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As Above, So Below - The Unauthorized Yngwie Biography

As Above, So Below - The Unauthorized Yngwie Biography [Kindle Edition]

Anders Tengner , Kathryn S. Taylor , Joe Lynn Turner
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No Swedish musician has made such an impact as Yngwie Malmsteen. His finesse, attitude and fantastic guitar playing was unparalleled when he surfaced in the early 1980's.

As Above, So Below - The Unauthorized Yngwie Biography is a revealing story about how he became what he is today. It is a fury fueled story about extreme passion and determination, and the sacrifices needed to be made to achieve his dream. The price has been high, both for Yngwie himself and for those close to him.

Based on interviews, made both in Europe and in the U.S.A., with the people that were actually there, this book gives a unique and sensitive insight into the raging life of the guitar God. Everyone from teachers, classmates, music store owners, band members, road crew via managers, record companies and world renowned musicians to girlfriends and ex-wives share their personal stories and thoughts about the great Swede.

The interviewed include:
Joe Lynn Turner, Graham Bonnet, Tallee Savage, Jeff Scott Soto, Ron Keel, Mike Varney, Amber Dawn Landin, Peter Rooth, Göran Edman, the list goes on ...

No one could write this story better than Anders Tengner, by far the most celebrated music journalist in Sweden. Growing up in the same neighborhood as Yngwie and hanging out in with the same gangs, following Yngwies career as a journalist and friend both in Sweden and in the USA. Anders was also a guest at the first two of Yngwie's weddings.

Anders Tengner is a Swedish equivalent to Neil Strauss or Mick Wall.
Starting as a writer at music magazine Okej in the 1980’s, he soon got the opportunity to work with his own TV shows. If you didn’t know Anders, there was no way you were gonna sell your music in Sweden. Literally every rock star stopped for an interview, a friendly chat and a photo shoot. Credits also include magazines Kerrang! and Japanese Burrn.
Still today Anders keeps in contact with some of the icons, such as Ian Gillan of Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and Kiss, to name a few.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1401 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bokfabriken World Wide (6 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars As Above So Below 29 May 2013
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I'm writing this review at about 85% of the way through the book and, although it makes interesting reading, I'm a little disappointed with the overall direction that it takes. I am finding the book very "event driven" as opposed to telling a story of a persons life, the book seems to jump from one persons comments to the next with nothing in between explaining why certain situations occurred. It could have almost been written as a series of bullet points.
The whole book also seems very negative. Now, being a devoted Yngwie fan for over 25 years I know he hasn't exactly been an angel, however this man is all about music and using his unique talent to express himself - for me, this wasn't portayed very well in the book.
Hats off to the author though for tracking down all the people who had an affect on Yngwie's life (that must have took some doing) and for persuading them to be quoted in this publication - especially Amber !! One thing missing though are comments / feedback from the great man himself and that's why this needs to be read alongside Yngwie's autobiography "Relentless" which I've already purchased and will read upon completing this book.
All in all worth a read for any fan of Yngwie Malmsteen.
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I was a fan in the early 80's before he got big and it was truly illuminating to read about his early years and what he was really getting up to!. Much more interesting than his bio. Totally recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars well worth a read 3 Nov 2013
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Haven't read Relentless yet, but good quotes from the many band members! A Rock n roll lifestyle to the maximum .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read but so very painful.... 14 Jun 2013
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This is a good book. It should really be read in conjunction with "Relentless', Yngwie's official autobiography. If you are a fan of Yngwie's music, then reading these books should reinforce the old adage that `the music should speak for itself'. After all, the characters, aggression, arguments, assaults, tragedies and downright madness behind his music do not make pleasant reading. The sheer number of people hurt intentionally or otherwise by the Yngwie behemoth is sad.

Yngwie's autobiography is clearly his personal spin on the story whilst Anders Tengner's unauthorized but well documented version seems to be more balanced. I know which version I believe!
It is interesting to note the sheer number of people who have been on the receiving end of Yngwie and despite all that has happened to them continue to maintain that deep down he is a really very nice guy. Perhaps he is? Read both books and then you decide.
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20 years ago, as a beginning guitar player, I thought Malmsteen really was what he APPEARED: a master of his own destiny, a brilliant genius.

20 years later, this book showed me that I was looking at a myth I had constructed myself: Malmsteen was, is , a deplorable, ridiculous clown with serious mental issues. I had heard he was difficult, but not THAT bad. This book blew my mind, it interviews about 50 people who knew him well and tells you details that Malmsteen will NEVER have the balls to admit in his half-assed autobiography.

The guy is a loser with serious self esteem issues who would beat his chest and talking crap (he's a Viking, etc) and get his ass beaten in fights, only to whimper 'wait for me, guys'.

After reading this book, I lost all respect for him. What a stupid individual, he didn't know what the hell he was doing. Read for yourself, it's absolutely one masterwork of a biography
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