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Relentless: The Memoir von [Malmsteen, Yngwie J.]
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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR RELENTLESS

Slash: Yngwie literally blew my mind when he came on the LA music scene in the early 80's. the fastest & most articulate, fluid, melodic, classical based rock guitarist I'd ever heard. Still the best at what he does all these years later.

Steve Vai: When Yngwie Malmsteen hit the scene in the early 80's it was as if a monolith appeared. He was playing electric rock guitar in a way that seemed completely unearthly and had to be seen to be believed.

His tone was pristine and powerful, his vibrato, intonation and control was stunning, His harmonic and melodic sensibilities were unique, his emotional investment in his melodies was captivating, and his sheer speed and technical command of the instrument was utterly breathtaking to the point of frightening for some.

He absolutely set a standard of virtuosity on the instrument that has yet to be matched. He was a breath of visceral fresh air that inspired the movement of a whole new subculture of music. He was always unequivocally and unquestionably dedicated to his passions and delivered without any excuses. And since then, the bastard has just been getting better!"

I have had the good fortune of knowing him for the past 25 years and have stood next to him on stage many times. It always felt as though I was standing next to a mountain, solid, giant and forever.

A few things about Yngwie that some may not know is that he is remarkably intelligent and has a fiery sense of humor that delivers on par with his musical gifts.

Joe Satriani: Yngwie Malmsteen loves to play guitar, and he's really good at it. I know this from personal experience.

I've stood right next to him on many a stage, shoulder to shoulder, trading solos, celebrating our influences, taking chances, playfully testing each others limits and putting on a great show for our fans. At the end of every performance I was sure of two things: Yngwie is an amazing guitarist, and that there is only one Yngwie Malmsteen.

Let's face it, every guitarist wishes they could do what he does with those six strings and a pick, but what he does is not only super human, it is undeniably unique and original too. There are imitators, some with equal proficiency, but none that can match the heart and the confidence behind his virtuosity.

The last time we played together was at Marshall's 50th Anniversary Concert at Wembley Arena in London on September 22nd, 2012, and I think it was the best I'd ever heard him play. Yes, he's getting better!

I was on stage just behind the curtain warming up with my guitar as I listened to Yngwie enthrall the audience with his impeccable and furious technique. But it's his passion for music that really lights everyone up in the audience up. It's the fire burning in those hands that make every note scream. He puts all of who he is, no excuses, no apologies, into every note and every sound he makes on his guitar.

There is only one Yngwie Malmsteen.

Zakk Wylde: You have Good Guitar Players. You have Great Guitar Players. Then you have The Ones that CHANGE THE GAME....

Like Jimi Hendrix & Edward Van Halen before him,Yngwie Walks Amongst them. It's not Just his Sheer & Utter Mastery & Command of the Instrument that makes him Amazing. The Phrasing, The Vibrato, The Tone, His FEEL & PASSION along with the Overall Musicality That he brings to The table is what makes him so Special & Unique.... Where other guitar players, play fast and say Nothing, Yngwie Speaks.... If you've ever wondered what Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi & Paganini would have been capable of doing if they lived in the 21st Century, Look no further.... They All Reside within one Yngwie J. Malmsteen....and They are Smiling

Richard McDonald, Fender Guitars: The most meaningful endorsements come from artists that truly believe in the products they use. Fender has never embraced a pay-to-play relationship with artists. We are always looking for the quintessential Fender players. The individuals that use our instruments to create new, captivating and inspiring music. Yngwie J. Malmsteen is exactly that artist. His compositions and playing were so fresh, his technique and sound so different. It represented a new era and a new level of musical sophistication in the heavy rock genre. Guitarists the world over were in awe. Not since Jimi Hendrix in the 1960s had the musical community witnessed such a redefinition of guitar music.

When the idea of "Signature Artist" instruments surfaced in the late 1980s we selected two players we felt earned this special acknowledgment. One was Eric Clapton and the other was Yngwie Malmsteen. If you are lucky enough to spend meaningful time with him you will quickly understand he is a Fender fanatic, collector and historian. Not only was it a privilege to design a signature model Stratocaster with him it was an incredible challenge to reproduce the unique specifications of his guitar. The instrument is still one of our most popular artist models and stands as a tribute to his longevity and popularity across a broad audience of players and enthusiasts.

Nick Bowcott, Marshall Amplification: Every once in a blue moon a rock-guitarist comes along that doesn’t just reset the bar, but turns the whole genre upside-down. Such players are few and far between. Jimi Hendrix; Jimmy Page; Eric Clapton; Jeff Beck; Edward Van Halen; Randy Rhoads; Dimebag Darrell….and a six-string supernova named, Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

Although Yngwie was first introduced to many via “Spotlight” column in Guitar Player in the early ‘80s, most didn’t actually hear him until the April 1985 issue of the magazine which contained a 7” flexi-disc (remember those now extinct items?!) featuring Yngwie performing “Black Star” from his debut solo album. Such was the explosive impact of his playing that I can tell you exactly where I was when I first heard it – just as I can recount the location of my initial encounters with Messrs. Van Halen and Rhoads. The result? A new star was born and sweep-picking and neo-classical playing became the same overnight sensation as two-handed tapping was when “Eruption” was released. And it’s all Yngwie’s fault…

Yngwie’s love for Marshall is well-known. The man literally crams as much of our gear into each-and every-venue he plays on as the size of the stage will allow. And for that we are eternally grateful. As he likes to say: “there are only two man-made objects you can see from outer-space – the Great Wall of China and my Marshall backline!” Not surprisingly, in 2011 Marshall unveiled the Yngwie J. Malmsteen signature JYM100 head…and we do not expect that to be the only project we collaborate together on.

Yngwie and the late, great Jim Marshall met in 1984, hit it off immediately due to their shared odd-ball, sense-of-humour, and remained great friends right up until Jim’s passing in 2012. During the making of the charity song “We’re Stars” one of the members of the fictional band, Spinal Tap, joked that the only reason Yngwie uses the name “Yngwie J. Malmsteen is to distinguish himself from all the other Yngwie Malmsteens out there.” If truth be told though, our friend doesn’t even need to use his last-name…”Yngwie” is enough for any guitarist on the planet to know exactly who is being referred to.

Seymour W. Duncan, Chairman Seymour Duncan Pickups: Yngwie is one of a very small handful of pioneer players who shook up the world of electric guitar and opened it up to an entirely new way of playing. And he's got some amazing tone!

Evan Skopp, Vice President Artist Relations, Seymour Duncan Pickups: His guitar virtuosity is renowned. But one thing most people don't know about Yngwie is what a great guy he is. Super intelligent. Funny as hell. And a family man. He's one of the coolest artists I've had the pleasure of working with. Paul Youngblood, V.P. BOSS/Roland Guitar Yngwie J. Malmsteen is the father of shred guitar. His influence on the guitar and other guitar players is huge. Yngwie is always totally in control and a master. And by the way, Yngwie really rocks!

Walter Rührig, AKG Acoustics: Yngwie Malmsteen is a fantastic ambassador for AKG acoustics' premium pro audio products. Yngwie's outstanding musical talent and performance deserves top professional equipment support and we are extremely pleased for having been chosen by him as a partner he trusts in.

I'm personally impressed by Yngwie's passion for his music and his incomparable, powerful style when performing life on stage. He fades away, transforms all his energy into his guitar playing and entertains his fans at a top musical and emotional level. And millions love him for that.

I will never forget in my life when I first met Yngwie in person. When Yngwie left a colleague of mine came close and asked me with full excitement, "Do you know who that was?" And I responded to him full of pride, "Yes my friend, THIS was Yngwie Malmsteen!!"

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR RELENTLESS Slash: Yngwie literally blew my mind when he came on the LA music scene in the early 80′s. the fastest & most articulate, fluid, melodic, classical based rock guitarist I′d ever heard. Still the best at what he does all these years later. Steve Vai: When Yngwie Malmsteen hit the scene in the early 80′s it was as if a monolith appeared. He was playing electric rock guitar in a way that seemed completely unearthly and had to be seen to be believed. His tone was pristine and powerful, his vibrato, intonation and control was stunning, His harmonic and melodic sensibilities were unique, his emotional investment in his melodies was captivating, and his sheer speed and technical command of the instrument was utterly breathtaking to the point of frightening for some. He absolutely set a standard of virtuosity on the instrument that has yet to be matched. He was a breath of visceral fresh air that inspired the movement of a whole new subculture of music. He was always unequivocally and unquestionably dedicated to his passions and delivered without any excuses. And since then, the bastard has just been getting better!" I have had the good fortune of knowing him for the past 25 years and have stood next to him on stage many times. It always felt as though I was standing next to a mountain, solid, giant and forever. A few things about Yngwie that some may not know is that he is remarkably intelligent and has a fiery sense of humor that delivers on par with his musical gifts. Joe Satriani: Yngwie Malmsteen loves to play guitar, and he′s really good at it. I know this from personal experience. I′ve stood right next to him on many a stage, shoulder to shoulder, trading solos, celebrating our influences, taking chances, playfully testing each others limits and putting on a great show for our fans. At the end of every performance I was sure of two things: Yngwie is an amazing guitarist, and that there is only one Yngwie Malmsteen. Let′s face it, every guitarist wishes they could do what he does with those six strings and a pick, but what he does is not only super human, it is undeniably unique and original too. There are imitators, some with equal proficiency, but none that can match the heart and the confidence behind his virtuosity. The last time we played together was at Marshall′s 50th Anniversary Concert at Wembley Arena in London on September 22nd, 2012, and I think it was the best I′d ever heard him play. Yes, he′s getting better! I was on stage just behind the curtain warming up with my guitar as I listened to Yngwie enthrall the audience with his impeccable and furious technique. But it′s his passion for music that really lights everyone up in the audience up. It′s the fire burning in those hands that make every note scream. He puts all of who he is, no excuses, no apologies, into every note and every sound he makes on his guitar. There is only one Yngwie Malmsteen. Zakk Wylde: You have Good Guitar Players. You have Great Guitar Players. Then you have The Ones that CHANGE THE GAME.... Like Jimi Hendrix & Edward Van Halen before him,Yngwie Walks Amongst them. It′s not Just his Sheer & Utter Mastery & Command of the Instrument that makes him Amazing. The Phrasing, The Vibrato, The Tone, His FEEL & PASSION along with the Overall Musicality That he brings to The table is what makes him so Special & Unique.... Where other guitar players, play fast and say Nothing, Yngwie Speaks.... If you′ve ever wondered what Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi & Paganini would have been capable of doing if they lived in the 21st Century, Look no further.... They All Reside within one Yngwie J. Malmsteen....and They are Smiling Richard McDonald, Fender Guitars: The most meaningful endorsements come from artists that truly believe in the products they use. Fender has never embraced a pay–to–play relationship with artists. We are always looking for the quintessential Fender players. The individuals that use our instruments to create new, captivating and inspiring music. Yngwie J. Malmsteen is exactly that artist. His compositions and playing were so fresh, his technique and sound so different. It represented a new era and a new level of musical sophistication in the heavy rock genre. Guitarists the world over were in awe. Not since Jimi Hendrix in the 1960s had the musical community witnessed such a redefinition of guitar music. When the idea of "Signature Artist" instruments surfaced in the late 1980s we selected two players we felt earned this special acknowledgment. One was Eric Clapton and the other was Yngwie Malmsteen. If you are lucky enough to spend meaningful time with him you will quickly understand he is a Fender fanatic, collector and historian. Not only was it a privilege to design a signature model Stratocaster with him it was an incredible challenge to reproduce the unique specifications of his guitar. The instrument is still one of our most popular artist models and stands as a tribute to his longevity and popularity across a broad audience of players and enthusiasts. Nick Bowcott, Marshall Amplification: Every once in a blue moon a rock–guitarist comes along that doesn’t just reset the bar, but turns the whole genre upside–down. Such players are few and far between. Jimi Hendrix; Jimmy Page; Eric Clapton; Jeff Beck; Edward Van Halen; Randy Rhoads; Dimebag Darrell….and a six–string supernova named, Yngwie J. Malmsteen. Although Yngwie was first introduced to many via “Spotlight” column in Guitar Player in the early ‘80s, most didn’t actually hear him until the April 1985 issue of the magazine which contained a 7” flexi–disc (remember those now extinct items?!) featuring Yngwie performing “Black Star” from his debut solo album. Such was the explosive impact of his playing that I can tell you exactly where I was when I first heard it – just as I can recount the location of my initial encounters with Messrs. Van Halen and Rhoads. The result? A new star was born and sweep–picking and neo–classical playing became the same overnight sensation as two–handed tapping was when “Eruption” was released. And it’s all Yngwie’s fault… Yngwie’s love for Marshall is well–known. The man literally crams as much of our gear into each–and every–venue he plays on as the size of the stage will allow. And for that we are eternally grateful. As he likes to say: “there are only two man–made objects you can see from outer–space – the Great Wall of China and my Marshall backline!” Not surprisingly, in 2011 Marshall unveiled the Yngwie J. Malmsteen signature JYM100 head…and we do not expect that to be the only project we collaborate together on. Yngwie and the late, great Jim Marshall met in 1984, hit it off immediately due to their shared odd–ball, sense–of–humour, and remained great friends right up until Jim’s passing in 2012. During the making of the charity song “We’re Stars” one of the members of the fictional band, Spinal Tap, joked that the only reason Yngwie uses the name “Yngwie J. Malmsteen is to distinguish himself from all the other Yngwie Malmsteens out there.” If truth be told though, our friend doesn’t even need to use his last–name…”Yngwie” is enough for any guitarist on the planet to know exactly who is being referred to. Seymour W. Duncan, Chairman Seymour Duncan Pickups: Yngwie is one of a very small handful of pioneer players who shook up the world of electric guitar and opened it up to an entirely new way of playing. And he′s got some amazing tone! Evan Skopp, Vice President Artist Relations, Seymour Duncan Pickups: His guitar virtuosity is renowned. But one thing most people don′t know about Yngwie is what a great guy he is. Super intelligent. Funny as hell. And a family man. He′s one of the coolest artists I′ve had the pleasure of working with. Paul Youngblood, V.P. BOSS/Roland Guitar Yngwie J. Malmsteen is the father of shred guitar. His influence on the guitar and other guitar players is huge. Yngwie is always totally in control and a master. And by the way, Yngwie really rocks! Walter Rührig, AKG Acoustics: Yngwie Malmsteen is a fantastic ambassador for AKG acoustics′ premium pro audio products. Yngwie′s outstanding musical talent and performance deserves top professional equipment support and we are extremely pleased for having been chosen by him as a partner he trusts in. I′m personally impressed by Yngwie′s passion for his music and his incomparable, powerful style when performing life on stage. He fades away, transforms all his energy into his guitar playing and entertains his fans at a top musical and emotional level. And millions love him for that. I will never forget in my life when I first met Yngwie in person. When Yngwie left a colleague of mine came close and asked me with full excitement, "Do you know who that was?" And I responded to him full of pride, "Yes my friend, THIS was Yngwie Malmsteen!!"

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Interessantes Buch für YJM Fans. Die Schreibweise ist sehr locker und macht einfach Spaß beim Lesen. Viele Geschichten und Anekdoten zu Themen, die sich jeder Fan schon gefragt hat ... Absolut lesenswert
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This biography is a must-have for any fan of Yngwie. It is written thrilling and entertaining and offers an inside look into his career and his personal life. Reading this book is like taking a journey through Yngwies life. I was often surprised and sometimes deeply touched by all this things that shaped his personality. Thanks Yngwie for sharing all this with us :-)
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This is a great book for every Yngwie Malmsteen fan. If you wanna know more about Yngwie's life, this is the book for you. I finished the reading in 2 days :-)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Long Time Coming... 26. April 2013
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This book starts off like a proper music biography; Yngwie growing up, raising hell, starting a band, recording and touring. This is done very well and I couldn't put the book down - All the way through the Odyssey album. He covers hiring band members, Boals and Soto coming and going, his car crash, and recording and touring his first few albums. But Malmsteen gives up this effort while recounting the Odyssey tour and the play by play ends there. No discussion of the end of the Rising Force band, the firing of Joe Lynn Turner, recording or touring Eclipse, hiring Vescera, touring or recording Seventh sign, etc. He actually doesn't even mention Magnum Opus by name even once. He mentions Fire & Ice a bit but doesn't cover most of his 90's and 00's albums except for Facing the Animal and Alchemy briefly. No recording or touring info on the latter career save for the lengthy coverage of the Concertos and the ProTools adoption for his newest releases Relentless and Spellbound. I would have liked to know what happened with longtime keyboardist Mats Olausson? No mention of ever meeting or playing with his hero Blackmore, playing Leo Fenders birthday party, what was it like to reunite with former members on the Inspiration album? Some info on the G3 Tour with Satriani would have been nice too. He spends 3 pages on the history of Ferrari but only 1 paragraph on his first wife - and doesn't even say her name. Instead he covers his drinking and eventual sobriety, his very poor choice in managers (which has lead to his wife taking over), and in depth coverage on his technique and his endorsement deals - which is all great info.

I guess I really wanted the details behind the many musicians that have been employed by Yngwie over the years. You know how divorced parents are not supposed to bring home their dates until they are sure they will stick around? This is so the child does not get attached to someone that is just going to be gone soon. Same with Yngwie - we as fans get attached to these band members and then for the next album they are gone without a trace.

So a good chunk of Malmsteens recording and touring career have been left out and that is what I was really looking for. Perhaps this is because the book wasn't even a thought until news of that unauthorized biography came out - Then Yngwie quickly decided to write his own. He was doing a great job with the process but he was either rushed, unwilling or unable to remember parts of his career, or he got bored recalling each album and tour in chronological order - perhaps omitting albums that he feels are unimportant?

That being said - I have been a fan of Malmsteen since the Odyssey album and have seen him live 6 times, it will be 7 next month. One thing that frustrated me about him is that I always felt he would be so much better if he: Kept the same band, reunited with so and so, let someone else write lyrics and contribute ideas, compose his solos, if he embraced YouTube a bit more, update his style a bit so he doesn't look so 80's, maybe button his shirt, etc. I just always felt he had so much more potential if he was a little more self aware. I learned from reading this book that I have been wasting my energy on these thoughts. Yngwie Malmsteen is VERY aware of all these criticisms and HE DOES NOT CARE. He is a very smart man and knows very well that his style is very 1988. He knows that collaborations with Joe Lynn Turner, for example, may make him more money or that writing a certain way could attract more listeners - but he CHOOSES to remain exactly how he is and do what he wants in the studio, with his band, his image, and his management. He does this because that is his vision and executing it as best he can is what makes him happy. Knowing this is actually a big weight off my shoulder and I can enjoy him more now that I understand him better and I don't need to be so concerned with all that stuff. So in that respect, mission accomplished with this bio.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Answers to many questions 23. April 2013
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I still remember when I first bought "Trilogy". I was 13 and it was a Vinyl LP that I bought because the cover struck me. Like Yngwie when he listened to Blackmore, I was blown away. From the first riff of "You dont remember...", the guitar solo on that song to the two instrumentals "Trilogy Suite" and "Crying", I just couldn't believe someone could play that fast, that clean, that cool and with all that tone and vibrato. I listened to that album hundreds of times as I held and examined over and over the cover that featured Yngwie fighting a 3 headed dragon with his strat. No other album except for Kiss Alive and Alive II ever gave me that sound and feel experience. Back then, as Yngwie mentions in "Relentless", we as fans, had no internet and no way of finding out who our rock heroes actually were. We magically associated music and album artwork and took it from there to let our imagination go.
I recently downloaded "Relentless" trying to find out what Yngwie was going through when I was listening to all that music non stop in the 80s. It took me two days to get the answers to the questions I had as a kid. I found out where he came up with "Far Beyond the Sun", "Black Star" and "Icarus Dream". I know now why "Odissey" was such a soft album (he agrees on that). I got answers to why he is constantly firing band mates and works as a one man show and many more anecdotes. Fans will appreciate the openness and honesty by which Mr. Malmsteen tells his story.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Wrong on many levels 25. Oktober 2013
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"Relentless: the Memoir" by Yngwie J. Malmsteen is a 273-page book, published in 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.

It opens with an introduction and then proceeds with 15 chapters. The first thing one sees on opening the book, however, is a section entitled "Relentless: the Blurbs." Book blurbs are short reviews, usually positive, by peers and/or mentors that are supposed to convince potential buyers that the book is worth their money and attention. The Malmsteen memoir blurbs, however, say nothing about the memoir itself, but rather praise Malmsteen himself.

The introduction is actually a short etymological entry on the name "Yngwie," which, though an interesting read, presents the author as conceited and condescending. In that respect, the introduction does prepare you for what's to come in the book. For example, after he has made it clear what a unique and powerful name he has, that was hardly ever used at the time of his birth, but is now spread worldwide thanks to his enormous influence, he writes,

"By now, there are a lot of little boys walking around with the name Yngwie, or maybe spelled Yngve, without a clue where that name really comes from. My son also has Yngwie as one of his names, and he knows what it means.
It means he's a Viking, a Swedish king, like his father." (p. 3)

If you think that's arrogant, wait, it gets worse, way worse.

Chapters 1-3 tell the story of his childhood. I found that an interesting read about socialist Sweden of the 60s and 70s (there's even a misquoted statement from Margaret Thatcher on the subject of socialism) even though it was mainly about the prodigy Yngwie who had mastered various instruments before he turned 7 when he saw the news about Jimi Hendrix's death on TV and a short video of him burning his guitar. That's when he decided to play the electric guitar.

Chapter 4 is about his moving to the States, the Mike Varney era, and his brief engagement with Steeler. It's interesting for its perspective of a European's first coming to the New World and all the misunderstandings that come from living in two different worlds.

Chapter 5 is about Alcatrazz and Graham Bonnet. It offers Malmsteen opinion on why things didn't work out with Alcatrazz and the curious parting onstage.

Chapter 6 is about the first two albums of Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force - "Rising Force" and "Marching out" - and the tour with Ted Nudgent that followed.

Chapter 7 is about his problems with the press in the beginning of his career and how he had to learn not to say whatever's on his mind.

Chapter 8 is about the brothers Jens and Anders Johansson and their hobby of destroying stuff; it's about the "Trilogy" album and the tour afterwards.

Chapter 9 is about the signs Malmsteen got in order to reconsider his destructive lifestyle: a car crash that threw him in a week-long comma and a scary earthquake that made him move to Florida. He discovers that his manager Andy Truman has been taking most of the money he's been making. Significantly, Malmsteen has chosen to start telling the story behind his least favorite album "Odyssey" in this same chapter.

Chapter 10 is about the success that follows the release of "Odyssey" and how he finally can see that he's making millions thanks to his new manager Nigel Thomas.There's also an interesting story about how he got to play in the Soviet Union during the Cold War and how he got big in Japan. There's also detailed info on his Ferraris. Nigel's sudden death in 1993 left Malmsteen in the hands of the money-stealing Jim Lewis.

Malmsteen speaks of "Eclipse" before he shares his philosophy on women. He briefly focuses on some of the women in his life, including his wives. He never mentions the names of his first two wives, Erika Norberg and Amber Dawn Landin respectively, but doesn't fail to label them both as "his groupies." He then goes into a detailed description of the many virtues of his third wife April, for whom he wrote the ballad "Like an Angel." The chapter goes on with just mentioning the albums "Fire & Ice," "The Seventh Sign," "Magnum Opus," "Facing the Animal," and "Inspiration." He writes the 90s off as "the Dark Ages" and finishes with a somewhat longer commentary on "Alchemy."

Chapter 11 is about his beloved "Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra" and its live recording with the New Japan Philharmonic. A chapter in which among interesting facts you'll learn that Malmsteen thinks he's not just a disciple of Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach, and Tchaikovsky but he's actually better than all of them, "I accessed an array of different periods of classical music, which was not done by Bach, Vivaldi, or even Pyotr Tchaikovsky, for example."

Chapter 12 offers an overview of his career in terms of media-driven success and staying true to oneself. He gives a good explanation on how the music industry in the 80s worked and how the game is completely different today. He gives some advice on integrity and style for those who want to become musicians or rock stars, "Do you want celebrity or do you want respect?" (p. 204)

Chapter 13 is about his wife's positive influence on his life and career, his son and about alcohol: how he started drinking, the evil alcohol is and how much better off everyone would feel if they gave it up.

Chapter 14 is about the equipment he's used and how he changed his preference for pickups from DiMarzio to Seymour Duncan. It's about his style of playing and the path he makes in the music industry.

Chapter 15 sums up his peculiarities regarding his band and relationships with other musicians. He once again lets the readers know he's no worse than Mozart and he's a be-all end-all, "[W]hen an album is being made, I am the composer, the orchestrator, the arranger, and the conductor - period." (p. 246) He finishes his memoir with how he succumbed to new technologies and got into ProTools and a praise for his last two albums "Relentless" and "Spellbound." Some more self praise, and the book ends with a cliché sentence how he's thankful "to those fans who have been loyal to me and to new fans who have just discovered me." (p. 263)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Malmsteen on Malmsteen 27. November 2013
Von J. Lenglet - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am an Yngwie fan and I enjoyed the story of Yngwie told by Yngwie. Not a lot we haven't already heard. Some interesting realities of the music business. Pretty classic tale of young talent getting shafted by the music business sleazeballs. Things haven't changed much thru the decades. Always looking to rip off artists and the end user alike (vinyl prices for instance, which are usually mastered from a common CD). Fortunately Yngwie has produced so much so well that he doesn't need records companies anymore.

Good book. Yngwie teamed with a real writer so it reads well. I didn't find him as egotistical and others seem to. I think he just speaks his mind and people don't seem to like that. People like to be placated and blather in self depreciating folksy "humour". Malmsteen doesn't do that and thank god. Fact is Malmsteen is well beyond most people. As a player and composer I mean. Nothing wrong with knowing it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very enjoyable read for anybody who knows who Yngwie is 3. Juni 2013
Von Radu Matasaru - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Yngwie writes as he speaks. You may not like his style. You may not even like his music. But you'll definitely appreciate his dedication. I've seen him live this April. The Dude is the absolute master of Rock. He could teach a lesson or two to anybody in the Rock business.
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