Under-represented—until now!—in visual biography form, Mick Box and his
brethren in Uriah Heep are one of the most
beloved around the world of the original “big four” British hard rock cabals,
alongside Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and
Deep Purple. Indeed among these bands, only Deep Purple can boast as many
stamps on their passports, with Heep matching
their sister act for travel and triumph across the continents.
The band debuted in explosive fashion way back in 1970, rapidly following
their heavy metal-pioneering first record with
a string of classics, fully six astonishing full-length documents by the end
of 1973, including Demons and Wizards and
The Magician’s Birthday, both from 1972, arguably two of the founding
documents of the hard rock subgenres known as
progressive metal and power metal.
Tragedy would strike with the deaths of bassist Gary Thain and the (eventual)
death of original fronting legend David
Byron, but the band would persevere, experiencing a rebirth during the New
Wave of British Heavy Metal with 1982’s
Abominog, now considered on of the band’s finest. All the while, guitarist and
smiling Buddha of the band Mick Box and
his charges continued taking their messages of positivity and hope around the
world and back again, fired by Hammond
organ and the band’s signature five-part harmonies.
Soon Uriah Heep’s revolving door of lead vocalists would be closed, with the
arrival of Canadian Bernie Shaw to the fold
in 1987 and yet another rebirth, beginning for real with 1995’s Sea of Light
album and continuing to this day, with
2018’s Living the Dream having been heralded as the band’s best album since
the classics of the early ‘70s.
Uriah Heep: A Visual History celebrates this band’s 50-year history with more
than 600 images and a detailed Martin
Popoff timeline charting this band’s complex history, all presented in plush
coffee table book format, offering magazine
ads, tour posters, ticket stubs, album covers, 45 sleeves, live shots and
other rare memorabilia in tribute of this band
of purposeful well wishes and replenishing positive messages.
“Gypsy,” “Look at Yourself,” “Easy Livin,’” “July Morning,” “The Wizard,”
“Love Machine”… these are soaring and dramatic
hard rock epics of the ages, building blocks of a remarkable career now 24
studio albums deep, and Uriah Heep: A Visual
Biography examines every one of those records along the long path,
underscoring the unparalleled quality of musicianship
and production this band embraced from beginning to its current state, “living
the dream,” as it were, at the very top
of their goodly game.
As a note from my publisher
“The publication of Martin Popoff’s Uriah Heep: A Visual Biography is
something of a bittersweet event given recent
news. Following the very sad loss of Lee Kerslake in September 2020,
Popoff—having interviewed various band members over
the past few years—was all set to conduct another interview with Ken Hensley
in mid-November when the tragic news of
Ken’s sudden departure reached Heep fans around the world. Undeterred, the
decision that had already been made to
immortalize Uriah Heep with a comprehensive visual biography remained.
Popoff’s celebrated and detailed timeline takes us through more than fifty
years of massive rock history from this
much-loved band. From the early days with legendary front man David Byron,
through the John Lawton years; the John
Sloman- and Pete Goalby-fronted periods and from 1986 with Bernie Shaw taking
centre stage; all eras are comprehensively
covered. This differs from previous Uriah Heep books with the inclusion of so
many previously unpublished photos, along
with rare memorabilia and artifacts that makes this an indispensable addition
to the vast Uriah Heep catalogue.”
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