Sail Away: Whitesnake’s Fantastic Voyage

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Sail Away: Whitesnake’s Fantastic Voyage

By Martin Popoff


 Format: Paperback

 Price: £14.99

 Available: February 2015

 ISBN: 9780957570085


Told For The First Time – the Whitesnake Story

Considering that Whitesnake’s eponymously titled 1987 album went 8 x platinum in the US alone, there has been bugger all written about them really – just a picture biography from 1989.

Top rock writer, Martin Popoff (in his 45th book), rectifies that by telling the band’s story from David Coverdale’s early days as a young lad from Saltburn-by-the-Sea, through to his re-invention as a west coast rock god where he found fame, fortune, big videos and even bigger hair. We called the book Sail Away to reflect Coverdale’s life-changing move (though he probably flew rather than sailed!).

Interviews from Coverdale, Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Steve Vai, Neil Murray, Ian Paice, A&R supremo John Kalodner and more, help trace the story of a band that had more than its fair share of hirings and firings, splits and reunions and image changes making for a rock and rollercoaster ride of a book.

It’s a realistic, yet ultimately affectionate, look at a band which made some classic tunes (“Here I Go Again”, “Fool For Your Loving”, “Still Of The Night” to name but three) and a man who has one of rock’s great white soul/blues voices.

With a tour and live album in 2013, another live one in 2014 and studio album mooted for 2015, this book will find an appreciative audience of old and new fans.

For more information, please contact Phil Godsell at Soundcheck Books; email him at or call on +44 (0)7880 792259