Martin Popoff if you don’t know the story is a Canadian rock writer of various rock books and also is one of the top dog writers at brave words (music on line site).
Martin knows the deal with all genres of music and man does he hit the nail on the head with Hair Metal! All of you that have been reading my babbling on and on about things rock here know that I grew up in the 80s(I was born in 67) so hard rock was a very huge part in my life as I bought everything under the sun whether it was vinyl(cassettess sometimes) and a ton of printed media. (Creem,Circus,Hit Parader,Faces,Rip Magazine,Metallion,Rolling Stone,Kerrang) I loved to read and still do and wowzers when I seen that Martin was doing a book on Hair Metal….Ummmmmmm….SOLD!
So for Xmas on my wishlist was Hair Metal and my super duper cool wife delivered the ultimate rock 80s rock book into my hands !
Martin starts the book from the 1950s with the first ever can of Aqua Net being produced(awesome) to Sept 24 1991 when Nirvana released Nevermind and sank many a 80s act in one fell swoooop!
Martin takes no shortcuts and lays out this beauty of a book decade by decade, year by year like a scrap book with tons of pics/adds/ticket stubs you name it Martin has gone to great detail to satisfy all the sticklers(like ME!) that would find sumthin missing! I’m happy to report Nothing is missing at all!
The real cool thing is Martin jams the book with interview quotes with everyone he has interviewed over the years! You want Dokken quotes? Check! You want Sammy Hagar quotes ? Double Check! You want more quotes from guys like Beau Hill( producer for Ratt/Warrant ) ? Triple Check! It’s all here ! In a one stop read!
Since I dumped all my magazines years ago into the landfill site here in Tbay thanks to Martin for bringing back a ton of memories With this book!
Like I wrote in my review of Brent Jensens awesome Left Over People book review,do yourself a favour and support our homegrown guys like Brent,Martin and Sean Kelly who know how to put the rock into the book!
Tell EM Deke sent Ya!