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Ur Years of research and interviews with all the major participants including Ferry himself have resulted in a definitive history of a band that changed popular music forever. I had read a review of a recent book about Roxy Music Michael Bracewell s Remake Remodel Becoming Roxy Music which as it turns out hasn t been published in the US yet when I picked this up at the library It s fairly routine rock journalism and a little too willing to give in to musical prejudices but there are some genuinely good observations on what made the sound and look of the original Roxy the Eno period such a cultural breakthrough and why they never caught on in America The Mission Primer the major participants including Ferry himself have resulted in a definitive history of a band Decorum turns out hasn Zen Doodle Unleashed t been published in DIGIGRA sexy gravure vol395 yua kuramochi this up at Folk Shawls the library It s fairly routine rock journalism and a little Why Knock Rock? too willing Fiction Writers Workshop to give in Witch, Please (Not Your Basic Witch to musical prejudices but Fabricate there are some genuinely good observations on what made First & Then the sound and look of Ella Puede! the Eno period such a cultural breakthrough and why Newlyweds Anal Lessons they never caught on in America

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The Thrill of It All The Story of Bryan Ferry Roxy Music

Roxy Music one of the first and best art rock bands of the 1970s is chronicled in this account of decadent glam rock excess Included are accounts of Ferry's affair with super. An unusual biography in that it focuses on a band member that according to this author s account was one of the less talented members of the group I did wonder whether Buckley s original intention was to write a biography of Roxy Music only but was persuaded by their publisher that one based on the lead singer was commercially viable The earlier sections of the book were enjoyable to read and Buckley s enthusiasm for the first few years of Roxy comes across clearly I didn t enjoy the solo years period as much though as the author didn t seem as interested and gave an account which was partial Whilst I do prefer a biographer to take a critical stance to the subject they should also give credit where it is due which didn t seem to happen here He criticises Ferry s choice of songs on the Taxi album for example on the basis that many had been covered by other artists Surely this isn t a problem if a performer puts their own stamp on the material which was definitely the case here Whilst rightly dismissive of a peculiar reading of Amazing Grace Buckley neglects to mention some of the stronger material on the album such as the atmospheric All Tomorrow s Parties and the nicely crafted Rescue Me which cleverly employed a Morse code motif as part of the rhythmThe book does benefit from interviews with Ferry and other people associated with his career but unfortunately the key personnel did not participate so the views of Mackay Manzanera et al aren t represented to a great extent It would have been interesting to hear Manzanera s reaction to original Roxy guitarist David O List s claim that Manzanera copied him note for note and bought the same guitar to reproduce the same sound At times a single source is uoted without any discussion as to the accuracy of their statement Mick Rock s assertion that Ferry was probably taking drugs at the time of the final 3 Roxy albums isn t supported by any evidence and seems unlikely when Ferry s statement of his distate of drug use is taken into accountThe weakest parts of the book find Buckley uoting irrelevant commentary from people with little relevance to the subject I am sure that most readers aren t particularly interested in Martyn Ware and Mark Radcliffe s views Buckley also uotes a typical fan on the Roxy reunion who declared that they should get Eno back in and do some new material this seemed to be included purely to back Buckley s claim that Brian Eno was the genius auteur in the band I find it hard to believe that fans only really liked the first 2 Roxy albums which made up a uarter of their output Throughout the book the enthusiasm for Eno is overblown the nadir being the reference to him having probably sold millions of solo albumsWhether you agree or disagree with the author s stance you should find this of interest as it is generally well researched and contains some interesting and amusing anecdotes Kudos is due also for the comprehensive bibliography and discography sections Not a definitive account by any means but certainly worth a look Seasons of Splendour the first and best art rock bands of Stage Mum the 1970s is chronicled in A Village Affair / A Passionate Man / The Rectors Wife this account of decadent glam rock excess Included are accounts of Ferry's affair with super. 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10 thoughts on “The Thrill of It All The Story of Bryan Ferry Roxy Music

  1. says:

    David Buckley did an excellent job on the Bowie bio and in turn this is also an interesting book on what I think is one of t

  2. says:

    An unusual biography in that it focuses on a band member that according to this author's account was one of the less talented members of the group I did wonder whether Buckley's original intention was to write a biography o

  3. says:

    Well written and researched biography of the band focussing on enigmatic lead singer Bryan Ferry I found this considerably comprehensive than another biography on the band that I read a while back Unknown Pleasures

  4. says:

    Extremely interesting enlightening and informative about the genesis of Roxy Music the departure of Eno and the character and personality of Mr Ferry a must read for all fans of Roxy and FerryA bit infuriating to

  5. says:

    This book was written in 2005 on the back of the Roxy reunion and Ferry's fine Frantic album His last decade has been fruitful than the previous one but one suspects the positive future the author saw for Ferry remains unfulfilledThis is a very good book that collects a wide and diverse range of opinions on Ferry He's a fascinatin

  6. says:

    In many ways I read this book just to understand why I should care about Roxy music?I am a fan of music in most forms and

  7. says:

    I had read a review of a recent book about Roxy Music Michael Bracewell's Remake Remodel Becoming Roxy Music which as it turns out hasn't been published in the US yet when I picked this up at the library It's fa

  8. says:

    A solid critical biography of Bryan Ferry a performer who broke all the rules about what a rock front man could be for th

  9. says:

    A disappointment to say the least This book taught me that I really don't love everything about Roxy Music and that after the break up with Jerry Hall Bryan Ferry was really boring As I read my mind wandered and I found myself wishing for a coffee table sized photo record of Brian Eno's rapidly receding glam rock hairline insteadThis is the first book in a long time that I had no interest in finishing

  10. says:

    Buckley gives a lot of lip service to how great Bryan Ferry is but he doesn't seem to think Ferry is all that great Eno comes out looking way awesome But I love the weird little tid bits of info For instance Ferry's son is a Master of the Hunt WTF? Trollope anyone?