By David Sheppard
From an idiosyncratic early life in a sleepy British marketplace city to the head of the foreign pop charts, this primary serious exam of the lifetime of Brian Eno charts a long and colourful trip. Interviews with many key collaborators—such as David Byrne, Robert Wyatt, John Cale, Bryan Ferry, and Gavin Bryars—along with enter from Brian and his spouse, Anthea, light up the guy and his principles and the way he retained an area and maintained independence. This sonic alchemist to the celebs has contributed to the main not easy and significantly respected paintings of Roxy tune, David Bowie, conversing Heads, Devo, U2, and Coldplay, and few collections stay untouched by way of his special aesthetic.
Few list collections stay untouched through Brian Eno’s aesthetic DNA: from ambient soundscapes and world-music hybrids to chop ’n’ paste vocal samples and amniotic chill-out rooms, Eno is throughout us. A sonic alchemist to the celebs, his tackle publication is a veritable who’s who of rock and his credits embellishes an outrageous variety of albums. Tellingly, Eno’s paintings with Roxy tune, David Bowie, conversing Heads, Devo, U2, and Coldplay has coincided with these artists generating their so much severely respected work.
On a few far off seashore is the 1st critical, severe exam of the lifestyles and occasions of Brian Eno. David Sheppard has interviewed key collaborators like David Byrne, Robert Wyatt, John Cale, Bryan Ferry, and Gavin Bryars. yet extra importantly, Sheppard has had substantial counsel and enter from Brian and Anthea Eno themselves, whereas maintaining an part and independence according to his subject.
From Publishers Weekly
Sheppard (Elvis Costello and Leonard Cohen) goals to reclaim [Brian] Eno from the Eno nerds who've grew to become the musician/producer right into a cultish determine, and although respectful of his subject's legacy, he not often succumbs to outright worship. a wide bite of the biography recounts Eno's British artwork tuition roots and his first significant track gig, because the synthesizer participant for Roxy song, the place his flamboyance speedy made him much more sought after than lead singer Brian Ferry. Sheppard writes well approximately Eno's next solo paintings and his forays into generating albums for artists like David Bowie and speaking Heads and wide interviews and examine deliver out alluring backstories: it's worthy noting that just about not anyone, together with Eno himself, idea he'd be an exceptional healthy to paintings with U2, till The Joshua Tree turned one of many biggest-selling rock albums of all time. occasionally, Eno's attention-grabbing initiatives from the final twenty years appear to move by means of in a blur, in comparison to the in-depth remedy of the 1st 1/2 his occupation, and his theoretical pronouncements may endure a bit extra severe scrutiny. almost always, notwithstanding, it is a helpful record of 1 of late-20th-century pop music's key influencers. (May)
From university Library Journal
Musical Renaissance guy and self-described "sonic landscaper" Brian Eno has been a band member (Roxy Music), manufacturer (David Bowie, speaking Heads, U2, Coldplay), author, and prolific solo artist, yet his most famed piece of song could be the six-second start-up sound for the home windows ninety five working process. Sheppard (Elvis Costello; Leonard Cohen) has written an in depth learn of this stressed, leading edge artist. even supposing Sheppard had entry to Eno and is predicated seriously on interviews with the topic and his spouse, this isn't a fawning biography, and the writer doesn't hesitate to ascertain Eno's musical and private successes and screw ups. Sheppard is very solid at putting Eno's paintings within the acceptable cultural context. even if the author's wordiness will get a section exasperating, Sheppard makes up for it in consciousness to element. steered.
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On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno by David Sheppard