- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Science Friction Limited (1 Sept. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0954526406
- ISBN-13: 978-0954526405
- Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 24 x 4.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,690,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Passions of Great Fortune. The Songs Explored Hardcover – 1 Sep 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
Simply, it's lyrics. And the fragileness to the book is the humanity that is portrayed. Roy like so many of us, simply has a life worth living and he explores it in his way and his routine. Nothing in the phrases or pictures describes egocentricity nor does it squanders his acheivement and movement he is apart of. I feel an essence of summer and house hold pottery with smells of a wild flower garden and the crispness of a mist in every photo shown. It has such a human soul that it feels old and weighty with the lightness and gaiety of the simple descriptions. Oh, and he is also very frank and honest.
After 'reading' this book I am full of praise and delight at having witnessed this man's craft first hand in a lot of places, even when it's been so long in seeing him next.
And by the way, Kate Bush forwards the book... twice!!!!
I put off buying this for the longest time, but, frankly, it's superb. The lyrics are there if you want them, and because they are nicely laid out on high quality paper, you probably will. Roy's comments are restrained, economical, and genuinely interesting; this isn't an autobiography, and there is no real connected narrative, but you tend to get between a sentence and a couple of paragraphs on each song. Importantly, these comments do not take the song away from the listener: there are some gentle pointers about the background of the song, or occasionally its imagery, but no one will have their experience of the albums ruined by revelations in the book. Indeed, Roy falls virtually silent during the pages devoted to that most savage of break-up albums, Death or Glory?, letting his work stand or fall without justification or apology. It's one example of a restraint of which I - as a long-time follower of Roy's work - hardly thought him capable.
Last, and far from least, this book is a treasure-trove of photographs. Rock fans will thrill to the pictures of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Pink Floyd and others, perhaps taking special note of the photograph of Roy "in flagrante" that was taken by Robert Plant, who had burst into his room at the Continental Hyatt House expressly for that purpose.Read more ›