"A record industry legend" (The Times)
"As one of the most successful recording artists in history, his genius as a musician is beyond question" (Daily Mirror)
From the Inside Flap
What's it like to be Mike Oldfield?Born without social instincts many people take for granted, brought up in an environment that was beyond his ability to deal with, but at the same time possessed with an extraordinary musical talent, Mike was thrust into the spotlight at the tender age of nineteen.His first album Tubular Bells went on to sell fifteen million copies worldwide and catapulted him into a stardom he was ill equipped to cope with.
All his life, Mike has felt like an outsider, a stranger in a strange land.From his difficult childhood, growing up with an alcoholic mother, to his feelings of alienation and struggles with depression, this book takes Mike from his early years, through the recording of Tubular Bells and his staggering fame, to his rebirth experience at a controversial Exegis seminar and up to the present day.
With a supporting cast including Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful, Richard Branson and Steve Winwood, Viv Stanshall and Kevin Ayers, Mike's tale is as unique as it is inspirational.Packed with amusing anecdotes told against the colourful backdrop of sex, drugs and rock n' roll in the sixties and seventies, Mike Oldfield has been on a journey few of us could ever imagine, and he offers a message of hope to anybody who feels they live on the edge of society.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
Mike Oldfield was just nineteen when his first album, Tubular Bells, catapulted him into stardom and made him one of the most successful recording artists of all time. It was to be a journey few of us could imagine.
Growing up with an alcoholic mother and without the social instincts most people take for granted, Mike felt he never fit in. Then, with the spectacular success of Tubular Bells, he suddenly found himself struggling to cope with fame on an unimaginable scale, and a growing feeling of alienation and depression.
Mike takes readers from his difficult early years through the recording of Tubular Bells and the sudden fame it brought, to his subsequent breakdown and rebirth experience, right up to the present day in an incredible story featuring a cast of characters that includes Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithful, Richard Branson and Steve Winwood. It is a unique and inspiring tale of success, struggle and hope.