Welcome to my epic 290-page journey through the life and times of Ronnie
Montrose. Included is a discography section as well as two sections of colour
photography, as well as my usual plethora of black and white shots throughout.
I went pretty deep with this one using footage from fully 40 personal
interviews (including three with Ronnie himself), along with my usual
exploration of the available press on these bands, of which there was very
little. This is a story virtually untold until now.
As the back cover blurb attests...
As is expected with any Martin Popoff book, this long-awaited treatise on
Montrose and Gamma is first and foremost the story of the five Montrose and
four Gamma records, their making and baking, the hirings and firings, the
superlative delivery live.
And within the detailed analysis, one of course gets to celebrate with the
author Montrose classics like “Rock the Nation,” “Make it Last,” “Rock Candy,”
“Bad Motor Scooter,” “I Got the Fire,” “Matriarch” and “Jump on It,” along
with the entirety of the Gamma years, including the top-shelf Gamma 2, an
album Popoff considers the equal to the earth-shattering first Montrose album
But there’s a darker turn to this extensive tribute as well, as we look at
Ronnie’s shocking suicide in 2012, before we correct the record, so to speak,
looking at his legacy as articulated by those who played with him and knew him
best. All told, it’s a rough ride, with unsettling doses of negativity, but
once our tale winds down, there are more than enough lessons on creativity to
satisfy any lover of the arts, particularly those centred around the type of
six-string mayhem cooked up by the hero of our story, Ronnie Montrose.
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