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Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home and Away [Kindle Edition]

Martin Popoff
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This is a detailed history of the exhaustive road experience of Canadian rock icons Rush. Celebrating the nad's 30th anniversary, this book features in-depth original interviews with Geddy Lee, Alex lifeson and Neil Peart. From the author of the Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time and the Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time, comes another authoritative piece of music journalism that will satisfy the curiosity of all fans of this enigmatic Canadian institution.


Together, history's loudest Order of Canada recipients conjure the sights and sounds of their strange journey: one that began in the microscopic, sometimes hostile clubs of Ontario and culminated in hockey barns, arenas, and stadiums all over the world. The announcement of an impending Rush tour is major entertainment news all over the world, and a cause for celebration for the fanatical following the band has created with their grace, humour, intellect, focus, and spellbinding musicianship.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lifeson, Lee und Peart erzählen aus 30 Jahren Rush 13. März 2005
Autor Martin Popoff gratuliert Rush mit diesem Buch zum 30-jährigen Bandjubiläum, durch dessen Gelegenheit Fans in den Genuss einer umfassenden Aufarbeitung der Geschichte und des Wesens der großen kanadischen Prog Rock-Band gelangen. Das Besondere ist, dass dies größtenteils durch die Band selbst geschieht. In „Contents Under Pressure" blicken Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee und Neil Peart kurz vor ihrem Aufbruch zur Jubiläumstour 2004 in lockerer und ehrlicher Weise auf ihre unvergleichbare Karriere zurück, in der laut Neil Peart alles, was passieren kann passiert ist. Der Inhalt ist ähnlich einem - zigfach übergroßen, versteht sich - Artikel in einem Fachmagazin gestaltet. Das chronologische Durcharbeiten der Bandgeschichte nach Alben geordnet macht das Lesen angenehm und wohl strukturiert. Indem auf übliche Erklärungen für ‚Laien' verzichtet wird, richtet sich das Ganze klar an eingefleischte Fans. Dennoch gibt Popoff (Jahrgang 1963) zwischendurch, insbesondere einführend zu den jeweiligen Alben und Touren, interessante Informationen, seien es signifikante Fakten oder seine Meinung aus der Perspektive eines Fans, aber auch neutralen Betrachters, der bodenständig und realistisch die einzelnen Werke nachvollziehbar in das Gesamtschaffen Rushs einzuordnen versteht.
Lifeson, Lee und Peart erzählen von Alben, die besonders viele Probleme bereiteten („Hemispheres" als „neverending album") und solchen, bei denen das Gefühl gleich gestimmt hat, von der Entwicklung ihrer Musik und ihren Einflüssen und der Antwort der Band auf die Erwartungshaltung anderer (Lifeson: „If that's what everybody wants, then that's what they're not going to get.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good pictures...but superficial overview 25. Oktober 2004
Von Jack Fitzgerald - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a breezy overview of the now 30+ year career of Rush. One has to give these guys credit for keeping the fires burning all these years, with no band turnover, and creative output that continues to be inventive, original and uncompromising. What amazes me is that critics in mainstream music magazines still like to label Rush as a sci-fi/fantasy prog-rock outfit that writes space operas and songs about gnomes and elves. That was done over twenty years ago! Since the early eighties, their songs have focused on social, political and psychological issues as well as relationships and the human condition.

Back to the book...

It's arranged chronologically, with each chapter covering an album/cd release and subsequent tour. The writing is mostly transcribed interviews, and I found that Alex Lifeson was quite talkative and provided the most insight. Funny considering Neil Peart is the lyricist and Geddy Lee is the vocalist. Lifeson also displayed great humor.

While the style proved to be breezy and chatty, as if the reader is sitting on a couch across from the guys, I wanted more meat on the bones. While the press release reads that every song is analyzed, this amounts to little more than a sentence or two on most tunes. I wanted more specifics than hearing that "Grace Under Pressure" was difficult to record. Why? What made it hard? There were other examples of this, but I did find that more time was spent with recent material, say the last five or so studio releases and the two recent live sets. This was good, since I'm less familiar with the newer material, being an old school Rush fan from back in the day.

What comes across is that the members of Rush are gracious, intelligent men committed to their craft, while also pursuing outside hobbies to enrich their lives. They avoid negative talk about other groups or music industry folks, save a veiled remarks. They are also intensely private about their families. I learned that Alex has a grown son, also a musician, and that Alex is now a grandfather. Very little is mentioned about Geddy Lee's family. Most Rush fans should by now be familiar with the tragedies of Neil Peart's family. Read "Ghost Rider" to learn more about that.

If you're looking from the road like the Led Zeppelin book "Hammer of the Gods" or Bill Wyman's "Stone Alone" this is not for you. This is a career overview that focuses on the music, with lots of band pictures that show the evolution of their fashion over the years.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Insights Into A Private Band, But Far From Comprehensive 4. Oktober 2004
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I've been a fan of Rush's music since the early 1980's, and have every one of their CDs. However, I really don't know a whole lot about the band members as they have been extremely guarded about their life in and outside the band. This book helps melt down that guard a little bit, but still does not provide a comprehensive look at Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart.

The book is structured by chapters, which each one representing one of the band's CDs (in chronological order, including the 4 live albums). In that chapter, the band discusses their recollections about writing songs for the album, recording it (including gripes about several producers) and touring (with some anecdotes about their adventures with some of their support acts - or main acts (Kiss, Aerosmith) when they were just starting out.

You'll learn a lot about how the band goes about their business (for example, for almost every album, they write one song quickly at the end of their recording sessions and it invariably makes the record and is one of their favorites), but if you are looking for stuff about the three guys' family life, you'll be disappointed. I believe I remember one mention of Geddy's son and Alex briefly mentions that he is now a grandfather, but other than that, there isn't much about life outside the band (the death of Peart's wife and daughter within months of each other in the late 90s are mentioned, but other than a paragraph or two, are not discussed in detail).

So if you like Rush, get it for the novelty and the many great pictures.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen At Last! 26. August 2004
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As a total Rush freak, I know how hard it can be to find good reading material about them. (No coverage in any of the mainstream music mags, despite being one of the biggest selling bands in history). That's why this book is a godsend for any Rush fan. "Contents Under Pressure" is not a typical paint-by-numbers type biography, but more like a sit-down session over a few beers with Geddy, Neil and Alex as they recall their memories of touring and recording from the birth of Rush up until today. The author, Martin Popoff, asks the kind of questions that a die hard fan would ask. Lots of insight from the band themselves into song titles, album titles, lyrics, cover art, stage productions etc. Lots of amusing road stories, (especially from the early days and the oddball tours they were booked on), and behind the music type stuff. Every single album and tour gets a thorough profile. As well, it is packed with close to 300 photos (mostly color) of which I don't think I ve seen any before and is printed on a very high quality, heavy gloss paper. This is the kind of book you wish would never end and is a must-have.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Like hanging around with Rush 17. August 2005
Von Bryan J. Mcelroy - Veröffentlicht auf
This was a casual book. Not like an interview so much as like conversation. I'm sure much was left out; but it seems the guys told you what they wanted you to know. I liked the way the songs were discussed, not too much depth, but we real RUSH fans have our own feelings for each song and this didn't change my own interpretations. It really felt more like a reinforcement of what great guys they seem to be.

As long as you don't expect any great secrets to be divulged this is great. I enjoyed it thoroughly!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Contents Under Scrutiny- Looking Back and Looking Around 14. März 2005
Von Wil - Veröffentlicht auf
Rush have always been a very private band and that is fine with me -- I really don't have to know every stinking detail about their lives. And really, this is not the Rolling Stones we are talking about -- for a band that has been around for 30 years, Rush has been remarkably scandal proof, even in their (rare)worst moments, which really are nothing compared to most bands. In fact, the most scandalous things surrounding this band happened within the past few years, with guitarist Alex Lifeson's arrest for getting into a fight with a cop during a New Year's Eve party. Beyond that, they are rather straight. But they sure can rock.

And its that that this book focuses on -- this is no "biography" per se (as is explained in the introduction), but rather a chance for the band to talk about their likes and dislikes concerning what really matters -- the music, both studio and live incarnations.

While the book doesn't go very in-depth even on these topics, it does give fans a newer, fresher insight into many topics, even clearing up old trivia that fans thought they knew. (Example: what was the working title of "Tom Sawyer"? Not "Louis the Warrior"!)

There are a few typos that are aggravating, and some of the photos are really pointless if you own the CDs. But overall its a really well made book, "authorized" by the band. They talk about every album right up to their most recent, the live triple album RUSH IN RIO. This is especially nice as the previous Rush "bible" had been VISIONS, written at the time of the band's 1987 HOLD YOUR FIRE album. It is really nice to hear what they think about their Atlantic years. And anytime you can get Peart to open up and talk its worth every dime.

All in all, a nice momento of the band. Light on substance but heavy on fun.
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