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Lifting Shadows: The Authorized Biography of Dream Theater Hardcover – 30 Nov 2009


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  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Essential Works Ltd; Classic ed edition (30 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906615020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906615024
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,459,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a Dream 18 May 2011
By J. Mccormack - Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoyed this book. Being a huge fan of Dream Theater's music for about 15 years now, I have pretty mush just consumed anything and everything musically that I could find that involved the band, or any of the individual members.

Not being much of a follower of online chats, forums, discussions, news, gossip, etc. I was only really aware of their music and official news I had read. This book gave the whole behind-the-scene details for pretty much everything from their earliest days on through their latest album (2009's Black Clouds & Silver Linings), including details about all the various side projects each member has been involved in as a bonus.

I am amazed at the detail this went into, and how even some of the smallest characters in the story got covered and interviewed. Managers, record execs, singers who tried out, people they had crossed the path of, just about everyone got talked to. Very well written; very in-depth; very revealing; and kept me glued to the book.

I found it a bit odd when I read that Mike Portnoy had pretty much stated he was leaving the band years ago. The things that were said about how there is no way the band could conceive of going on without him, and fortunately he did not follow through and we have some of the most amazing albums to date that came afterwards. Now, here we are in 2001, and Mike did recently quit, and yet they are continuing on without him, and just released the info on their new drummer. I just found it funny in reading that section last week right around the time they announced their new drummer.

This book covers the time frame all th way through their latest album, so it covers very modern times. And now that Mike has quit the band, this book basically encapsulates the entire Mike Portnoy era of the band.
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