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Announcing Author Martin Popoff's New NWOBHM Book

hey there folks,
i'm kevin stewart-panko and i'm working with noted toronto-based, hard-rock-and-metal-centric author, martin popoff, helping him promote his self-published books, one of which is a compendium of nwobhm reviews. please see the press release below and here's hoping you might be interested in picking up a copy or at least be happy knowing something like this exists and is out there.


SMOKIN’ VALVES: A Headbanger’s Guide to 900 NWOBHM Records

By Martin Popoff

Taking cue from the do-it-yourself attitude of their country’s punk movement, Britain’s up-and-coming heavy metal bands that comprised the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) were not content to wait for record labels to come knocking. Instead, they took to issuing their own music, typically in the form of 7” singles, but also 12”s and full-length albums, many indie, some on small labels, and some on the major labels smart enough to get on board (essentially EMI and MCA).

Martin Popoff, author of 45 books on heavy metal (and, at 7900, writer of more record reviews than anybody in history, across all genres), has undertaken the task of documenting virtually every record large and wee from heavy metal’s most fabled period (beginning essentially in 1979 with a hard stop at 1983) providing catalogue information, mini-reviews as only he can do, plus a gob of thumbnails of those wonderful 7” picture sleeves and LP covers.

Note: the lion’s share of the material in Smokin’ Valves: A Headbanger’s Guide To 900 NWOBHM Records combines rewritten and expanded text from Martin’s long out-of-print The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Singles, plus the relevant reviews of full-length albums from his Collector’s Guide series, specifically the ‘70s and ‘80s book. These reviews have also experienced judicious editing and rewrites.

Additional Smokin’ Valves features:
* includes a few hundred rare 45 picture sleeve and album cover images
* every record rated out of 10
* layout designed so that albums are distinguished from 7”, 10” and 12” singles/EPs by larger, bolder typestyle
* label, year of release and catalogue number for almost every entry
* two appendices, displaying all 9/10s and 10/10s for singles as opposed to LPs

Final note: one thing I like about an experience like this book in the internet age is that, hopefully, you will read some of these glowing 8-to-10 rated reviews of hopelessly obscure singles you ain’t never going to get alerted to otherwise, and then check out if they can be heard and enjoyed on YouTube (which many can!), so you can decide for yourself, or begin some sort of wacky digital collection of this stuff to park in yer metal library. In that respect, I’m just being a DJ that, instead of talking, types.

Prices include shipping and the book will be signed, by me, to you, unless otherwise requested. Additional and ordering info can be found at:

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