Rocket 88





The book

The official Book of Opeth is published to celebrate their 25th anniversary, preorder NOW.

This sumptuously illustrated oral history presents Opeth’s unique tale, from their earliest days until the present, and all in glorious dark colour. Told in the first-person by Mikael, the band, their friends, former members and collaborators including designer Travis Smith, it is illustrated throughout with hundreds of previously unseen and rare photos, artworks and memorabilia. Every copy of the first 4,000 books also contain a vinyl record of previously unreleased recordings which is only available with Book of Opeth.

Here, for the first time, is the full and complete history of Opeth. Illustrated throughout with early, personal, candid, studio and live photographs, each copy comes with a free seven-inch vinyl record.

One amazing book, two superb editions

The book is available in two versions, both produced to the highest standards. The Classic edition is a stunning book in its own right, while the Signature edition box set is signed by Mikael, limited in number and comes with 3 numbered prints of the Pale Communion triptych by Travis Smith.

Feature Classic edition Signature edition
208 page, large format, full-colour hardback
Printed on heavy-weight art paper
Cloth binding with foil detailing
Over 300 images, many rare and unseen
7" record exclusive to the book
Presented in an clamshell case
Limited to 500 numbered sets
Individually signed by Mikael
Limited edition art prints by Travis Smith
PRICE £40 £250
classic edition classic edition

Key points

  • Packed with images from throughout the band’s entire history with more than 100 being previously unseen

  • Exclusive new interviews with band and collaborators

  • Contains 7" vinyl record with unreleased acoustic versions of ‘Atonement’ & ‘Demon of the Fall’, this EP is exclusive to the book and won’t be available anywhere else at any time

  • An exhaustive, complete, illustrated discography of the band’s entire recorded output

  • Available in two editions

Why preorder

Pre-order now and:

  • Avoid disappointment—interest is great, and we expect books to sell out quickly.

  • Make sure you get the exclusive vinyl, limited to the first 4,000 copies

  • You get the book first.

opeth book


  • Mikael Åkerfeldt
  • Martin Mendez
  • Martin "Axe" Axenrot
  • Fredrik Åkesson
  • Joakim Svalberg
  • Peter Lindgren
  • Steven Wilson
  • Andy Farrow

Books with extra thrust

Based in London, Rocket 88 are a small team of believers. Believers in music, in art, in history, in stories and in rock ‘n’ roll. But don’t take our word for it – here’s a sample of what artists, fans and reviewers are saying about our previous books. You’ll find even more on our main site.

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“I have read the book cover to cover within 2 weeks. Once I started, I could not put it down.”


brandon manchego
on Lifting Shadows
Rocket 88 book cover

“Beautifully packaged, eruditely written and full of insight … Barrett feels like the ultimate work of art”


Mojo on Barrett
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“A thing of beauty… flush with new information… it should send any reader dashing back to the music”


Got questions? we’ve got answers

We’ve posted the answers to the most frequently asked questions below, but you can also ask us something via email, Facebook or Twitter.


Who’s publishing the book?
The book is being published by Rocket 88, an imprint of the established British book production company Essential Works. Based in London, Essential regularly supplies top quality books to major publishers and to individuals all around the world. You can see some of our books here
When will the book be published?
Publication is planned for February 2016 in the UK
Where will I be able to get the book?
The book is currently only available from Rocket 88.
Can I get the book anywhere else?
Not at the moment, it may be available to order from book shops in a few months but it will always be available at the lowest cost here, you will not see it discounted on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


How much does the book cost?
The Classic Edition is priced at £40 and the Limited Edition £250. This is approximately $60 USD/ €55 EUR and $390 USD/ €350 EUR, depending on the exchange rate used by your bank or card company. Shipping is calculated according to your address and chosen delivery method, and added at checkout.
What currency will I be billed in?
We bill everything in British pounds (GBP £). If this is not your local currency, your bank or card issuer will convert your order value using their own exchange rate. Please note that if you choose to display prices on this site in a currency other than British pounds, the price shown is an estimate based on current exchange rate. Since your bank or card issuer might be using a different exchange rate, the final price you pay may vary.
What payment methods do you accept?
Our secure site takes all the major credit and debit cards. You can choose the option that suits you best at checkout. You can also use Paypal.
Do you charge sales tax?
As a British company, we charge sales tax according to British law. There is no sales tax on the book itself, but we do have to charge sales tax on delivery. This is displayed at checkout.


How will I get the book?
If you have pre-ordered a book then on publication your book will be sent to you, direct to you door.
Where do you ship to?
We ship to most countries, including the US and the entire EU. You can choose your delivery country from the drop-down menu when you check out.
What about delivery costs?
We calculate delivery costs according to your shipping address, and these are added to your order at checkout. In most cases, we’ll be able to offer you a choice of carrier so you can choose the option that suits you best. For a quick and reliable delivery, we strongly recommend you choose a trackable courier option over a postal delivery.
How can I track my order?
We will send you delivery details by automated email as soon as your order leaves our warehouse, this will include tracking details if you have chosen a trackable delivery. If you don’t receive our email updates, please check your trash or junk mail. If you’re still having difficulties, please contact us.
How else can I keep up with news about the book?
Follow us! We’re on Facebook and @rocket88books on Twitter.
This page has not answered my question. Now what?
If you have any questions about your order, please contact us.
Can I have a refund?
Possibly! Please check out our refund policy.