A brand new book on prog rock legends Yes, A Visual Biography, written by rock writer Martin Popoff, is to be published by Wymer Publishing.
Yes: A Visual Biography will be published this coming Friday, July 9. The 224 page, A4 hardback book “documents the progressive rock pioneer’s first twelve years from the release of their eponymous debut album through to 1980’s Drama: A suitable name for a band whose career has been full of drama as documented in Popoff’s narrative that charts Yes’s ups and downs as the band glided out of the sixties with a full-on assault on the seventies music scene that saw them become one of the biggest acts in the world—selling out venues from New York’s Madison Square Garden to London’s Wembley Arena.”
Popoff draws on his own interviews conducted with various band members throughout the last two decades, leaving much of the story to be told in their own words, along with a smattering of album reviews by the author and others.
Weighing in at over 1.5kg this large format coffee table book is fully illustrated throughout, documenting the story visually from the late sixties through to 1980. As well as an abundance of concert images the stunning photographic content is topped off with many off stage shots including a selection of photos taken at Morgan Studios in London during the recording of 1973’s audacious and extravagant Tales From Topographic Oceans.
Since issuing their first title in 1996, Wymer has grown into a fully integrated book publisher specializing in music and sports titles. Their early titles were released in the mid 2000’s covering rock icons such as Frank Zappa and Steve Hackett. They have published a broad portfolio of biographies as well as deluxe photo books, factual titles on everyone from Elton John to Queen, Blue Oyster Cult to Deep Purple, and autobiographies from Hazel O’Connor, Richard Jobson and Phil Pickett.