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The Thrill of it All: The Story of Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music [Format Kindle]

David Buckley

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Roxy Music were the first, and best, of all art school-influenced bands. Led by Bryan Ferry, the hippest Geordie in town, they kicked against the denim-clad anonymity of the early ‘70s and turned the first half of the decade into a huge glam rock party. Aided and abetted by Brian Eno, Ferry dreamt up an extraordinary kaleidoscopic music that appealed to outsiders everywhere. He also fell passionately in love with model Jerry Hall – an affair that ended sadly, and publicly, when she left him for Mick Jagger. The mid-‘70s saw rows and band splits before Roxy reformed as a slick, sophisticated, lounge-disco concern before finally imploding, after a successful US tour, in 1983.

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  • Editeur : André Deutsch (5 mars 2013)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Assertive Views and Strong Research Make This Book Fun 5 septembre 2005
Par John F. Jebb - Publié sur
This in-depth, enjoyable book took me back to the college days when my roommate converted me to being a life-long Roxy Music fan.

No mere recorder of events, author Buckley is a man with attitudes, and his views give this fun narrative its spark. He offers a coherent thesis of Roxy front man Bryan Ferry as a talented and innovative artist who remains dissatisfied and melancholy despite his talent and success. Buckley offers other controversial views: that none of Ferry's solo work matches his work with Roxy, that Roxy inaugurated "the true beginning of rock-as-art," that Ferry's cover improves on Dylan's song "A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall" (I disagree, but the debate is fun).

Buckley is also a master researcher. He appends an 11-page bibliography, which seems to include every press mention of Roxy and Ferry. Thus Buckley can reference in detail critical responses to the albums and tours. And Buckley willingly hands over big block quotations to some key figures, such as early Roxy guitarist David O'List and post-Eno keyboard man Eddie Jobson, who offer multiple and contrary versions of the carreer.

However, except for a 1999 interview (when Buckley was researching David Bowie), Buckley could not speak with Ferry. So he has to rely on Ferry's published interviews. And Buckley was unable to get many insights from Roxy mainstays Phil Manzanera and Andy MacKay. So while Buckley does a good job on the Eno-Roxy break-up, he cannot offer much insight on relationships among the bandsmen. What accounts for the striking long-term loyalty among Ferry, Mackay, and Manzanera, loyalty which survived the Eno crisis (Mackay had brought in Eno)? What accounts for drummer Paul Thompson's changing status with the band? Because these musicians are so reticent with writers, Buckley has to remain on the outside.

Someday, perhaps Ferry and Mackay and Manzanera will open up with a writer and allow an in-depth biography of the band. But even if they do, Buckley's book should remain a valuable resource in the history of rock.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 oh mother of pearl I wouldn't trade you .... 28 janvier 2006
Par P. Ambrose - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I am not through with the book yet (I am up to THE BRIDE STRIPPED BARE): this is very thorough and SLANTED - but that's okay. I purchased the entire Roxy/Bryan remasters and Buckley's harsh assessment of some of Ferry's solo work has made me play his solo recordings OVER and OVER and they only get better and better. He is a CRITIC so he is CRITICIZING - and a gushing book over the brilliance of Bryan would probably not work; I believe this author - being of course, very British, had his view which is what makes the reading so enjoyable. However as he states over and over - that Roxy/Bryan were too smart for the U.S, audience is so apparent I can almost shed Bryan's tears. If you have had the luck to see them live (especially their recent "reunion" tour of @ 3 years ago that was so amazing I can still lose my voice just thinking of the screaming) - you know the genius of these men (and their darling Roxy Tottsies).

A treasure.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 The Gall of Some of Them 11 janvier 2006
Par D. Arthur-Simons - Publié sur
David Buckley's presentation of Bryan Ferry is jaundiced and often completely wrong. He begins by asserting that Roxy Music (and David Bowie) was the first Punk band and proceeds to evaluate them from that point of view, thus discarding anything that doesn't fit into this view. This view is unfortuantely just absolutely WRONG. Though their "content over ability" might link them to Punk, Roxy Music and David Bowie were extensions of the Hippy Movement and Flower Power. In 1972-73 Punk was just not on the horizon. No doubt this is the result of David Buckley not discovering Roxy Music till much later (he says he saw Roxy Music on Top of the Pops in Dec 1973 when he was nine, but admits on page XV that "his" Roxy Music was from Manifesto onwards) so it seems that he is attempting to see their 1972-73 period through the lens of Punk, which is neither "history" nor "research", it's just opinion and it's erroneous.

Furthermore, David Buckley seems to be of the opinion that Brian Eno WAS Roxy Music. He repeatedly cites Eno and the first two albums as if they were the only acceptable output Roxy Music ever made, and as if Brian Eno was responsible for EVERYTHING on those albums.

To give but one example, he says on page 120 that "For Your Pleasure" reached a "thumping No 4" on the albums charts. We all know that there was nothing "thumping" or spectacular about reaching No 4. A few pages later Buckley barely mentions that Stranded got to No 1 in the UK, as if that album didn't matter at all because Eno had left. It was not however how it was perceived at the time. It was and still is the apex of Roxy Music's output and the beginning of their mature work.

Inconsistencies like this abound. David Buckley seems not to understand or appreciate Bryan Ferry's aesthetic intentions or development as an artist. (Frantic seems to be the first album Ferry has made since For Your Pleasure that seems to appeal to David Buckley!!). He prefers to praise and exult Eno while failing to to see that Ferry has continued to develop and expand on the ambience and atmospheric textures of Roxy Music's first two albums in the same way that Brian Eno has done but using completely different means and ends. He rubbishes most of Ferry's work because it is not like the first two Roxy Music albums. This is just a completely ridiculous position to take and only shows how compleltey misguided this "history" of Roxy Music is.

Wordsworth was similarly "punished" and condemned by self-appointed experts whose expectations we not met when Wordsworth did not continue to write in the style and with the verve he had written in his first book of poems!!

This kind of expectation placed on artists is completely ludicrous and has been responsible for ruining many a talent. Why should a 60 year old man write like an 18 year old? Just because one starts out being radical doesn't mean that one has to be radical in the same way forever. Who's to say that one can't go from radical to conservative and then to radical again and any other combination of those in between?

People like David Buckley ought to write novels. There he could put his creative expectations (and frustrations) onto his own characters and not on great artists like Bryan Ferry who has his own trajectory independent of David Buckley's expectations.

David Arthur-Simons
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Essential Reading for Roxy Fans, Old and New 3 septembre 2005
Par Chris DeLuca - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I first learned of the existence of this book from a passing reference in a Sunday New York Times Book Review magazine; it was given a left-handed compliment (something to the effect that should you want to know all the minute details of the band's history, it could be found in this book). That's pretty much the sum of it - this is a great book about one of the greatest (and most under-rated) bands in music history. However, the author does not ignore the members' flaws and shortcomings; this is a very objective look at a band who was responsible for its limited commercial success. However, Roxy's influence on contemporary music can not be denied, far ahead of its time.
6 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Comprehensive, gossipy and fun 25 avril 2005
Par Adam Tebrugge - Publié sur
I just finished reading this and was very impressed. The author gives the British perspective on the band. While the focus is on Ferry, the rest of the band is adequately covered. You can tell that he did a lot of research. I agree with much (but not all) of his musical critique. There is gossip and Bryan is disected a bit but you will still like him at the end. I am a fan of music books and a big fan of Roxy Music and this book is more than very adequate.
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