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1.0 out of 5 stars The author should be fed the The Hounds of Love !, 9 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Kate Bush: The biography (Hardcover)
For some time now,admirers of the notoriously private Ms Bush have longed for a biography packed with little known facts about her life with some light shed on the inspiration for her music and peppered with insightful observations from those lucky enough to have worked with her.
This book is not it!.
It is poorly researched and badly written.Most of Kates quotes seem to have been lifted from ancient copies of 'Q' magazine (for whom the compiler of this work,Rob Jovanovic, is a contributer)and subsequently offers no new information to the fans.
As a biographer,Mr Jovanovic does not seem to have grasped the fact that it is not enough merely to list the names of his subjects first boyfriend /dance teacher/bass player,it is his job to get out there and try to interview them as well.He skims over the life changing events that take place in Kates world ie: the death of a parent,the birth of her only child, in just a couple of sentances without stopping to try and analyse the effect that this may have had on her music.
Ahh yes,her music.Mr Jovanovic seems to very much to enjoy endlessly listing anyone that ever so much as broke wind in the studio over the last 30 years but seems less keen on on the albums themselves.They get an increasingly short shrift ending up with 'the Sensual World' and 'the Red Shoes'being described in a few sketchy paragraphs.
I rather get the feeling that he is the kind of bloke that gets a bigger kick from arranging his cd's alphabetically rather than actually listening to them !.
After finishing this disatisfying book,I am left wondering if a crushing lack of co-operation from the Bush camp left him with so little material to work with ?.If this was the case,surely this too could have been worked into the biography and provided an interesting angle in itself ?.What a wasted opportunity.
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