On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno

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For some a pretentious art-school type who produces 'instrumental doodles' or 'jazz that nobody asked for'; for others a lightning rod or touchstone for directions in popular music and culture over the last four decades. Whichever, what's certain is that Brian Eno's address book is a who's who of rock and pop of the last thirty years. A founder member of Roxy Music, he's worked with everyone from Talking Heads and U2 to Pavarotti and David Bowie and is often billed as the founding father of ambient music. A witty and unconventional thinker, ten years ago he had considerable success with A Year With Swollen Appendices, his diary of 1995. He continues to release his own records, frequently appears as a cultural commentator and produces records for the likes of David Bowie and U2. While presently he's too busy presenting the Turner prize, organising concerts for the Stop the War coalition or being a sonic alchemist for others to sit down and write his own autobiography, this book is being written with his co-operation and access to all those who've worked with him.

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David Sheppard is a well-respected music journalist. He's written for numerous publications, including Mojo, Q, Uncut and the Observer. He's the author of two previous biographies of Leonard Cohen and Elvis Costello.

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Sheppard (Elvis Costello and Leonard Cohen) aims to reclaim [Brian] Eno from the Eno nerds who've turned the musician/producer into a cultish figure, and though respectful of his subject's legacy, he rarely succumbs to outright worship. A large chunk of the biography recounts Eno's British art school roots and his first major music gig, as the synthesizer player for Roxy Music, where his flamboyance quickly made him even more prominent than lead singer Brian Ferry. Sheppard writes smartly about Eno's subsequent solo work and his forays into producing albums for artists like David Bowie and Talking Heads and extensive interviews and research bring out captivating backstories: it's worth noting that almost nobody, including Eno himself, thought he'd be a good fit to work with U2, until The Joshua Tree became one of the biggest-selling rock albums of all time. Sometimes, Eno's interesting projects from the last two decades seem to go by in a blur, compared to the in-depth treatment of the first half of his career, and his theoretical pronouncements might bear a little more critical scrutiny. On the whole, though, this is a valuable document of one of late-20th-century pop music's key influencers. (May)
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Editorial: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (2008)
ISBN 10: 0752875701 ISBN 13: 9780752875705
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