This is for the PAPERBACK version of Limelight: Rush in the ‘80s.
Same contents as the hardcover exactly (including the colour photo sections),
but with different cover design, as you
can see – including a nice spot-varnish job that doesn’t come through in the
picture. The new design matches the concept
used on the paperback version of Anthem, also now available.
The book is 318 pages, comprising, along with Anthem (still available!) and
follow-up 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. 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:
- Permanent Waves
- Moving Pictures
- Exit… Stage Left
- Grace Under Pressure
- Power Windows
- Hold Your Fire
- A Show of Hands
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
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.
Bio: Martin Popoff is the author of 110 books on music, including four
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.
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