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Born in the late 60's, Chesy hails from a Welsh mining village with a long name and was pretty glad when he got the Hell out of there. He got into Rock/Metal in about 1980, thanks to a TISWAS related incident (Rainbow video for All Night Long) and thankfully has never looked back. Chesy often sang solo in the school choir, but thanks to a puberty related incident his voice is now completely bolloxed, although in his own head Paul thinks he sounds like a blend of Coverdale and Dio (R.I.P). He was brought up on the classics - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Whitesnake and loved melodic rock and the Hair Bands of the 80's. (Nowadays, he has progressed a little and prefers a more technical and/or progressive metal - Dream Theater, Rush, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, Spock's Beard. He hates Black and Death Metal (can't stand the grunting) but for some unknown reason loves the magnificent Opeth! He wont stop this blog until his beloved FM finally play the likes of the NEC as a headlining act!!!

Tuesday 9 August 2011

Fancy a great read??

Ive just had the pleasure of buying a number of books from one of the best rock writers of the last 20 years, Martin Popoff. The bloke is so enthusiastic about his work and has such great connections in the music industry, it seems as if he never has a problem getting to the issues that matter and he has interviewed everyone. The upshot is ONE GREAT READ

I already have Rainbow - English Castle Magic, and even as a huge Rainbow fan, he extracts stories never heard or published previously.

If the postage is a bit steep, he is now also offering great value ebook versions of selected pieces of his works at $8.88 (Bargain!)

His latest offering is ''The Deep Purple Royal Family, Chain of Events Through '79'' which is a 'family tree' history of Deep Purple and the bands/people that passed through. A review of this will be appearing shortly

Check out his work here -http://www.martinpopoff.com/html/welcome.html

If youre in the US look out for 'Metal Evolution' on VH1 Classic later in the year. Its a doc series on various metal genres, made with doc producers extraordinare Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn (the guys who did Global Metal / Metal A Headbangers Journey, and the recent Maiden and Lemmy and Rush doc films)

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