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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: Da Capo Pr; Auflage: New. (13. November 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0306820250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306820250
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,6 x 16,2 x 3,3 cm
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Publishers Weekly, 6/3/13 "[An] exhaustive biography...The author is a fan, but he doesn't hesitate to be critical" Examiner.com, 7/16/13 "Meyer, a film aficionado and Gram Parsons biographer, makes a compelling case for one of the world's best-selling (and most understood) bands...The author delves into exquisite detail...The Bee Gees: The Biography is a fascinating, historically significant retrospective of one of popular music's most enduring--yet maligned--acts." Sunday Daily Mail (UK), 7/21/13 "By concentrating on the music, it might help give the Bee Gees the recognition as songwriters they so justly deserve." Houston Press, 7/30/13 "Does what Meyer intended it to: restore some respect and luster to a family band whose music is incredibly ingrained in a lot of people's everyday listening, embodied with craftsmanship, and far more than just a 'disco group.'" Record Collector, 9/1/13 "[An] engrossing account of the life and times of the brothers Gibb... It's an emotive read, celebrating some truly enduring music (a quarter of a billion sales can't lie), while pondering where the band fit into a bigger showbiz picture."

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David N. Meyer's previous book, Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music, was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 20 Best Nonfiction Books of the Year. Rolling Stone selected it as one of the Five Best Books of the Year. His other books include The 100 Best Films to Rent You've Never Heard Of and A Girl and a Gun: The Complete Guide to Film Noir on Video.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Manfred Baumann am 31. März 2014
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Es gibt ja unterschiedliche Meinungen zu diesem Buch. Es gibt mehrere Fakten zu unterschiedlichen Themen aus der Bee Gees Story, die eventuell nicht der Realität entsprechen. Es ist immer schwierig diese Bücher zu bewerten, wenn diese nicht von den jeweiligen Besprochenen authorisiert wurden. Dieses Buch mußte einfach in meikne Sammlung.
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Ich habe mich durchgearbeitet und mein Fan-Dasein vervollständigt. Denn es fehlten mir 20 Jahre, in denen ich keine Zeit hatte mich mit den Bee Gees zu befassen.
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There is a pleasant conciseness to breaking down the group's career into thirteen different distinct sections. Meyer's allows himself to provide and analyze backup quotes to explain the dynamics of the family from the late 50's in Manchester to the current day. The first four chapter's deal with the sixties period; both in Australia and in England. It is clearly suggested that Robin and Maurice looked to Barry as the father figure musically. It's an uncomfortably true insight. However, it was Hugh that got the Bee Gees going and made critical decisions about their early career until another father-figure appeared. That was Robert Stigwood and from that point onward, Hugh Gibb was in the background and Barry became second in place - for a while. This account is almost legendary.

The chapters that cover `Bee Gees 1st', "Horizontal', Idea' and `Odessa' are very clear in how the public viewed the Bee Gees in the UK and the USA. It seems the rest of the world adored them without question. By the end of 1969, the band was in turmoil, brother spilt from brother. However, there were still remarkable moments when the bond simply could not be broken. Even when Barry at age 21, pompously declared how he'll be too old to record music and plans on being a big film star. The reader finds themselves in disbelief. However, the pressures, talent, career manipulations and their young ages are a true conundrum and it's a miracle that any of them survived at all.

The period of "Robin's Reign" is covered extensively with a gracious nod to the unreleased, "Sing Slowly Sisters". Also, the coverage of Robin's extensive amphetamine abuse is stunning and frightening. The comments and behavior are startling to read.
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The Price Of Fame 5. Juli 2013
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There is a pleasant conciseness to breaking down the group's career into thirteen different distinct sections. Meyer allows himself to provide and analyze backup quotes to explain the dynamics of the family from the late 50's in Manchester to the current day. The first four chapter's deal with the sixties period; both in Australia and in England. It is clearly suggested that Robin and Maurice looked to Barry as the father figure musically. It's an uncomfortably true insight. However, it was Hugh that got the Bee Gees going and made critical decisions about their early career until another father-figure appeared. That was Robert Stigwood and from that point onward, Hugh Gibb was in the background and Barry became second in place - for a while. This account is almost legendary.

The chapters that cover `Bee Gees 1st', "Horizontal', Idea' and `Odessa' are very clear in how the public viewed the Bee Gees in the UK and the USA. It seems the rest of the world adored them without question. By the end of 1969, the band was in turmoil, brother split from brother. However, there were still remarkable moments when the bond simply could not be broken. Even when Barry at age 21, pompously declared how he'll be too old to record music and plans on being a big film star. The alcohol, amphetamines and other excesses are astonishing. The reader finds themselves in disbelief. However, the pressures, talent, career manipulations and their young ages are a true conundrum and it's a miracle that any of them survived this period at all.

The duration of "Robin's Reign" is covered extensively with a gracious nod to the unreleased, "Sing Slowly Sisters". Also, the coverage of Robin's extensive amphetamine abuse is stunning and frightening. The comments and behavior are startling to read. Robin was obviously extremely ill and paranoid. Barry was confused in his role as a brother/artist and Maurice was a heavy drinker, threatening his very public marriage to Lulu. This account is brutal. The reconcilation was a tough sell.

There is a disappointing absence of many things that occurred from 1971 through to 1974, most notably, only one page devoted to discussion of "Life In A Tin Can" and less about "A Kick In The Head Is Worth Eight In The Pants". "The Midnight Special"; a career stabilizer during a crucial period is never mentioned. This is a time they have often described as their `hungry period' which kept them going. This absence is very odd. The statement that no singles were released in 1973 is also erroneous.

Meyer jumps back into the fray with detailed descriptions of how Arif Mardin pushed the Bee Gees in a new direction. The Bee Gees, dodgy at first, struggling to abandon the ballad styles and learning to adapt to a funkier sound through Mardin, did a miracle. Perhaps, "Mr. Natural" was only a precursor, but what followed is a Main Course", still a major album of the century. When a contract dispute rises, the Bee Gees produce themselves with "Children of the World", an album the author accurately describes as both funky and awkward. With a new team of producers and engineers, a new dynamic occurs with Barry again taking lead - the alpha male. It's all uphill from there. Perhaps the biggest highlight of the book is the detailed description of the stay in the unglamorous ramshackle studio in Chateau d'Herouville, France. Filled with the entire Gibb families and band members, the two-bathroom chateau proved an annoying bore of a place, but one that would create the songs that defined the Bee Gees career, warts and all. Of particular note is the dynamic of the group that develops with, again, Barry taking the lead. The perfectly engineered "Live..." album and the following studio album were to be recorded here and the ingenious methods undertaken to record each song in a severely meticulous manner are legendary. Just the narrative part on mixing `Stayin Alive' is unique and thrilling to read about. The amount of work produced in that short time fame is mind boggling.

'Saturday Night Fever' gets a complete and through analysis worthy of Wikipedia, with nothing left out. The simple request from Stigwood for a few songs for his `little movie' proves to be sheer genius. The story of Nik Cohn, Studio 54, and the already thriving disco scene in New York and how the Bee Gees gets pulled in are finally told in the most complete manner to date. Of course, the movie, the record sales and the mayhem are legendary. The author's musical dissection of `Saturday Night Fever', the admittance that Cohn made up the entire story and the eventual backlash from the 'Bee Gees overdose' is well-defined and through no fault of the Gibbs.

"No good deed goes unpunished" and Meyer includes the disaster that is "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", but the reason, rhymes and the relentless Robert Stigwood are all on display, telling you that Stigwood is far more than a businessman or a showman. He has no fear, to his credit and fault. Nearly everyone associated with that film and recording disappeared from site and the sheer volume of records (illegal and legal) is another story not to be missed. Once again, the Bee Gees have to prove themselves after a monster hit like "SNF".

Meyer again dissects the next period of life with the album "Spirits Having Flown" both praising and taking away from its glamor with his astute analysis of the recording process. Meyer has a back-handed way of praising the Gibbs. There were periods when the Gibbs went from organic to nearly mechanical. Barry seems to be the dragon in charge and never has a more precise or committed to detail person has rarely been written about. Obviously, the album went to #1 as did the following double LP `Greatest Hits". During all this time, a young boy named Andy Gibb was having his own solo career and watching as this story unfolds.

Andy Gibb's chapter is one of the most heart-breaking and painful stories ever told and Meyer pulls out no stops. The ups and downs equals the Bee Gees and in a very very short period of time. From teen idol with three #1 hits off the bat (still a record) to a Broadway star with the worst attendance history on record. In only a few years Andy had it all and lost it all. Many people release quotes about Victoria Principal and Meyer is gleeful to tell all. One cannot blame him. She seems heartless. The comments made by her and others will tell you more than anyone has dared to. It literally hurts to read.

There is one chapter that chronicles the lives of the Bee Gees from 1980 to their first concert in 1989, which include all the artists they produced huge hits for and albums that went multi-platinum. Yearning for their brotherhood again, they came back in 1987, though it wasn't until 1989's "One" that they hit their own mark again. It's fairly standard with no real new information, but it's necessary for perspective. Much information is missing.

Of course, this tome unwinds with chapters devoted to the passing of Maurice and then Robin. The personal behavior of both of these twins is truly disturbing, and sometimes it seems that every good ounce of soul they inhabited was payed back with the pain they endured. Both these accounts are as sad as Andy's. None is given the coverage deserved.

The last six pages are directed solely for Barry. Chronicling his last few years, it appears that Barry loses his golden armor and becomes a human after all. Noting the solo concert in Florida in 2012, Meyer quotes Barry, "I'm the last man standing". The entire biography glosses over nothing. It's real and older fans will discover how their heroes paid their dues.

This book has some new details and insights, but is not uplifting or inspirational by any means. Meyer takes great leaps of faith and inserts much innuendo. Upon completion, the reader will gratefully retreat to the music of the Brothers Gibbs. For an exhaustive and rather tedious read of the Bee Gees that Barry Gibb dislikes, I suggest, The Ultimate Biography Of The Bee Gees: Tales Of The Brothers Gibb.
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What could have been ..a huge disappointment 13. August 2013
Von Mark Crohan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a huge disappointment. I was really looking forward to a fresh retrospective of the Bee Gees. But this just isnt it. Such a shame as the writer writes quite well at times . But there is way too much conjecture and the factual errors are so many that you start to doubt the veracity anything new that you read.There are also so many spelling errors also. A lazy effort both by the writer and his editor

Here are just some of the errors that have been up picked to date.
1. •The cover photo for the book is a reversed image. Great start.
2. •Sir Tim Rice becomes "Tim Price," while his colleague is misspelt as "Andrew Lloyd Weber."
3. •Carl Richardson and Karl Richardson co-exist in the same paragraph.
4. •Motown founder Berry Gordy is reinvented as the less well known "Barry Gordy."
5. •Massachusetts (UK #1, US #11) becomes the Bee Gees first US chart-topper.
6. •The recurring theme of the book that Barry Gibb is a "control freak" gets forgotten to assert without evidence that a trio of the Bee Gees most beloved 70s love songs (How Deep Is Your Love, More Than A Woman and Fanny Be Tender With My Love) were lyrically nothing more than Robin Gibb sexual in-jokes.
7. •Barry Gibb writes *To Love Somebody aged 22, instead of 20.
8. •*Jive Talkin' is listed as one of the "great stutter songs" of pop music, alongside the likes of The Who's My Generation, David Bowie's Changes and Elton John's Bennie And The Jets. High praise indeed but completely wrong. A quick check of the lyric sheet reveals the first line is not "J-j-j jive talking'" and is, "It's just your jive talkin'."
9. •Robin Gibb sings the entire lead on I've Gotta' Get A Message To You, even though Barry sings lead on the second verse and they share the chorus.
10. •Maurice sings lead on Tomorrow Tomorrow's verses. He does not.
11. •Robin sings lead on Dogs. He does not.
12. •Marley Purt Drive becomes Marley "Putt" Drive.
13. •The country sound of Give Your Best from 1969 is magically influenced by a country song from 1970.
14. •Stayin' Alive spends the least amount of time at US#1 of any of the Saturday Night Fever chart-toppers, we are told. And yet in reality it spent four weeks at #1, How Deep Is Your Love three weeks, If I Can't Have You one week. Only Night Fever's eight weeks was longer.
15. •Celine Dion covers It's My Neighbourhood in the late 90s. No, she sang (alongside the Bee Gees) a new song Immortality. Both songs were used in the Fever musical.
16. •Immortality becomes the more sinister sounding "Immorality."
17. •Prior to releasing Still Waters, the record company rejected an album of ballads the Bee Gees had recorded. This never happened. There was a proposed Love Songs compilation (years before a different album of the same name) which would feature greatest hits, a couple of new songs and some new recordings of older hits written for other artists. This is where the Bee Gees own versions of Heartbreaker and Emotion originate from.
18. •Barry didn't perform for two and half hours in front of 25,000 fans in Melbourne in February 2013 - the Rod Laver Arena only holds 14,000.
19. •The triumphant 1989 One For All tour (which was worldwide) gets mixed up with the much shorter European tour of 1991.
20. •Man On Fire (featured below) is the best song on Andy Gibb's 1980 LP After Dark. No mean feat considering it wasn't written until 1987.
21. •And perhaps taking the cake, Andy has "sparkling blue eyes." His eyes were brown.
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Time and Money I Can Never Get Back 4. Juli 2013
Von Bobbi Manuel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Wow, how I wish I could go back in time and stop myself from purchasing this book. It's poorly written by someone who clearly doesn't enjoy The Bee Gees' music, and it's filled with bizarre opinions presented as fact. The author dislikes the falsetto, fair enough, but his persistence in describing classics like "Too Much Heaven"...

"Despite the cornball opening, somewhat juvenile lyrics and an excess of falsetto, "Heaven" remains one of the great high school slow-dancing songs of all time."

...in such an inaccurate and demeaning way isn't of much value to me. I was expecting cogent and thoughtful musical analysis, good or bad, and reading stupid assessments like that were a total waste of time.

"The irresistible pop power of the melodies overcomes Barry's screechy falsetto and any lyrical content. The cuts are as hummable as the lyrics are instantly forgettable. Does anyone actually know a verse lyric to 'More Than a Woman?"

There are a couple of problems with this approach: Anyone alive in the late 70s has the songs (lyrics included) burned into their brain. Those songs were everywhere, you couldn't avoid them even if you wanted to. Secondly...Don't most people think of "How Deep Is Your Love" as a beautiful love song, Barry's "screechy" vocals included? I certainly do, and even if you don't enjoy the song, surely it deserves a serious and respectful examination.

This book gives the reader nothing. No real musical criticism beyond opinion with nothing to back it up, no real insight into the group as men, no in-depth analysis of anything. The book is merely a collection of well-known quotes and information already printed elsewhere, and the author has nothing interesting to add, aside from snarky, dismissive comments, and his rather idiotic misinterpretations:

"The Bee Gees tracks, save one, have not aged well. "More Than a Woman" and "How Deep is Your Love" are pablum. A close read of the lyrics suggests that both songs spring from Robin's juvenile sense of humor. Like "Main Course's" "Fanny", the lyrics of "More Than a Woman" seem both a wink to, and a dirty joke at the expense of, disco's gay demographic."

"How Deep is Your Love" addresses another of Robin's recurring obsessions, if his studio-wall drawings are any guide: penis size."

Really? Gee, it's hard to believe that supposed "control freak" Barry, would ever allow Robin to lead their music around by his obsessions. Of course I guess if you're as idiotic and clueless as the author, it all makes perfect sense.

I've quoted from the "Saturday Night Fever" section of the book, but it's a good representation of the quality of musical criticism you can expect throughout the book. What a huge disappointment; I'd give it zero stars if possible. I can't warn you strongly enough: Don't waste your money or your time on this book.
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Save your money! 11. August 2013
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I should have known better. I had been warned. I was told my friends online. I read the Amazon.com reviews. I was told by Barry Gibb himself on Twitter that this book was trash. But I have to admit, my curiosity got the best of me, I had to have Bee Gees the biography by David Meyer.
As previously stated by Marty Hogan in his most excellent review, this book is riddled with not only spelling errors of the worst kind (ie Barry Gordy for Berry Gordy), but also factual errors that even the casual reader could spot.

I have to admit, when I got the book, I skipped to page 225, the chapter "Andy Gibb", the love of my teenage years. I was prepared for whatever crap Meyer had to fling. I didn't have to read far. On the second page of this chapter, not only does the author mis-identify the color of Andy's eyes as "piercing, sparkling blue eyes", he goes on for the rest of the page talking about how those "piercing, sparkling blue eyes" entranced many a television interviewer. Andy had BROWN eyes like all of his brothers. I know this because those brown eyes looked down on me every night for many years. His brown eyes were the last thing I saw when I went to sleep at night and the first thing I saw in the morning. And, yes they were brown, not "piercing, sparkling blue."

Other errors within the same chapter include the author identifying Andy's full name as "Andy Roy Gibb". It was ANDREW not Andy. Also, one of the weirdest errors was the identification of the song "Man on Fire" as being included on the After Dark album. WRONG. This song was released after Andy's death on a greatest hits album.

This are but a few of the factual errors to be found. I just chose one chapter in particular. I could go on and on as did Mr. Hogan in his review about the mistakes in this book. Da Capa Press, the publishers of this book should be ashamed of themselves to allow such a travesty to be put to print.

Mr. Meyer has enraged Gibb fans all over the world. It is like he took The National Enquirer and just reworded every article ever printed on the Bee Gees and Andy Gibb. There is no new information or great revelations in this book that are reliable. I just found exaggerations of rumors and whispers. Not only is this the WORST biography on the Gibb family, it is the worst biography I have ever read. It needs to be re-titled BeeGees, A Fictitious Account.
If you really want to learn about The Bee Gees, read The Bee Gees Tales From The Brothers Gibb by Hector Cook, Melinda Bilyeu, and Andrew Mon Hughes.

The sad thing is, non-Bee Gee fans will not recognize the factual errors and will take them as true fact. They will never know that they are just reading what amounts to lies to sell a very poorly written book of miscellaneous articles and interviews taken out of context and thrown together. It's like the author went on an internet cut and paste spree.

Amazon.com really needs a zero star rating.
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Insightful Page Turner 1. Juli 2013
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This biography is a page turning account of the life of the Bee Gees, from their humble beginnings on the road in Australia, to the very end, when Barry set out solo as "the last man standing".

Meyer tells a definitive story of the band with typical flair -- a story of struggle, grit, reinvention, tragedy and triumph - and provides an insightful examination of their music --including the Bee Gees' stylistic twists and turns as they fought to find their place among other musical giants.

This book is exciting, touching, funny, and shocking; it brought back to me fond memories of all of the Bee Gees songs I loved growing up, and caused me to reflect on an unforgettable era with new insights and appreciation.

If you are looking for hero worship and excessive adulation for a group of pop stars, this is probably not the book for you. But if you are interested in reading an appreciative, well-researched, balanced biography, that encompasses the talent and flaws of an important band, you'll find a compelling tale.
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