Jeff Lynne: Electric Light Orchestra: Before and After

Jeff Lynne: Electric Light Orchestra: Before and After

by John Van Der Kiste


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2016 Nominee - Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research

A passionate music fan from childhood and much-respected teenage guitarist in his native Birmingham, Jeff Lynne rose through the ranks of various semiprofessional local groups to become front man of the critically acclaimed Idle Race, join the ever-popular Move, and help form the groundbreaking Electric Light Orchestra. After cofounder Roy Wood left in 1972, Lynne turned what had been a struggling fusion of rock and classically inspired music into one of Britain's most consistently successful acts. Following a run of hit singles and albums plus sellout concerts throughout the world, he laid the group to rest in 1986 and combined a solo career with membership of the ultimate super group the Traveling Wilburys. His production credits include George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Del Shannon and above all the Beatles on their two final singles in the mid 90s. In the 21st century he returned to recording and performing under the ELO group name. This is the first-ever biography of one of the most highly regarded rock performers of the last fifty years and includes full details of his spectacular career.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781554920
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Publication date: 09/21/2015
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John Van der Kiste has published over forty books including works on royal and historical biography, local history, true crime, music and fiction, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His previous titles include Queen Victoria's Children, Kaiser Wilhelm II and The Romanovs: Tsar Alexander II of Russia and his Family and ‘Alfred—Queen Victoria's Second Son’ and ‘Prussian Princesses’ for Fonthill. He lives in Devon.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 'Come With Me' 11

2 'What?' 26

3 'Mr Radio' 39

4 'Roll Over Beethoven' 50

5 'Daybreaker' 66

6 'Mr Blue Sky' 80

7 'Don't Bring Me Down' 89

8 'Secret Messages' 98

9 'Handle With Care' 108

10 'Free As A Bird' 123

11 'A Long Time Gone' 138

Personnel 159

Discography 161

Endnotes 177

Bibliography 182

Index 185

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