- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Orion (9 July 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752884638
- ISBN-13: 978-0752884639
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 837,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno Paperback – 9 Jul 2009
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The 450-page biography (written with the help of the famous piss-taster himself) fairly zips along (OBSERVER MUSIC MONTHLY)
This exeptionally well-written biography duly celebrated [Eno's] great achievements with Roxy, Bowie, Talking Heads and his own solo work in compelling detail. (UNCUT)
[An] honourable, authorised attempt to do justice to a mind-bogglingly restless and prolific subject. (SUNDAY TIMES)
David Sheppard's authorised biography dispels some of the myths surrounding Brian Eno and provides a compelling case for his importance as artist and thinker. (WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY)
An accomplished and sprawling biography reflects Eno's scattershot approach to life - all over the place but fascinating just the same. (BIG ISSUE (Scotland))
Music Book of the Fortnight 'Few enigmas are as hard to unravel as Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, but the Q contributor has done a bang-up job with this 450-page tome' (HOT PRESS (Ireland))
David Sheppard's meticulously researched biography...[with] the kind of footnote that make this doorstopper such an engaging read (INDEPENDENT)
On Some Faraway Beach provides an extensive introduction to a lifetime of constructive, and very English, pottering. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
Sheppard has corralled the many strands of Eno's hectic creative life into a coherent and highly readable account. On Some Faraway Beach will take some beating as a chronicle of one of popular music's few truly original practitioners. (TOTAL MUSIC MAGAZINE)
A vivid, well-observed and absorbing biography replete with relevant context and cultural references (THE BEAT)
How do you pin down enigma like Brian Eno? Music journalist David Sheppard makes a valiant stab at it in this lively biography (YORKSHIRE EVENING POST)
This 450-page biography (written with the help of the famous piss-taster himself) fairly zips along. (OBSERVER MUSIC MONTHLY)
This exceptionally well-written biography duly celebrated [Eno's] great achievements with Roxy, Bowie, Talking Heads and his own solo work in compelling detail.' (UNCUT)
An accomplished and sprawling biography reflects Eno's scattershot apporach to life - all over the place but fascinating just the same. (BIG ISSUE (Scotland))
Music Book of the Fortnight
'Few enigmas are as hard to unravel as Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, but the Q contributor has done a bang-up job with this 450-page tome'. (HOT PRESS (Ireland))
David Sheppard's meticulously researched biography ...[with] the kind of footnote that make this doorstopper such an engaging read. (INDEPENDENT)
A vivid, well-observed and absorbing biography replete with relevant context and cultural references. (THE BEAT)
How do you pin down an enigma like Brian Eno? Music journalist David Sheppard makes a valiant stab at it in this lively biography. (YORKSHIRE EVENING POST)
Sheppard's writing is splendidly vivid...a book that sets new standards for rock biography (GUARDIAN)
Eno's eclectic career and esoteric personal life make for an entertaining chronicle (TIMES)
Authorised biography of influential musician/producer/cultural commentator Brian Eno - the 'Father of Ambient Music'.See all Product Description
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The book is excellent up until Eno starts working with U2, whereupon it speeds up, and we race through Eno's career to the present day. The book doesn't go into much detail about Eno's projects in this period; it reads like "Eno did x, then he did y, and then spent some time doing z". As other reviewers here have noted, this may be because the author doesn't think Eno's later work is worthy of the same attention as his earlier output.
I'd have liked a bit more coverage of Eno's work in the visual arts. This is dealt with in the book, but only superficially.
To end on a positive note, I'd add that while I've followed the Enomeister's activities fairly closely over the past 30 odd years, there were plenty of things about the great man that I learnt in this book.
Everything any budding but discerning Eno-phile could want to know is covered . For instance the younger Eno,s sexual proclivity came as something as a surprise, I don,t know why , it just did. Same for his fathering a daughter at a young age ( who he largely ignored after splitting from her mother ) .The fact he was run over by a car suffering a serious head injury or that her earns £24.50 a week royalty's for "Arena" using his track "Another Green World" for the title music. The fact he is great dancer and created his own dance called "The Static".
Most astonishing is the fact that Eno cannot read or write music ( something we have in common , that and a tendency for catastrophic hair loss) and that his improvisational approach to recording rely,s more on his instinctive grasp of sound and sonic textures.Read more ›
Brian Eno's early life and influences are fully developed, as is his time with Roxy Music and his early works. Every important release, be it solo material or collaborations are fully expounded upon, giving the reader genuine insight into the working process behind these works. Perhaps as importantly, each is directly tied into what went before and what is to come; a chronology of influences.
As the pages turn, Eno's output is explained in a way that for me anyway, demystified much of his works, while at the same did not lesson the "magic" contained within them. Indeed, it would be difficult to read this book without listening to the recordings being written about and hearing them again with new ears.
Unfortunately, and preventing what otherwise could have been a 5-star book, as the years roll by, the later works are given less and less pages... rushing to the end without the detailed narrative it began with. Another minor quibble is the lack of a discography, which would have served as a valuable reference point.
All that said, there is no finer book on the life and works of Brian Eno available and those interested in understanding the who, what, when and where of this most important of recording (and visual) artists, should regard this volume as a desert island selection.
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I must confess that I have been reading this book for some time. Mainly because the quality of the writing encouraged me to delve into the expansive world of Enos music and there... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matty
Super informative book, especially if you're an Eno nerd! Language is a bit exagerated, but the subject is also an eccentric.Published 17 months ago by Matias Bülow la Cour
This was bought for my son as a gift. He rates is very highly and is thoroughly enjoying the book.Published on 10 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
I like this U2 producer ex-Roxy Music synthesizer man Brian Eno and David Sheppard must enjoyed writing about this got to have On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian... Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2012 by Mr. I. D. Rhodes
This is an excellent biography of a many-faceted subject. It is written with intelligence and an eloquence unusual in a biography. Read morePublished on 3 May 2012 by Steven Martin Cox
Such a great read, an eye opener. For many years I have been a fan of his music, plus Talking Heads, Roxy ets. This book brings it all together. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2010 by Alanmswin
Yes, a great read, with a lot of detail (often very amusing) and good contextualisation about Brian's very very productive and stimulating life after he walked out on his... Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2010 by Reimer
David sheppard has obviously spent a lot of time and effort in researching this biography.
I found this almost impossible to put down. Read more