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As Above, So Below - The Unauthorized Yngwie Biography (English Edition) par [Tengner, Anders]
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No Swedish musician has made such an impact as Yngwie Malmsteen. His finesse, attitude and fantastic guitar playing was unparalleled when he surfaced in the early 1980's.

As Above, So Below - The Unauthorized Yngwie Biography is a revealing story about how he became what he is today. It is a fury fueled story about extreme passion and determination, and the sacrifices needed to be made to achieve his dream. The price has been high, both for Yngwie himself and for those close to him.

Based on interviews, made both in Europe and in the U.S.A., with the people that were actually there, this book gives a unique and sensitive insight into the raging life of the guitar God. Everyone from teachers, classmates, music store owners, band members, road crew via managers, record companies and world renowned musicians to girlfriends and ex-wives share their personal stories and thoughts about the great Swede.

The interviewed include:
Joe Lynn Turner, Graham Bonnet, Tallee Savage, Jeff Scott Soto, Ron Keel, Mike Varney, Amber Dawn Landin, Peter Rooth, Göran Edman, the list goes on ...

No one could write this story better than Anders Tengner, by far the most celebrated music journalist in Sweden. Growing up in the same neighborhood as Yngwie and hanging out in with the same gangs, following Yngwies career as a journalist and friend both in Sweden and in the USA. Anders was also a guest at the first two of Yngwie's weddings.

Anders Tengner is a Swedish equivalent to Neil Strauss or Mick Wall.
Starting as a writer at music magazine Okej in the 1980’s, he soon got the opportunity to work with his own TV shows. If you didn’t know Anders, there was no way you were gonna sell your music in Sweden. Literally every rock star stopped for an interview, a friendly chat and a photo shoot. Credits also include magazines Kerrang! and Japanese Burrn.
Still today Anders keeps in contact with some of the icons, such as Ian Gillan of Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and Kiss, to name a few.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 288 pages
  • Editeur : Bokfabriken World Wide (6 mai 2013)
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Great book, I have loved readin' it from top to botton. I hope he's goin' to give us more on the following years (without the drugs and the booze, nor the fights) because as a well-known genius have said: more is more. Thanks Yngwie for your music, don't forget you have a legion of loyal fans. Play loud.
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very well documented, full of information not available anywhere else (there is even a selection of rare pictures at the end of the book).
Some parts are actually pretty sad, I didn't expected that.
Anyway, definitely a must for any serious Yngwie fan !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A perfect companion to Yngwie's "Relentless". 26 mai 2013
Par Angryman1522 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Having already read and reviewed Relentless, I was quite pleased to see this book offered in English. One might look at it as a kind of rebuttal to Yngwie's book, but As Above, So Below was published prior to Yngwie's, and since Yngwie was allegedly aware of this book (having allegedly refused to participate), Relentless may have been his rebuttal to this. Either way, both books make for good reading, but I did enjoy reading the opinions and stories of those who worked, and lived, with Yngwie. Not surprisingly, much of it isn't very positive, so to speak. There is no doubt that Yngwie is eccentric, but what musical genius (and Yngwie IS just that) isn't? I've never understood why people chose to slam Yngwie for doing things "the Yngway": his albums have his name on them, so he lives and dies with the successes and failures that come from doing this HIS way. I have a great amount of respect for that, not just when it comes to Yngwie. I think a lot of the negative comments came from people who don't understand the concept of "followership" or being an employee. I don't think Yngwie ever led anyone to believe that they were equal members in his vision, though he certainly seems to have stiffed his employees on payday, more than once.

What gave this book the edge over Relentless, in my opinion, was that it was enjoyable to read from start to finish, and presented an unfiltered look at one of my teenage idols, a man whose music still brings me enjoyment and still inspires me to play guitar, now that I'm 40.

Funny enough, though I have never met or interacted with April Solmaz-Malmsteen, I came away from this book disliking her. She seems to be a domineering force in Yngwie's life, and while that certainly has many positive aspects (his health, fatherhood, etc), I think she managed to help destroy an already faltering career, more than some of Yngwie's past managers. After all, who wouldn't have wanted to hear an Yngwie album with Jorn Lande on vocals? I think that would have been phenomenal.

One of the things that makes this book a good read is that the author actually knows Yngwie and has since his early days. This allowed him access, I believe, to people that the average biographer would not have had access to. The result is more information for the reader, and if you're an avid Yngwie aficionado, you'll appreciate this.

The book is well written, though the order is sometimes far from chronological. It does often portray Yngwie in a negative light, but if this were a book written by the former head of his fanclub, it would have been pointless to read. I once wrote a review on Yngwie's website for one of his concerts on the fanclub's message board, and I got a very nasty e-mail from his fanclub because I dared to mention that Yngwie looked extremely unhealthy (this was during his Meatloaf stunt-double phase, which I think was the Facing The Animal tour). In any case, this was a fantastic read, and when it was over, I found myself wanting more. After all, when is less more? MORE IS MORE!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Shocking to say the least 30 janvier 2014
Par Sandra Banducci - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I read "Relentless", and it was pretty sugar coated. I am a big fan of Yngwie's (even at my tender age of 65) and have followed his music since 1994.

Reading this book was a real shocker at any rate. It was well written, a little confusing at times, funny in places, sad in others.

It is too bad that the author could not interview his father, as that would have been very enlightening. I felt that much of his "wildness" was due to a lack of parental guidance by his mother in his early life. Some kids need more direction than others, and obviously his antics were a result of not really understanding "right from wrong". And while he didn't do anything early in his life that was major, I do believe the spousal abuse with certain women had a deep rooted emotion he had to deal with. It was tragic that he treated some women the way he did. His drinking shocked me as well. Gotta give him credit for playing with that much alcohol in his system.

I met Yngwie in 2005, aboard his bus when he performed in Concord, Ca, I had "won" a "meet and greet" through the fan club, and I was received very well by Yngwie and spent almost 20 minutes talking to him. We spoke about music, me a Stravinsky fan, and he more into the "romantic" period of classical. He was very cordial and polite.

After meeting him, I expressed my concerns about his physical condition to the fan club president, whom I had a strong friendship with and she later told me that he had a major incident that did change him and got him on the right track.. My concern is, why didn't his wife address this earlier if she was so "into" taking care of him, they had been together for at least 5-7 years by then. I know it doesn't happen over night, but Yngwie looked terrible when I met him. I also feel that April overworked him as well, tours are hard on artists, and obviously most of the people that worked with her didn't like her. Me as well, her handshake lacked substance, and the look she gave me was questionable.

By the way, I believe the Female Journalist mentioned in the book for writing his autobio was the fan club president, I know because I was allowed to read some manuscripts she worked on in 2007.. no mention of her in Relentless so I was a little ticked off at that. She recently passed away from cancer, I am not sure if Yngwie knows, as he never mentioned anything on his site. She was a wonderful person, and had quite a rich life even without running his club. Yngwie was fortunate to have her promote his artistry.

Thanks to the author and all those that contributed, it was a very enlightening insight into the Maestro's life!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 It just keeps coming at you... 19 novembre 2016
Par Paul Lawrence - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When the phrase 'page turner' was invented it was done so for this book. It is the definition of a page turner....

If you are looking at this product you must know who Yngwie J Malmsteen is. In that case can I just skip the preliminaries and state that you simply have to get this book. The author has concocted a brilliant piece of writing and has truly managed to pack a mighty punch with this book. From the get-go this work hammers the reader into a pulp - a pulp capable of little else but to turn the pages again and again to consume more of the same, somewhat like a punch drunk boxer shaping up and staggering again at his merciless opponent. The book starts at the beginning, sensibly enough, and the fact that Anders Tengner quite obviously knows the protagonists and has been a long term music journalist in Sweden is instantly obvious. Only someone who can speak to so many people on multiple occasions, who has a personal rapport with many of the players and who is a native Swedish speaker could have garners such a concise yet complete picture of the beginnings of the Malmsteen mission.

The book moves chronologically through the mans career and really only trails off in quality towards the last twenty pages or so of text where it tends to devolve into a rather perfunctory procession of who was in the band on what tour. Perhaps by that time the latest Mrs Malmsteen had been able to so completely shut out the outside world not much more could be gleaned other than the personnel changes.

The work succeeds because it is so brutally honest and the reader is almost forced to 'rubberneck' as if they were the passenger in a car passing a rather unpleasant train wreck. With blunt force trauma the book lays bare the mans almost herculean foibles yet all the while celebrating his abiality to play like nobodies business. And it is this singular talent that is borne out again and again. His truly prodigious practice schedule is spoken of almost reverentially, the utter obsession with perfection that drives so much of the Malmsteen psyche is shown over and over again to have been in many ways a burden to almost every other facet of his life apart from his guitar playing. In fact the man himself comes across as about the biggest disaster of a human being you could imagine outside of a serial killer or the like. Yet he powers on, just driving relentlessly forward in lock step with nobody but himself, seemingly always coming up with new ways to disappoint on a personal level all the while still delivering the goods sonically.

One thing that you won't find in here is a genuine attempt at musical criticism. Tengner seems happy to leave the reader to make up their own mind and to trust the fact that anybody reading this will be a fan of the mans music and have their own opinions. There is discussion of the commercial ups and downs and there is mention of critical praise (or otherwise) for various albums but it is by no means the central star of the book. That accolade goes to Mr Yngwie J Malmsteen.

Look honestly, forget the reviews of this book. Forget the hyperbole and the ..... look just forget anything and everything you think you knew about this bloke and get the darn book. Just buy it asap. I just wish it was available in actual physical book form in English so I could pass it around to my friends.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A book that will satisfy all long-time Yngwie fans! 9 janvier 2014
Par JJ Bjornsson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a long time fan of Yngwie, I chose to purchase this book over "Relentless". Nothing is sugar-coated, and we get valuable insight into Yngwie's rise to fame via first hand accounts from the people that saw it all. Mr. Tengner did a lot of research, tracking down people from Yngwie's past, and presenting their recollections in a very comprehensive fashion. The one thing I drew from this fascinating story, is Yngwie's seeming love/hate for his home country. Before reading this book, I knew he resented Sweden and its culture for, in his opinion, stifling his career. In the book, we read about his constant bragging about his wealth and fame while visiting Sweden. The stories about his early childhood give us insight into this feeling he has. I think every reader of this book would agree that Yngwie's life would make an excellent biopic.
Regardless of your opinion of YJM's attitude and personality, nobody can deny his impact on rock music. He will always be the musician that forever changed the way the electric guitar was played, inspiring legions of guitarists around the world to practice and discover the harmonic minor scale, Phrygian Dominant mode, diminished 7 arpeggios, the works of Paganini and JS Bach. The first guitarist to have a signature model from Fender. Making the cover of Time Magazine. Not bad for a wild child, seemingly doomed-to-failure truant from Sweden, eh?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Nice View 15 janvier 2014
Par Matthew Memmo - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I as a fan of his music since the beginning was excited about this book. I'd heard a few stories and to be honest from the constant line up changes and each album cover including only him, I figured the guy was kinda batty. But then most fantastically talent musicians are. I don't care, I loved the music cause it was cool.
It's neat to read about your heros good or bad. We all have crap we deal with day to day. We all loose it from time to time so I took this book with a grain of salt. I didn't have to believe anything and honestly I don't care. It's his life not mine. So for what it is it was fun. I didn't feel like I was being drawn into an opinion. It was just stories about people that dealt with him. Some was sad. Some were terrible and some were funny. It's worth the $10.
I'll always be a fan of the guy. Out of the hundreds of shows I've seen in my life, his was the best. I got my money's worth. From that point of view I'd say Yngwies doing it correct. Without us he has nothing. And he delivers.
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