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An excellent effort,
This review is from: Under the Ivy: The Story of Kate Bush (Hardcover)
This is far and away the best book I have read about Kate Bush. There are a few out there but none have come close to this excellent biography.
Graeme Thomson has really attempted to unearth just what makes this unique artist tick and by and large he has succeeded. It comes as no surprise that Kate herself had no input whatsoever with this book but there are many recent interviews with old schoolfriends and several people that have worked with her. At times it is a totally engrossing read and it had me hooked from the very first page.
One of the best chapter's is about the 'Tour Of Life' that Kate undertook and it is here particularly that the author excelled with his research and he gives a deep understanding as to why she has never toured again. If there was one tour from history that I wish I had seen it was this one and reading this made me really want to turn back the clock and buy my ticket! But I was a lot younger way back then and I wasn't into Kate quite as much as I was a year later or so and this book has awoken my interest in this marvellous artist and I have found myself playing her albums constantly.
It is a struggle for Graeme Thomson to fill in the gaps from 1994 onwards but he does the very best he can and it must have been difficult without any input from Kate or those closest to her. He isn't afraid to be critical about some of her work and that is fair enough. Even the most ardent of Kate's fans have to admit that at times her music is maybe a touch too personal or experimental. I didn't agree with some of his verdicts but by and large he hits the mark.
'Kate Bush: Under The Ivy' is the best book you could buy about Kate, it is as simple as that. It makes you appreciate just what a unique, talented, focused and at times frustrating artist she is. As a fan, it makes me yearn for so much more from her and the fact that three people in their twenties I spoke to had never even heard of her is ridiculous when you consider how truly fantastic she could still be.