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Lifting Shadows: The Authorized Biography of "Dream Theater" [Box set] [Hardcover]

Rich Wilson

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17 Dec 2007
Lifting Shadows, autoryzowana biografia Dream Theater - amerykanskiego zespolu progresywno-metalowego, którego czlonkowie to James LaBrie, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, John Myung i Mike Mangini - sledzi ich historie od czasu ich powstania na Long Island w polowie lat osiemdziesiatych az do czasów obecnych, gdy ich koncerty gromadza tlumy i zapelniaja areny. Ta poprawiona i uaktualniona edycja zawiera najswiezsze wywiady z zespolem i wieloma innymi osobami, które odegraly swoja role na przestrzeni kariery tych pionierów progresywnego metalu. Obejmuje odejscie wspólzalozyciela zespolu, perkusisty Mike'a Portnoya, poszukiwania jego nastepcy i ich smialy powrót. Jest to opowiesc o muzycznej integralnosci, mocnym i profesjonalnym samozaparciu i gleboko zakorzenionej wierze w wytyczony przez siebie muzyczny kierunek. 'Pieczolowicie napisana, szczególowa ksiazka bardzo dobrze opisuje legende Dream Theater' Metal Hammer 'Pelna, nieocenzurowana historia czolowych postaci prog metalu' Classic Rock
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story behind the greatest band you've never heard 17 Jan 2008
By Jason Meggs - Published on Amazon.com
The box set contains a picture book(Images), the authorized biography of Dream Theater(Words), and a companion CD with previously unreleased songs, demos, and live performances. This is a must-have for Dream Theater fans or those who are fans of VH1's Behind the Music. "Words" follows the band from the early beginning before they formed, through each album and all the conflicts along the way. The band's struggles with management and record labels consume most of the pages. Rich Wilson does a great job of giving differing recollections of those involved in specific incidents. This book gives the details of the goings-on that fans have only read snippets about on the internet. Practically all the current and former band members, producers and engineers involved with the band contribute to the book(except Kevin Moore). This is a well-written story of the band that all fans will enjoy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meticulously researches, no punches pulled 28 April 2009
By Philip Simon - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book with high expectations and a sense of urgency. I had become a crazy Dream Theater nut and had read a great deal about the band over two years. Yet, my understanding of their history was not complete. Wilson's book is methodical in nature; each period is covered in great detail. Unlike many biographies, this book does not gloss over delicate matters (such as Portnoy's substance addictions). Nor does it serve as a "Behind the Music" type of foray only into intra-band squabbles. The book gives a balanced and ultimately inspiration account of some of the greatest musicians of their generation.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read for the Dream Theater Fanatic!!! 22 Mar 2008
By JONESY - Published on Amazon.com
I was first introduced to Dream Theater by a good friend of mine back around the time that "Falling Into Infinity" was released, and they have become my favorite band of all-time as the years have gone by. So it was perfectly natural for me to want the "definitive" Dream Theater history, endorsed by the band. So I paid the $85 and received the books and the bonus CD. Was it worth it?

YES! The package immediately blew me away, with a protective hard-cover case with a beautiful gold-foil Majesty logo on the front. The books are also hardcover and the CD comes in a very secure slot in the front of the "Images" book. I decided to read the "Words" biography in conjunction with the "Images" book as I came to each era of the band, and I came away from the experience with mixed feelings. I found the story to be VERY informative, especially on how Dream Theater began and got through their early years to their big hit with "Pull Me Under". I felt the pacing was very nicely done, up until the last few chapters that detailed the most recent releases; it seemed that the author just kind of wrote to a template in a hurry to finish the book. Besides that, again the story was fantastic! I particularly found the wealth of interviews and history by each individual member the most fun to read; James LaBrie in particular is quite a funny guy, and reading the most quite member, John Myung talk about his passion for the music was welcome too.

The downsides that I found in the collection were the large amount of misspellings throughout the biography, and also the lack of captioning towards the end of the "Images" book. It left me feeling that the book was rushed at the end for printing, but I found that this collection was still worth it, because you really feel what the band struggled through in order to keep true to their vision and artistic integrity despite the constant struggles internally and externally with the industry.

To the Dream Theater fanatic, this book is a MUST, but to casual listeners or even to those who may not be familiar with Dream Theater at all, it may be passable. For a good read about an artistic band that defied the odds over and over again and are still going strong, it is highly recommended:)
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and useful 22 July 2009
By Dewata - Published on Amazon.com
This is actually a very good book. I got tons of information and insights by reading this book. Amazon should make this book available. Highly recommend this book for any Dream Theater fan and those who'd love to know about the band.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Images: Great; Words: Good 11 Feb 2008
By pg1067 - Published on Amazon.com
This product really must be judged as two separate books. The Images volume is superb. This is mostly attributable to the band's (i.e., Mike Portnoy's) VAST stockpile of pictures from the past. The only real problem is that probably more than half the pictures are not captioned, and sometimes they only make sense when viewed concurrently with the corresponding chapter in the Words volume.

As for the Words volume, having just finished it yesterday, I have mixed feelings. While Rich Wilson's research was exhaustive, and while it provides a LOT of insight into the band's background, I can't help but be annoyed by a lot of technical matters. First of all, the book is written in British English. I could overlook the British spellings (e.g., "favourite" instead of "favorite"), but, for whatever reason, the constant use of plural verb conjugations with the the SINGULAR nouns "the band" and "Dream Theater" was quite distracting for me (maybe that's just me). Second, I was quite bothered by the POOR proofreading/editing job that was done. I didn't keep count, but I'm sure I spotted about two dozen errors. Given the band's obsessive focus on perfection, I found this quite ironic (and, given that this set cost nearly $85, it's quite frustrating). Substantively, I thought the book got a bit bogged down with detail at certain points (particularly the page after page of Charlie Dominici's pre-DT history).

But, all in all, this is a must buy for any fan of the band, and, my negative comments above notwithstanding, I don't regret spending the money or waiting nearly six months for delivery.
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