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Product Details

  • Series: Faq Series
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879309571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879309572
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin Popoff has written 30 books on heavy metal, classic rock, and record collecting, including biographies on Rush, UFO, Rainbow, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult, and Black Sabbath. At approximately 9,000 published record reviews, Martin has (unofficially) written more record reviews than anybody living or passed on. Martin is currently working on a 16-episode documentary on heavy metal for VH1 Classic.

More About the Author

Periodical Journalism:

Editorships: HardRadio - Reviews Editor and Writer (Hard Reviews), Interviews Editor and Writer (Hard Views); bravewords.com: Senior Editor.

Contributing Writer: Goldmine, bravewords.com.

Past Work: Amazon.com, musicmusicmusic.com, hmv.com, metalshop.com, CMJ, Chart, chartattack.com, Outsider, VH1.com, Glass Eye, Maximum Guitar, Guitar World, Lollipop, Record Collector, Revolver, Live Wire, Enrage, Radio M.O.I..com, Juggernaut, Classic Rock, bwbk.com, lollipop.com, seaoftranquility.com, interview radio show called BraveWords Radio at internet station VirtuallyCanadian '96 - '98, BBC doc on heavy metal, long-form reviews and features for special edition metal Hammer mags on AC/DC and Iron Maiden, Foreword in Neil Daniels' book, All Pens Blazing: A Heavy Metal Wwriters Handbook, Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles ('94 - '08): Editor In Chief and Writer, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage feature film and DVD - Researcher, Metal Evolution (11 episode series on metal genres for VH1 Classic), a Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen production - Researcher.


Books:

Riff Kills Man! 25 Years Of Recorded Hard Rock & Heavy Metal (1993)
-1,945 album reviews, 440 p.

The Collector's Guide To Heavy Metal (1997)
- update of Riff Kills Man!: 3750 album reviews, 540 p., 600,000 words, full-length CD sampler, in fourth printing

Goldmine Heavy Metal Record Price Guide (2000)
- 11,800 entries, 300 photos, 368 p., best of list, essays, full-length CD sampler

Heavy Metal: 20th Century Rock And Roll (2000)
- part of series, themed as The Fifty Most Influential Bands In Heavy Metal, essays, interview segments, discographies, best of lists, 190 p.

Southern Rock Review (2001)
- 410 southern rock record reviews, 150 album cover shots, 200 p., 10 tr. CD sampler, appendices

The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time (2003)
- poll winners, reviews of each, artist quotes for approx. 460 of them, singles shots, artist lists, 486 p.

The Collector's Guide To Heavy Metal - Volume 1: The Seventies (2003)
- 1162 reviews of '70s hard rock albums, most not in original '97 source book (and those that were, expanded/rewritten), 188 album cover shots, seven appendices, 12 tr. rarities sampler, 344 p.

The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time (2004)
- Like the Songs book but better, longer quotes and reviews, longer overall, due to 7" x 10" page size (450 p.). New appendices etc. Winners from a poll, reviews by me, artist quotes for almost all entries.

Blue Oyster Cult: Secrets Revealed (2004)
- A 193 p. bio of the band (focus on albums and songs); original interviews with Buck, Eric, Albert, Joe, and Bobby, plus Greg Scott, Ioannis, Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, Richard Meltzer, John Shirley, Helen Wheels and David Roter.

Contents Under Pressure: 30 Year of Rush At Home & Away (2004)
- a 230 page book with 270 photos (most quite rare) authorized by the band, with fresh interviews, to be sold in bookstores and on tour; full colour throughout, 7" x 10" format.

The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Singles (2005)
- 580 reviews, 424 pictures of rare singles, prices, catalog #s, dates, label info, 192 p.

UFO: Shoot Out The Lights (2005)
- album by album, song by song "bio" of the band, much new interview footage, 257 p.

Rainbow: English Castle Magic (2005)
- album by album, song by song "bio" of the band, much new interview footage, 228 p.

The Collector's Guide To Heavy Metal - Volume 2: The Eighties (2005)
- 2,528 reviews of '80s albums, Metal Blade CD, album cover shots, two appendices, 432 p.

Dio: Light Beyond The Black
- album by album, song by song "bio" of the band, much new interview footage, 207 p.

Black Sabbath: Doom Let Loose
- all eras covered in detail, full colour throughout, large format, 1 kg of doom, 355 p.

Run For Cover: The Art Of Derek Riggs (2006)
- full colour, large format, high quality art book, with loads of chat from Derek, 180 p.

Ye Olde Metal: 1968 to 1972 (2007)
- full trade 6" x 9" format, 231 pages, essays with interviews on classic old hard rock albums.

The Collector's Guide To Heavy Metal - Volume 3: The Nineties (2007)
- 3,073 reviews of '90s albums, Metal Blade CD, two appendices, 518 p.

Ye Olde Metal: 1973 to 1975 (2007)
- full trade 6" x 9" format, 232 pages, essays with interviews on classic old hard rock albums.

Judas Priest: Heavy Metal Painkillers (2007)
- album by album, 541 pictures, 8" x 10", full colour throughout, 380 p.

Ye Olde Metal: 1976 (2008)
- full trade 6" x 9" format, 241 pages, essays with interviews on classic old hard rock albums.

Ye Olde Metal: 1977 (2008)
- full trade 6" x 9" format, 247 pages, essays with interviews on classic old hard rock albums.

All Access: The Art And History Of The Backstage Pass (2008)
- full colour, hardcover, with nearly 1000 photos of passes.

Gettin' Tighter: Deep Purple '68-76 (2008)
- my 250 page book looking at all the records through Mk. IV; lots of pictures too

Ye Olde Metal: 1978 (2008)
- 250 action packed pages on Starz, Boyzz, Godz, DMZ... all the "z" bands.

Blue Oyster Cult! Secrets Revealed! (2009)
- new 2009 edition: new cover, 100 more pages, 174 pictures.

Worlds Away: Voivod & The Art Of Michel Langevin (2009)
- hard cover, full colour throughout, a mammoth compendium.

Goldmine Price Guide To 45 RPM Records, 7th. Ed. (2009)
- front essays, collectible info, 700-odd pages of listings, lots of pictures

Goldmine Record Album Price Guide, 6th. Ed. (2009)
- front essays, collectible info, 700-odd pages of listings, lots of pictures

A Castle Full Of Rascals: Deep Purple '83 - '09 (2009)
- book on Purple covering second half of career; tons of new interviews

Goldmine Standard Catalogue of American Records, 7th Ed. (2010)
- front essays, collectible info, 1344 pages, lots of pictures

The Collector's Guide To Heavy Metal - Volume 4: The '00s (2011)
- 3,367 reviews, 572 pages, Metal Blade sampler included

Black Sabbath FAQ (2011)
- 400 pages of trivia, odd topics, cool interview footage, memorabilia shots

The Deep Purple Royal Family - Chain Of Events Through '79
- 280 pages of detailed timeline and 542 memorabilia shots

The Deep Purple Royal Family - Chain Of Events Through '80 - '11 (2011)
- 294 pages of detailed timeline and 513 memorabilia shots

Fighting My Way Back: Thin Lizzy 69 - 76 (2011)
- my 280 page history of the early years, with 238 graphics

We Will Be Strong: Thin Lizzy 76 - 81 (2012
- my 256 page history of the classic mid-years, with 262 graphics

It's Getting Dangerous: Thin Lizzy 81 - 12 (2012)
- the 248 page finale to my Thin Lizzy trilogy, with 236 images plus discography

Fade To Black: Hard Rock Cover Art Of The Vinyl Age
- my swanky hard cover coffee table book of album covers plus reviews of them

Epic Ted Nugent
- my 292 page book focusing on Ted's Epic years albums; 220 graphics



Miscellaneous:

Record Label biographies: approximately 72.

CD liner notes: approximately 30, including work for Dio, Danzig, Testament, Montrose, Molly Hatchet, Love/Hate, Mahogany Rush, War Babies, Badlands, Moxy, Razor, Anvil, Twisted Sister, Blind Vengeance, Nasty Savage, Love/Hate, Kraken, Trouble, Nevermore, Stuck Mojo and various metal and southern rock compilations

Interviews completed, fully transcribed: 1475

Rhino/Warner Heavy Metal Box liner essay: My contribution is approximately 75 or 80, 100-word "reviews" pertaining to the track selection.

AC/DC - High-Voltage Rock 'n' Roll: The Ultimate Illustrated History. Contribution of long-form reviews of The Razors Edge and Black Ice. In production is a similar coffee table book on Aerosmith, for which I contributed reviews of Draw The Line and Rock In A Hard Place.

Metal Blade box set: one 5000 word history of Metal Blade

My Sabbath, Rainbow and UFO books are available in German. The Sabbath is also available in Czech. The two Deep Purples will soon be out in German. These are all through Matthias Mader and Iron Pages, at www.ip-verlag.de. The Dio book will soon be issued in a Bulgarian edition.


In A Previous Life:

Born and raised in British Columbia, Canada., B.A. In English, M.B.A. in Marketing, Xerox Corp. (Rookie Of The Year in '88: Yay!), nine years as co-owner of The Perfect Page, graphic design, print brokering.


Coordinates:

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

martinp@inforamp.net (PayPal also accepted with that address)

www.martinpopoff.com

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AliGhaemi on November 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
About fifteen years ago something unexpected happened in the music industry. No, it wasn't that the music business began folding unto itself. After all, years of mismanagement, contempt for the customer and artists and short-sighted greed was bound to dinosaurize the obtuse (my sincere and complete apologies to all the regular retards that are bound to justifiably be insulted by this analogy) that infested the 'industry.' What I am referring to is the proliferation of music-related books. These books - biography or reference formatted - always existed, but a dozen years ago they snowballed with a vengeance. From autobiographies by musicians and authorized reference books on bands to encyclopediac titles flossing as far as the rear end of an 'artist' as was possible the shelves were filled.

Martin Popoff has been prolific and has now written a new book on Black Sabbath. You know this is not his first book on the band because he tells you so and even somewhat admits that the other book would be a better starting point for fans of the Sabs. Then again, he would say that given how the reader has presumably already purchased this one, wouldn't he?
So, what about the FAQ?

Well, firstly, it is not a FAQ. After all, how many people out there are frequently posing the question, 'at which position did Cross Purposes chart in Switzerland?' The 400 pages are better described as a compilation of information and trivia of which there is quite a bit. There is so much of it that it has all been mishmashed, mixed and moulded, for the most part, in no chronological order from start to finish. Much of it is interesting, most of it for diehards and all, but personally - yes this is the subjective part - I was never a big Black Sabbath-with-Ozzy fan.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eric Bjorgum on June 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you like heavy metal, you will like Martin Popoff. He writes a ridiculous amount on the subject. He's over 30 books by now, most if not all of them incredibly detailed. And just when you think he is done, he has more. I got his "Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal" in the 1990's, and he was the first guy to take seriously a lot of the records I grew up with. As massive as that was, he then expanded it into three (and now four) volumes, by decade, addings hundreds of reviews. Now comes a second book on Black Sabbath, the first being "Doom Let Loose". This one promises to cover all new ground and sort of reads like a trivia guide, but one written by a true fan.

Popoff's love of his subject matter sets him apart from many metal writers. It's evident off the bat here as he writes in the Foreword about pounding his psyche with "We Sold Our Soul For Rock n Roll" over a weekend doing a junior high school project. How many thousands of kids have that same story? "We Sold Our Soul," with its cheesy coffin photo, was a gateway drug for many. "Iron Man," "Paranoid," "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", "Snowblind" -- all in one package. I forgot about that comp. before reading this, but, if you grew up with metal and lived it, Popoff's opening shot rings profoundly true.

So it is with the remainder of this book. There is plenty of coverage of things you might expect, but there is TON of stuff that a Sabbath fan will read and say "you know, that's a good question -- I never really thought about it, but . . ." He has short chapters on the Van Halen tour (where Van Halen allegedly blew BS off the stage consistently), Sandy Pearlman (think Kim Fowley in metal with a college degree), Geezer Butler's peace loving nature and war weary lyrics, the birth of doom metal, and he treats later albums (i.e.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By metal1121 on August 4, 2011
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Don't get me wrong, Sabbath is the greatest heavy metal band ever and this book goes nicely into all the important stuff. The best part is that it doesn't give you just the basic stuff that any decent Sabbath fan would already know. The book goes WAY above and beyond that stuff. My problem is in the presentation. The book reads like stereo instructions. If you were doing research and needed to know some obscure fact, this is where you'd go. But to sit and read about your favorite band, this wouldn't be the way to go. After a bit you'd fall asleep. Even a baseball fanatic would become bored reading a list of batting averages. This book reads in that way. Awesome information......OK formatting.
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