A Review of Rush - Contents Under Fire
[30 Years of Rush at Home & Away]
By: Martin Popoff

RUSH - Contents Under Fire
[30 Years of Rush at Home & Away],
by Martin Popoff [236 pages; ECW Press]

Martin Popoff's latest book is an exclusive biogrophy on Canada's biggest band - Rush. With the band, now celebrating 30 years together, Popoff has written an excellent biography of the band [just in time for their 30th Anniversary tour!], taken largely from new exclusive interviews he's done.  "Contents Under Pressure" sees the band members recall the bands earliest days, including memories of early bandmates such as drummer John Rutsey [who left after the first album]. The book is essential Rush reading, detailing the history of the band, their recordings, touring and outside activities.  

It gives exclusive and candid quotes on the band's changing musical phases, from the early 'prog-metal' stylings that resembled the likes of Zeppelin & Sabbath to the early 80s growth in the use of keyboards and experimentation, back to the band's latest works where they have deliberately steered back to the use of guitar and less keys.  The band discuss the making of various songs, the choice of producers over the years, right down to all the concepts and trivial album by album details.

Plenty of great road tales as well, including recollections of bands Rush toured [interesting quotes on UFO, Uriah Heep, Max Webster...].  'Contents...' is also filled with loads of rare pics and early photos.

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Review Kevin J. Julie (Universal Wheels) January '05