What do you do when you want to know more about your favourite artists? Check Wikipedia? But you can’t find detailed stories. Seeking on the net? It will take a long time. Contacting the artists themselves and asking, no it does not work like that. But what exactly is the best way to find the information that we want? I would say Biography Books!
Martin Popoff is one of those who made it easier for you, to know, to learn and to feel what happened to your favourite artists. He spent years and wrote many biographical books on notable metal bands such as DIO, BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST and many more. However there are tons of other stories and facts that can be found in other book series by Martin, even if they are not officially biographical ones.
Throughout the third part of my interview with Mr. Popoff, we discussed his biography books and how the process works. Martin told me that he does not start writing any book until he has had enough interviews with the band members, in order to ensure he has all the information that he needs: “I have talked to Threshold twenty or thirty times…” Martin said. Obviously he wanted to be thorough, he then continues: “Also I talked with their producer and artwork designer.” Martin also told me that there a few bands that he would have liked to write books about, but he didn’t, as there are already many books published about them and as he had not had enough interviews with them, he doesn’t have anything new to add. But what is Martin Popoff’s style when writing these kind of books; He likes start with the artists albums, as he believes that those albums are the real subject matter, “Because the albums are the way most of us interact with these bands anyway, I mean that art and music is what gives us pleasure.”
We continued talking about his ideas and opinions about censorship, DEEP PURPLE, his newest book “Who Invented Heavy Metal” and also we had a chat about his books on DIO and Rainbow; “I love those books …They are really good books, because again, tons and tons of my own interview footage are in both of them,” Martin described those books. Finally at the end of our chat, I asked Martin how he rates his biographical books: “5 out of 10 … I want to just get all of this knowledge out there!” I told you already that Martin is a cool and nice person, also down to earth.
You can listen to the whole of this chat between Martin Popoff and I, Mohsen Fayazi, on the audio player below: