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The author traces the story of Kate Bush's career, from her up-bringing in the Essex countryside through her first forays into music with a series of home recordings, to her number one debut album that propelled her to international stardom. The author traces the story of Kate Bush's career, from her up-bringing in the Essex countryside through her first forays into music with a series of home recordings, to her number one debut album that propelled her to international stardom.


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The author traces the story of Kate Bush's career, from her up-bringing in the Essex countryside through her first forays into music with a series of home recordings, to her number one debut album that propelled her to international stardom. The author traces the story of Kate Bush's career, from her up-bringing in the Essex countryside through her first forays into music with a series of home recordings, to her number one debut album that propelled her to international stardom.

30 review for Kate Bush: The Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (Stepping Out Of The Page)

    I was disappointed with this book. I really thought that it'd be more interesting than it was and, frankly, the author really irritated me. Being a Kate Bush fan, I already knew a lot about her - I though I do think this is expected if you want to read her biography. Unfortunately, I didn't really feel that I gained much more insight to Bush than I already had. I'm not particularly interested in instruments and studio information, but I thought I could perhaps learn more about how Kate personall I was disappointed with this book. I really thought that it'd be more interesting than it was and, frankly, the author really irritated me. Being a Kate Bush fan, I already knew a lot about her - I though I do think this is expected if you want to read her biography. Unfortunately, I didn't really feel that I gained much more insight to Bush than I already had. I'm not particularly interested in instruments and studio information, but I thought I could perhaps learn more about how Kate personally felt or how she thought. Whilst the book did give some information and quotes, it wasn't anything particularly spectacular and I don't think that it's anything that a fan wouldn't have already heard before. However, it is understandable as Kate is a very private person. I found the simple descriptions and meanings of Kate's songs to be unnecessary in such simple terms and felt that the author only seemed to give his opinion when it was negative. This is a decent book, but not if you already know the simple details of Kate Bush's life and music, however I do think that it would be worthwhile to read if you were new to her and you enjoy her music.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    My adolescent heroine, all my mates ever pointed out was either her squeaky voice or that ' she was fit ' or whatever term was the norm back in the late 70's early 80's but i have always seen her as, if not exactly a creative genius certainly a poet, performer and musician to admire. This book, which came out to coincide with the launch of her last album ' Aerial', is a fascinating exploration of her life although, due to her understandable desire for privacy, it s not as in-depth as some of the My adolescent heroine, all my mates ever pointed out was either her squeaky voice or that ' she was fit ' or whatever term was the norm back in the late 70's early 80's but i have always seen her as, if not exactly a creative genius certainly a poet, performer and musician to admire. This book, which came out to coincide with the launch of her last album ' Aerial', is a fascinating exploration of her life although, due to her understandable desire for privacy, it s not as in-depth as some of these books can turn out to be and by that I mean violently intrusive. However it was enough for me. Her mystery remains, though the surface has been rippled

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jayne Lamb

    Kate Bush biographies have been uniformly terrible, and this is no exception. She's a brilliant musician who deserves to have something intelligent written about her. Kate Bush biographies have been uniformly terrible, and this is no exception. She's a brilliant musician who deserves to have something intelligent written about her.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Damon Hunter

    Kate Bush is a self-confessed witch......many of her songs have occult/esoteric content in them (whether Kate is aware of this I know not). An example being her song "Hello Earth" which was penned in 1984/85, and begins with NASA astronaut Dan Brandentstein's voice in convo with Ground Control, "Columbia now 9 times the speed of sound", (g/c) "Roger that, TACAN locked on, oh, TACAN 23 seconds" and a little while later Kate begins to sing the lyrics, which in essence are describing someone lookin Kate Bush is a self-confessed witch......many of her songs have occult/esoteric content in them (whether Kate is aware of this I know not). An example being her song "Hello Earth" which was penned in 1984/85, and begins with NASA astronaut Dan Brandentstein's voice in convo with Ground Control, "Columbia now 9 times the speed of sound", (g/c) "Roger that, TACAN locked on, oh, TACAN 23 seconds" and a little while later Kate begins to sing the lyrics, which in essence are describing someone looking down from Columbia Shuttle while someone on the ground is looking back up at the Shuttle, but they see Columbia as a 'bright light' in the sky travelling fast, "look at it go, look at it go".......I believe this is a clear ref to Columbia 'breaking-up' in our earth's upper atmosphere on the 01/02/2003 (this number sequence is of paramount importance as it makes a direct ref to the No:23 both straight and reversed, ie take the number two in the middle and make a three out of the 2 and 1 (for reversed) while the straight 23 is plain to see. (I will divulge more on the significance of No:23 later) Next, we have the Gregorian chanting from the 1979 film Nosferatu, called Zinkaro, (meaning 'by the spring/well) and is from the scene where the Black Death ie plague has killed many people. The chanting is very dark, sinister and to my mind is introducing Satan as 'the water-bearer' and also as a women (Satan is representative of both sexes ie dualism) who has a jug of water on her shoulders, which is represtative of the 'age of Aquarius' ie The Age of Man=Deceit & Evil......then Kate goes on to sing with ref to America? being caught in a storm it can not escape (this storm is happening accross The States right now as you read this).......Kate then sings, "all you sailors, fishermen, lifesavers, go get out of the water (water in Scripture is a ref to masses of people), then a last verse "all you fishermen head for home"......most of the Lord Jesus's deciples were sailors, fishermen (or lifesavers of souls), I firmly believe the lyrics here are a direct ref to any would-be followers of The Faith to abandon their calling. The next verse is a direct ref to Lucifer ie Satan, "I was there at the birth (of creation) out of the cloudburst, the head of the storm", (Lucifer ie Satan was cast down to Earth in a tempest/storm to wander/roam)......next lines make a ref to "murderer, murderer of calm", which is a clear ref to Lucifer/Satan......then back to the sinister Gregorian chant again until finally the song finishes with some German verse that translates to, "deeper, deeper, somewhere in the deep there is a light", which to my mind is a ref to despair and hope (pretty heavy stuff whatever your take is and there is much going on in this song of Kate's whether you tend to agree here or not). Now, here's where it gets very interesting. Back in the beginning of the song where Dan Brandenstein states he is travelling "9 times the speed of sound", the Hello Earth track is taken from a grouping of seven songs under the heading "The Ninth Wave", which is in turn taken from "The Hounds of Love" album........'why' this is I am not sure but it got my mind thinking.......it was 'revealed' to me that there are 6,213 days between the Challenger disaster(?) on 28/01/1986 and that of Columbia on 01/02/2003.......if you devide that figure by 9 (because of the earlier ref to 9 x speed of sound and ninth wave), then you come to 690.3 (No:369 combo, very important) which just happens to be the speed of sound above 100,000ft, where the Shuttles both blew-up(?).......So! To reiterate; 1) Kate penned the song Hello Earth well before both the Shuttle disasters(?). 2) on Kate's album "The Hounds of Love" there is a collection of 7 songs under the heading, "The Ninth Wave"; 3) NASA astronaut Dan Brandenstein mentions the words "nine times the speed of sound" at beginning of song; 4) when above 100,000ft the speed of sound equates to 690.3mph; 5) this figure of 690.3 times by 9 is the precise amount of days in between the alleged Columbia & Challenger disasters(?). 6) search; "crew of Challenger Shuttle 'alive and well' and see what they look like today; 7) thus proving conclusively that at 'least' these two seperate events were both staged ie hoaxes........anyone who believes there is 'nothing to see here' can go back to sleep as far as I'm concerned (that's 'as you were' to you & me).........Note: try posting this material on Kate's on forum/website or social media sites and see what happens. I will post more on the esoteric relevance of the numbers 13, 18, 33, 37, 369 and most notably the No:23 (or 32, which is 23 reversed) and the significance of 9/11.........................Shalom. OK, I will share what I know re the No:23 and the very important significance of this number.......firstly, for the last 30+yrs I have had a personal affiliation with the No:23 and have noticed it's very strong influence in my own life; 1) the No:23 is the 9th prime number and the only one with an even number ie 'dualism' a trait of Satan's and if you add 9 to 23 you get 32, the No:23 reversed (reversing and inverting is also a telling trait of Satan's). 2) the letter W is the 23rd letter of the alphabet, which has 2 points down and 3 points up. Every time you start your search www, this is a direct salute to Satan as 23+23+23=69, which again is symbolic of dualism or 'as above so below' esoteric doctrine.....Yet another 'tag' of Satan's, as is a 'star' or pentagram, with 3 points up and 2 down or if reversed ie Baphomet style, 2 up 3 down......pentegram or 'star' symbology is a powerful tool to demonise your children with. 3) 23 is also 2x3=6, so www is also potentially 666. 4) there are 23 letters in the original Latin alphabet, which is Satan's own language as is the (un) Holy Roman Empire (soon to be resurected?) 5) take the No:23 and you are left with No:77 which is symbolic of The Lord Jesus. 6) in the Phonetic Alphabet, the No:23 is identified by the word Whiskey, which has a value of 37, add 6+6+6 and times this number (or 18) and you get 666........whiskey has always been directly associated with violence (and a special mention for 'pink' (No:23) whiskey. 7) the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet is the letter 'psi'........this letter 'psi' is today used more commonly in the term 'psi-op' which is a term used for modern day events such as terror attacks (most of which are fake/hoaxes). 8) The Word 'dragon' (aka Satan) is used 23 times in The Holy Bible. 9) the 23rd country listed is China, who's national emblem is the dragon. I personally believe that the 'mark of Cain' is the slated eyes we see today in people of the Far East, as Cain headed East when he was banished by Almighty God. (Just a hunch though and not trying to insult anyone here) 10) the 23rd letter of the Arabic alphabet looks like a number 9, or inverted 6, so www in Arabic is potentially 666. 11) as far as I am aware, there are currently 23 dogmas of The Roman Catholic Church, Our Lady of The Rosary is expected/anticipated to fulfill the 24th, thus 'crowning' The Blessed Virgin Mary as 'co-redeemer' on a par with The Lord Jesus and totally at odds with Holy Scripture........praying The Rosary involves much 'chanting & repeating' of words, which The Lord Jesus specifically warns us not to do in Mathew 6:7-8........I personally believe the impending One Word Religion warned about in The Book of Revelation will be 'Chrislam', a blend of Christianity, Islam and other leading denominations, which will have The Blessed Virgin Mary as its figurehead (which does away with the nessecity of The Lord Jesus). The association between the Kate Bush's song, "Sat In Your Lap" and the No:23.........The scene begins with Kate sat on the gym floor (animated as usual) and starts to sing about how she, "see's the people working, wants to be a part of it, but realises it's not for her".........Kate is then joined by 2 others in white garb sporting pointy hats with the letter D on them (D is for dumb No:13 and represents the 'unenlightened' ie you&me). Kate is also wearing one of these hats......Then the chorus, "Some say that knowledge is something that you never have, some say that knowledge is something sat in your lap".......this verse is a direct ref to Genisis and the Tree of Life ie 'apple' No:23 the forbidden fruit, with which Satan (as serpent) informed Eve she would live forever if she ate of it......next we see 2 jesters/jokers (both No:23) join Kate, who represent ignorance and who also represent the people ie the masses (the unenlightened). Kate is singing/explaining how she would like to join in with the people/masses, but is unsure ie has reservations.......the chorus is sung again but with the added lines, "Some say that heaven is hell, some say the hell is heaven" and these lines infer to myself that Kate is learning/beginning to adopt a secular belief system ie 'self/ego, I am god' doctrine......then, at precisely 113 seconds (No:23) into the song, a clapper-board appears on the screen with the date, 17/06/81 (which is No:23 both straight, reversed and total ie 17+6=23, then add 81 (9) =32 which is No:23 reversed, and then total 1+7+6+8+1=23), the No:5 on the clapper-board is associated with death and when I searched for events that happened on said date a was 'drawn' to look at a sustained rocket attack in Lebanon (from Israel) where 123 were killed and around 500 injured.......furthermore, in this same sequence we see 2 miniaturised people gesticulating with there arms (one each) while their legs are tied together, so visually they appear to collectively have 2 arms and 3 legs (No:23) between them.......the song carries on with Kate describing how she would like to be her own god (king), but is impatient and wants it 'all now', which is typical of today's society ie younger generation......We then see Kate's 'eye' used as a portal to her mind, along with more telling lyrics describing Kate's ever increasing secular/godless path that she has now(?) chosen to take, which is bourne-out by the arrival of many bull-headed individuals who surround Kate (these bulls represent idols No:23) and who are then joined by the jokers/jesters & the guys in pointy hats, all of whom look to be 'now' taking part in some Satanic(?) ritual with Kate as the focal-point........there are No:23 people left in the final scene of the video and if I'm honest here, the whole experience had left me feeling rather 'unnerved' or as though I have just witnessed something Satanic(?) take place.........macabre, spooky, brilliant! Kate has much to unravel by way of esoteric portent, this is obviously apparent (to my mind at least).............you decide. Shalom. The 1979 Christmas Special song "Them Heavy People" by Kate Bush is performing yet another song which is full of esoteric/occult meaning.......the song is essentially about Kate inviting demons into her life, (wonderful teachers ready to teach me) upon which who have "opened her mind to the heaven inside"........Satan uses our weaknesses against us ie fame & fortune (or greed/temptation, whichever way you want to look at it), and this is evident in the lines, "them heavy people hit me in a soft spot" the 'soft spot being' her weakness. Also, when this particular line is being sung, Kate & the two dancers move in a very perculiar way, very similar to the way the dancers move in David Bowie's song "Blackstar" whom i also further believe are demonised in certain parts of the video/song (go look)......at 1 minute 16 seconds into the song Kate flashes us the three sixes hand sign, right on cue with the words 'wonderful teachers'........the fact the Kate also has the line, "we humans got it all, we perform the miracles" is also very telling to my mind.......you decide. Shalom.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    As a fan of Kate Bush's music, after my mum drummed it into me while I was in the womb and growing up- I really did not know much about her, apart from the fact she is a gifted song writer and performer! Kate is a private person, so whilst being interested in Kate's life I actually liked the fact that the author seemed largely to skirt around Kate's personal life. The book is very detailed regarding how Kate produced her music, and I enjoyed getting that insight it will give me more of an appreci As a fan of Kate Bush's music, after my mum drummed it into me while I was in the womb and growing up- I really did not know much about her, apart from the fact she is a gifted song writer and performer! Kate is a private person, so whilst being interested in Kate's life I actually liked the fact that the author seemed largely to skirt around Kate's personal life. The book is very detailed regarding how Kate produced her music, and I enjoyed getting that insight it will give me more of an appreciation of the work and craft that went into each song next time I listen. Something that I liked was Jovanovic's extensive use of quotes from musicians, family and Kate herself. This style helped to portray a sense of what Kate might be like. I also enjoyed the quotes at the start of each chapter as it set the context for the next section. On the whole my view of the book is a positive one, however I did find that the voice of Jovanovic's was too authoritative in places. He gave his opinions on songs which as expected were largely but not exclusively positive. I found Jovanovic's one sentence dismissal of one of my personal favorites: 'Never be Mine' as 'forgettable' with no deeper reason behind this as a little irritating. Kate Bush's music is very subjective and people see different qualities and depths in her tracks, that's part of the attraction to her music. Moving on, something I will take away is the fact that 'Cloudbusting' was based on the 'Book of Dreams' by Peter Reich, who wrote about his father Wilhelm Reich who pioneered a cloud busting machine of sorts. I have always found the idea of cloud busting and the song in general magical so I will definitely be reading that book. I would recommend this for a Kate Bush fan who is really interested in how she created her music, anyone looking for gossip is quite rightly going to be disappointed. This is a well crafted, informative and a respectfully written biography.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pete daPixie

    I did read very recently that Kate Bush had a visit from a stalker who broke into her house while she was out. Maybe that is why I picked up this biography. While I appreciate her music, and 'Hounds of Love' is an album I can play anytime, I really knew little about her. I found the account of her discovery through Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour to be very interesting. Also an eye opener was learning of her early 1970's teenage musical influences. Perhaps because of having two older brothers, young Ka I did read very recently that Kate Bush had a visit from a stalker who broke into her house while she was out. Maybe that is why I picked up this biography. While I appreciate her music, and 'Hounds of Love' is an album I can play anytime, I really knew little about her. I found the account of her discovery through Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour to be very interesting. Also an eye opener was learning of her early 1970's teenage musical influences. Perhaps because of having two older brothers, young Kate was listening to Captain Beefheart, Incredible String Band and Roy Harper albums. Rob Jovanovic's 2005 biog then covers K.B.'s career from 'Wuthering Heights' through to 'The Red Shoes' album. The author is clearly a long time fan of her music and that fact comes across in the writing, but at the same time he doesn't shy away from criticism. However, readers looking for any deep personal revelations will be disappointed. Jovanovic's subject is very protective of her private life.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    A really enjoyable exploration of Kate's career, even for someone like me who doesn't know all of her music all that well. It's a bit shallow at times, but if it weren't it would be about 500 pages long! Very easy to read too. A really enjoyable exploration of Kate's career, even for someone like me who doesn't know all of her music all that well. It's a bit shallow at times, but if it weren't it would be about 500 pages long! Very easy to read too.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Franz

    I have followed Kate Bush ever since I saw her performances of "Kite" and "Wuthering Heights" at Bio's Bahnhof in 1978, and I do think that she is one of the most interesting and talented performers of our times. People say that she takes too long a time to produce her music - I don't care, as the wait is usually well worth it. Some of her material appeals more to me than others, but that is to be expected and probably more a reflection of my personal tastes rather than Kate Bush being sloppy or I have followed Kate Bush ever since I saw her performances of "Kite" and "Wuthering Heights" at Bio's Bahnhof in 1978, and I do think that she is one of the most interesting and talented performers of our times. People say that she takes too long a time to produce her music - I don't care, as the wait is usually well worth it. Some of her material appeals more to me than others, but that is to be expected and probably more a reflection of my personal tastes rather than Kate Bush being sloppy or producing an album to simply fill her bank account. Anyway, reading a book about Kate Bush was in order. The one I wanted to read was 'Under The Ivy', but as it wasn't available at the time I picked this one up instead. Since then, I have also purchased a copy of 'Under The Ivy'. In the end, I was somewhat disappointed in this book. I thought it started out well, and I felt that the book was underrated; however, towards the end of it the book got repetitive. Every chapter followed the same outline, and there was little deviation from this. The chapters became shorter also, and less and less time was devoted to her newer albums which the author clearly doesn't like very much, or at least a lot less than her early work. The original version of this book was published in 2005. I actually own the revised and updated version published in 2006 and reprinted in 2011. I don't know how exactly the versions differ, but the last chapter in my version talks about "Aerial" - on ten pages. Personally, I did like the information about the studio work, instrumentation, the various musicians Kate played with over the years etc. What I also like are the quotes by Kate Bush - they make perfect sense to me. I also fully understand that she wants to keep her private life, well, private. With this in mind, I'd be perfectly fine to learn more about her music and her artistic drive, but if she wants to share bits and pieces of her personal life, I am happy to read about these too. I plan to read 'Under The Ivy' next year, which appears to be a more definitive book about Kate Bush. The real deal though would be an autobiography.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paul The Uncommon Reader

    Very superficial and basic, only finished it because of my quest to get over KB as a mere sex symbol from my adolescence. Listening to her albums properly, especially 'The Hounds of Love', 'The Sensual World' and above all for me, 'Aerial', had already done that though. All the book did for me was cement her work in my mind in the chronology of its accomplishment... which is fine for an erstwhile superficial student of her music like me, but this book would not satisfy anyone with a deeper inter Very superficial and basic, only finished it because of my quest to get over KB as a mere sex symbol from my adolescence. Listening to her albums properly, especially 'The Hounds of Love', 'The Sensual World' and above all for me, 'Aerial', had already done that though. All the book did for me was cement her work in my mind in the chronology of its accomplishment... which is fine for an erstwhile superficial student of her music like me, but this book would not satisfy anyone with a deeper interest or knowledge of this remarkable woman and all-round unique artist. NB Correction of Goodreads blurb: KB grew up in Kent, not Essex (close, but an important difference to those of us from that part of the world) :) Plus: the contents of the book go much further than the publishing of her first record. It was written in 2006, and so gets as far as 'Aerial' (her masterpiece imo), which was her eighth studio album).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cenhner Scott

    (Es un 4,5 en realidad, pero vamos a ser buenitos porque es Kate). Una biografía de Kate Bush es lo que esto no es. Encima se titula "THE biography". Sí, bueno, no. Sí es un compendio sobre cómo Kate empezó a componer, sus contratos discográficos, cómo se grabaron cada uno de sus discos (llega hasta Aerial nomas), de qué hablan cada una de las canciones, qué particularidades hubo durante su grabación. Es un trabajo de compilación de entrevistas viejas impecables, y que como entrada al mundo Bush e (Es un 4,5 en realidad, pero vamos a ser buenitos porque es Kate). Una biografía de Kate Bush es lo que esto no es. Encima se titula "THE biography". Sí, bueno, no. Sí es un compendio sobre cómo Kate empezó a componer, sus contratos discográficos, cómo se grabaron cada uno de sus discos (llega hasta Aerial nomas), de qué hablan cada una de las canciones, qué particularidades hubo durante su grabación. Es un trabajo de compilación de entrevistas viejas impecables, y que como entrada al mundo Bush es perfecta. No habla de su vida personal más de lo estrictamente necesario (apenas si por arriba menciona la separación con Palmer y la relación con Macintosh); el libro es sobre su obra de trabajo, desde los demos a los 15 años, hasta Aerial.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    An ok biography overall. It seems the author has churned out a few of these about different artists and it kind of shows. The book reads more like a university paper, where most of the information is based on researching other materials. In fairness, that may be all you can do with an artist as elusive as Kate Bush. It‘s nice this was updated around the time Aerial was released, but they should have gone to the trouble of proofreading this again. A revised edition should have fewer typos than this An ok biography overall. It seems the author has churned out a few of these about different artists and it kind of shows. The book reads more like a university paper, where most of the information is based on researching other materials. In fairness, that may be all you can do with an artist as elusive as Kate Bush. It‘s nice this was updated around the time Aerial was released, but they should have gone to the trouble of proofreading this again. A revised edition should have fewer typos than this. Overall, the author must have gone to a lot of trouble researching the career of Kate Bush, but not so much with the writing up..

  12. 5 out of 5

    Adam Osth

    I'm a huge Kate Bush fan, but unfortunately this biography just isn't great. She's very private and didn't participate, so most of the research was derived from interviews with various producers and session musicians and it's mostly a chronicle of the recording of her albums. There's some really great descriptions of the recording of everything up until Hounds of Love, but it got pretty boring after that. I'm a huge Kate Bush fan, but unfortunately this biography just isn't great. She's very private and didn't participate, so most of the research was derived from interviews with various producers and session musicians and it's mostly a chronicle of the recording of her albums. There's some really great descriptions of the recording of everything up until Hounds of Love, but it got pretty boring after that.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    In Kate Bush: The Biography, Jovanic Rob looks back at interviews Kate Bush has given throughout her career to piece together a journey through the singer’s discography. Bush is famously very private and little is revealed about her personal life, but details about her work are much more fascinating anyway. The most illuminating sections dig into the meanings behind her songs and her impressive, often obscure, range of references; from nuclear warfare to the 1957 film Man of a Thousand Faces, fr In Kate Bush: The Biography, Jovanic Rob looks back at interviews Kate Bush has given throughout her career to piece together a journey through the singer’s discography. Bush is famously very private and little is revealed about her personal life, but details about her work are much more fascinating anyway. The most illuminating sections dig into the meanings behind her songs and her impressive, often obscure, range of references; from nuclear warfare to the 1957 film Man of a Thousand Faces, from stories told by cab drivers to the story of classical composer Frederick Delius who lost his voice but continued to compose music.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael McManus

    A very informative book about Kate's life, really enjoyed it. Recommended A very informative book about Kate's life, really enjoyed it. Recommended

  15. 4 out of 5

    Simon Sweetman

    A perfectly fine trace-around of the biographical details and some analysis of the music. Goes up to early 2000s, anticipates her comeback.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Pearson

    Overly simple and tends to re-tell what we already know.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Furey

    I bought this book around ten years ago and read it cover to cover in one sitting! I found it in my parents on Easter Sunday and thought to give it a re-read! I don't read allot of biography's only of people/artist I admire, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Crawford, Fleetwood Mac, Audrey Hepburn, being a few I have read but I adore Kate Bush. So my 20 year old self rushed out and bought this even though as a big fan I knew allot about Ms Bush already. This book isn't a riveting read but it does give us a I bought this book around ten years ago and read it cover to cover in one sitting! I found it in my parents on Easter Sunday and thought to give it a re-read! I don't read allot of biography's only of people/artist I admire, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Crawford, Fleetwood Mac, Audrey Hepburn, being a few I have read but I adore Kate Bush. So my 20 year old self rushed out and bought this even though as a big fan I knew allot about Ms Bush already. This book isn't a riveting read but it does give us an insight of young Kate's life before she got her record deal. You can tell that Jovanovic is a fan of Kate's work that comes across in the writing. I like the interviews with different musicians and artists that worked with Kate. I also really liked the quotes at the start of each chapter. But there is nothing new here not even the pictures which all Kate Bush fans has seen before. I am trying to get my hands on a copy of the book Waiting On Kate Bush which I am looking forward to reading

  18. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Being a fan of Kate Bush's music I had to read her biography. However, I wa hesitant as I know she is a very private person away from the microphone, and in a way I felt a bit disrespectful peering into her life. I do not put Kate on a pedestal as a person, but admire her talent for invoking emotions through song and sounds. Allowing me to learn her inner most thoughts was a treat and could not put the book down. I even was listening to her albums when reading. A treat for any music or biography Being a fan of Kate Bush's music I had to read her biography. However, I wa hesitant as I know she is a very private person away from the microphone, and in a way I felt a bit disrespectful peering into her life. I do not put Kate on a pedestal as a person, but admire her talent for invoking emotions through song and sounds. Allowing me to learn her inner most thoughts was a treat and could not put the book down. I even was listening to her albums when reading. A treat for any music or biography lover.

  19. 5 out of 5

    minnajee

    30.1.2008 Jovanovic, Rob: Kate Bush – elämäkerta (Kate Bush – The Biography, 2005) 8 - Elämänkerrat on aina jollain tavalla kiinnostavia, ja varsinki artisteista kertovat nostattaa tuulen kuunnella niiden musaa (tosin mul on ehkä 4 Katen biisiä koneel). Tässä oli häiritsevä sinä-passiivi ja selkeä subjektiivisuus, mut muuten ihan kiintoisa, vaik ilman Katea tämä(kin) oli tehty.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eve Kay

    Nope, didn't do her justice. How could such a genious of a musician be written about with such lack of enthusiams! Where is Jovanovic's desire to pour out all knowledge of the greatness that is Kate Bush? I lost interest early on when I realised I kinda already knew most of it anyway. There are a few details which give a little something extra to her lifestory, but really, they're not worth it. Nope, didn't do her justice. How could such a genious of a musician be written about with such lack of enthusiams! Where is Jovanovic's desire to pour out all knowledge of the greatness that is Kate Bush? I lost interest early on when I realised I kinda already knew most of it anyway. There are a few details which give a little something extra to her lifestory, but really, they're not worth it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chris Chalmers

    rivetted. but then i'm a big fan of the first 20 years of KB's career, which this covers well, albeit with a couple of errors which i enjoyed spotting in a nerdy way. but then non-fic on a subject you love is just bubblegum that keeps its flavour all the way thro really, isn't it? rivetted. but then i'm a big fan of the first 20 years of KB's career, which this covers well, albeit with a couple of errors which i enjoyed spotting in a nerdy way. but then non-fic on a subject you love is just bubblegum that keeps its flavour all the way thro really, isn't it?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wilde Sky

    The career of a well known singer / writer is detailed in this book. I found the extensive quotes in this book quite interesting / informative, but the writing style and content were a bit too rambling / unfocused for me. My real rating is 2.5.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Martin

    great insight into a very private person - simply a must for any fan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bookmobile Lady

    Rock's innovator. Rock's innovator.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eric Bruen

    Who would read this book? A huge Kate Bush fan. Who already knows almost everything in this book? Every huge Kate Bush fan. Love the cover photo though - that was new to me :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Fran

  27. 4 out of 5

    Seze Devres

  28. 4 out of 5

    Riika

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sini Heinonen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pisania

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