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on 21 December 2009
I have to say, having seen Bill interviewed on television a number of times, one gets a flavour of how he thinks; he is always a joy and both funny, dry and clear thinking. I was hoping this book would also project the same personality. I was not disappointed.

This book covers his career and goes in depth into his thoughts and emotions. At times very funny and quite cutting; he certainly does not suffer fools at all, but is also quite humble. He is aware who lucky he has been and is never shy of putting that point across. He describes the formation of Yes in a way I have not come across before, the development of the band and his reasons (brave that they were) for leaving to go to King Crimson. I was not aware of the emotional and financial cost this decision made, but as ever, Bill explains himself well and in a most entertaining way.

The book also covers his period in King Crimson, working with the unusual and occasionally difficult Bob Fripp, and his jazz work with his own band, Earthworks. All are very entertaining and as one review complains that this book hangs together as a series of essays rather than an autobiography (and they are right), this is a much easier book to dip into, and for me is a much more satisfactory affair. Not everyone's cup of tea, but if we were all the same the world would be a dull place.

If you have any interest in the man, or his music, this will be a treat for you. I liked it a lot. Nice work, Bill.
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