April 27th, 2015 — Two Years Later
Since the announcement of Rush Fan Stories, hundreds of people have taken the survey. On Twitter, @RushFanStories has accumulated over 400 followers.
Among those who have submitted surveys and stories are some names that might be familiar to fans. Kevin J. Anderson, who co-wrote Clockwork Angels with Neil Peart, will be submitting his second favorite Rush fan story (he's saving his favorite for Volume Two's foreword). Author of two books about Rush (Contents Under Pressure is authorized), Martin Popoff, is on board, calling the project, "genius". Robert Telleria, who gave us Merely Players, the most encyclopedic look at Rush's career to date, is contributing. As has Christopher J. McDonald, who wrote Rush, Rock Music, and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown. Filmmaker Ari Gold, who gave us Adventures of Power has contributed stories about Neil Peart's participation in the film, plus some behind-the-scenes photos.
Some fans have been handpicked to write about their involvement in projects such as Beyond The Lighted Stage and the Chromey drum kit tour. Others have some amazing collections and have been working on expanding their Rush Fan Stories contribution and taking photos to add. Sadly, some Rush fans have passed away, but thanks to their loved ones, their passion for Rush will be memorialized. One of those fans was Mick Burnett, founder of the Spirit of Rush fanzine. Contributors to that project are being sought out to contribute to Rush Fan Stories, so if you had involvement with that or any other unique project, please send an email.
But it's the average Rush fan that has contributed the most to Rush Fan Stories so far. Fans who got into Rush after hearing the first record have come forward. Other fans tell how their lives were changed on Christmas day, when they received the Rush music they had requested. There are all kinds of other stories: first concerts, meet and greets, romances and marriage proposals, children named after Rush members (some are even named Geddy!), and even some brand new fans have come forward to express their admiration. But mostly, there is story-after-story about life-long friendships that have been formed, strictly because people shared their love of Rush's music.
A Rush Fans' Glossary has been added to the website to help explain some of the terms that Rush fans commonly use. To contribute to the Glossary, send an email (start your subject line with: Glossary) or comment in the Glossary thread on the Rush Fan Stories Facebook page. If you would like to volunteer to be the curator of the Rush Fans' Glossary for use in the book (with credit) and at RushFanStories.com, please send an email.Please continue to spread the word about Rush Fan Stories to all your Rush friends, Like the Facebook page, and follow @RushFanStories on Twitter!
September 7th, 2013 — One Month Out
Rush fans have been taking the Rush Fan Stories survey for a little over a month now. The biggest news to report is that Donna Halper has agreed to write the Foreword! Donna is credited for discovering Rush and was instrumental in helping them get their first record deal. Rush Fan Stories will be a better book because of Donna, considered by many to be Rush's #1 fan.
Thanks so much to everyone who has participated so far! Surveys have been sent in from well over a dozen countries, including Argentina, Australia, Chile, Finland, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, and The Netherlands. It's no surprise that most respondents are male, but 17% out of the 300 are female.
There will be plenty of stories about all varieties of Rush concert experiences in the book. Eight people have seen over 100 shows (two of them over 150!). Only one person (from the UK, aged 18-29) reports never seeing Rush live. And 27 fans said they attended the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Regarding the question of favorite member of Rush (not that this is a popularity contest), Geddy and Neil tied at 20% each, while Alex received 15% of the love. But above all, 44% chose "not to decide." John Rutsey was chosen by one person.
The survey answers produced a few other interesting statistics. Under the question of significant others' feelings about Rush, there was only one response where females outnumbered males. By more than two to one, women said their significant other was already a Rush fan when they met. Regarding fans' ages, 56% are 40-49 year olds, while 23% are 50-59, and three people are in the same decade of life as the members of Rush (60-69). Remarkably, 12% of those who took the survey estimate they've spent more than $25,000 in their Rush pursuits. Almost exactly 50% of those who responded, have met a member of Rush outside of a Meet & Greet.
The question that's been asked the most is, what are everyone's other favorite bands? The top ten are, in order of popularity, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Yes, The Beatles, Porcupine Tree, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, U2, Genesis, and Foo Fighters.
While there has tremendous responses from many areas, there are some places that are particularly lacking, including all of Africa and Asia. People from the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan are still needed. In the United States, surveys are lacking from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.
Another resource that's been added to the book is a Rush Fans' Glossary. To contribute, comment in that thread on the Rush Fan Stories Facebook page. And if you want to help out by curating the Rush Fans' Glossary for use in the book and at RushFanStories.com, send an email. Whoever gets the job gets credit for it... "nomesayin'?"
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