Bands Better Than Rush

Bands Better Than Rush

This is a must have for all rabid RUSH fans!! This book contains nothing but BLANK PAGES since there are NO BANDS BETTER THAN RUSH! Prove it to your friends once and for all by presenting them with this conclusive evidence! Display it on your coffee table for all to see; the world must know the truth!BACK COVER TEXT:For decades heavy rock enthusiasts have argued that the music of the Canadian Power Trio RUSH, ("The Boys" as they are affectionately termed by their obsessed fan base), is the greatest thing to happen to the human race since beer! Well, we'll just see about that now, won't we? You hold in your hands the most exhaustively researched list of rock and roll bands that are actually better, greater, more talented and mind-blowingly entertaining than the band RUSH. "BANDS BETTER THAN RUSH" is the final word on the subject, it's exhaustive research and hard evidence is sure to stand the test of time. All skeptics agree, "This book has brought the matter to a close for. The argument is impenetrable!" "A must-have addition to any respectable coffee table." ~ (A really cool person) "I've never read anything better!" ~ (Alex Lifedaughter, Puppeteer)"An easy read." (Niles Pratt, Scribe/Sage)"I read it twice!" (Dirk Lee, Multitasker Extraordinaire) "A scientific breakthrough!" (a dude I trust)"Thorough" ~ (Frank Speer, the author)

Rush, Rock Music, and the Middle Class

Dreaming in Middletown

Rush, Rock Music, and the Middle Class

Canadian progressive rock band Rush was the voice of the suburban middle class. In this book, Chris McDonald assesses the band's impact on popular music and its legacy for legions of fans. McDonald explores the ways in which Rush's critique of suburban life -- and its strategies for escape -- reflected middle-class aspirations and anxieties, while its performances manifested the dialectic in prog rock between discipline and austerity, and the desire for spectacle and excess. The band's reception reflected the internal struggles of the middle class over cultural status. Critics cavalierly dismissed, or apologetically praised, Rush's music for its middlebrow leanings. McDonald's wide-ranging musical and cultural analysis sheds light on one of the most successful and enduring rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s.

10 Truths of Songwriting

A Survival Guide

10 Truths of Songwriting

Writing good songs is not easy—many talented musicians don’t know how to do it. No matter what the obstacle might be, constructing a solid song can be an arduous process that frequently causes many musicians to give up. If you are interested in writing songs, making money from them, and ultimately being happy with the music you produce, 10 Truths of Songwriting can help. Longtime musician Chris M. Will simplifies the songwriting process, offering ten truths backed by real-life experience and examples. With Will’s methods, you can consistently create music and lyrics that people love and not only survive but also enjoy the creative process. In the age of the Internet and with the advent of digital home recording, it’s easier than ever to get your music recorded, released, and heard by record companies. You just have to be able to write the songs. Using real-life examples and based on decades of experience, this songwriting guide presents a methodology for creating songs that people will love.

Rush

Album by Album

Rush

Find out what 20 rock journalists and writers have to say about Rush's 20 studio albums. Formed in Toronto in 1968, the rock trio Rush has gone on to multiplatinum success behind the distinctive high register and virtuosic bass-playing of frontman Geddy Lee, the legendary drumming and lyric-writing of Neil Peart, and the guitar heroics of Alex Lifeson. Despite having just four chart-topping singles since the release of their debut LP in 1974, Rush has nonetheless sold more than 25 million albums in the U.S. and more than 40 million worldwide. Indeed, the Canadian trio may be the definition of an "album band," and this new book from prolific rock journalist and acknowledged Rush authority Martin Popoff pays tribute to the band's discography by moderating in-depth, frank, and entertaining conversations about all 20 of Rush's studio albums. Inside, the author gathers 20 rock journalists and authors who offer insights, opinions, and anecdotes about every release. Together, the conversations comprise a unique historical overview of the band, as well as a handsome discography. Popoff also includes loads of sidebars that provide complete track listings, details on album personnel, information on where and when the albums were recorded, and sidebar facts about the albums, their songs, and the band.

Certain Rock Bands You Probably Like

An Essay from Chuck Klosterman IV

Certain Rock Bands You Probably Like

Originally collected in Chuck Klosterman IV and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Pop, this essay is about underrated and overrated artists.

The Big Bands

The Big Bands

In this book you will find an astounding 400 biographies that highlight the history and personnel of the great bands. It is organized into four sections: “The Big Bands--Then” (the scene, the leaders, the public, the musicians, vocalists, arrangers and businessmen, recordings, radio, movies and the press); “Inside the Big Bands” (profiles of 72 top bands); “Inside More of the Big Bands” (hundreds of additional profiles arranged by categories (“The Arranging Leaders,” “The Horn-playing Leaders,” etc.); and “The Big Bands Now.” The Big Bands is one of the best books on the subject. It is both readable and an invaluable reference source for the study of jazz standards since many were written by big band leaders or musicians or were popularized through their performances and recordings. The index is comprehensive with names but lists no songs. George T. Simon was one of the original organizers and members of the Glenn Miller Orchestra for which he played the drums. He was also one of the first writers for Metronome Magazine where he remained from 1935 until 1955.

Bass Player Presents The Fretless Bass

Bass Player Presents The Fretless Bass

(Bass Player Presents). Who would have thought the electric bass guitar with its frets removed would transcend the rhythm section to become one of the most instantly recognizable sounds in all of music? From the jazz genius of Jaco Pastorius and the funk/punk abandon of Les Claypool, to the landmark rock of Jack Bruce and Sting, the instrument has a lyrical legacy all its own. This book collects the very best interviews, lessons, and gear and maintenance guides into one smooth-reading compilation. With insight from over 25 masters, including Tony Levin, Marcus Miller, Gary Willis, Jimmy Haslip, and Percy Jones, The Fretless Bass will give you a keen appreciation for the important innovators, as well as plenty of tools to find your own voice on the instrument.

Legends of Rock Guitar

The Essential Reference of Rock's Greatest Guitarists

Legends of Rock Guitar

Presents a comprehensive encyclopedia of rock guitar legends examining over three hundred artists beginning in the 1950s and covering a wide range of styles and includes performers such as Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Duane Eddy, Buddy Holly, Keith Richards, and more.