Monday, May 27, 2013

Book Review: Voyageur Press Rush Into Summer With "The Illustrated History"

Voyageur Press, in association with Quayside Publishing, has done it again. With the release of their latest book, "Rush: The Illustrated History," Voyageur Press continue upon the success of their high-quality products ("The Ultimate Illustrated History of" Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, AC/DC) with some of the most insightful information and eye-catching photos. This latest masterpiece was published on May 15 and features almost 200 pages full of classic pictures and memorabilia from throughout the band's career.
"Rush: The Illustrated History" begins with the origin of the three original members bass/singer Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer John Rutsey. It briefly covers the early years as the band was looking to build upon their local success in Toranto and Ontario. Once the band replaced Rutsey with "The Professor" Neil Peart on drums, their popularity grew, but the band did not find the freedom they were looking for, until the release of their classic 1976 album "2112." Author Martin Popoff tells the history of the band through first-hand accounts from Lee, Lifeson and Peart along with manager Ray Danniels and others who were close to the band. The book does breeze through some moments in Rush's history, but still captures the iconic moments of the band's legacy. Rush's 19 studio albums get reviewed by biographer Jeffrey Morgan, Neil Daniels ("Iron Maiden: The Illustrated History of the Beast") and musicologist Jeff Wagner as they give their personal insight to the meanings and impact of the album's songs.
"Rush: The Illustrated History" hits the mark as the "go to" book for amazing live pictures and memorabilia from the past 40 years. The only things missing which would have only added to the greatness of this book is a list of live shows from each tour and a set list to go along with each iconic tour. The book ends as rush embark on their Clockworks Angels tour at the end of 2012.
As they continue to make history with their induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and as the band continues performing as one of the elite live shows around, Rush has conquered all odds to be ranked as one of the top rock bands of all time. For more information on this newly released book, that is a must have Rush fans, please visit

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