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The Great DEEP PURPLE Debate. On this debut Shockwaves Skull Session podcast episode host Bob Nalbandian is joined by head of A&R at Roadrunner Records, Monte Conner and heavy metal book author/journalist Martin Popoff to discuss and debate on legendary British rock band DEEP PURPLE's extensive career as they examine the band's 40 year plus career and discuss and debate the band's entire musical catalog. This exclusive 3-way conversation was recorded in May 2008.

Martin with Joe Bouchard from BOC and Jim Gustafson from Poobah.

Martin Popoff hails from Toronto, Canada and is one of the most respected heavy metal journalists/authors on the planet. His writings can be found in Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Magazine and online on BW& and

Martin has written several books on heavy metal throughout the last 15 years, including the following titles:

Riff Kills Man! 25 Years Of Recorded Hard Rock & Heavy Metal (1993)
The Collector's Guide To Heavy Metal (1997)
Goldmine Heavy Metal Record Price Guide (2000)
Heavy Metal: 20th Century Rock And Roll (2000)
Southern Rock Review (2001)
The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time (2003)
The Collector's Guide To Heavy Metal - Volume 1: The Seventies (2003)
The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time (2004)
Blue Oyster Cult: Secrets Revealed (2004)
Contents Under Pressure: 30 Year of Rush At Home & Away (2004)
The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Singles (2005)
UFO: Shoot Out The Lights (2005)
Rainbow: English Castle Magic (2005)
The Collector's Guide To Heavy Metal - Volume 2: The Eighties (2005)
Dio: Light Beyond The Black
Black Sabbath: Doom Let Loose
Run For Cover: The Art Of Derek Riggs (2006)
Ye Olde Metal: T1968 to 1972
The Collector's Guide To Heavy Metal - Volume 3: The Nineties (2007)
Ye Olde Metal: 1973 to 1975 (2007)
Judas Priest: heavy Metal Painkillers (2007)
Ye Olde Metal: 1976 (2008)
Ye Olde Metal: 1977 (Q2 2008)
All Access: The Art And History Of The Backstage Pass (Q2 2008)

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Monte Conner is the Senior VP A&R of Roadrunner Records and considers himself to be an expert on all forms of rock, hard rock and metal music from the 60's up to the present. He has been at Roadrunner since December 1987. Some of his key signings over the years have been: Slipknot, Sepultura, Type O Negative, Machine Head, Stone Sour, Trivium, Fear Factory, Coal Chamber, Soulfly, Life Of Agony, Biohazard, Obituary, Deicide, Suffocation, DevilDriver and Chimaira.