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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press; Second Edition, Second edition, Revised & Updated edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550224433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550224436
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The best-selling first book about the Grammy-winning mega-band

Step Into the Light...with the Dave Matthews Band. From their initial stints in 1991 at the local bars of Charlottesville, Virginia to selling over 15 million CDs and becoming one of North America's most successful touring acts, this book chronicles the musical development of Dave Matthews and fellow band members Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, Leroi Moore, and Boyd Tinsley.

The initial 1998 biography offered a complete chronology of the Grammy-winning band's rise to stardom, exclusive interviews, a first-hand account of DMB on the road, and never-before-published photos.

The New Revised 2nd Edition adds exclusive new photos to the original and two new chapters that chart the band's activities from 1998-2001, right up to the release of Everyday! Step into the Light provides fascinating commentary on Before These Crowded Streets, Live at Luther College, Listener Supported, and the band's guest appearance on the best-selling Santana Supernatural; it also expands on the personal lives of each band member, and provides new coverage of DMB tours, the creation of Dave's own record label (According to Our Records), and the growth of a worldwide DMB fandom.

This new, revised edition of the authoritative book on DMB is completely up to date. Find out where DMB has come from, how it got to Everyday, and where it's going soon.

From the Author

MORGAN DELANCEY is a freelance writer who lives in the Los Angeles area.

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Customer Reviews

Can't tell you anymore cause you need to get the book!!!
Blazegirl1@aol.com
This book offers a fair amount of information about Dave and his professional evolution, as well as offering many insights into his personal life.
Deborah (fls7683@earthlink.net)
I really suggest anybody who is a DMB fan to read this book.
Phishhed7@aol.com

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Russ Friedrich on April 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Are you a music fan like me? Do you want to read about a band that started off by playing small gigs at frat houses and becoming one of the most talented and popular bands around? If you do, then you must read Dave Matthews Band Step into the Light by Morgan Delancey. I have been a huge DMB fan for many years now, and this book really filled me in on their early years before they became big. Another thing that was really good was, when reading it, it seemed like Morgan Delancey had grown up with the band and been with them every day of their lives. This book was filled with so much information about how they became big to how they get ready for shows and what they do after. It was great. Morgan Delancey went through every song written or played by DMB and told why they wrote the song and what it meant to the band. Come to find out, a lot of the songs were written about love or things that had happened in Dave's life and there are even a few songs about the use of drugs. If you are a big fan of DMB, I highly recommend this book to you. I know so much more about the band now after reading the book. There were also some neat picture of Miller's, the bar in Virginia, where the band first met each other. This is also were Dave worked as a bartender. There are also pictures of the band live on stage and a really cool one of Boyd jamming. So if you want to learn about the bands early years growing up together and playing at small frat house and gigs in Virginia, this is the book to read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Willis on March 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
First off, I am a HUGE DMB fan so I may have a biased view, but I thought this book was fantastic. If you are a true Dave fan then you will love this book. It has tons of little things about the band that I never knew and was fascinated by. Little experiences and the truth behind the struggles to become a successful band in America, starting from scratch in Charlottesville, gaining a strong fan base and becoming a popular band throughout the country. Morgan Delancey made it sound like she had lived with the band through all this. I especially liked the way she told about all of the band members pasts leading up to the formation of DMB...and how DMB became the phenominal band that they are today! Overall I thought it was a GREAT book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kyle on October 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Many people feel that music is more powerful than words alone. For those who are fans of the Dave Matthews Band, I am sure they would agree with the preceding statement. Step Into The Light, by Morgan Delancey, is an incredible biography of the Dave Matthews Band providing an amazing account of the band's hardships, along with its many accomplishments.
Step Into The Light is the story of the formation of the band and the continuing effects that the group has had on all its fans and the world. The band started out playing at local bars and frat houses, but is now one of the highest money grossing bands of the decade.
The author, Morgan Delancey, seldom uses any literary devices, but has a certain style of writing that makes you feel as if you have known the band members all of your life. He writes of the band members in such a personal way that it seems as if he has known each member since they were kids. Delancey uses many quotes from the band to describe situations that the band has faced. He even goes as far as describing the meaning and purpose of each song that the band has written.
I thought that Step Into The Light was an amazing book. I loved every part of it and found it very interesting. If you are a Dave Matthews fan, then this is the book for you. The book has no specific theme, but its message for its readers is that anyone can make it to "the top" as long as they work hard and are dedicated to what they do.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
Anyone who had been listening to the Dave matthews Band (or has an appreciation of literature) knows that this book is just plain lousy. The information was trite and repetivtive, not to mention the fact that most of us who know the band knew this anyway. I was looking for interesting interviews or quotes by the band and I found none. NOT EVEN AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY THE AUTHOR! FYI, if you're going to write a book about someone who isn't dead, interview them. It'll be better that way. This book is just plain bad.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book hoping to learn a little about the DMB, but having little faith in what I assumed would be a quickie "rock biography." I was amazed and delighted to find that Morgan Delancey (obviously a huge DMB fan) is a wonderful writer who clearly takes great pride in her exhaustive research...when was the last time you saw a 10-page bibliography at the end of a rock bio?! This book makes a serious attempt to analyze the roots and origins of DMB's music; I found out so much new info about Dave and everyone else, and I didn't feel like I needed a shower afterwards (as I have after reading some of those tabloid-like bios out there about other artists). I've read it twice. And I know I'll read it again over the next few weeks, months and years.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sharon O'Brien on November 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
There was a massive amount of "clips" in this book that I may have already seen through the years, but it was kinda cool to see them again in a format that I could follow by the timeline. The pictures included are AWESOME. Buy the book to simply see the picture of Dave in the back of the van. That picture is PRICELESS. I could spend hours looking at that! Totally worth the price!
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