Sail Away
Martin Popoff
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Sail Away: Whitesnake's Fantastic Voyage
Martin Popoff
Soundcheck Books
224 pages
March 2015
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Long before Whitesnake singer David Coverdale was being sexually pursued by Tawny Kitaen in a pair of videos including "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love," the musician was making blues albums. In fact, little was known about Coverdale and Whitesnake before those hits, but that history has now finally been told by the gifted and prolific rock author Martin Popoff.

In his 45th book, Popoff describes the early origins of the band through its various stages of relative obscurity to the top of the metal tower with a string of hits in the '80s. The author traces the group's history through a series of interviews with everyone from actual members of the band--Neil Murray, Steve Vai, Bernie Marsden, Coverdale himself and many others--to key figures like producer John Kalodner.

Popoff said his mission was to "put Whitesnake into the rock history books, in detail, and I guess until someone does something more (including a book directly from David one day, one hopes), it's mission accomplished, to a great extent." Indeed. The author's book puts in perspective how important the band was, and that history is now captured between these two covers.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2015

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