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“Meyer, a film aficionado and Gram Parsons biographer, makes a compelling case for one of the world’s best-selling (and most understood) bands The author delves into exquisite detail The Bee Gees: The Biography is a fascinating, historically significant retrospective of one of popular music’s most enduring—yet maligned—acts.”
Sunday Daily Mail (UK), 7/21/13
“By concentrating on the music, it might help give the Bee Gees the recognition as songwriters they so justly deserve.”
Houston Press, 7/30/13
“Does what Meyer intended it to: restore some respect and luster to a family band whose music is incredibly ingrained in a lot of people's everyday listening, embodied with craftsmanship, and far more than just a ‘disco group.’”
Record Collector, 9/1/13
“[An] engrossing account of the life and times of the brothers Gibb It’s an emotive read, celebrating some truly enduring music (a quarter of a billion sales can’t lie), while pondering where the band fit into a bigger showbiz picture.”
Posted July 11, 2013
This book is an outrageously poor attempt at truth. I pre-ordered this book in hot anticipation, hoping for a neatly packaged, all grounds covered, Bee Gees biography.
When the book arrived I began to read it ravenously only to discover that even in the very beginnings of the book, the tone was degrading, opinions were thrown around
and presented as facts and the author, David N. Meyer, had the gall to say that the brothers Gibb's father was abusive, and more or less forced the boys into the spotlight,
which according to every other source from and about the Bee Gees and those close to them is fiercely contradicted. Throughout the book, countless names are misspelled,
including Davy Jones of the Monkees, and Barry's wife, Linda. Even the most casual "researcher" could manage to at least get basic names spelled correctly.
Several quotes from people are reused and recycled, from chapter to chapter, creating a sense that the author was grasping for material. Meyer seemed to convey a clear preference
for Barry, which is most unprofessional in a publication that was produced to showcase the group as a whole. Meyer contradicts himself several times by complimenting the Bee Gees than
immediately criticizing them for as something as superficial as clothing choice. At the end of the book, Meyer provides a wimpy paragraph dedicated to Barry's first public appearance after Robin's
death at the Grand Ole Opry. Judging by his presentation of the performance, it seems as if Meyer merely pulled up the clips from YouTube and based his opinion solely on that. Barry was far from emotionless
and robotic as Meyer suggests. I should know- I was there front and center. Barry was incredibly humble and in awe of the atmosphere and being granted to guest on such a hallowed stage to which many
die hard country fans might have scorned his appearance on. Overall, I feel the book was sadly constructed and researched for, by an author just writing a biography of a group for the sake of it. I find it
quite interesting that it should be published so near after Robin's passing. Perhaps to cash in on the expected Bee Gees' revival from such a tragedy? This publication feels cheap in writing, bitter,
and ill informed on the facts. The only redeeming quality was perhaps the nice photos on the inside and the cover. But besides that, I 'm sorely disappointed. I would hate for Barry to read such a
nauseating piece of writing.
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Posted September 5, 2013