Lizzy 1969-76 (2016), my 211-page UK-issued book reissuing material from my best-selling trilogy
Rock the Nation: Montrose, Gamma and Ronnie Redefined (2016), my 290-page book on the complete Montrose and Gamma catalogues; includes two colour inserts
Popoff Archive – 1: Doom Metal (2016), my 232-page book of interviews with Candlemass, Trouble, Crowbar, Down etc.
Popoff Archive – 2: Progressive Rock (2016), my 286-page book of interviews with Marillion, ELP, Jethro Tull, King Crimson etc.
Punk Tees: The Punk Revolution in 125 T-Shirts (2016), my 192-page, full colour book of punk shirts, stories and history
Popoff Archive – 3: Hair Metal (2017), my 260-page book of interviews with Poison, L.A. Guns, Warrant, Guns N’ Roses etc.
Popoff Archive – 4: Classic Rock (2017), my 256-page book of interviews with Cheap Trick, Bad Company, Aerosmith, Styx etc.
Hit the Lights: The Birth of Thrash (2017), my 240-page timeline with oral history book on thrash through 1983
Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers: The Rise of Motörhead (2017), my 260-page book documenting the classic early days lineup; an ECW Press book
Metal Collector: Gathered Tales from Headbangers (2017), stories from readers about autographs and record hunting
Rush: Album by Album (2017), my 192-page, full colour book examining all the albums with a team of experts
Caught in a Mosh: The Golden Era of Thrash (2017), my 236-page timeline with oral history book on thrash from late ‘83 through late ‘86
Led Zeppelin: All the Albums All the Songs (2017), my 250-page, hard cover, full colour book on all 81 Zep songs
Tornado of Souls: Thrash’s Titanic Clash (2017), my 300-page timeline with oral history book on thrash from late ‘86 to late ‘91
Lights Out: Surviving the ‘70s with UFO (2017), my 158-page examination of the Mick Bolton and classic Michael Schenker years
AC/DC: Album by Album (2017), my 256-page full-colour hardcover book using the expert interview format
The Clash: All the Albums All the Songs (2018), my 235-page, hard cover, full colour book on all 91 album tracks
Popoff Archive – 5: European Power Metal (2018), my 260-page book of interviews with Hammerfall, Primal Fear, Blind Guardian etc.
Popoff Archive – 6: American Power Metal (2018), my 278-page book of interviews with Iced Earth, Jag Panzer, Nevermore etc.
The Deep Purple Family Year by Year: Volume One (to 1979) (2018), my 282-page timeline with quotes book, including hundreds of images
The Deep Purple Family Year by Year: Volume Two (1980-2011) (2018), my 286-page follow-up, beginning with sorts Gillan, Whitesnake and Rainbow
Pink Floyd: Album by Album (2018), my 238-page, hard cover, full colour book discussing with a panel the catalogue
The Sun Goes Down: Thin Lizzy 1977-83 (2018), my 211-page book on Bad Reputation through Phil’s death
Judas Priest: Decade of Domination (2018), my in-depth 240-page book covering each album from ‘74 to ‘84
Unchained: A Van Halen User Manual (2018), my 304-page trivia-crammed book of easy reading flights o’ fancy on all things Van Halen
Welcome to My Nightmare: Fifty Years of Alice Cooper (2018), my large format, full colour 240-page celebration of a half century of Alice; 145,000 words
Sabotage! Black Sabbath in the Seventies (2018), my 286-page lovefest over the first eight Sabbath albums
Iron Maiden: Album by Album (2018), my 256-page hard cover, full colour coffee table book, roundtable on all the studio albums
Queen: Album by Album (2018), my 224-page hard cover, full colour coffee table book, roundtable on all the studio albums—yes, includes Sir Paul McCartney!
Riff Raff: The Top 250 Heavy Metal Songs of the ‘70s (2018), my 234-page book derived from a poll, then I analyze each track and include a relevant artist quote
Born Again! Black Sabbath in the Eighties and Nineties (2018), my mammoth 282-page tome covering Heaven and Hell through to Reunion
Judas Priest: Turbo ‘til Now (2019), my 290-page book covering Turbo through to Firepower