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4.0 out of 5 stars Clipping Gabriel's Wings
A Prog Rock chameleon, a musical surgeon of the psyche, a surrealistic singer and mask wearer, a true champion of and for World Music; Peter Gabriel is and has been all of these (and many more besides). It therefore takes a brave author to write a biography of him - myth as well as man - and Spencer Bright, one of our foremost rock journalists, fills the role...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive.
The author has undoubtedly written an extremely thorough account of the life of Gabriel. His early beginnings, departure from Genesis, solo music career, slow working style, interest in world music, studio at Bath, romances with high profile females, interest in new technology, theme parks and of course the notorious Millenium Dome are all covered in this 600 page plus...
Published on 14 July 2000


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3.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive., 14 July 2000
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This review is from: Peter Gabriel (Hardcover)
The author has undoubtedly written an extremely thorough account of the life of Gabriel. His early beginnings, departure from Genesis, solo music career, slow working style, interest in world music, studio at Bath, romances with high profile females, interest in new technology, theme parks and of course the notorious Millenium Dome are all covered in this 600 page plus tome. If you are looking to find out as much information as you can on Gabriel this will be an excellent discovery for you. If not then the amount of detail and overelaborate style of the author could turn reading this bible into something of a trawl. As I fit into the former category I found it a good read.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clipping Gabriel's Wings, 5 Mar 2002
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This review is from: Peter Gabriel: An Authorized Biography (Paperback)
A Prog Rock chameleon, a musical surgeon of the psyche, a surrealistic singer and mask wearer, a true champion of and for World Music; Peter Gabriel is and has been all of these (and many more besides). It therefore takes a brave author to write a biography of him - myth as well as man - and Spencer Bright, one of our foremost rock journalists, fills the role admirably.
Researched as exhaustively as one would expect this is a true "warts and all" book with no interview ignored, no theory dismissed in Bright's quest to discover his subject. If at times the prose sounds sugary and idyllic ("The River Bourne, as it flowed through Deep Pool Farm, brought out Peter Gabriel's boyhood sense of adventure.") then it somehow acts to enhance the air of mystery with which Gabriel has, over the years, decorated himself. Every aspect and episode of Gabriel's life from Charterhouse School through the years with Genesis and his bitter sweet parting with the band in the mid seventies and his patchy solo career is examined in soul-searching detail. Likewise, details of his personal life are put under the biographer's microscope - from marriage, fatherhood and divorce through to his deep involvement with Amnesty International, WOMAD and the setting up of his innovative Real World project.
Currently out of fashion he may be but Peter Gabriel, like an out of sorts heavyweight boxer, always seems to bounce back off the ropes and astonish us with one more blow. A revision of Bright's book should not be ruled out.
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