Church Recordings to publish Martin Popoff’s The Electric Church: The Biography…
Church Recordings is very proud to present THE ELECTRIC CHURCH: THE BIOGRAPHY, the definitive tale of legendary bassist Bill “The Electric” Church’s wild ride, written by esteemed author and music critic Martin Popoff.
You’ve heard his killer bass lines on Van Morrison’s “Wild Night”, Montrose’s “Bad Motor Scooter” and Sammy Hagar’s “I Can’t Drive 55,” now dive deep into the memoirs of the heavy metal pioneer as he recalls his high-voltage career!
As Montrose’s original bassist, Church is considered an originator of a blossoming new music genre called heavy metal as the band’s 1971 self-titled debut is debated as the world’s first metal album.
After Hagar left the band, Church joined the Red Rocker’s solo band, recording eight albums over a 10 year span — several of those platinum — and performed as a session musician on Van Morrison’s 1971 album Tupelo Honey.
Sammy Hagar — the Red Rocker, himself — wrote the foreword and Gary Pihl (Boston, ex-Sammy Hagar) contributed an afterward on the final page.
The idea for the book originated in several years ago by Church’s son Trevor William Church (Haunt, Beastmaker), who is publishing the book via his own music label Church Recordings. Things became official in 2021 when Martin Popoff was enlisted to tackle the project.
Heavy metal lives on in the Church blood, so we hope you enjoy the ride.