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Mike Oldfield - A Life Dedicated To Music [Kindle Edition]

Chris Dewey
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

How Mike Oldfield came to be who he is, his drive to become a musician and his personal motivations about his distinguished career are covered in detail in his own excellent autobiography, Changeling, published by Virgin books in 2007. A Life Dedicated to Music deliberately takes a different approach, documenting the events of Mike's career through the information gathered in interviews during 27 years of producing Mike Oldfield fan magazines. The views of the musicians, music industry professionals, assistants and fans closest to Mike have been assembled in chronological order for the first time, with the addition of new content from interviews conducted for this book, resulting in the first comprehensive record of Mike's 45-year career to 2013 Mike Oldfield has consistently delivered momentous compositions with virtuoso performances since the ground-breaking Tubular Bells in 1973. Excelling at every challenge from folk, pop, classical, reggae, heavy rock and video production to computer games, his creative genius and insistence on perfection has ensured his place as one of the World's most successful recording artists.

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About the Author

Chris Dewey is the Editor of Mike Oldfield's fan magazine and has worked directly with Mike Oldfield, Virgin Records, EMI, WEA, Universal Music, Mike's managers, promoters, guest musicians, producers, engineers and personal assistants since founding the not-for-profit Dark Star in 1986. Chris is married with two children and lives in the United Kingdom.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1906385351
  • Publisher: Brimstone Press (25 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ELPA2QM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chris Dewey is the Editor of Mike Oldfield's fan magazine and has worked directly with Mike Oldfield, Virgin Records, EMI, WEA, Universal Music, Mike's managers, promoters, guest musicians, producers, engineers and personal assistants since founding the not-for-profit Dark Star in 1986. Chris is married with two children and lives in Dorset.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the dedicated Oldfield fan 9 Jun. 2013
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book focusing on the music of Mike Oldfield and the experiences of the musicians that have worked with Mike over the years. It covers all recordings in chronological order from the early Sallyangie recordings up to Mike's involvement in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

Chris's writing style makes it very interesting and easy to read; I'm not a big reader of books (I much prefer writing and recording my own music, inspired by Mike's approach of course) and very easily lose interest in sticking with a book, but I actually read this within 24 hours...the ultimate compliment to its style in my view! There are lots of great insights into the music and the inspiration behind it - the bit that sticks in my mind is Rick Fenn's recollections of the 80s tours and the point where they nearly lost their lives (the inspiration behind 'Five Miles Out').

This hardback book is quite pricey but that's due to the independent costs of producing it. Chris Dewey is the editor of Dark Star, the official Mike Oldfield magazine and internet site and has unrivalled experience of meeting and dealing with the musical maestro over the years. I've subscribed to the magazine since its early days and this is his best work yet. He writes from a fan's perspective but at no time is her sycophantic. Mike has also read the book and approved its content and publication.

An absolute must purchase for the Oldfield fan...even better as a present for them for a special occasion!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential read for every Mike Oldfield fan 5 Jun. 2013
Format:Hardcover
There have been very few great books written about Mike Oldfield, and absolutely no great documentaries made. Chris Dewey, editor of the official Mike Oldfield magazine and fanzine, Dark Star, has managed to accomplish both in his new book.

Drawing on a wealth of information gathered in his 27 years of producing fanzines, including interviews with the musicians and people that have been close to Oldfield throughout his career, Chris tells Mike Oldfield's amazing story like never before. From his early childhood to the release of his groundbreaking debut album Tubular Bells in 1973. Then on through the years until his stellar surprise performance at the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony. There are other sources of information too and are used to great advantage to add further interesting anecdotes.

I found the book read less like a regular biography and more like a documentary, but it still managed to give the reader a fantastic insight into Mike Oldfield's vast career. The book is also very well illustrated with many rare and wonderful photographs, from professional sources and devoted fans. There is also great artwork featured by various fans throughout.

Towards the end of the book is an extensive appendix section covering all kinds of extra information ranging from discographies, tourographies and rare collectables. Which also proves to be an essential reference guide in its own right.

All in all an essential book for any Mike Oldfield fan, and a splendid companion to Oldfield's back catalogue of work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat sycophantic and expensive 1 Sept. 2013
By Twiglet
Format:Hardcover
Maybe it's to be expected, as the author is the editor of Mike Oldfield fan magazine, but this book is overly positive about the artist, only occasionally being critical of his work. There's a lot of quoting from revealing interviews from the fan magazines but a little too much of the author's own opinion for my liking - I'm not all that interested in what he thinks. To be fair, on a positive, I found out a lot about Mike Oldfield which I didn't know before reading the book, and it does flow well as a story so overall it was an easy and interesting read.

I would have given it four stars if it wasn't for the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Oldfield - the book I've been waiting for! 30 Dec. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
In a book that not only provides a detailed timeline of Oldfield's career to date; it also illustrates the changing relationship between Oldfield and his fan base - going from outright rejection in his early career to warm and approachable in his later years. Chris Dewey has used a wealth of research material from the early press releases to personal interviews spanning the whole Oldfield community. He also touches on the complex character of Oldfield himself using interviews with collaborators from various points of his career. I thoroughly recommend this book for both the casual reader or a dedicated fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 7 Jun. 2013
By Daz
Format:Hardcover
The definitive biography of one of the UK's most talented musicians. This will be the "go to" resource for all Mike Oldfield fans. With loads of previously unpublished material, "Mike Oldfield - A Life Dedicated To Music" is a fascinating and enlightening read from beginning to end. Chris Dewey's knowledge and enthusiasm rings out from the pages. It gives a wonderful insight into what makes Mike Oldfield tick. I Highly recommend this fantastic book whether you are an Oldfield fan or not!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion to 'Changeling' 5 Jun. 2013
Format:Hardcover
Mike Oldfield's autobiography 'Changeling' was an essential read for those interested in the genesis of Mike's early career, personal life challenges and the driving forces behind his music. It left fans satisfied, but many felt it didn't emphasise his later works nearly enough. Chris Dewey's excellent book redresses the balance in favour of a chronological look at the music from the very early days of 'The Sallyangie', right up to date with the triumpant 2012 Olympics performance. If you're looking for in-depth, insider and unheard stories on the making of Mike Oldfield's albums - here's the book you've been waiting for. All his album's are catered for, with a wealth of photographs of memorabilia to complement the prose. Chris' inside take on Oldfield's career as editor of the official Dark Star website affords him a unique view of the man and his music.

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Please, no more
Well, I managed to get to the end of the book and found the appendices, two of which were pretty interesting. As for the main body, no. Oh no. No no no no. Read more
Published 2 months ago by raskolnikof
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A nice item, mainly collected from back issues of Dark Star so if you have not collected them it will be of great interest to Mike fans. Read more
Published 13 months ago by pauln50
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography
I have been an avid Mike Oldfield fan since Tubular Bells and this book certainly fills a gap. Mike's autobiography "Changeling" was a great read and tells us a lot about... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jonquin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Just finished reading this tonight and have to say that it is well worth a purchase. Written with care and love for the music of this most underrated musician this book is full of... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. David Collopy
4.0 out of 5 stars A great gift
I bought this book at the TB 40th anniversary celebration in Reading this year.. July 2013. We met the author & so I also had the book signed by him. Read more
Published 21 months ago by SarahThorne
4.0 out of 5 stars Add context to the music (and add music for context).
Chris Dewey's book has introduced me to some great music - thank you! I was a newcomer to Mike Oldfield's work when I started to read this, and adding the soundtrack alongside the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for oldfield fans
To all us long suffering Mike Oldfield Fans this book is a must, as it fills in the gaps over the years.
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for new and old fans alike
This book is a well written, entertaining mixture of insight into Oldfield's career together with personal authorial anecdote. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dr Drum
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR ALL MIKE OLDFIELD FANS
I enjoyed Chris Deweys book on Mike Oldfield very much there were many new photos which I hadnt seen before it waqs well written. Read more
Published 23 months ago by ANDREW G. KOSTELNYK
5.0 out of 5 stars Wealth of information
This is a must book for any Mike Oldfield fan and those interested to learn about the man behind some of the most innovative music of our times. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mompesson
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