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Music in Dreamland : Bill Nelson & Be Bop Deluxe Paperback – 4 Mar 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HELTER SKELTER PUBLISHING; Reprint edition (4 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781905139293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905139293
  • ASIN: 1905139292
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reeves has come up with a real page-turner. -- Classic Rock magazine, July 2009

A valuable and diligent assessment of a neglected artist. --Rock'n'Reel magazine, October, 2009

Lovingly assembled biography of one of the UK's most reluctant guitar heroes and all-round creative mavericks.
--Record Collector, June 2009


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Being a long-time fan of Be Bop Deluxe, but not so familiar with Bill Nelson's solo work, this book was a revelation and an incitement to rectify the latter. It's definitely something to read for hard-core fans. The physical book itself is a monstrosity, though. I have seldom seen a worse layout, and it's a shame that the book designer was so far removed from Mr. Nelson's own lofty, artistic heights...
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This is a comprehensive and very enjoyable biography concerning a creative genius, who's contribution to music has never received the widespread recognition it undoubtedly deserves.
Bill Nelson's professional and private life is well documented here, from picking up a guitar for the first time at the age of around ten, through the musical experiences of his youth, to the creation of Be Bop Deluxe, and beyond.

The disbanding of both versions of BBD and the reaction of the band members is covered. Theories are put forward in an attempt to unravel one of the great mysteries of rock music: Why didn't BBD and Bill Nelson become household names? The book predominantly details the BBD years, but Nelson's subsequent solo career is also covered.
The book is interspersed with comments and reflections from Nelson and former band members, as well as friends and producers from the music industry.
All five BBD studio albums, plus a selection of later works, feature a track by track breakdown, explaining the reasons and influences for the lyrics, which makes for very interesting reading.

For fans of BBD and Bill Nelson, this book provides a fascinating insight into the man, his thoughts, and the influences that inspired his creativity, and is certainly a very worthwhile read.
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At last! Very enjoyable and well written book, full of fascinating insights. Made me want to go back and listen to the albums again and , wierdly, gave me a very vivid and detailed Bill Nelson dream where i travelled across London on a bus to play a Be Bop Deluxe gig in a pub! Most peculiar.
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A great read of the huighly underatted Mr Nelson's solo works and the classic Be bop years
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