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The Thrill of it All: The Story of Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music [Kindle Edition]

David Buckley
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Roxy Music were the first, and best, of all art school-influenced bands. Led by Bryan Ferry, the hippest Geordie in town, they kicked against the denim-clad anonymity of the early ‘70s and turned the first half of the decade into a huge glam rock party. Aided and abetted by Brian Eno, Ferry dreamt up an extraordinary kaleidoscopic music that appealed to outsiders everywhere. He also fell passionately in love with model Jerry Hall – an affair that ended sadly, and publicly, when she left him for Mick Jagger. The mid-‘70s saw rows and band splits before Roxy reformed as a slick, sophisticated, lounge-disco concern before finally imploding, after a successful US tour, in 1983.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 813 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: André Deutsch (1 Sept. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BP781X0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #270,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a poor relation... 19 Feb. 2010
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'The Thrill of It All' is the third Roxy Music biography that I've read, following on from Michael Bracewell's exemplary, erudite and absorbing 'Remake / Remodel' and Jonathan Rigby's different, but more comprehensive 'Both Ends Burning', and it's by far the last satisfying. It is certainly well-written, and amusing in parts, but it lacks thoroughness compared to the other two. Bracewell scored heavily in his painstaking research in assembling the early elements of the Roxy story, and 'Both Ends Burning' analysed each individual Roxy song in much detail, whilst 'The Thrill Of It All' is just frustrating as it adds nothing really to what's been said more clearly elsewhere. My advice is to those who want a very good overview, read Rigby's book, those who want the early back-story, read Bracewell, and if you just want something that tells the story, this will do.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Credit where credit's due 16 Jan. 2006
I was really looking forward to this after reading the 'cultural biography', Unknown Pleasures. That had been a bit of a trip down memory lane with pretentious knobs on. This looked more like a standard issue bio. As it was, the book covered the a-z of Roxy/Ferry, but as usual seemed to cast Ferry as a ponderous, indecisive lump and Eno as Captain Fantastic, saviour of the universe. I mean, come on, Ferry was the face, brains, words and music for 95% of Roxy - 100% on the first two albums. Eno, yes, was an interesting diversion and his 'sonic treatments' (squeaky noises to the layman) added an intangible which few others could match. However, it wouldn't all have fallen apart without him - it didn't - and while his work since has been cited as influential it hasn't exactly set the heather on fire commercially or in the public consciousness. It's rarely hummable and he's never been a crowd-pleaser. Try standing at the front at an Eno gig and shouting for the one from Arena. He's shoots you a look that could turn milk and carries on with the knitting needles and empty jam jars as if nothing's happened. Anyway, in this book a bit more credit for Ferry as one of the greatest British songwriters wouldn't have gone amiss.
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saw roxy music for your pleasure tour early seventies completely changed my perception of rock music and presentation .they were brave to hit the university circuit in the days when we sat crossed legged watching denim clad rockers.i was mesmerised by their performance and choice of instruments.this bookhas brought it all back to me.Even bowie one of my other heroes was a fan.They were virtualy unknown in nottingham soul city at the time and to me pure chance that i went.It says in the book the sound was bad in nottingham this was my only gripe with the book as the sound was crystal clear.I am now 58 years old and have seen this band on most tours and ferry solo.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not that thrilling 13 Jun. 2013
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OK Bryan Ferry was the king pin but not enough about the life story of the others. And most of Ferry's story was based on other peoples views of his life - not directly from him. Too much emphasis on his supposed "suave and sophistication".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 26 Nov. 2013
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A very good and informative look at the enigmatic bryan ferry and the mighty roxy music.lots of insight and information into the mind of Mr ferry and his companions.well worth a read.recommended.
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