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
  • Signals
  • Grace Under Pressure
  • Power Windows
  • Hold Your Fire
  • A Show of Hands
  • Presto.

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 an’ shakers.

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 previous 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.

OK, back to me talkin’…books will be signed by me to you unless you wave your arms wildly and tell me otherwise within like half an hour of ordering!

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Book will be signed to you from me, so let me know if it is a present for someone else, or you don’t want it signed.

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Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:

Martin Popoff
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M4K 2Z2

Email [email protected] with any questions. Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!) for US orders.