On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno by David Sheppard

By David Sheppard

From an idiosyncratic youth in a sleepy British marketplace city to the pinnacle of the overseas pop charts, this primary serious exam of the lifetime of Brian Eno charts a long and colourful trip. Interviews with many key collaborators—such as David Byrne, Robert Wyatt, John Cale, Bryan Ferry, and Gavin Bryars—along with enter from Brian and his spouse, Anthea, remove darkness from the guy and his rules and the way he retained an area and maintained independence. This sonic alchemist to the celebrities has contributed to the main hard and severely respected paintings of Roxy tune, David Bowie, conversing Heads, Devo, U2, and Coldplay, and few collections stay untouched by way of his precise aesthetic.

Few list collections stay untouched by means of Brian Eno’s aesthetic DNA: from ambient soundscapes and world-music hybrids to chop ’n’ paste vocal samples and amniotic chill-out rooms, Eno is throughout us. A sonic alchemist to the celebs, his tackle booklet is a veritable who’s who of rock and his credits embellishes an outrageous variety of albums. Tellingly, Eno’s paintings with Roxy song, David Bowie, speaking Heads, Devo, U2, and Coldplay has coincided with these artists generating their so much significantly respected work.

On a few far flung seashore is the 1st critical, severe exam of the lifestyles and instances of Brian Eno. David Sheppard has interviewed key collaborators like David Byrne, Robert Wyatt, John Cale, Bryan Ferry, and Gavin Bryars. yet extra importantly, Sheppard has had enormous information and enter from Brian and Anthea Eno themselves, whereas protecting an area and independence in response to his subject.

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From Publishers Weekly
Sheppard (Elvis Costello and Leonard Cohen) goals to reclaim [Brian] Eno from the Eno nerds who've grew to become the musician/producer right into a cultish determine, and notwithstanding respectful of his subject's legacy, he hardly succumbs to outright worship. a wide bite of the biography recounts Eno's British artwork institution roots and his first significant tune gig, because the synthesizer participant for Roxy song, the place his flamboyance quick made him much more well known than lead singer Brian Ferry. Sheppard writes well approximately Eno's next solo paintings and his forays into generating albums for artists like David Bowie and conversing Heads and wide interviews and study carry out eye-catching backstories: it's worthy noting that nearly no one, together with Eno himself, suggestion he'd be an exceptional healthy to paintings with U2, till The Joshua Tree grew to become one of many biggest-selling rock albums of all time. occasionally, Eno's attention-grabbing tasks from the final twenty years appear to move through in a blur, in comparison to the in-depth remedy of the 1st 1/2 his occupation, and his theoretical pronouncements may endure a bit extra severe scrutiny. in most cases, even though, it is a worthwhile rfile of 1 of late-20th-century pop music's key influencers. (May)

From college Library Journal
Musical Renaissance guy and self-described "sonic landscaper" Brian Eno has been a band member (Roxy Music), manufacturer (David Bowie, conversing Heads, U2, Coldplay), author, and prolific solo artist, yet his most famed piece of tune could be the six-second start-up sound for the home windows ninety five working method. Sheppard (Elvis Costello; Leonard Cohen) has written an in depth research of this stressed, leading edge artist. even though Sheppard had entry to Eno and is predicated seriously on interviews with the topic and his spouse, this isn't a fawning biography, and the writer doesn't hesitate to ascertain Eno's musical and private successes and screw ups. Sheppard is especially sturdy at putting Eno's paintings within the applicable cultural context. even supposing the author's wordiness will get a section exasperating, Sheppard makes up for it in cognizance to element. urged.

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