Synopses & Reviews
The first narrative biography of the Bee Gees, the phenomenally popular vocal group that has sold more than 200 million records worldwide—sales in the company of the Beatles and Michael Jackson. The Bee Gees is the epic family saga of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, and its riddled with astonishing highs—especially as they became the definitive band of the disco era, fueled by Saturday Night Fever and crashing lows, including the tragic drug-fueled downfall of youngest brother, Andy. In recent years, a whole new generation of fans has rediscovered the undeniable grooves and harmonies that made the Bee Gees and songs like Stayin Alive, How Deep is Your Love, To Love Somebody, and I Started a Joke timeless.
"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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 6/3/13“[An] exhaustive biography…The author is a fan, but he doesn’t hesitate to be critical”
Publishers Weekly, 6/3/13
[An] exhaustive biography
The author is a fan, but he doesnt hesitate to be critical”
Meyer, a film aficionado and Gram Parsons biographer, makes a compelling case for one of the worlds 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 musics most enduringyet malignedacts.”
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
Its an emotive read, celebrating some truly enduring music (a quarter of a billion sales cant lie), while pondering where the band fit into a bigger showbiz picture.”
The long overdue biography of the Bee Gees, by an acclaimed author
About the Author
David N. Meyer was born in Gainesville, Georgia. He is the author of the acclaimed, definitive biography of country rocker Gram Parsons, 20,000 Roads
. He has written on film and music for ,i>Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Wired and The Rocket
. Meyer 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 and Ketchum, Idaho.