The long overdue, definitive narrative biography of one of Australia's legendary bands, The Bee Gees, by the acclaimed award-winning author of Twenty Thousand Roads- The Ballad of Gram Parsons and his Cosmic American Music.
David Meyer was born in Gainesville, Georgia. His is the author of the acclaimed, definitive biography of country rocker Gram Parsons- Twenty Thousand Roads- The Ballad of Gram Parsons and his Cosmic American Music, which was named one of the five best books of the year by Rolling Stone, and named Book of the Year by the UK's Uncut magazine. He has written on film and music for Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Wired and The Rocket. He teaches in cinema studies at the New School and is the film editor for the arts monthly, Brooklyn Rail. He lives in New York City.
This exhaustive biography takes the same approach to its subject as Meyer's critically acclaimed bio of country-rock legend Gram Parsons (Twenty Thousand Roads): the author is a fan, but he doesn't hesitate to be critical ("Give the Bee Gees a fashion period and they always chose the worst possible options"). Meyer covers the band's entire career-from its founding in the late 1950s by eldest "Alpha" brother Barry to the deaths of his younger brothers Maurice and Robin in 2003 and 2012, respectively-and is excellent at describing the craft of all three members, especially Barry ("a human jukebox, pouring out material shaped by the sounds of the day or by his perception of what a song-writing client should be singing"). "Their collective singing and beautiful vibrato and their unique solo strengths," says legendary producer Arif Mardin, were the main reasons for the phenomenal success of the Bee Gees' songs on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Meyer supports Robin Gibb's prediction that while a lot of bad records were made in the disco era, "the Bee Gees' songs hold up and will still be in the clubs in 2050." (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.