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Welcome to my site, you rock-hard hard rock people, you. The prime purpose of having this is to provide a platform of information on my books, plans, current and past gigs etc. I answer every email I get, but a lot of the detail, in terms of what I'm asked in the various inquiries, is all right here. Hopefully, if you've written me, I haven't blown you off, but I really gotta watch the long detailed responses. Cool?


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NEWSFLASH

New 98¢ Ye Olde Metal essays added for three classic Judas Priest albums, and one each for Guns N' Roses, Mountain and ZZ Top.

These join long essays on the making of albums by Angel City, April Wine, Bad Company, Blackfoot, Dokken, Fastway, Foreigner, Gamma, Gillan, Hawkwind, Hanoi Rocks, Manowar, Mercyful Fate, Motorhead, Saxon, Sweet, Triumph, Trouble, Van Halen, Witchfinder General and Y&T, plus special catalogue re-packs for Dictators, Ram Jam, Rex, Starz and Lone Star.

Also just released as full-length $8.88 eBooks: Ye Olde Metal: 1979, Epic Ted Nugent and Scorpions: Top Of The Bill.

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Live Magnetic Air: The Unlikely Saga of the Superlative Max Webster is my most satisfying write ever ‘cos it’s about my favourite band of all time, and ain’t no one else was ever gonna do this. It’s 100,000 words of Canuck obscurity, but it’s also stuffed with Philip Kamin and Scott Feeney photos of this Canadian treasure.


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The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal’s Debauched Decade is a full-colour, hard-cover coffee table book utilizing a timeline with quotes format, studded with hundreds of memorabilia shots. The pre-history is here all the way to Little Richard, ramped up through the ‘70s, followed by huge year-by-year detail through the ‘80s as we lurch to a stop in 1991.


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Steal Away The Night: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-By-Day is a sumptuous, artfully designed, full-colour, hard-cover coffee table book utilizing a timeline with quotes format. Briefly we get the story of Sabbath, but there’s a wealth of Oz, with quotes from Ozzy and most band members, originating in my personal archive and beyond. If you dug the trip we took with the Maiden book, this is an encore performance, but just a little prettier.


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Sweating Bullets: The Deth And Rebirth Of Megadeth is my longest, most involved rock biography yet, comprising a look at the entire Megadeth catalogue through to Super Collider. It's my usual styles, over 150,000 words, lots of pictures etc. Tons of fresh interview footage etc.


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Smokin' Valves: A Headbanger's Guide To 900 NWOBHM Records is my record review book of virtually every New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (essentially '79 to a hard stop of 1983), plus hundreds of pictures, most of the catalogue numbers, and a couple of appendices compiling the 9's and 10's.


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The Art Of Metal is a unique trip through metal artwork partitioned by genre. Edited and overseen by myself and Malcom Dome, we each also wrote a chapter, with the other chapters by esteemed rock critics. This is as much a top-flight design book as anything, but there is much to read as well, with a ton of first-hand dialogue from rockers and designers and illustrators throughout.


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Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History is my doorstop of a celebration of all things Metallica, featuring the complete story succinctly, plus involved reviews of all the albums by famous rock journos, all served on a crisp bed of pictures and more pictures.


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2 Minutes To Midnight: An Iron Maiden Day-By-Day is my sumptuous full colour coffee table book of all things Maiden (and solo). Stuffed with photography and memorabilia shots, the book is a labyrinth of Maiden trivia presented in diary format, with tons of illustrative quotes from my mostly unpublished Maiden archive and beyond.


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Ye Olde Metal: 1979 examines 16 albums in detail, all from 1979, extensive new interview footage included. The book is the biggest in the series yet, at 267 pages, 6" x 9" format. This time, we celebrate April Wine, New England, Hounds, Teaze, Motorhead, Nazareth, City Boy, Blackfoot, Legs Diamond, Bad Company, TKO, Triumph, Streetheart, Riot, Foreigner and Whitesnake.


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Rush: The Illustrated History is my plush and flush full color large format coffee table book including the story of the band, long reviews of the whole catalogue by top journos and something like 400 images.


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Scorpions: Top of The Bill is my 256 page book which, hard to believe, is actually the first biography of the Teutonic metal masters. Every record from Lonesome Crow to Comeblack is covered in detail, on info-packed pages additionally accented by 380 pictures.


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Epic Ted Nugent is my 292 page book on The Whackmaster's fascinating, shoot 'em up rock 'n' roll career, focusing mainly on his classic albums for Epic Records, from '75 through '81. But there's also a rich Amboy Dukes history, plus all of his Atlantic Records years and then his killer komeback with Craveman and Love Grenade.


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Fade To Black is my massive celebration of the hard rock album cover, with my reviews of each, plus stories from the bands and the artists themselves, Top 100 lists from myself and cover artist Ioannis, who helped gather images and oversee design. Full colour, large format... rubber cover!


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It's Getting Dangerous: Thin Lizzy 81 - 12 is the third and final book in my Thin Lizzy trilogy, following up Fighting My Way Back: Thin Lizzy 69 - 76 and We Will Be Strong: Thin Lizzy 76 - 81. The new title is 248 pages of Lizzy trivia, studded with 236 rare and archival pictures of memorabilia plus Phil and the boys rockin' out live. The book covers Renegade, Thunder And Lightning, Grand Slam, Phil solo, Phil's death, the reemergence of the band without Phil, and adds an extensive discography.


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We Will Be Strong: Thin Lizzy 76 - 81 is the sequel to Fighting My Way Back: Thin Lizzy 69 - 76. The new title is 256 pages of rockin’ Lizzy trivia, studded with 262 rare and archival pictures of memorabilia plus Phil and the boys rockin' out live. The book covers the classic drastic plastic otherwise known as Bad Reputation, Live And Dangerous, Black Rose and Chinatown.


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Fighting My Way Back: Thin Lizzy 69 - 76 is my 280 page book on Lizzy's early years, basically inception through the first six albums, culminating in the smash hit Jailbreak. The style? It's my usual album by album, track by track analysis, with lots of fresh interviews, accompanied by a whopping 238 photos and rare memorabilia shots.


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The Deep Purple Royal Family - Chain Of Events '80 - '11 is my elegantly designed follow-up to the early years volume. It's a 294 page tome consisting of a detailed timeline and numerous band quotes, tons of trivia, all sorts of new weirdness unearthed, plus a monster 513 memorabilia shots of everything imaginable.


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The Deep Purple Royal Family - Chain Of Events Through '79 is my elegantly designed 280 page tome consisting of a detailed timeline and numerous band quotes, tons of trivia, all sorts of new weirdness unearthed, plus a monster 542 memorabilia shots of everything imaginable.


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Black Sabbath FAQ is my 400 page tome of trivia, odd stories, cool lists, records ranked, rarities ogled, fresh interview footage, memorabilia shots… just a massive grab-bag of (occasionally manic) writing on various topics Sabbath-steeped and doomed to be interesting.


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The Collector's Guide To Heavy Metal - Volume 4: The '00s is a co-write between myself and David Perri. It's a 578 page book of 3,367 heavy metal record reviews of albums released between 2000 and 2009. I scribbled 1,748 of them and David, 1,619. As well, there's a Metal Blade sampler and Top 100 lists form both of us.


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Goldmine Record Album Books: These are my mammoth 700 page LP and 45rpm price guides (American Records is 1344 pages!), I did for Goldmine. Much of it is updating existing databases with new entries, new prices, but there are also some introductory essays on collecting.


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A Castle Full Of Rascals: Deep Purple '83-'09 is my new, approx. 300 page book covering part 2 of Purple's career (see also my Gettin' Tighter: Deep Purple '68-'76. Lots of new interviews, lots of pictures of the band plus memorabilia shots, discography - a love-in for the Morse era and beyond.


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Worlds Away: Voivod & the Art Of Michel Langevin Michel is a killer artist, and this included hundreds of his freaky monsters PLUS the story of the art and his band, Voivod. It's large format, hard cover, only 3000 copies, and stuffed with both text and pictures, hundreds rarely seen. Heavier in every way than our Derek Riggs book.


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Blue Oyster Cult: Secrets Revealed! A monster update/overhaul of this, my most interesting band bio! New interview footage from most of the guys in the band plus some other folks, plus 174 live shots and records and memorabilia shots. It all makes for 100 more pages of Cultster mischief and mayhem. I added a discography as well.


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Ye Olde Metal: 1978 The fifth in the series, featuring detailed analysis and interviews concerning specific old albums, this time by The Godz, Uriah Heep, The Hounds, DMZ, The Boyzz, Ram Jam, Streetheart, Pat Travers Band, Yesterday And Today etc. Cool rare photos, lotsa fun!


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Gettin' Tighter: Deep Purple '68-76 contains 250 pages of analysis of all the albums from Mk. I through Mk. IV. Extensive interviewing of the band members (plus myriad other rockers) results in a thorough look at every song plus a fair bit of tour discussion, photos, pictures of covers and ads, plus a discography.


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All Access: The Art And History Of The Backstage Pass is my new large format, full colour coffee table art book of backstage passes. Lots of text as well, which gives the history of pass technology plus stories of uses and abuses through the years. A good read as well as nearly 1000 yummy photos.


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Ye Olde Metal: 1977 examines 18 albums in detail, all from 1977, extensive new interview footage included. The book is 247 pages, 6" x 9" format, and is the fourth in this series. This time, we celebrate Derringer, Angel, Sweet, Moxy, The Dictators, Starz, Triumph, Styx, Motorhead, Lone Star, Dirty Tricks, Piper, Goddo, Ram Jam, Rex, Point Blank, Hydra and Legs Diamond.


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Ye Olde Metal: 1976 examines 13 albums in detail, all from 1976, extensive new interview footage included. The book is 241 pages, 6" x 9" format, and is the third in this series. This time, up for grabs is Rex, Ted Nugent, Scorpions, Teaze, Moxy, Angel, Point Blank, Max Webster, Lone Star, Starz, Foghat, Boston and Kansas.


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Judas Priest: Heavy Metal Painkillers is my massive, 380 page biography of the band, track by track, album by album, Halford and Fight stuff included. The book is a biggie 8" x 10" format, with an embossed cover and a killer 541 photos and memorabilia shots. I've interviewed the guys many, many times over the years, and there's a bunch of cool trivia included here. Looks very much like my Sabbath book but it's longer, with way more photos - gorgeous!


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Ye Olde Metal: 1973 To 1975 is the second of a series limited to 1000 copies, numbered, signed by me. These books will comprise long in-depth essays with interview footage, examining classic hard rock albums from the past. The first book is 232 pages and covers BTO, Nazareth, Montrose, New York Dolls, Foghat, ZZ Top, Robin Trower, Buffalo, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Uriah Heep, The Dictators, Budgie and Status Quo.


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The Collector's Guide To Heavy Metal – Volume 3: The Nineties is my 518 page book of 3,073 heavy metal record reviews of albums released between 1990 and 1999. Hundreds and hundreds of new reviews over and above the '97 book. As well, there's a Metal Blade sampler and two Top 100 appendices.


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Ye Olde Metal: 1968 To 1972 is the first of a series limited to 1000 copies, numbered, signed by me. These books will comprise long in-depth essays with interview footage, examining classic hard rock albums from the past. The first book is 231 pages and covers Blue Cheer, Sir Lord Baltimore, Bloodrock, Warpig, MC5, Cactus, Mountain, Uriah Heep, Nitzinger, Dust, Humble Pie, Buffalo, Captain Beyond And Trapeze.


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Run For Cover: The Art Of Derek Riggs is a full colour, high quality, large format book of Derek's art over the years, the anchor of the project being his Eddie's for Iron Maiden. But there's lots more besides that, plus what is essentially Derek's biography (mostly as pertains to the paintings), written by me, in extensive conversation with Derek.


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Black Sabbath: Doom Let Loose is my full colour, full format, 355 page bio on the Sabs – fully one kilogram of doom. It’s my liveliest and most detailed band bio of them all, and the prettiest, with 127 photos and 246 memorabilia shots. All eras of the band are covered with equal attention, using loads of previously unpublished material from my chats with the band over the years.


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Dio: Light Beyond The Black is my book on the Dio band, including information right up until the Holy Diver – Live release. Extensive interviews of my own with Ronnie over the years were used, as well as multiple chats with Vinny Appice, Vivian Campbell, Jimmy Bain and Doug Aldrich. Tracy G, Rowan Robertson, Jens Johansson, Mike Fraser and Jeff Pilson also are included in the telling of the story, which covers in detail, each studio album from Holy Diver through Master Of The Moon. Discography and a few photos also included, as well as much coverage of the tours.


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The Collector’s Guide To Heavy Metal – Volume 2: The Eighties is my 432 page book of 2,528 heavy metal record reviews of albums released between 1980 and 1989. A sick number of rarities are covered. Hundreds of new reviews over the ’97 book. As well, there’s a Metal Blade sampler, some cover shots, and two Top 100 appendices.


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Rainbow: English Castle Magic is my 228 page book on the legendary Ritchie Blackmore vehicle Rainbow, also domain of beloved and classic Ronnie James Dio and Joe Lynn Turner recordings. Like the UFO and BOC, the book is album by album, song by song, utilizing my many, mostly unpublished interviews with the boys. Band and solo discographies are included. The notorious hirings and firings, ghosts and practical jokes, drugs and drink… it’s all here.


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UFO: Shoot Out The Lights is my 257 page book on the classic and fantastic British band of rogues known as UFO. The book is album by album, song by song, utilizing my many, mostly unpublished interviews with the boys. Band and solo discographies are included. A damn fine looking book, although we decided not to include any photos (long story).


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BOOKS AVAILABLE AT CHEAP PRICES!

I’ve got some very slightly damaged copies of some of my books available, at cheap prices. These maybe have the cover a little bent, or look a little “flipped through” as they had been in stores and are since returned. Seriously, they aren’t that bad. But, if you don’t mind getting a less than Mint copy of one of my books, at a discount…

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The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Singles is my 227 page book in which I review and/or describe 580 NWOBHM singles (mostly 7 inchers), provide a market value for them, and pictures of 424 of them. Included as well: catalogue number info, dates and label info.


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Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years Of Rush At Home & Away is my 230 page, 270 photo book, authorized by the band to be sold on tour and at bookstores. The book is full colour throughout and examines each album and each tour from the club days until the 30th Anniversary tour. Fresh interviews with all three members are included.


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Blue Oyster Cult: Secrets Revealed! is my 193 page book on Blue Oyster Cult, more specifically, all the albums (the chapters are named thusly) and all of the songs. Original interviews for the book were conducted with band members Buck, Eric, Albert, Joe, and Bobby, plus cover artists Greg Scott and Ioannis, biz folk Murray Krugman and Sandy Pearlman, plus lyricists Richard Meltzer, John Shirley, Helen Wheels and David Roter, the latter two, now deceased.


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The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time Book is my 450 page, 7"x 10" format book that tallies the results of a huge, worldwide poll on greatest metal albums ever. Included are artist quotes for almost every album, a review by me on each one as well, many album cover shots, top ten lists from the rockers themselves, my own Top 25 plus tabulations of the data by band, album, year and country of origin and other appendices not part of the similar format Songs book.


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The Collector’s Guide To Heavy Metal – Volume 1: The Seventies is a book of 1,162 heavy metal record reviews (with a pretty stretchy definition of the term, mind you) of records from the ‘70s with a dip into the ‘60s. Most of what’s in here wasn’t in the original book, and even those reviews that were, have been greatly revamped. Very cool appendices, a full-length ‘70s rarities sampler, and 188 album cover shots are also included.


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The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time Book is my 486 page book that tallies the results of a huge, worldwide poll on greatest metal tracks ever. Included are artist quotes for almost every song, a review by me on each song, photos of dozens of singles and EPs, top ten lists from the rockers themselves, my own Top 25 plus tabulations of the data by band, album, year and country of origin.

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Southern Rock Review contains detailed, quite biographical reviews of 410 southern rock albums. The book is 200 pages and contains about 150 album cover shots, some rare, many just classic. Also included: a 10 track CD sampler of southern greats, an "If You Like..." appendix and a list of my 8's, 9's and 10's.

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The Collector's Guide To Heavy Metal is my book of 3,750 heavy metal record reviews, released in late '97. The book is 540 pages of tiny text, no pictures, 600,000 words of me spouting off. The book also contains a full-length, 19 track metal sampler of bands on the Century Media label, a glossary of terms, my rock lists, and a list of the 400 or so albums I rated as a 9 or a 10.

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The Goldmine Heavy Metal Record Price Guide is the world's first price guide for heavy metal records. The book is 368 large format 8 1/2 x 11 pages comprising 11,800 separate entries/prices for heavy metal LPs, EPs and 12" singles from around the world, 300 photos of rare booty, thousands of descriptive notes, a full-length 18 track Metal Blade CD, interviews with Metal Blade's Brian Slagel and Neat Records' Jess Cox, a history and lengthy definition of heavy metal and my Top 10 heavy metal albums of each of the last 30 years.

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Let's clear up the odd, generic title first! This book (my newest) is one of a series of what will eventually comprise 13 books on 13 different genres of music, commissioned by the publisher, all written with a focus and style picked by the author. "Heavy Metal" was written with the following subtitle in mind: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Bands Of All Time. Geddit? Good. There's actually quite a bit to explain.

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That's it for my book stuff. Just a brief explanation of what you'll see in the other sections of my page. My bio is a point form list of the stuff I've done in this crazy metal biz and beyond. What I'm working on now answers that main question about when the update of the reviews book is coming (long way off, long story, go read!). The links page takes you to my other main affiliations, www.bravewords.com, and www.hardradio.com (there's a good 300 reviews there that I've done since the book came out!) as well as a handful of other miscellaneous folks you should know. Contact info is just that, but just to make things easy and everywhere-ish, email me at martinp@inforamp.net if you still have questions on anything.

Thanks again fer checkin' in!
Martin Popoff