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Under the Ivy: The Life & Music of Kate Bush [Kindle Edition]

Graeme Thomson

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' - respectful, fascinating and full of insight. In the absence of any official book, devotees should lap it up.' Q **** 'Mapping a path through the life of this enigmatic songwriter is not easy but Graeme Thomson's superb book manages to do just that.' MOJO


A detailed and utterly absorbing biography of Kate Bush

The book examines Bush’s unconventional upbringing in South London, the blossoming of her talent, and her evolution into one of the most visually and sonically creative artists of the past four decades. Graeme has managed to masterfully weave into his narrative over 70 new interviews with those who have viewed from close quarters both the public artist and the private woman. He gives unprecedented insight into Kate’s unique working methods and pioneering use of the studio on landmark albums such as “The Dreaming" and "Hounds Of Love”, her rejection of live performance, her key relationships, and her profound influence on successive generations of musicians.

The book manages to build a crescendo of Kate’s life events leading to the unprecedented spurt of activity in the recent years that resulted in the release of two albums in 2011: the controversial “Director’s Cut” and “50 Words For Snow” and, more recently, a series of concerts in 2014. The result is a detailed and utterly absorbing biography of Kate Bush, written with wit, style and substance. “Under The Ivy” is the definitive and updated account of the life and music of one of the world’s most gifted, private and often misunderstood artists.


“Respectful, fascinating and full of insight. In the absence of any official book, devotees should lap it up” – Q Magazine

“Mapping a path through the life of this enigmatic songwriter is not easy but Graeme Thomson's superb book manages to do just that.” – MOJO

“A masterful biography. Thomson's descriptive language is gorgeous” – The Word


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2357 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Omnibus Press; Auflage: Updated (6. Januar 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00885XR72
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #261.827 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best Kate Bush bio yet written 23. Mai 2010
Von R.L. Holly - Veröffentlicht auf
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Informative and engaging in equal measure, Graeme Thomson's new book "Kate Bush: Under the Ivy" (as Amazon sometimes lists it; the title page itself reads "Under the Ivy: The Life & Music of Kate Bush) breaks from the pack of inferior Bush bios and lays claim to being the cream of the crop. While it cannot boast of any "authorized" status or any direct credited input from Bush family members, "Under the Ivy" does pack in a commendable level of firsthand detail from music business insiders who have worked with Kate Bush and many of her close musical partners. Extremely well researched and eminently readable, this fine biography explores not only Kate's life in absorbing precision but also offers informed and erudite critical analysis of her complex music and film work. Thomson is a sympathetic and passionate observer but never fawning and not hesitant to criticize where he believes criticism is merited. He connects many of the dots that bind Kate's work within larger contexts and explores the background motivations to some of her best (and also less successful) efforts. Rational subjective analysis of Kate Bush's unique songs and their corresponding video interpretations is in short supply, and this book does a great service in addressing a serious flaw in previous biographies.

The reader gains a wider appreciation of the many influences that molded Kate's musical and philosophical perspectives and how she fits in among the pantheon of British musical geniuses (yes, she is demonstrably a genius, as Thomson makes clear, although he convincingly argues that she is better regarded as residing within a literary tradition rather than the contemporary pop-star celebrity machine). While Kate may *seem* a somewhat elusive character today, her many interviews and public appearances over the years of her greatest fame have left us with a sizable body of documentation that Thomson has freely and intelligently drawn from. A portrait emerges of a supremely sensible, charming, and imaginative woman with an overwhelming drive to create -- blissfully free from neurosis, confounding lesser intellects among the entertainment media -- who also happens to be gifted with complex and multiple talents that she has worked diligently to perfect in the service of her craft. She has been much misunderstood and ill-served by the remorseless world of celebrity culture and so carefully lives her life on her own terms, an admirable stand but something that drives her devoted fans, who wish they had more music and more contact, mad with selfish if understandable longing.

The photo sections are somewhat meager, and sadly for this most colorful of artists, only in B&W, and the index is less than comprehensive, but neither of these shortcomings seems reason to dock any stars from a first-rate treatment of a subject that has for too long been slighted by unsatisfactory works.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Informative, well formed literature. 23. Mai 2010
Von J. John Foyle - Veröffentlicht auf
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Having enjoyed Graeme's past work ,incl. bios of Elvis Costello 'n Willie Nelson, I came to this book primarily as a fan of his writing. Beyond her hit singles I didn't really know Kate Bush's work. That's all changed now as this very readable and informative book has me getting her albums and finding out what I've missed. Graeme has a beguiling habit of mixing opinion and narration to persuasive effect. Not afraid to indicate what he believes to be Kate's weaker work he artfully contexualises same to make it as valid as his unreserved acclaim for most of her work. Neat turns of phrases abound - a'Whiplash/ Havisham'line is especially apt - and the reader leaves this book both informed about a truly fascinating person and satisfied by a piece of well formed literature.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The far. 3. August 2010
Von Robert J. McCaffree - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is easily the most comprehensive bio written about Kate Bush so far, and unlike the others (which have been content to rehash the same old information that's been floating around for decades), "Under The Ivy" boasts new interviews from those who've worked with her over the years. The interviews are key, because they are the one true insight that makes this book more than a listing of facts we all already know. They provide a bit of emotional background, amusing anecdotes and insight for what would otherwise be very dry text.

The one thing missing, of course, is any participation from Kate Bush (or any of her immediate and current camp). And that is a rather giant gap to fill, since you'd really like to be reading her own emotional reaction to events that befall her. Thomson has dug up some great quotes from Kate that I'd never seen before, but the book still remains a little dry and ponderous for lack of her involvement.

Another small complaint I have is that Thomson disses several great tracks (even saying "Ran Tan Waltz" is a dead ringer for "Army Dreamers," the single for "The Big Sky" probably didn't do well because of the Chernobyl tragedy, and "You're The One" is "a thudding, ponderous rock ballad with an artless heart-on-sleeve lyric...[it's] stodgy...banal...clumsy and clunky"). What?!?! :) Thomson's opinions are usually restrained, but some are as wrong-headed as any snarky review from the NME.

Still, "Under The Ivy" is a very dense, fact-filled read and there are bound to be some gaffes. And having read many of her bios, the truth of it is that I can't imagine there being a better one on the subject until Kate "turns to her computer" herself.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen PULL OF THE BUSH 18. Februar 2012
Von Rabbit_With_Fangs - Veröffentlicht auf
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Far and away the best Kate bio out there, and as she'll never agree to an authorised one, this is a close as we'll get, with Thomson talking to a lot of important 'Kate' people (Charlie Morgan, Stewart Avon-arnold) who don't usually get a look in. Great to see a book that's not afraid to be critical, but it's no hatchet job - Thomson genuinely loves Bush's music and isn't afraid to point out how much the rampant 'boy's club' attitude of the English music press made her first a joke and then an idol. (She's neither...just a brilliant musician.)Don't bother with any of the other biographies (well, the Paul Kerton one from 79 is pretty awesome for nostalgia value.)This is the one to read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Kate Bush- Under the Ivy 8. Januar 2011
Von Keith Wollenberg - Veröffentlicht auf
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Well Written and very extensive background on her history. I could not put it down and finished it in a few days. I loved hearing about her discovery and growth of her talent.
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