Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years Of Rush At Home And Away is the only Rush book on the market authorized by the band themselves. Insiders realize the feat of this accomplishment, given the Rush organization's highly protective nature of the band's image, and their collective unswerving dedication to quality in the presentation of all things Rush.
Rush's accomplishments are legion. As Canada's most successful band of all time, Rush are also known as Members of The Order Of Canada (for, among other things, raising over $1 million for various charities over the years), owners of multiple Juno awards, and a myriad of US gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums. One of about ten of the progressive rock institutions of the world, Rush are also the undisputed grandfathers of progressive metal, and most importantly, the deft composers and sparked enablers of such universally loved classics as Working Man, Fly By Night, Closer To The Heart, The Spirit Of Radio, Tom Sawyer, YYZ, Limelight, Subdivisions, New World Man, Distant Early Warning, The Big Money, Roll The Bones, The Pass, Secret Touch and Ghost Rider, which is also the title of drummer Neil Peart's best selling and very personal diary entry travelogue.
The product of extensive interviews with all three members (Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and the aforementioned Neil Peart), as well as corroborating evidence from key insiders and available press, this book also features the work of official band photographer Andrew MacNaughtan, almost all of these approximately 270 photographs being previously unpublished, candid and steadfastly professional.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band, Martin Popoff, author of eight books of hard rock music journalism, examines in detail each of Rush's approximately 20 records and tours, eliciting from the band fresh insights on the writing and recording process, the magic behind the marriage of Alex's and Geddy's classic and fearless art rock tendencies with Neil's celebrated, literature-steeped lyrical prowess. As well, musings on the concept of playing live and the grind of tour travel are presented, the band's opinions evolving as Rush matures through three decades, most of it spent at the top of their field as a headlining stadium act throughout North America and Europe. Through Martin's unflinching adherence to a structured presentation of the band's intense, three decade-long write/record/tour cycle, the reader is propelled along swiftly, the experience evoking the pendulum swing the band themselves experienced as it struggled to pull back the reigns beginning in the late '80s.
Along the way, Martin focuses his critical eye on nearly every song in the band's vast catalogue, resulting in a comprehensive though effortlessly forward moving celebration of one of the most respected bands in the music business, one that, in fact, due to its secretive nature, has never been revealed in book form so personally, directly, or so willingly.