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On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno (2008)

by David Sheppard

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I am convinced that Eno will be remembered as one of the great composers of the 20th century, and a definitive biography of him is more than welcome. On the other hand, this is not a terribly readable book; it's about a hundred pages too long, and goes into too meticulous detail on some tangents which could have been covered adequately in a paragraph. Most of Eno's career for the past twenty years or so has been pretty abstruse, and the book usually doesn't have the admittedly difficut gift of making his output more interesting to read about than it is to listen to. ( )
  Big_Bang_Gorilla | May 25, 2011 |
Good insight into Eno's music - made me go back to listen to some overlooked albums and discover a couple of new ones. Fairly dismissive of his efforts in fields other than music. Tails off towards the end, arguably reflecting the waning of Eno's creativity in later years. ( )
  neilchristie | Aug 31, 2009 |
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For some a pretentious art-school type who produces 'instrumental doodles' or 'jazz that nobody asked for'; for others a lightning rod or touchstone for directions in popular music and culture over the last four decades. Whichever, what's certain is that Brian Eno's address book is a who's who of rock and pop of the last thirty years. From an idiosyncratic Suffolk childhood to the sharp end of the international pop charts, Eno's life has been in equal measure colourful and fascinating. A founder member of Roxy Music, he's worked with everyone from Talking Heads and U2 to Pavarotti and David Bowie and is often billed as the founding father of ambient music. He continues to release his own records, frequently appears as a cultural commentator and still produces. ON SOME FARAWAY BEACH is the compelling biography of a fascinating character.

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Few record collections remain untouched by Brian Eno's aesthetic: from ambient soundscapes and world-music hybrids to cut 'n' paste vocal samples and amniotic chill-out rooms, Eno is all around us. A sonic alchemist to the stars, his address book is a veritable who's who of rock and his credit adorns an outrageous number of albums. Tellingly, Eno's work with Roxy Music, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Devo, U2, and Coldplay has coincided with those artists producing their most critically revered work. This is the first serious, critical examination of the life and times of Brian Eno. David Sheppard has interviewed key collaborators like David Byrne, Robert Wyatt, John Cale, Bryan Ferry, and Gavin Bryars. But more importantly, Sheppard has had considerable assistance and input from Brian and Anthea Eno themselves, while retaining an edge and independence in keeping with his subject.--From publisher description.… (more)

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