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Power, Passion & Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra Paperback – July 31, 2006
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"One of the greatest books to come out in 2006." -- Tom Gagliardi of the Gagliarchives Radio and Internet show
"a fascinating story of the music, the spirit of the times, and of the people. A must read..." -- Jazzrockworld.com
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Positives: Due to the paucity of information that has been available on the MO in the past, the depth and variety of insights that Kolosky has collected in this book are both astounding and riveting. The interviews with the band members are particularly great to read. The book humanizes every member, and does a good job of showing how each of them brought different talents, perspectives and insecurities that led to both the brilliance and the eventual demise of the group. I felt confident that Kolosky has left no stone unturned in his quest to illuminate us as to exactly what made the MO so great.
Negatives: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the MO, and can honestly say that their music has affected my life more than any other art I have ever encountered. But even I was put off by Kolosky's simpering fanboy tone. While the research is meticulous and impressive, the quality of the writing made the book an absolute drudge to read. A biased, reverent tone is welcome, as are some personal thoughts; but Kolosky often intrudes on the story, digressing and generally mucking it up with his opinions and self-indulgence. You're going to have to be a VERY dedicated fan to make it through.
That said, there's nothing else available on the MO. So, this book remains the only one out there on the MO. So it's still worth a read. Just don't expect the book to be phenomenal, because it isn't.
This is truly the STORY of the MO- not a boring, highbrow or drug-induced fantasy from someone whose cousin once met John or Billy. The author interviewed EVERYONE, including people you wouldn't expect about how this band impacted their lives. The story of the MO is told through anecdotes, photos and quotes with a good dose of wit and sarcasm, as though a friend was letting you in on something that no one else knew. Once I started reading this book- I could not put it down. For true fans of the MO, buying this book will be a no-brainer. This book also has a great accompanying website for even more photos and in-depth musical analysis. 5 stars!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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A long overdue history of this legendary band. The input from the band and other musicians helped to bring credibility to the historical account and make the reader feel as if they... Read morePublished 16 months ago by RobT
This book is a great overview of Mahavishnu in its different incarnations. McLaughlin is one of my favorite guitarists and getting the back story and connectivity to the Jazz and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Elliott Truman III
First off all, sorry about my English because it is not my primary language.
Absolute superb book, a "must" for any MO fan and excellent for anybody who... Read more
A ton of information on one of the most influential music groups since the Beatles. It was since I heard Frank Zappa for the first time that I'd began collecting instrumental... Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by James Caldwell
It give the reader the inside story of the Mahavishun Orchestra. I remember seen them on In concert too like the arthor in the early 70' and was floors by there power of the... Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by dyron manning
Loved this book and could not put it down after I started reading it! A MUST READ for all Mahavishnu fans out there.. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Southernkeyboardplayer
There are so few books or info about this wonderful Band,that anything is just GOLD and Walter has a book full of gold. Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by Jeff Cripps