The conclusion to the definitive biography of the rock ’n’ roll kings of the North.
Includes two full-color photo inserts, with unearthed photos of the band.
“A must for Rush fans.” — Library Journal on Anthem, book one of the Rush Across the Decades trilogy
In this conclusion to his trilogy of authoritative books on Canada’s most beloved and successful rock band, Martin Popoff takes us through three decades of “life at the top” for Rush’s Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart. Though this era begins with the brisk-selling Roll the Bones and sees throngs of fans sell out international tours, there is also unimaginable tragedy, with Peart losing his daughter and his wife within the space of ten months and, two decades later, succumbing to cancer himself. In between, however, there is a gorgeous and heartbreaking album of reflection and bereavement, as well as a triumphant trip to Brazil, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and — some say surprisingly — the band’s first full-blown concept album to close an immense career marked by integrity and idealism.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If the Rush ride has to end, let the last words be these. Superfan and rock scholar Martin Popoff ends his three-part Rush history by following the quintessential power trio’s journey from the 1990s to their 2015 farewell show. Popoff crafts his book around in-depth conversations he had with band members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart—along with other key figures in the Rush story—and presents a portrait of a band working out ways to keep their decades-long partnership fresh while adapting to their elder-statesmen status. We see the band racking up honours like induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame while also dealing with issues like failing health and addiction, which nudge them toward retirement. The 2020 death of drum god Peart is presented as an irretrievable loss, but Popoff’s loving touch makes Driven a kind of celebration, revealing the shining moments in the rock legends’ later years.