Dudes, do not hesitate if you want this. It's limited to 3000 copies, and is
so gorgeous and yummy and intellectually substantive, stocks won't last long.
The book is hard cover, large 9" x 12" format, full colour throughout on
premium stock, laid out and printed expertly by the same team who did my book
on Derek Riggs. Hundred and hundred of killer artworks are scattered
throughout the book - loads of them previously unseen, loads of them explained
and contextualized for the first time... we're talking from the '70s on.
I've written it very similar to the way I did the Riggs, but the bonus is that
you can consider it a bit of a Voivod biography as well. The different eras of
Michel's art are linked to the records at the time, and I've used footage from
extensive new interviews with Michel and Snake as well as my previous archived
chats with them, as well as with Piggy, Jason Newsted, Eric Forrest, Dave
Grohl, plus other rockers Michel has inspired, influenced, or even did art
For those who need a refresher on Michel, here's a quote from Phil Anselmo:
"Drummer extraordinaire known as Away, of the masters of Intergalactic Warcore
Voivod, is the band's artistic visionary, and his brand of art complements and
refines itself with each LP in perfect accordance with the band's different
themes and musical growth. From chaotic, battle-ready skull-faced warriors, to
his technically intimidating mecha-space stations ruling a star-dotted world
of his own invention, his foreboding odd caricatures wander across landscapes
on another planet, in another galaxy. Somehow his artwork depicted the music
you were hearing - and the feeling it gave you while staring at Away's album
cover artwork - like an extraterrestrial concoction exploding in your head and
hurtling you through space in an escape pod, heading to another
spider-spinning sandy dimension that only Away and Voivod could invent."
Philip H. Anselmo (and the H stands for Hatross)
Lemme tell you, Michel is a very cool dude, intelligent, with interesting
stories behind both the music and the heavily-relating artwork. Plus of
course, he's an amazing artist. This is a righteous tome, and - very
satisfying to me - it achieves a life goal for Michel with respect to seeing
his life work in art book form.
Note - you must order a book now to reserve one. They will ship in MID TO LATE
I currently have none of these for sale, but it is
available through Michel at the official Voivod site, www.voivod.com. Just click on Art Book.