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Legends of Rock & Roll - The Bee Gees [Kindle Edition]

James Hoag
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Book Description

"It's All About the Music!"

Welcome to another in the Legends of Rock & Roll series.

This is, like the others, a mini-biography of one the greatest performers, The Bee Gees.

I love the music of the 20th Century, especially rock and roll and everything that came after. The Bees Gees had two careers, one in the Sixties when they sounded a lot like the Beatles and again in the late Seventies when they defined the music of Disco for the world.

The Bee Gees were born in England, moved to Australia where they got their start and then moved back to England and then eventually took up residence in America.

This book is about the group, but even more importantly, it's about the music. This series is my way of honoring the people that have brought so much joy to our lives over the years. The Bee Gees defined music for a generation.

This is an unauthorized fan tribute.

Inside you'll find:

Introduction - Remarks about The Bee Gees in general and a kick-off for the book.
The Brothers Growing Up - Their early years from birth in England to leaving for Australia.
Moving to Australia - The family decides that Australia is the place to be.
The Bee Gees Are Born - How did they get their name and were they an overnight success?
Working Their Way Up - The first few years are a struggle, but they persevere.
Moving Back to England - Realizing there is more of an audience in England, the family moves back.
“New York Mining Disaster 1941” - What's the significance of their first hit?
“To Love Somebody” - Their second hit does about as well as their first one did.
“(The Lights Went Out in) Massachusetts” - They had never been to the United States, let alone Massachusetts, they just liked the sound of the word.
“I Started a Joke” - A touching story of father and son that relates to this song.
Split Up For Awhile - Having the disputes that often come with a small team working close together, the group separates for a while.
Solo Period - The guys all get involved with solo projects.
Reunited - Realizing that the whole is greater than the sum, they decide to get back together.
“Jive Talkin’” - Barry Gibb writes the song that will define the group for the next several years.
“Children of the World” - A great album which highlighted the new falsetto Barry Gibb sound.
“Saturday Night Fever” - The soundtrack and movie that kept disco and the Bee Gees alive, producing three number one hits.
“How Deep Is Your Love” - A little detail on the songs from "Saturday Night Fever".
“Spirits Having Flown” - The follow-up to "Saturday Night Fever" that also produced three number one songs.
Disco is Dead - Seemingly overnight, disco fell out of favor with the public and the Bee Gees died with it.
The Bee Gees Start to Fade Away - With disco gone, they had trouble getting their own work played, so they wrote for others.
The Loss of Andy Gibb - Their younger brother Andy, dies at the age of 30.
Maurice - In 2003, one of the twins, Maurice Gibb, passes away unexpectedly.
Robin - In 2012, we lose the other twin, Robin Gibb. The Bee Gees are over.
Legacy of The Bee Gees - Every Legends book has a Legacy section where we review the awards and contributions of the artist.
Afterword - My closing thoughts.
Grammy Awards - A list of the Grammy Awards won by the group.
Selected Discography - A list of the major works by The Bee Gees.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great title in the world of rock n'roll March 8, 2013
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I've read all of James' books on the Beatles, so was interested to see what he had to say about the Bee Gees. And, I wasn't disappointed. Because I didn't follow the Bee Gees as closely as I did the Beatles, I didn't really know that much about their history or much of their music. One thing I like about all of James' books, including this one, is the interesting tidbits of history that he includes - not only about the music and the bands, but about the time period in which they became popular. Another hit!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Please STOP!!!! April 22, 2013
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People please stop giving this book 5* reviews. For the love of God!!! This is like one of those slapped together books they crank out for boy bands that just hit. It reads at the 5th grade level and goes into no depth at all. I enjoyed some of the background the way I enjoy reading Wikipeda. And just like Wikipeda this book glosses over huge chunks of important periods in a paragraph.

Most sadly the author doesn't really understand the Bee Gees. Take this paragraph for example..

"I am a follower of the single hits more so than the albums. I grew up listening to the radio and following the Top 40 and that is where my love of music originates. However, I realize that most people look upon the work of an artist to include everything they recorded, even if it was never heard on the radio. "Odessa" is rated, by the critics as one of the best albums that the Bee Gees recorded during their career. And yet, it only produced one weak single."

Wow. Judging an album on its lack of singles is always a great way to overview an album. How many Dylan, Pink Floyd, Allman Brothers, or even great Beach Boys albums didn't single? Worse yet, I guarantee you the author has never even heard the Odessa album. I promise you that. So we're reading a book by someone who is somewhat familar with the Bee Gees, but only their hits. Really?!?!?! Furthermore, if you want to learn about band dynamics, musical developments, inspiration, or stories behind the music,or even just the author's own critical analysis, forget it. Like I said, "no depth at all."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let the memories rock and roll in.... March 8, 2013
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Who doesn't remember the Bee Gees and their distinctive music and sound? I follow this author and all of his books are great. He takes guys like me down Memory Lane and brings back moments of enjoyment. Kudos to the author on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I found that I was not as engaged as I was with
the Johnny Cash one, and figured out that the
reason was that this didn't contain the same sorts
of stories and anecdotes as the Johnny Cash book. I got to
feel Johnny Cash and how his brother's death could have
impacted his life and the guilt he might have felt, etc.

This book was more of a "they recorded this one in this year
and released it here and not there and it did this well
or that well ending up at this spot on the charts here
but only at this # on the charts over there." Not that
that kind of data isn't relevant - it is, but I would have
liked to have more stories...things that they did, stuff that
happened to them with a little more story line (like a
paragraph or three, not just a sentence "...and then
they got divorced.") and less historical
fact after fact about each song or album released.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facts About My Favorite Musical Group March 9, 2013
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This book is filled with facts and the timeline when they happened. I enjoyed the comparison of the different countries and how this groups songs were popular or not. One of my favorite concerts was seeing the Bee Gees at Madison Square Garden. Brought back many memories and found myself humming the tunes again. An excellent read about this group.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Brief bio of the Bee Gees January 5, 2014
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Lots of typos and not much interesting information on a great musical group. The author didn't seem to do much research before writing this. The band deserves better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bee Gees August 4, 2013
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Very informative and for the price can't complain. Got this ebook for free and I would say I will not pay RRP price for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Dooper Book June 17, 2013
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I have loved the Beegees for over 40 years. I have read there books and listened to there music all those years. I thought I knew the group. But this book fills in a lot of info I did not know. If you remember or still listen to the Beegees this is a book you need to read.You'll love it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of rare facts and a very good read!
I have to admit - I am too young to have heard any of the Bee Gees' hits from the 60s, but I do remember as a child listening to "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" over and over and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dolbyduranduran
3.0 out of 5 stars Beegees
This was interesting but a bit dry. It was more a synopsis than a biography. It could have used more anecdotes and stories. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mike P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I've got Stayin Alive in my head--not a bad thing
I have always enjoyed a lot of the Bee Gee's music, but I had no idea of the range of their music or how many records they have sold over the years. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Helen C. Page
5.0 out of 5 stars James Hoag Authors Another Masterpiece. Terrific Job!
If you're not familiar with James Hoag and his "Legends Of ..." books, you should be. He's a prolific writer who has a knack of holding your attention during a single reading... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Darryl E. J. Ruff
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and Fun History
Knowing more about these legends in informative and interesting. This group had their own unique sound and will forever be great legends in the music industry. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Brad Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book By James Hoag
I was a huge Bee Gees fan back in the day. Who can forget the sound track to Saturday Night Fever? I have purchased his Johnny Cash Book and The Doors Book and like those this... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Doc Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read
Like probably most people who will read this book, I grew up with the Bee Gees and love their music. However, there was so much I didn't know. This is a very enjoyable read. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars Bee Gees - The legend lives on (not just Barry)
I remember reading about the passing of Robin some time ago and it was truly a TRAGEDY for UK rock and roll. Some other readers were encouraging him to STAY ALIVE as well ... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joe
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More About the Author

James Hoag has always been a big fan of Rock & Roll. Most people graduate from high school and then proceed to "grow up" and go on to more adult types of music. James got stuck at about age 18 and has been an avid fan of popular music ever since. His favorite music is from the Fifties, the origin of Rock & Roll. But he likes almost all types of popular music.

Now retired, he decided to share his love of the music and of the performers by writing books that discuss the life and music of the various people who have meant so much to him over the years.

He has started with the Fifties and written several books about performers from that decade. He plans to expand to the Sixties and then on to the Seventies and Eighties. He calls each book a "love letter" to the stars that have enriched our lives so much. These people are truly the Legends of Rock & Roll.

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