Yes: A Visual Biography is my weighty 1.65 kg, 8 ½” x 12” hardback
table book on Jon Anderson and Chris Squire
and their minstrel buddies of Mensa rock madness.
The chief mission is to celebrate the first ten years of the band’s sublime
career, utilizing a timeline and quotes
format, putting back into service a revised version of the text used in my
long out of print book, Yes: Time and a Word.
But that’s just the start. Besides the fully 90,000 words of academic timeline
framing and commentary from the band in
their own words, the book features fully 283 pictures, placed reverently upon
224 pages of sumptuous 100 lb. gloss
As the publisher’s blurb attests (slight edit notwithstanding):
Yes: A Visual Biography documents the progressive rock pioneer’s first 12
years from the release of their eponymous
debut album through to 1980’s Drama. It’s a suitable label for a band whose
career has been full of drama as documented
in Popoff’s narrative, an action-packed treatise that charts Yes’s ups and
downs as the band emerged from the ‘60s with
a full-on assault on the ‘70s music scene that saw them become one of the
biggest acts in the world, selling out venues
from New York’s Madison Square Garden to London’s Wembley Arena.
Popoff takes you on a journey from the early days of the band with original
members Chris Squire, Jon Anderson, Bill
Bruford, Peter Banks and Tony Kaye, to the hugely successful ‘70s when the
likes of Steve Howe, Patrick Moraz, Rick
Wakeman and Alan White all added their individual stamps on the band’s
identity. Then we witness the surprise union with
The Buggles that saw Yes enter the ‘80s a world apart from the way they had
entered the ‘70s, while continuing to
delight their legion of fans.
Throughout the book Popoff draws on his own interviews conducted with various
band members throughout the last two
decades, leaving much of the story to be told in their own words, along with a
smattering of album reviews by the author
Weighing in at over 1.5 kg, this large format coffee table book is fully
illustrated throughout, documenting the story
visually from the late ‘60s through to 1980. As well as an abundance of
concert images, the stunning photographic
content is topped off with many off-stage shots including a selection of
photos taken at Morgan Studios in London during
the recording of 1973’s audacious and extravagant Tales From Topographic
Oceans. Yes: A Visual Biography serves as a
critical addition to any Yes fan’s collection.
Price including shipping (yes, it’s higher than usual, but this is now ordered
in very low quantities):
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