Rush: The Words and the Pictures - Volume 1

Volume 1

The Words and the Pictures (Volume 1) is a two-volume book published in England around 1979. I believe it was a supplemental tour book for the Hemispheres tour. In this book are pictures of Rush, along with facsimiles of Neil Peart's original lyrics sheets for select songs. Some of the lyrics sheets have appeared in Rush tour books and CD sleeves, but usually as small images that were hard to see.

These lyrics sheets are an interesting window into Peart's creative process. They are much like his drumming: intricate, creative, and structured. From interviews I've read, Neil stopped creating these handwritten lyrics sheets around Hold Your Fire, when he started to compose lyrics on the computer. When Neil delivered the Hold Your Fire lyrics sheets to Geddy, Geddy found them cold and difficult to work with. So Neil went back and printed out the lyrics in a warmer font.

If you're looking to buy these books, they're long out of print. You can occasionally find them on eBay. A friend loaned me this one. Perhaps this book will be reissued at a later date.

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Go to The Words and Pictures 2.

2112-Discoveryweb 2112-OracleFinaleweb
2112: The Discovery 2112: Oracle and Soliloquy
2112-OvertureSyrinxweb 2112-Presentationweb
2112: Overture and Temples 2112: Presentation
ByTorweb ClosertotheHeartweb
By-Tor and the Snow Dog Closer to the Heart
CygnusSphereweb DionysusArmageddonweb
Hemispheres: Cygnus and the Sphere Hemispheres: Dionysus and Armageddon
Farewellweb Lakesideweb
A Farewell to Kings Lakeside Park
Madrigalweb Necromancerweb
Madrigal The Necromancer
Treesweb Untitled-1web
The Trees Something for Nothing
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Xanadu

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