Peter Gabriel: An Authorized Biography Paperback – 5 May 2000
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Understanding a contemporary legend - a classic biography.
Spencer Bright has completely rewritten and updated Gabriel's story to reflect fully how a man always troubled, complex and bravely adventurous in both public and private, has intensified in his brilliant paradoxes, the shadow of a darker soul emerging as his angelic good looks mature. Essential reading for all those who love the music, admire the man and seek to understand both a little better. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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Gabriel has so many interests outside of his own music and it's especially nice to get these viewpoints in the biography. He is involved in human rights, world music, multimedia, alternative health, and psychological therapies. These other interests do tell you more about the man than just a standard "Gabriel-released-this-album-and-toured" work.
The only complaint I have is about the some of the extremely long chapters. The book could be logically broken in better places to make keeping your place easier!