Rush – Chemistry

After a long delay, due to factors beyond anyone’s control, a paperback version of Rush-Chemistry in the works. Please note that this is not a full update, it still ends when it ends (at the end of the R30 tour in October 2004). All reported errors and typos should now be fixed, as listed here.

Rush – Chemistry is the complete history of the world’s favourite Canadian rock band. The book follows Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart from their schoolboy days right up to the global success of their thirty-year anniversary tour.

Rush Chemistry

Here’s the official text:

Against a background of disinterest from the media and a refusal to compromise their music, Rush’s success was by no means guaranteed. Since the beginning, only the determined efforts and downright stamina of the band members and those around them were sufficient to counter the wall of silence. Sharing a single-minded determination to take on the system and win, Geddy, Alex and Neil have never rested on their laurels. Pushing themselves to achieve technical excellence, never avoiding the challenge of taking on new musical influences, through huge changes of fashion and major personal tragedy, the entity we know as Rush has endured. Thirty years on, the band is still creating new music and packing arenas and stadiums around the globe.

Meticulously researched over three years, Chemistry draws on over 50 new interviews with those closest to the band. As the most detailed biography of Rush ever written, this book pulls together the threads and investigates the reasons that have enabled this band to succeed against the odds.

8 Responses

  1. I had the opportunity to review the book in advance of its release for Prog Archives and posted the first review on Amazon UK.I’d just like to say that most of the people who claim that you taught them nothing new about Rush are deluded.
    I enjoyed the book immensely and have re-read it.I like the clever “personology” section and background stuff from the likes of Ira Blacker and Ray Daniels.I’ve been a Rush fanatic since 1975.
    Hope the Mike Oldfield book is as successful.
    Good luck Jon,you deserve it.

  2. I have to express disappointment. This book NEEDED to be edited by a Canadian Rush fan as I am only 100 pages in and I am amzed at the amount of mistakes I have noticed thus far. For instance, Fernie, British Columbia is significantly EAST of Vancouver (It was said to be NORTH of Van). I realize this is nitpicking (but still annoying). Here’s my beef – The lyric from Vital Signs is “Signals get CROSSED” (the book spends an enormous amount of time using “Signals get LOST”) and if you Mr. Collins were a true fan, you would have known that. It’s difficult to see the little things get ignored and I would suggest before the book actually gets released in Canada that you go back and edit out the mistakes. It just takes credibility away from the source.

    P.S. It’s Steve Shutt, not Schutt.

    Sorry to be so critical.

  3. The depth of this book does exceed that of the other Rush bios available. There are only minor problems that I have, not least is the outrageous over-usage of the phrase “not least”. Please edit most of these out of future additions. Seriously, this phrase might appear dozens to hundreds of times in the book. Please. It went from sickly amusing to a bit-more-than-mildly irritating by the time I made it throught the book. Give your editor a rap on the knuckles with a ruler for me!

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