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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Portrait (27 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749950498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749950491
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written with fondness and filled with train-spotterish-details about recording sessions and musicians. -- The Times

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Rob Jovanovic has written about music for numerous magazines, including Mojo, Q, Level, Record Collector and Uncut, and many other publications such as The Guinness Rockopedia and The Rare Record Price Guide. He is also the author of many books, including Beck! On A Backwards River (0352304510); Adventures in Hi-Fi - The Complete REM (0752846183); Nirvana: The Recording Sessions (to be published later this year); Perfect Sound Forever - The Story of Pavement (1932112073); and Big Star - The Story of Rock's Great Lost Band (to be published later this year). He is a full-time music writer based in Nottingham.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Roberts on 9 Nov 2005
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Like many other people, I am a long-standing admirer of much of Kate's recorded work. She always brings a breath of fresh air to the music industry and her long-awaited new album has re-kindled my interest in her. I was therefore keen to read her bang-up-to-date biography.
Whilst this book does cover Kate's musical career album-by-album, with the exception of her latest work, the book only stakes across Kate's personal life, leaving the reader with more questions than it answers. It is unfortunate that the author, Rob Jovanovic, was unable to secure an interview with Kate and therefore any material not already in the public domain has had to come from third parties. It would have been really interesting to have had more quotations directly attributable to Kate herself and this lack of direct contact with the book's subject is a bit of a let down, especially in relation to the last dozen years, of which little is known and which received scant cover.
It would also have been nice to have more photographs, but that apart the book itself is beautifully packaged and presented.
A worthy read for any Kate Bush fan; just don't expect any revalations.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. J. Moorse on 9 Nov 2005
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For some time now,admirers of the notoriously private Ms Bush have longed for a biography packed with little known facts about her life with some light shed on the inspiration for her music and peppered with insightful observations from those lucky enough to have worked with her.
This book is not it!.
It is poorly researched and badly written.Most of Kates quotes seem to have been lifted from ancient copies of 'Q' magazine (for whom the compiler of this work,Rob Jovanovic, is a contributer)and subsequently offers no new information to the fans.
As a biographer,Mr Jovanovic does not seem to have grasped the fact that it is not enough merely to list the names of his subjects first boyfriend /dance teacher/bass player,it is his job to get out there and try to interview them as well.He skims over the life changing events that take place in Kates world ie: the death of a parent,the birth of her only child, in just a couple of sentances without stopping to try and analyse the effect that this may have had on her music.
Ahh yes,her music.Mr Jovanovic seems to very much to enjoy endlessly listing anyone that ever so much as broke wind in the studio over the last 30 years but seems less keen on on the albums themselves.They get an increasingly short shrift ending up with 'the Sensual World' and 'the Red Shoes'being described in a few sketchy paragraphs.
I rather get the feeling that he is the kind of bloke that gets a bigger kick from arranging his cd's alphabetically rather than actually listening to them !.
After finishing this disatisfying book,I am left wondering if a crushing lack of co-operation from the Bush camp left him with so little material to work with ?.If this was the case,surely this too could have been worked into the biography and provided an interesting angle in itself ?.What a wasted opportunity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. E. A. Esq on 28 Mar 2009
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Even with limited resources (always a problem with Kate Bush, since she's so reluctant to participate in biographies) a good writer can create an enjoyable, absorbing work. Sadly, Rob Jovanovic cannot. The writing is amateurish, sub-fanzine style. Exclamation marks are used in the most embarrassing fashion; Abba are slagged off quite unnecessarily, as are other easy targets. Who wants to read for the umpteenth time that Stock, Aitken and Waterman's music is "drivel"? It's just too, too easy. A better writer could have written an arch, amusing remark about either of those two writing teams, where Jovanovic writes something insulting and prosaic.

And this is before we get onto his assessment of Kate's life and work. Despite lengthy sections on some of the albums, it's obvious that Jovanovic is not a musician or musical. So we get flat, un-incisive commentaries about the albums. Apparently, "Never Be Mine" (from The Sensual World) and "Top of the City" (from The Red Shoes) are no good, but the author doesn't have a sufficient musical ear to tell us why he thinks this is the case.

Read it by all means, it's not unenjoyable. It's just that it's no good.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. N. Nixon on 27 Sep 2008
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Agree totally with the review posted before this. What you have here is a cut and paste run through press comments combined with detailed break downs of her albums. It's ironic that an artist so careful to craft all her work is served by an easy to assemble bio that still gets facts wrong. It's predictable at best and often lazy and sloppy. The author notes that Kate signed to EMI home to some of the 70s biggest bands including Deep Purple and Iron Maiden....check the dates of Iron Maiden's hits if that one passed you by. Similarly a musician called Robin Trowe gets a mention and the book frequently repeats facts quickly, citing the chart position of one single twice in two pages. It also came out around the time of Ariel but - of course - has nothing to say about it. The last one is probably simple bad luck for the author, the many other slips and typos aren't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Freeman on 6 May 2014
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Kate Bush is hot news at the moment so I would imagine many people will be interested in this book . very detailed in the background to kates early career
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