06 November 2018

NEW WAVE: DARE TO BE DIFFERENT / The Story of the Most Influential Radio Station in America

Coming to DVD and Digital Formats on December 7th

The Story of the Most Influential Radio Station in America
Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Billy Idol, Nick Rhodes, Denis McNamara, Jim Kerr, Vince Clarke, Curt Smith, Fred Schneider, Thomas Dolby, Midge Ure, Gary "Baba Booey" Dell' Abate, Seymour Stein, Paul McGuinness, Dave Wakeling, Annabella Lwin, Miles Copeland, Joel Peresman, Larry Dunn, Donna Donna, Max Leinwand, "Malibu Sue" McCann, Michael Pagnotta and Steve Thompson

In August, 1982, a small group of radio visionaries at WLIR Long Island knew they couldn't compete with the mega radio stations in New York City. With one brave decision, they changed the sound of radio forever. Program Director Denis McNamara, the crew at the station and the biggest artists of the era tell the story of how they battled the FCC, the record labels, mega-radio and all the conventional rules to create a musical movement that brought the New Wave to America - including bands like U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode and Blondie.   

New Wave: Dare To Be Different

12 May 2018

Martin Popoff's new book - The Clash: All the Albums, All the Songs - signing and shipping now!


Established in 1976 at the fore London’s punk rock insurgence, The Clash would outlast their peers while creating some of the most influential albums in rock ‘n’ roll history. Author Martin Popoff dissects each of the Clash’s ninety-one studio tracks, examining the circumstances that led to their creation, the recording processes, the historical contexts and more. In addition, introductory essays set the scene for the band’s six studio releases (including the double LP London Calling, and the triple Sandinista!) and feature sidebars detailing studios, release dates, personnel and more. Illustrated with rare performance and offstage photography, along with images of 7-inch singles sleeves and gig posters, the resulting volume is a fitting tribute to the foursome whose staunch political stance and groundbreaking amalgam of punk, rockabilly, reggae and hip-hop earned the title, “The Only Band That Matters.”

Folks, this is as gorgeously appointed as my recent Voyageur titles on AC/DC and Led Zeppelin (by the way, the concept is exactly the same as that used in the Zep). It’s hardcover, full colour throughout on heavy premium gloss. The cover is embossed and makes use of metallic ink. And the dimension is this odd 7 3/4” x 10” which is... there’s just something really nifty about it.

Inside, there are tons of pictures Voyageur Press unearthed that I’d never seen before, plus loads of memorabilia shots. The bottom line is that every last thought I ever had on The Clash has got to be in here, because I basically had to write 350 to 600 words on each and every Clash song. This was pure hard-graft writing, melding analysis with hundreds of trivia nuggets, opinion (some of it not so complimentary—possibly get in some trouble here) and obsessive dissection, which was in truth, so gratifying to execute ‘cos for years I’ve wanted to get some punk covered (first addressed with my Ramones book, plus Punk Tees). Plus, there’s interview footage in there for a few sidebars, where I’ve offered quotes from my interviews with Ellen Foley, Sandy Pearlman, Mickey Gallagher and Bernard Rhodes.

Price for a signed copy of The Clash: All the Albums, All the Songs including shipping:
US orders: $39.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $54.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $50.00 Cdn. funds
Mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to: Martin Popoff, P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!), for US and Canadian orders. Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 45 or so books that I have available for autographin’ and shippin’.

See www.martinpopoff.com for info on my 72 books.
Latest are:
Led Zeppelin: All the Albums All the Songs
Tornado of Souls: Thrash's Titanic Clash
AC/DC: Album by Album
Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers: The Rise of Motorhead

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