Relentless The rock-and-roll memoir of one of the world's greatest guitarists Yngwie Malmsteen's revolutionary guitar style--combining elements of classical music with the speed and volume of heavy metal--made him a staple of the 80s rock scene. Full description
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Mitigé. Sentiment étrange pour celui qui suit la carrière de Malmsteen depuis l'achat du vinyle de Steeler (en import chez Juke Boxe au Centre Commercial Gaîté de Montparnasse en 1983 !!!) que ce livre. On occulte ou on réécrit les sujets qui fâchent en passant sous silence les protagonistes (l'index à ce titre est édifiant) : Quid de Goran Edman et du litige qui les opposa pour une histoire de droits d'auteurs, de Michael Vescera, etc... Le passage sur ses anciennes petites amies ou femmes est à lui seul un cas d'école (on ne cite pas nommément Tallee Savage, Greta Nelson, Erica Norberg, Amberdawn). Idem pour l'accident en Jaguar (on parle de Peter sans préciser le nom de Roth et sa qualité de guitar technicien). Règlement de compte en règle contre Marcel Jacob avec par contraste un portrait élogieux de Wally Voss (éphémère bassite des tournées 85-86) J'attendais des anecdotes un peu plus fouillées, comme par exemple sa première production pour l'album de 3Rd Stage Alert dont le guitariste rythmique Giulio Lomma s'occupait de l'entretien de sa piscine à L.A, sur le fait de dédier Icarus Dream à son chat Moje décédé en Suède pendant l'enregistrement de l'album Rising Force, etc... Yngwie peut et doit mieux faire. Une version papier du livre d'Anders Tengner s'impose donc. En attendant, replongez-vous dans la lecture des articles de Joe Lalaina et Jas Obretch dans Guitar World et Guitar Player pour avoir de vraies infos, ainsi que dans le hors-série d'Heavy Adagio "1963-1988" (dont une mise à jour s'impose, n'est-ce pas Walter ?).
WalterjoviTOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS le 23 mai 2013
Au bout de trente ans de carrière, Yngwie nous livre son histoire, sa version des faits, sa vérité. Ou tout du moins ce qu'il pense être sa vérité. Parce que pendant une vingtaine d'années, l'alcool a été un compagnon quotidien pesant et a probablement embrouillé un peu les souvenirs, enjolivé certains autres également. Puis l'artiste n'a pas nécessairement envie de présenter des faits trop peu glorieux pour lui même s'il ne cache pas avoir profité de tout ce que le vedettariat pouvait offrir, les excès en tout genre (même s'il ne parle pas de drogue ce qui semble pourtant évident) comme les groupies ou bien avoir un comportement odieux. De ce point de vue, Yngwie est honnête, il pouvait tenter de dissimuler son alcoolisme débordant ou comment le chaos installé à failli avoir raison de "Trilogy" ou même de sa vie lors de son accident de voiture en 1987. Son comportement dictatorial n'échappe pas à la plume également mais il explique totalement son point de vue et à sa manière, il a bien raison de dire que les musiciens qui l'accompagnent ne sont qu'un "orchestre" qui doivent exécuter "sa" vision. La première partie permet de découvrir une Suède rugueuse, agressive avec son climat extrême mais aussi paisible et tranquille, où il va devenir obsédé par la guitare puis vient le départ pour les USA et les débuts dans Steeler, Alcatrazz... jusqu'à "Odyssey" en 1988, la biographie est assez exhaustive mais à partir de là, la carrière est plus ou moins survolée ("Perpetual Flame" n'a même pas son nom cité une seule fois).Lire la suite ›
J'ai pris beaucoup de plaisir à lire ce livre, je ne connaissais pas assez le personnage à part l'image qui avait été en partie fabriquée. On retrouve finalement un brave type avec un immense mental et une grande confiance en lui, fondamentale dans ce milieu pour espérer faire quelque chose. Des anecdotes délirantes de tournées ou sur son arrivée aux USA, Yngwie met en avant les erreurs et des épisodes très peu glorieux de sa vie sans se mettre constamment en valeur, loin de là... Le mieux est de le lire, pour ma part j'ai passé un excellent moment de lecture et je respecte ce monsieur qui a complètement changé le visage de la guitare rock. Le seul défaut de ce livre c'est que je le trouve trop court.
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Long Time Coming...26 avril 2013
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This book starts off like a proper music biography; Yngwie growing up, raising hell, starting a band, recording and touring. This is done very well and I couldn't put the book down - All the way through the Odyssey album. He covers hiring band members, Boals and Soto coming and going, his car crash, and recording and touring his first few albums. But Malmsteen gives up this effort while recounting the Odyssey tour and the play by play ends there. No discussion of the end of the Rising Force band, the firing of Joe Lynn Turner, recording or touring Eclipse, hiring Vescera, touring or recording Seventh sign, etc. He actually doesn't even mention Magnum Opus by name even once. He mentions Fire & Ice a bit but doesn't cover most of his 90's and 00's albums except for Facing the Animal and Alchemy briefly. No recording or touring info on the latter career save for the lengthy coverage of the Concertos and the ProTools adoption for his newest releases Relentless and Spellbound. I would have liked to know what happened with longtime keyboardist Mats Olausson? No mention of ever meeting or playing with his hero Blackmore, playing Leo Fenders birthday party, what was it like to reunite with former members on the Inspiration album? Some info on the G3 Tour with Satriani would have been nice too. He spends 3 pages on the history of Ferrari but only 1 paragraph on his first wife - and doesn't even say her name. Instead he covers his drinking and eventual sobriety, his very poor choice in managers (which has lead to his wife taking over), and in depth coverage on his technique and his endorsement deals - which is all great info.
I guess I really wanted the details behind the many musicians that have been employed by Yngwie over the years. You know how divorced parents are not supposed to bring home their dates until they are sure they will stick around? This is so the child does not get attached to someone that is just going to be gone soon. Same with Yngwie - we as fans get attached to these band members and then for the next album they are gone without a trace.
So a good chunk of Malmsteens recording and touring career have been left out and that is what I was really looking for. Perhaps this is because the book wasn't even a thought until news of that unauthorized biography came out - Then Yngwie quickly decided to write his own. He was doing a great job with the process but he was either rushed, unwilling or unable to remember parts of his career, or he got bored recalling each album and tour in chronological order - perhaps omitting albums that he feels are unimportant?
That being said - I have been a fan of Malmsteen since the Odyssey album and have seen him live 6 times, it will be 7 next month. One thing that frustrated me about him is that I always felt he would be so much better if he: Kept the same band, reunited with so and so, let someone else write lyrics and contribute ideas, compose his solos, if he embraced YouTube a bit more, update his style a bit so he doesn't look so 80's, maybe button his shirt, etc. I just always felt he had so much more potential if he was a little more self aware. I learned from reading this book that I have been wasting my energy on these thoughts. Yngwie Malmsteen is VERY aware of all these criticisms and HE DOES NOT CARE. He is a very smart man and knows very well that his style is very 1988. He knows that collaborations with Joe Lynn Turner, for example, may make him more money or that writing a certain way could attract more listeners - but he CHOOSES to remain exactly how he is and do what he wants in the studio, with his band, his image, and his management. He does this because that is his vision and executing it as best he can is what makes him happy. Knowing this is actually a big weight off my shoulder and I can enjoy him more now that I understand him better and I don't need to be so concerned with all that stuff. So in that respect, mission accomplished with this bio.
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Answers to many questions23 avril 2013
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I still remember when I first bought "Trilogy". I was 13 and it was a Vinyl LP that I bought because the cover struck me. Like Yngwie when he listened to Blackmore, I was blown away. From the first riff of "You dont remember...", the guitar solo on that song to the two instrumentals "Trilogy Suite" and "Crying", I just couldn't believe someone could play that fast, that clean, that cool and with all that tone and vibrato. I listened to that album hundreds of times as I held and examined over and over the cover that featured Yngwie fighting a 3 headed dragon with his strat. No other album except for Kiss Alive and Alive II ever gave me that sound and feel experience. Back then, as Yngwie mentions in "Relentless", we as fans, had no internet and no way of finding out who our rock heroes actually were. We magically associated music and album artwork and took it from there to let our imagination go. I recently downloaded "Relentless" trying to find out what Yngwie was going through when I was listening to all that music non stop in the 80s. It took me two days to get the answers to the questions I had as a kid. I found out where he came up with "Far Beyond the Sun", "Black Star" and "Icarus Dream". I know now why "Odissey" was such a soft album (he agrees on that). I got answers to why he is constantly firing band mates and works as a one man show and many more anecdotes. Fans will appreciate the openness and honesty by which Mr. Malmsteen tells his story.
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Wrong on many levels25 octobre 2013
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"Relentless: the Memoir" by Yngwie J. Malmsteen is a 273-page book, published in 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
It opens with an introduction and then proceeds with 15 chapters. The first thing one sees on opening the book, however, is a section entitled "Relentless: the Blurbs." Book blurbs are short reviews, usually positive, by peers and/or mentors that are supposed to convince potential buyers that the book is worth their money and attention. The Malmsteen memoir blurbs, however, say nothing about the memoir itself, but rather praise Malmsteen himself.
The introduction is actually a short etymological entry on the name "Yngwie," which, though an interesting read, presents the author as conceited and condescending. In that respect, the introduction does prepare you for what's to come in the book. For example, after he has made it clear what a unique and powerful name he has, that was hardly ever used at the time of his birth, but is now spread worldwide thanks to his enormous influence, he writes,
"By now, there are a lot of little boys walking around with the name Yngwie, or maybe spelled Yngve, without a clue where that name really comes from. My son also has Yngwie as one of his names, and he knows what it means. It means he's a Viking, a Swedish king, like his father." (p. 3)
If you think that's arrogant, wait, it gets worse, way worse.
Chapters 1-3 tell the story of his childhood. I found that an interesting read about socialist Sweden of the 60s and 70s (there's even a misquoted statement from Margaret Thatcher on the subject of socialism) even though it was mainly about the prodigy Yngwie who had mastered various instruments before he turned 7 when he saw the news about Jimi Hendrix's death on TV and a short video of him burning his guitar. That's when he decided to play the electric guitar.
Chapter 4 is about his moving to the States, the Mike Varney era, and his brief engagement with Steeler. It's interesting for its perspective of a European's first coming to the New World and all the misunderstandings that come from living in two different worlds.
Chapter 5 is about Alcatrazz and Graham Bonnet. It offers Malmsteen opinion on why things didn't work out with Alcatrazz and the curious parting onstage.
Chapter 6 is about the first two albums of Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force - "Rising Force" and "Marching out" - and the tour with Ted Nudgent that followed.
Chapter 7 is about his problems with the press in the beginning of his career and how he had to learn not to say whatever's on his mind.
Chapter 8 is about the brothers Jens and Anders Johansson and their hobby of destroying stuff; it's about the "Trilogy" album and the tour afterwards.
Chapter 9 is about the signs Malmsteen got in order to reconsider his destructive lifestyle: a car crash that threw him in a week-long comma and a scary earthquake that made him move to Florida. He discovers that his manager Andy Truman has been taking most of the money he's been making. Significantly, Malmsteen has chosen to start telling the story behind his least favorite album "Odyssey" in this same chapter.
Chapter 10 is about the success that follows the release of "Odyssey" and how he finally can see that he's making millions thanks to his new manager Nigel Thomas.There's also an interesting story about how he got to play in the Soviet Union during the Cold War and how he got big in Japan. There's also detailed info on his Ferraris. Nigel's sudden death in 1993 left Malmsteen in the hands of the money-stealing Jim Lewis.
Malmsteen speaks of "Eclipse" before he shares his philosophy on women. He briefly focuses on some of the women in his life, including his wives. He never mentions the names of his first two wives, Erika Norberg and Amber Dawn Landin respectively, but doesn't fail to label them both as "his groupies." He then goes into a detailed description of the many virtues of his third wife April, for whom he wrote the ballad "Like an Angel." The chapter goes on with just mentioning the albums "Fire & Ice," "The Seventh Sign," "Magnum Opus," "Facing the Animal," and "Inspiration." He writes the 90s off as "the Dark Ages" and finishes with a somewhat longer commentary on "Alchemy."
Chapter 11 is about his beloved "Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra" and its live recording with the New Japan Philharmonic. A chapter in which among interesting facts you'll learn that Malmsteen thinks he's not just a disciple of Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach, and Tchaikovsky but he's actually better than all of them, "I accessed an array of different periods of classical music, which was not done by Bach, Vivaldi, or even Pyotr Tchaikovsky, for example."
Chapter 12 offers an overview of his career in terms of media-driven success and staying true to oneself. He gives a good explanation on how the music industry in the 80s worked and how the game is completely different today. He gives some advice on integrity and style for those who want to become musicians or rock stars, "Do you want celebrity or do you want respect?" (p. 204)
Chapter 13 is about his wife's positive influence on his life and career, his son and about alcohol: how he started drinking, the evil alcohol is and how much better off everyone would feel if they gave it up.
Chapter 14 is about the equipment he's used and how he changed his preference for pickups from DiMarzio to Seymour Duncan. It's about his style of playing and the path he makes in the music industry.
Chapter 15 sums up his peculiarities regarding his band and relationships with other musicians. He once again lets the readers know he's no worse than Mozart and he's a be-all end-all, "[W]hen an album is being made, I am the composer, the orchestrator, the arranger, and the conductor - period." (p. 246) He finishes his memoir with how he succumbed to new technologies and got into ProTools and a praise for his last two albums "Relentless" and "Spellbound." Some more self praise, and the book ends with a cliché sentence how he's thankful "to those fans who have been loyal to me and to new fans who have just discovered me." (p. 263)
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Very enjoyable read for anybody who knows who Yngwie is3 juin 2013
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Yngwie writes as he speaks. You may not like his style. You may not even like his music. But you'll definitely appreciate his dedication. I've seen him live this April. The Dude is the absolute master of Rock. He could teach a lesson or two to anybody in the Rock business.
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Solid Read.2 mai 2013
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What else can you say about Yngwie that hasn't already been said about Yngwie by Yngwie. A pretty interesting read from the one and only Malmsteen. Sometimes goes off on long rants about how much a genius he is which is hard to argue. I would have liked to heard more about the actual recording of his back catalog and more about all the great players that have been with him over the years!